My first experience of the liminal space was when I told my partner 15 years ago that he wasn’t right for me and he walked out the door.
The rock in my gut told me I was in the liminal space.
Liminal comes from the latin word “limens,” which means “threshold.”
We’re literally on a threshold of change without a clear next step to take.
You’ve probably had periods of being in the liminal space in your life. It’s the space when the known is left behind, for a week, a month, a year, and you enter into the unknown.
The liminal space is often where we don’t go when we’re afraid – afraid of leaving the known lover, the known job, the known security, the known goal, the known friend, the known house…even though they don’t feel right any more.
The liminal space can be like walking without a path. Your feet wonder about aimlessly looking for that next stone to put your weight on, but it’s not there yet.
The doubt creeps in, the fear of the unknown comes knocking on your door once again. Even though you’ve made the big leap (perhaps off the virtual cliff), this liminal space can feel even more scary.
Maybe there’s some relief. You’ve finally done what your intuition has been telling you for months or years. You’ve done it – yay!
Now you wait. Wait for Guidance to speak that loud voice in your head so you know where to go next.
The reality is, Guidance often doesn’t speak with a loud voice. She’s soft and subtle.
The liminal space is about sitting in this soft and subtle time. The time of the unknown to just be. Be without an answer. Be with your heart, your soul, so you can listen to the whispers, and let go of expectations of when, when, when you will have an answer.
I also know the liminal space can be the space right before you’re ready to make a big decision. Maybe it’s regarding getting your health back, or taking a job, or the itch for a different place to live.
There’s resistance, researching, looking, waiting for the fear to go away that isn’t going away.
Your soul is asking you to be quiet. To stop acting based on your past experiences or current beliefs, but to have unwavering faith in the journey – in the soft and subtle words your heart is whispering to you.
The rock in my gut 15 years ago? It’s when, for the first time in my life, I turned to God/Spirit/Divine. The liminal space was directing me to learn about something greater than myself that I was a part of that I had literally pushed out of my heart when I was a teen.
Now, the liminal space is directing me to learn more about the incredible healing powers of the body and Divine’s role in healing. Fascinating.
In the liminal space, nurture yourself, give of yourself and most of all trust in yourself and Spirit (they are one and the same).
Categories: Creativity, Health & Happiness, Heart Centered Living, Inner Wisdom & Intuition