The word liminal comes from the Latin word ‘limen’, meaning threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, a season of waiting, and not knowing.
Liminal space is where all transformation takes place, if we learn to wait and let it form us.
Author and theologian Richard Rohr describes this space as:
where we are betwixt and between the familiar and the completely unknown. There alone is our old world left behind, while we are not yet sure of the new existence. That’s a good space where genuine newness can begin. Get there often and stay as long as you can by whatever means possible…This is the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed. If we don’t encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy. The threshold is God’s waiting room. Here we are taught openness and patience as we come to expect an appointment with the divine Doctor.
These thresholds of waiting and not knowing our ‘next’ are everywhere in life and they are inevitable. Each usher in a new chapter of life and holds varying degrees of disruption.
If you’ve found our site, you’re probably dealing with a change of some kind – a job change, moving to a new town, financial strain, loss, life discontent, divorce, empty nest, a health diagnosis, or retirement, just to name a few. Whatever the change, it’s a seismic shift for you and now the future seems uncertain.
Change never exists in a box, does it? No matter how hard we might try to contain it, change in one area of life spills into others that further upends the status quo. There is a ripple effect. Community, careers, spirituality, vocation, relationships, our physical well-being, friendships and emotions do not exist mutually exclusive from one another—they all intersect and call to our attention.
When we become aware of our liminality, most of us, if we’re honest, don’t know who to become or how to navigate the transition. We often miss the real potential of ‘in-between’ places – we either stand paralyzed or we flee the “terrible cloud of unknown.”
At Liminal Space, we believe that if your transition is approached intentionally and within community, rather than staying paralyzed, running away or going at it alone, you can boldly approach it and confidently move forward into your future.
If you find yourself facing a major life transition, we have a team of guides who can help. That you feel lost, stuck, confused or aimless isn’t the problem to solve; these are all signs of an invitation to growth. The work ahead – should you choose to accept the invitation – is to learn how to listen and read the clues of your life. The clues are all around you, and, they are inside you.
Our goal as your Liminal Guide is to help you gain deeper understanding of the transition and with it a clear path forward. It’s a bit counter-intuitive, but we believe life’s most turbulent transitions are where the best and most enduring transformation occurs. Immense growth happens here, if you learn how to wait and listen.
You don’t have to go through transition alone. This doesn’t have to be something you endure and ‘survive’. A Liminal Guide can provide to you the right accompaniment to assist, advocate, challenge, and reshape an otherwise tumultuous expedition of change for the sake of your lasting transformation.
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