Liminal space is the space "in-between" where you are neither in nor out. It's the threshold of time while you are waiting. Often it is a time of not knowing when one stage of life ends and before we move into the next stage. Times of liminality are inevitable -- graduation, marriage, new jobs, moving, marriage, death, overwhelming circumstances. During these times we live "in-between" what was and what will be. As Richard Rohr says, "It is when you have left the tried and true, but have not yet been able to replace it with anything else." Liminal space is like standing on the threshold of a door, even a door that isn't connected to a building like the one above. Living in the tension of liminality is difficult and yet how we chose to approach these times can make a difference in our lives.
Photography & Liminal Space
Pecos National Monument, NM
Most of us are visual learners. Using photography as an aid in approaching liminal space seems natural. We can utilize the act of photography -- what will we photograph -- ladders looking up, doors, locks? What will we see when we meditate on the image? What does it feel like to stand part way up the ladder? Utilizing the concepts in Meditation on Both Sides of the Camera, photography can help us live on the threshold, explore the future and look at the past while we wait.
Blue Door Handle
What is behind the door? What will it take to unlock and open it?