Liminality and Tradition followed by “Forty Years in a Narrow Space.” Author extraordinaire, Leonard Hjalmarson. A Law of Value.

“Sometimes the best map will not guide you, You can’t see what’s round the bend, Sometimes the road leads through dark places, Sometimes the darkness is your friend.” Contradiction is one of the elements of liminality.  Is it winter, or spring?  When the seasons are in transition, and the old season hasn’t quite given way to the new, we don’t know quite what kind of weather to expect or even how to dress on a given morning. -When we walk out the door it might be hot, or it might be cold. Worse, it may start out warm then shift to cold while we are on the road. We are plunged into uncertainty. Liminality is a place in between. It is emptiness and nowhere. Liminality is more than a point along the way to somewhere else. It represents anti-structure to structure, chaos to order. The place between two world views is a liminal place. It is a place of dying and rebirth, even of metamorphosis, the place where the caterpillar spins its cocoon and disappears from view. Liminality is Israel in the desert, Jesus in the tomb.  The Latin word limina means threshold. Liminality is where all transformation happens. It is when we are betwixt and between, and therefore by definition “not in control.” Nothing new happens as long as we are inside our self-constructed comfort zone. Much of our day to day effort at life is toward maintaining our personal little world. Richard Rohr comments that, “Nothing good or creative emerges from business as usual. This is why much of the work of God is to get people into liminal space, and to keep them there long enough so they can learn something essential. It is the ultimate teachable space. Maybe the only one. Most spiritual giants try to live lives of “chronic liminality” in some sense. They know it is the only position that ensures ongoing wisdom, broader perspective and ever-deeper compassion. The Jewish prophets… St. Francis, Gandhi, and John the Baptist come to mind.”

Liminality explained in detail.

Liminality explained in detail.

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