Liminal - Schmiminal!
Our community (OldTown Abbey) has been talking a lot lately about liminal space and how we can look for creative ways to work on the things that are being shaken right now. For those not familiar with "liminal space" or liminality, Richard Rohr describes it this way:
Liminal space is an inner state and sometimes an outer situation where we can begin to think and act in new ways. It is where we are betwixt and between, having left one room or stage of life but not yet entered the next.
I believe that this pandemic we are in now is a collective state of liminality and we have choices to make. We can hunker down and ride it out - waiting for the new normal to come upon us or we can be co-creators with God in that new-normal!
If we commit to doing the hard work of transformation through contemplative practice that draw us closer to the source of all love and life - we will be changed at a deep level and able to recognize the beauty and grace all around us. In times of liminal space we are vulnerable and, if we are brave, we can open ourselves to something genuinely new in us. This transformation will start in us but won't stop there - it will move out to those most relationally proximal and eventually to our communities and the world.
My prayer for myself, our community and you is that we all learn to be creators of good things bringing love, joy, peace, fun and beauty (the Kingdom of God) to our world!
Pray this along with me?
Who out of nothing
brought everything that is;
Out of what I am
bring more of what I dream
but haven't dared;
Direct my power and passion
to creating life where there is death,
to putting flesh of action on bare-boned intentions,
to lighting fires against the midnight of indifference,
to throwing bridges of care across canyons of loneliness;
So I can look at creation,
together with you,
call it very good;
Through Jesus Christ my Lord…. Amen
-from, I believe, TedLoder
Pace e Bene,