Anthropologists define liminality as the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of a rite of passage, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the rite is complete.
During a rite's liminal stage, participants "stand at the threshold" between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which completing the rite establishes.
David Wetton, who'll co-facilitate August 21st Online Community Exploration, believes we're all living in liminal space.
"Liminality is where we are betwixt and between, and usually therefore “not in control,” he says.
Liminal space is emptiness and nowhere. It is uncertainty and chaos. it is a place of discomfort and unrest. It is a place of challenge.
Liminality is a place where previously trusted maps no longer seem to work.
"From a Christian faith perspective, liminality is the time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.....without knowing the good news.
"From a Buddhist perspective, liminality is when the Buddha sat under the Bodhi Tree, before he achieved his awakened breakthrough.
And I believe it's the space we're in now, with the Covid pandemic," Wetton said.
"I also believe it's a space we are called to embrace within ourselves, in order to serve those we feel called to serve, more deeply, more authentically."
During this exploration we'll do just that, by first examining what it means for each of us to be in liminal space, and exploring how best to navigate it, both within ourselves and in the collective chaos that characterizes our world.
About the Facilitators:
Angelo John Lewis is the founding Director of the Sacred Inclusion Network. He sees his mission as supporting the aspirations of spiritually-oriented people who wish to help bring about positive and transformative change. He's the creator of Sacred Conversations, the author of Notes for a New Age, and a facilitator and coach whose clients have included the Verizon, the Rockefeller Foundation, At&T, and the US Department of Community Affairs.
David Wetton helps Conscious Leaders grow themselves and develop Purpose-Led High Performing Leadership Teams through 1:1 Coaching & Tailored Leadership Programmes. He runs a Leadership Legacy Programme™ to help senior executives and their leadership teams define and deliver their legacy to the world. He’s an ordained UK interfaith minister and spiritual counsellor; which means that he’s committed to holding a safe, heartfelt compassionate space for all those he coaches.
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