My soul work theme for this lunar month is awareness and I am bringing that into my daily meditations and journeys, exploring different aspects.
Today I am raising awareness to liminal places, such as the nearby riverside and oceanside where Land meets Sea and Sky. But you don’t have to travel far to find a liminal space. We have liminality within our bodies too… those precious pauses and spaces between inhaling and exhaling, between the beats of our heart, and between the synaptic gaps [see footnote] where thought and action are created.
For me, liminal places are those silent places where I connect with the deepest wisdom within and to the flow of universal energies and spirit.
To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
Step into the silence of these the liminal spaces, as you too practise mindfulness in your meditations, journeys and contemplations. Raise your awareness, perhaps, to how the Winter Solstice energies are transforming and now shifting toward the energies of Imbolg (if you are south of the equator, from Summer Solstice to Lúnasa), and how those changes manifest in the world around you… and the world within you.
Listen for the whispers of your spiritual allies, and the gods and goddesses. You may be surprised by what you hear, what is revealed.
A synapse is the space between two neurons, and an essential part of neural communication within the brain. The synapse not only communicates the message between the neurons, it has the power to change the message, ultimately changing the behavior of both.
I like to think that philosopher Lao Tzu sensed the importance of spaces and liminality, hinted at in the quote below, and one which architect Frank Lloyd Wright engraved onto the wall of his winter home and desert laboratory Taliesin West.
"The reality of the building does not consist of the roof and walls, but the space within to be lived in."