The term “limen” comes from the Latin for threshold, it is literally the threshold separating one space from another. According to Merriam-Webster, it is defined as, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition.
Other Helpful Definitions
- Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
- Psychological Terminology– Being in the liminal space means you’re in between life phases.
Right now, you may be experiencing a minor or major life transition. You may feel like you are on the threshold of your new beginning, yet, feel like you’re in pending status. This life phase can be very frustrating and unsettling, especially when you are conscientious about what you want in life. You have been intentional in all of your efforts and taking necessary actions. Yet, the feeling of stagnation, with no movement happening and wanting to move forward. It seems like all of your hard work and efforts are in vain. Which indicates you are currently experiencing living in the in-between phase. You are in transit, a literal transition, leaving the old person and transforming into the NEW person you are becoming or leaving an old place and entering a NEW place. Overall you are embarking on a NEW life journey.
Your liminal space is preparation for your NEW, during this chrysalis phase. Unbeknownst to you, during this phase, you are undergoing a series of changes, and developments in this seemingly motionless state. Maybe, you have overlooked an important step, which could have been the missing piece(s) to move you forward, or this life phase is a growth opportunity to increase your faith muscles. Or simply a learning lesson on how to live in the surrender. Sometimes, we want to rush the process and want things to happen on our timeline. When it doesn’t happen due to setbacks, obstacles or it’s simply not time. Instead of continuing to push ahead, slow down and be still to reflect on this in-between phase.
During this time, it is important to be flexible and to be gracious with yourself. Remain optimistic about the forward movement that’s happening in your life. If you catch yourself getting impatient or restless, this is an opportunity to cultivate and practice inner peace. You are leaving the old and entering your NEW. You will reach your destination and experience your desired outcomes. Your liminal space is a friendly reminder that you are on the cusp of a breakthrough. Get ready to step into your new beginnings and continue to TRUST THE PROCESS.
Food For Thought:
1) What are you learning about yourself during this phase of life?
2) What thoughts and/or feelings are you experiencing during this phase (being in a state of inertia)?
3) How can you reframe being in your liminal space and embrace the uncertainties in your life?
Stay tuned for part two (2) of this Liminal Space series…