Between

Posted on February 15, 2008
Filed Under alchemy, liminal space, mystical journeys | 2 Comments

I’m reading On Becoming an Alchemist by Catherine MacCoun. A good book, I recommend to any level of magical expertise. She brings up the concept of Between, or liminal reality/space/time, etc and as always I find this concept fascinating because it’s one I’ve worked with a lot. She also discusses Style, which can be interpreted as the essence of a person, or the personal signature. Again, an intriguing concept.

I see some intriguing possibilities for relating the two to each other. The style a person exhibits, the identity if you will, creating a between space. Actually the between space is created quite frequently by people. Have a really good conversation with someone and you’ll marvel at the time that passed, because you entered into a pocket dimension that just existed between you and that person. Get into a state of do easy or not-doing and you’re in a between state. Which then makes me wonder if it’s ever possible to NOT be in a between state of one form or another.

Yes I know, I’m being subjective here with that last statement. I could easily say that we’re always in between states and then go look for them, proving because I think of them. Still if you look into neuroscience and states of mind this kind of concept gets played with a lot, in terms of the types of consciousness people exhibit everyday. We have our everyday consciousness and perhaps between states are very subtle in that from of consciousness. So we only obviously perceive them when we meditate and we can clearly point to that and say, “Aha! that’s a between state.”

But right now I’m writing this post, and I’m in a different reality from the people around me. I’m aware of them, I can interact with their styles, their realities, etc, but I’m still in a between state of some sort, just a very subtle between state, as opposed to something more blatant such as meditation or doing a ritual. In fact, I’d say such overt displays as meditation or ritual are necessary for teaching people how to perceive between states, liminal realities, but I’d also point out that sometimes appreciating the subtlety of a different state of consciousness, appreciating the only slightly out of this reality between state is equally important to really being able to do magic on the fly.  I’m writing this post, and even though I’m aware of my environment, aware of people speaking on the phone, or walking by, I’m also aware that I’m in a between state, in a difference place…They are in my physical environment, but are they in my liminal reality? It’s a subtle, but important distinction to make. No worries, I’ll be exploring this in much more detail.

Namaste

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