Exploring Liminal Spaces
Updated: Aug 4, 2021
liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning "a threshold")
This term, Liminality is often used in pedagogy where you are constantly experiencing obstacles and thresholds between what you know and what you don't. Van Gennep, in his book published in Rites de Passage first mentioned about the concept of liminality. It describes an uncomfortable narrow space used to traverse between two realms.
Have you noticed that once you master certain concepts the subject is never the same again?
It's as if you have been granted access to a portal, a conceptual gateway that helps you progress at a rapid pace. However, the entry to this fictitious portal only comes by surpassing obstacles.
There is that state of tension one needs to transition from.
I really liked Hannah Johnson's interpretation of liminal space as the passage between chaos and cosmos.
The liminal space is often very uncomfortable but is very much required for learning. In fact, some may argue that the state of being uncomfortable is what helps you learn.
As shown in this graph, when the safety net is let loose, and when the accountability for your performance is heightened, you enter into various liminal spaces that turbocharge one's learning.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger - Nietzsche.