A Study and Process Group:
Journeying the Spaces Between
Judith Schmidt PhD
Someone recently told me that when we leave our physical bodies, we enter a dark space with neither light nor signposts to show us our way. If we abide the fear and trembling, the hope and despair, the unknowing of this space, light somehow comes. When I heard this, I responded by saying: “That sounds like living in ‘liminal space’, the wilderness spaces between old being falling away and new being not yet glimpsed, or glimpsed and filling us with both promise and dread of moving ahead. ”
While mid- life and later- life liminal passages are difficult in and of themselves, they are intensified if we have suffered early relational trauma or some kind of shock trauma. When early trauma opens into our liminal journey, old wounds call to us: ‘you cannot go forward until you bring some healing to me in the past’. And there we are, between the far past and unknown future.
This study-process group is for you if you have known or are now living in liminal space, the space between the old and not yet born in you: illness, grief, retirement, separation/divorce, empty nest, whatever liminal space you find yourself in. We shall share and process personally and also have opportunity to present clients we are helping to move through a liminal life space.
We will discuss related psychological, spiritual and neuroscience readings. And, since I have a deep interest in guiding the journey through the portal into Dream Time, we will be present to receive healing and guidance from the Sources of Creation that live in our deepest selves beyond any linear understanding.
To begin with:
Ann Ulanov: Finding Space
Pema Chodron: When Things Fall Apart
This group is open to CIL students and graduates as well as to other qualified people. Our group shall be small, no more than 6-8 participants.
Dates: We shall meet for nine months, on Friday afternoons, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Perhaps we will choose to have an occasional full day in lieu of our monthly meeting.
Dates include:9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15
Tuition: $1575. Location: Goldens Bridge, New York
I look forward to journeying with you and to all, a good summer.