Jungian Analyst Mae Stolte dives into the “in-between space” at our next monthly gathering, March 24-25. Read our Q & A to get a taste of what the weekend will hold.
What drew you to the topic of the “in-between space”?
A few years ago I gave a lecture on the Void, focusing more on our fear of entering the depths of our psyche. But there is another side of the Void which we might still be afraid of but which also attracts us. The ‘nothing’ we would often like ‘to do’ but consider a luxury. It is an ’emptiness’ that requires an attitude of being open and receptive to whatever might come up; an emptiness can be full of potential.
What are we in danger of, if we don’t allow ourselves to simply “be” anymore?
Being in between is essential to bridge the conscious and unconscious realms of our psyche, to be whole. With the speed of change in our present society — in technology, in ways of communicating, and in the natural world around us — we are bombarded with movement, information, and the ability to ‘be on’ 24 hours a day.
We need to make conscious choices about how we want to respond to the world around us. There is a strong danger of one-sided consciousness which means that the unconscious expresses itself in ways that are not contained, that come out in raw emotions like hate and intolerance of difference and of the Other; in unconsidered use of technology just because we can, with little or no thought on the part of ordinary people about whether it is the right thing to do; or in exploitation and lack of respect for all of the natural world.
The demands of our society and lifestyle can be 24/7. How do you recommend cultivating an awareness and appreciation of the “in-between space” in our day and our lives?
There is a lot of activity going on right now in trying to have people, especially children, be in the natural world, not just to learn about it but to experience being in it. But it often doesn’t require more than taking the 5 or 15 minutes to stop what we are doing, to sit and look out the window, and let our minds roam, to pay attention to our bodies and what we are experiencing. Sometimes people are afraid of stopping for fear of what might be mirrored back to them.
Can you share some examples of individuals who’s experience of the “in-between space” was notable? How did it show in their lives?
Of course, the first people who come to mind are the mystics in any religion who have come to live more in the in-between time-space between the visible and invisible worlds… But artists-painters, writers, sculptors and so on also come to mind since the in-between is so much a part of any creative process. In medieval times, people who took pilgrimages were very much in an in-between for an extended period of time and in totally unknown territory.
What does being able to live with uncertainty have to do with the in-between space?
Our Western world is in transition and living with uncertainty is part of any transitional or liminal space. We need to look at uncertainty in a different way. We need to see the in-between space as potential in a positive way and not only focus on all that we are losing or might lose.
Being in the in between time or space can renew and refresh us and help us to let go of what we need to, to be more trusting, not only of one another, but in the Ground of Being.
It is the bridge to our creativity, to our relatedness with the Other in people and all of the natural world. Being in the ‘in between’ links the visible and invisible worlds and opens us to Mystery.
What would you like our members to ponder or look for or do before coming to the lecture?
There is no-thing to do! As with any lecture, being open to letting it act on us, to connect to our own experience, is the best attitude to have!
Register now for the lecture and workshop
The In-Between Space: Being in a World of Becoming
Friday, March 24, 7:30 pm
The Labyrinth: An In-Between Space
Saturday, March 25 10 – 4 pm
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3)