Encountering the Liminal: A Shamanic Space for Healing Self and Community

Building one’s own sacred space is very important. It is a place that one can enter and leave the chaos of the world behind. I share this article with you because it stirred my soul. The sacred space can be a room like in the movie War Room. It can be used for prayer, meditation, thinking, escaping, include things that matter to you. Things that inspire you to push forward and see more than can be seen. A garden, perhaps a hidden one to keep it with the Wonderland theme. Consider one indoors and one outdoors. We really already do this if you think about it. Many of us have theater rooms, master suites, garden niches, etc. I love the idea of including nature. I honor nature as it provides for us in ways that we rarely think about. Ecopsychology is in itself a new concept for me. I will enjoy exploring it with more depth.

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The following essay was delivered by me, Carl Golden, as a lecture at the Abundancia Feast at the Grange in Woodinville, WA, on February 22, 2012.

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“Who are YOU?” asked the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation.
Alice replied, rather shyly, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”
(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll)

This deep and enduring psychological question—Who are you?—is inseparable from our absolute dependence upon the natural world. Similarly, the over-riding environmental question—What is our relationship and responsibility to Nature?—is deeply rooted in the psyche—as our images of self and nature—and our behaviors.

Ecopsychology offers three insights into these questions:

1. There is a deeply bonded and reciprocal relationship between humans and nature that can be…

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