SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does a threshold moment mean to you? Can you share a personal experience of a threshold moment? What helps you open up to the immense mystery that surrounds the small circle of light in which you dwell?
When I was a very small child, we lived in a lonely part of New Mexico next to U.S. 40 and the railroad. The fading echo of the train whistle at night would bring me to a threshold of wonder, anticipation . . . looking up at the night sky filled with innumerable stars on a clear night. I had no doubt that the universe was vast and unknowable. I felt simultaneously very small and yet very much a part of the vastness.
A threshold moment to me is that magic often fleeing moment of both aha and I don't know wrapped up together in a twinkle. It is the awareness of magic and not being able to completely understand it and realizing, that's what makes it magic <3 As the days are darker (soon to be lighter!) I find that I curve in more into introspection. Sometimes brief moments of insight happen, like this Saturday night driving home after a gathering and I felt totally at peace and totally in my heart, this huge love pouring out. I cannot entirely explain. I felt warm in the cold and I felt joy. The opening up comes from not seeking to hold onto it, but in a sort of release and a trust in the magic. I hope this makes sense. <3
I appreciate Sam Keen's essay. A threshold moment is a crossover moment, a moment of transformation. It's the point when the water reaches 212 degrees and transforms to steam, or when the caterpillar breaks through the cocoon and emerges a butterfly. The threshold moment is the moment of entering a new reality. Moving around during a group therapy, I was tiptoeing and someone asked me, "Do you tiptoe through all of life?" That was a moment of awakening for me, an aha moment, a threshold moment. My taking in a therapists's words that I have a right to be powerful was a threshold moment for me. What helped me open up to the immense mystery was feeling safe, seen and encouraged, and once I had a personal threshold moment, I wanted more. The first one was the critical one. They're addicting.
" The thrus's song belongs to a family of experiences that usher us into a threshold where sound trails off into silence, time disappears into timelessness, and the known world is engulfed by the great mystery." Reading these words took me into the sound of silence.Such voyage into timelessness happens when I take time out for my in-time.I call the in-time zone the being zone. In this in-time zone, I do not feel bound by the out-time world.It is an experience that transcends the boundaries of space and time.
I like the phrase "a family of experiences." Meditation is one of such a family of experiences for me. Meditation ushers me into such timeless state of mind, when the chattering mind becomes calm and quiet. When I chant, I feel totally absorbed in it.
A few years ago, we were on a pilgrimage to Amarnath some 15,000 feet above the sea level.We all felt a deep sense of awe and wonderment when we saw the clear sky with luminous stars.We all felt profound sense of silence. We all were in the timeless zone in deep silence for a long time. I will never forget this experience of a threshold moment.
May we take time out from our busy and hectic life to receive gifts of a threshold moment!
Jagdish P Dave