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L is for Liminal

L is for Liminal


adjective  lim·i·nal \ˈli-mə-nəl\
p 30% of words

Definition of liminal

  1. 1:  of or relating to a sensory threshold
  2. 2:  barely perceptible
  3. 3:  of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition :  in-betweentransitional<in the liminal state between life and death — Deborah Jowitt

I like to pursue new ideas, when the day and my mind are very fresh and malleable. Going from a restful sleep to awaking in the morning have been the times I've done some of my best work. In fact, those hours are my favorite times for doing yoga and exercise, as well. I find this liminal or transitional state as an area that is not fully set or settled. I've said what it's not but I can easily say what it is: fruitful.

In a liminal, early morning state, I am awake but still open to my dreams states. This odd time is conducive to creativity and productivity.

My exercise for this Creative Block Hack is easy. Set your alarm an hour earlier than usual or simply start pursuing your creative work an hour or so earlier than normal. See what you come up with, and if creative flows for you in that liminal state, the way it does for me.


  1. I wish I could get up when my alarm goes off an hour earlier! I always hit snooze!!!!! I might try it this week though!

  2. I like to pursue new ideas with a clear mind as well. And my mind seems clearest in morning. After coffee, that is.

    1. I know just what you mean Optimistic Existentialist! I'm sipping mine right now.

  3. I love that word liminal Stephanie - that in-between state, like the membrane of the egg that separates the shell from the actual egg. Almost invisible but very real ... thank you!

    1. I never thought about it like a membrane but it's so accurate. Thanks for the beautiful thought and illustration Susan!

  4. I hear subliminal all the time, but never thought of liminal :). I have trouble with the liminal state just before I go to sleep, because sometimes my brain won't shut up :)
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

    1. Natasha, that seems a big part of our 2016 existence unfortunately. Pulling in, and meditating helps.

  5. I've just learned a new word and I haven't finished my first cup of coffee. Thanks!

    I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings.
    M is for Movies
    Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Blogs

    1. That's pretty cool Stephen! I like what you're blogging about for A to Z, very much. Very interesting!

  6. I am more creative in the mornings, if I get a good night of sleep :) I do wake up several hours before I have to be at work just to have that time to myself to explore how I want to spend it :)


    1. I relish my morning time before work too!


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