In the process of merging and consolidating my business and personal profiles and my web presence (see previous post), I began to realize that there were some things that I needed to eliminate. You know, like we're constantly being told to eliminate salt and fat from our diets, or eliminate cravings or desires.
Then how is this word any different from expressions such as throw away, let go or get rid of?
From Latin: ex/e meaning out
From Latin: limen/limin meaning threshold
From Latin: eliminate meaning turned out of doors
So interestingly, eliminate literally means to be drive out across the threshold.
In teaching I often talk about liminal space, the threshold, where we can cross from one place, realm, experience, or state-of-being into another. There are liminal occurrences such as sunrise and sunset and the solstices and equinoxes and liminal places on the earth like vortexes and sacred sites where it's possible to slip back and forth into other realms and times easily and quickly. Birth and death, sex, menstruation and religious ecstasy are also liminal. When Odin offered himself in sacrifice, he 'tore a hole in Ginnungagap', the great Void; he reached across the threshold and 'runes rushed in, and out'.*
When we eliminate something, when we drive something out across the threshold, where does it go?
Can we cause something to exist in another dimension by virtue of our own choice?
Whether something is in or out is completely dependent upon perspective.
When we cross a threshold are we coming or going?
What happens to those things we say we eliminate?
What do you hunger for?
Ingrid, the Rune Woman
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*this is taken from the book (un) familiar
gift of Ing
you are the one
who brought them forth
tore a hole
in and out
with piercing wail
the high one
ending the beginning"