Liminality: encounters and dialogues of borderlands and thresholds

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Liminality: encounters and dialogues of borderlands and thresholds

The tree in the sea

A presentation by Frith Luton

Thursday, March 3, 2016 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

"At borders, as at death and in dreams, no amount of prior planning will necessarily avail. The law of boundaries applies. In the nature of things, control is not in the hands of the traveler … at borders there is never an ordinary course of events."
  — Janette Turner Hospital

"Images that are true symbols … are the best possible expressions for something unknown—bridges thrown out towards an unseen shore."
  — CG Jung

Liminality encompasses transitional place and time. It also evokes the symbolism of the potentials of borderland spaces or places or in-between zones—twilight and littoral zones.

‘Liminality’ is a term derived from the Latin limen: threshold or doorway. In psychology it is generally used to refer to psychic states experienced on the threshold between consciousness and unconsciousness. Frith’s presentation will focus on the mercurial realm of the ‘betwixt and between’ and will amplify the symbolism of a particular form of the alchemical ‘philosophical’ tree: the mangrove tree—a plant that grows in intertidal areas of the ocean shore or river estuaries.

In exploring the dynamics of the liminal, Frith will refer to understandings from Jung’s analytical psychology about what can potentially emerge or grow there.

Frith Luton completed her analyst training in Zurich. Her passionate interest in nature, literature and the symbolic life has been strong since childhood. (Frith was born in Brisbane and lived in south-east Queensland until she was 16.) She has also been a professional book editor for almost 30 years and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and a Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing (RMIT) and a Master of Analytical Psychology (UWS).
Her book Bees, Honey and the Hive: Circumambulating the Centre was published by Inner City Books in 2011. Frith is in private practice in Melbourne.