Saturday, 28 August 2010

Sublime


I never knew until today that the word “sublime” is derived from the word “liminal”.

“Liminal” is a word that means thresholds, especially “sensory” thresholds.

Sensory thresholds are those times and experiences when sight, sound, smell, touch, or hearing move us beyond our minds into a sense of awe, wonder, or mystery. We are taken to a “place” which transcends “mind”, a place which is rooted in feeling.

“Sublime” is a word which describes those feelings which are “sub-liminal”.  

If we are aware we will experience the sublime in such happenings as  sexual ecstasy, or music, or worship, or nature.

"Tis better to feel the sublime than to sublimate those feelings".

 

Or so says I!

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