Holding space–in the context of a relationship–is something close friends do naturally for one another, when one person is working through a moral dilemma, trying to make a major decision, arranging life priorities or otherwise attempting to move toward internal resolution between every-day concerns and the desires of your highest Light or Spirit.
There are so many components to an intimate relationship, whether that relationship is internal–between the every-day part of personality and true Spirit–or external, between two partners.
In almost every relationship there are issues of emotion, aesthetics, creativity, intellect, physicality, fiscal concern, as well as the honoring of pure Spirit.
On the most basic level, for example, there is the issue of touch. How do we want to be touched? How often? Where do we want to be touched–both in terms of a person’s body and in terms of appropriate social locations? What types of touch do we desire? How do we balance and honor our desires with the desires of another person?
In consideration of all of these things, it is nothing short of a miracle that any committed relationship lasts more than a short time.
And, I would argue, one of the reasons committed relationships span years is that two people have agreed to step onto the path of self-discovery–together.
People enter into intimate relationships and close friendships specifically to entertain these basic life questions, learn how to set boundaries, refine their desires and explore their limits and limitlessness, while discovering their personal “answers”–together.