so clearly and inevitably reveals the inner man than movement and gesture.
It is quite possible, if one chooses, to conceal and dissimulate behind
words or paintings or statues or other forms of human expression,
but the moment you move you stand revealed, for good or ill, for what
you are. ~Doris Humphrey
Dance is clearly one of the earliest forms
of worship, as dance and ritual strengthens the immune system
of the Earth. we inherently know the joy that comes
from moving our bodies and the release that comes. Movement connects
us with the rhythm of the universe through breath and the core
elements that make up who we are and why we are here (body and
soul). Basic movements are the starting point of personal expression
as the inner dance is transformed into our life experience. It
is a process where we access a deeper wisdom and discover inner
dimensions of ourselves. Dancing and movement gets us back in
touch with our essence in a very simple, tangible way. It is through
which we can attain calm, peace, spiritual upliftment, self-confidence
and greater physical energy for others and ourselves.
When we tune into the well-spring of our being, our archival self,
and move with grace, rhythm and beauty which is unique to each
of us, we tap into a feeling of “wholeness” that harmonizes
the body-mind-spirit complex. This feeling is the pathway to healing,
of self-revelation. It is a way to integrate sensation, movement,
feelings/emotions, and imagery to affect the state of our body
through an interrelated continuum. This continuum allows us to
operate on many dimensions simultaneously to attain a state of
emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. Dance &
rituals strengthen the immune system
of the Earth. Tapping
into this stream is what it means to heal--to consummate with
Spirit and ground Spirit into matter.
Dance as authentic movement is about articulating the relationship
between the witness and the mover in the form body. It is about bringing that movement’s expressive nature to the stage of consciousness without violating the timing necessary for development and integration. Stress, frustration, and feeling “stuck" and emotional
and psychological problems come from a lack of expression - a lack
of physical harmony, and a loss of our sense of importance in
the overall scheme of things. Thoughts can be deceptive, but the
does not lie. Our bodies directly tell us what they
need - to dance and move to satisfy the need for beauty, wonder,
magic and infinite possibilities.
Movement as a form of self-help allows
us to tap into deep emotions and archetypal images
as a way to recover from the grief, anger, doubt and fear that
overcomes us from time to time. The
people we dance and move with become our family and our community
with whom we can be our true selves. In this safe accepting,
non-judgmental environment we can express problems, unhappiness,
hopes and fears through movement that originates from within.
As long as some part of our body is capable of response we can
be expressive even if it’s just with fingers or toes.
Dance as a total art form provides a channel of communication
that is often more reliable and effective than the spoken word.
In the words of Bill Irwin, "The physical language of the
body is so much more powerful than words."
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Movement never lies.
It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to
all who can read it. ~Martha
you can See
of dancers and the electronic traces created by the movement
of their muscles.
is the hidden language
of the soul. ~Martha Graham
|What happens when the spine returns to its fluid origins? Bone
is connective tissue. It is filled with fluid. What we are seeing
is the the choreography of the fluid moving through the connective
tissue called bone. Bone maintains its health through its flexibility
and adaptability. Breathing from the sides of the body, using
lateral movement is aquatic breathing belonging to our oceanic
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Dancing with the Divine
by Looping into Kosmic Circuit
of emotions well up
inside me throughout the day.
They are released when I dance. ~Abraham
moves in waves. Waves move in patterns.
Patterns move in
Rhythms. A human being is just that, energy, waves, patterns ,
rhythms. Nothing more. Nothing less. A dance.
Of all inspirational
forms of dance, dancing
with Spirit is what moves me. Infinity Body Chakra Dance is
my favorite. I call it that because of the wavy form of movement
that is both physically therapeutic and spiritually nutritive.
In this dance, the choreographer and dancer meld into the focus
of the unified field. It's like a plug in of prana/chi that
starts at the root and slowly undulates the energy in meticulous
rhythm in the shape of an infinity loop. The lemnsicate pattern
is used to mentally transport the symbols vibration up the spinal
pathway liberating energy to the crown for alignment with Higher
Spiritual Energies. Resistance is released through Sweet Breath!!!
A dancer’s facial expression lends clue of true representation
of the energy of the dancer. An onlooker might notice closed
eyes with an elated look when the dancer is on another plane,
but never out of control even when the movement is strongly
energetic. There is an inner conversation that is carried on
that often results in unexpected insights and feelings of At-One-ment
with the universe and all sentient life. This alone is enough
to put a smile on a dancers face. In this heightened state the
person feels the associated physical and emotional sensations
of being plugged into spiritual circuit. Coordinated with breath
the dancer becomes a vessel into which energy can be poured
and lifted. By pulling energy up from the sacral bone to the
crown along the spinal pathway a healing potential is evoked,
as it creates a state of alignment with Kosmic rhythm where
mind, body and spirit are in perfect harmony.
If we can harness and direct the fire of life energy (Kundalini)
via breath in its ascent in consummation with Spirit, we can
purify the emotional and mental bodies, release blocked life
energy in the physical body, balance the nervous system and
evoke spontaneous healing. Infinity
Body movement purifies the vehicles and accelerates
vibration. Whatever ones subjective experience, such spiraling
movement spiritually uplifts and fills the heart with joy.
I suggest an experiment. Stand with your arms at your sides.
Now lift up one arm to shoulder height in a way which expresses
first joy, then fear, anger, defiance, tenderness and finally
love. Does each emotion give rise to a different quality of
movement? Poetry, a single word, an object, a visualization
or music can all provide the motivation for this form of dance.
knoweth the power of the dance, dwelleth in God."
Self Healing Manua PDF
By Alisa Battaglia, B.D., CHT, EFT, TH
by loving your body will you come closer to God...the body knows
how to dance, how to sing, how to pulsate with God. When the body
starts vibrating with the divine, suddenly you will see your soul
Your body and soul are one." ~ Osho
International was conceived in 1996 by artist/musician Chris Deckker,
as a vision to unite the whole world through the universal platform
of dance and music. Earthdance has now become the largest global
synchronized dance event in the world. Every year, Earthdance
continues to grow in volume and scope. This years event is September
13, 2008 at 4pm PST. To get involved with Earthdance click here.
Earthdance has shown how the potent combination of music, dance
and technology can be harnessed for positive and humanitarian
aims. Every year, in alignment with the International Day of Peace,
over 200,000 people unite in dance with hundreds of thousands
more joining online in support of global peace and humanitarian
locations around the globe click here.
are one global family
All colors, All races
One world united.
We dance for peace and the healing of our planet Earth
Peace for all nations.
Peace for our communities.
And peace within ourselves.
As we join all dance floors across the world,
let us connect heart to heart.
Through our diversity we recognize Unity.
Through our compassion we recognize Peace.
Our love is the power to transform our world
Let us send it out
Dance, one of the oldest forms of artistic expression, requires
only the human body for its realization. ~Igor
Dances of Universal Peace
must speak, then sing, then dance. The speaking is the brain, the thinking
The singing is the emotion. The dancing is the Dionysian ecstasy which
carries away all. ~Isadora Duncan
of Universal Peace are a means of reconciliation and fostering peace.
Their theme focuses on Peace in all its contexts, healing and reverence
for all sentient life and the deeper mysteries. These Dances are
Sacred and do not require any musical or movement experience, as
they are about taking part, rather than performance or dress code.
The settings are peaceful eliciting
a sacred feeling where everyone joins hands to form a circle with
the Leader and musicians in the middle. The Leader usually explains
the background history (more than 400 drawn from religions and
traditions) and teaches the words (usually four lines of music
long in repetition), music and movements associated with a particular
dance to help understand and appreciate both the similarities
and differences of various religions and traditions.
This inclusion of beliefs and religions creates an opening of
the heart and feelings of unity. Through the music and movement
individuals experience a dynamic relationship between the group,
the individuals within the group and themselves.
The body of work was collated in
the late 1960's by Samuel L. Lewis (1896-1971) a Sufi teacher
and Rinzai Zen Master. He studied in great depth the mystical
traditions of the Hindu, Jewish, and Christian religions. Hazrat
Inayat Khan and the dancer Ruth St. Denis were major influences
on his thinking. In the 70's Lewis began to create the dances
of universal peace as a way of promoting “Peace through
the Arts.” Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism,
Judaism, Christianity, Islam as well as the Aramaic, Native American,
Native Middle Eastern, Celtic, Native African, and Goddess traditions
are all celebrated.
50 years these works and their music have spread throughout the
world with new circles springing up to help spread feelings of
reverence, creativity and a connection to the Earth.
Thousand-Hand Kwan Yin Dance
Stunning & Elegant
Performance!! Considering the tight coordination required, the
dancers accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they
were not all deaf. All 21 dancers are complete deaf-mutes relying
only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage.
These extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is
at once intricate and stirring.
Their first major
international debut was in Athens last year at the closing ceremonies
for the 2004 Paralympics. Long in the repertoire of the Chinese
Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe they had traveled to more
than 40 countries.
The lead dancer
is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts
Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the 2008 Spring