August Rhythms

I was inspired by the group of women dancing together at the moondance in Bristol last night. I saw yet again how simple it can be to wake up in the dance and to experience the self in a completely new way. More and more of these waves, these dances, and we don't have time for the old fixed ways of the mind.
I found myself saying again, that the dance is about consciousness. It is a way to liberate ourselves inside our own minds.

Evolution is in the air. It always has been, but I haven't ever been so aware of it as I am now. Having an awareness of the context of evolution is exciting.

Life has been evolving for billions of years.
Now is the culmination of that evolution.
Life will continue to evolve into the future, culmination upon culmination!
My life is just a teeny tiny blink. A breath, a sigh, and then I am gone!

And all the while there is movement, turning, evolving, refining, growing, becoming, shattering, growing more complex more distinct more full more empty more light more awareness more colours more dance more cooperation more richness more contrast more stillness . . . more consciousness

where are we going?
what are we choosing?
how are we being?


let's dance together to know the truth
shrug off the cloak of lies
awaken to our beauty
and seize our freedom.

It's happening now and we need to be here to experience it.
Embodying movement and change

I look forward to meeting you on the dance floor this month.

Classes continue throughout August (6,13,20) in Glastonbury

Bank Holiday August 27 class will be at Court House in Long Sutton TA10 9NE and not in Glastonbury

Welcombe Wave: Saturday August 18

Tuesday 7th August covering for Bernadette at Hamilton House in Bristol

Tuesday 28th August covering for Sue at St George's Church, Tufnell Park, London

In Love

Jean x

The power of repetition

We had an interesting and stimulating discussion at the end of class on Monday, which has given me lots of food for thought. The subject was: repetitive movements, and copying/sharing these movements with others.

The question was: What is the point?

That is a very good question, and some elements of answers did emerge in our brief conversation, and then afterwards I thought of a few more things that I'd like to share here, for those who are interested in 5 Rhythms as a practice.

First and most basic point: clear repetitive movement is essentially a staccato practice. It is useful for bringing "something" out from inside us and giving it a shape. The repetition helps us to feel and explore the energy of that "something" and allow it to become more and more clear. When it has done so, it will dissolve/evolve into something else. This is the way of it.

Doing a repetitive movement is a useful fall back for any of us at any point in the wave. If we become aware that we are disconnected from our dance, we can choose to give a shape to the sensation (or lack of sensation) of that moment and keep repeating it until it changes, and then repeat that until it changes, and so on, and it wont be long before we are back once more in connection with our self and our dance, especially if we can give ourselves 100% to this and be generous with our breath.

Simple repetition is also helpful if we are feeling something difficult, maybe something intense or unpleasant. A simple repetitive movement gives us a safe holding structure as we allow the intense or difficult feelings to move through us and be digested and released by our system.

And there is much more to be said about the value of solo repetitive movement. You might tell your story in a comment below. Please share your reflections.

Partner repetition shares this experience with one other. We see the shape/movement of the other dancer and mirror the movement. We will never copy exactly what the other dancer is doing! We can't! Because each dancer is totally unique. What we can do is be the dance of  "I see you and this movement you are offering me. With curiosity and openness I will join you in it. I will bring my whole self into it, giving my feelings and sensations to this structure you have offered me". Then see what emerges out of that.

Tribal repetition is what we call the practice of one person offering a repeating movement and a group of others following. As in partner repetition, it is an acknowledgement and honouring of anothers movement by the group. It is a surrendering of individual "will" to the greater field. Everybody in the group gets the chance to lead and to follow/support. It is an opportunity for all of us to learn how we dance with the roles of leader and follower/supporter. 

Tribal repetition can take us into the unified field, where we can experience ourselves as one unique and irreplaceable cell in a moving breathing body of beauty, where we are accepted, acknowledged and supported in our individuality. For me, this is a true and alive experience of empowered community.

I want to make it really clear that this is NOT about being the "same" as everyone else (how would that be possible??!) This is NOT about encouraging us to be "Sheople", blindly following the strongest and most compelling energy in a given space. This is about how we can evolve as a community, celebrating our individuality and diversity and moving together in greater and greater cooperation. It is a revolutionary practice.

I hope this helps a little towards clarifying "the point" of repetitions. There is so much to say about it, I have just scratched the surface. It wold be great if you would share your point of view too. 

I am looking forward to exploring this and other practices with a group of committed dancers in a closed group in Glastonbury, starting in the Autumn. More news of that to come . . .

JULY/AUGUST SCHEDULE:

Welcombe Wave in Devon this Saturday July 14th, and then I go to  Sweden for SunDance for the rest of the month. 
Glastonbury class: July 16th with Andrew Holmes 
July 23rd with Bernadette Ryder
July 30th NO CLASS in Glastonbury
I'm back in August for 
MoonDance in Bristol Sunday August 5th 
Glastonbury on August 6th, 13th, 20th (NO CLASS AUG 27)
Covering for Bernadette in Bristol on August 7th.
Covering for Sue Rickards in London August 28th.

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