In Shamanic Dance we weave a magical tapestry of truly holistic experience from 3 golden threads:
***** Self-purification/Cleansing/Releasing *****
******** Self-disciplined repetitive ritual ********
******** Free-spirited self-actualisation ********
A specific shamanic dance practice might embody only disciplined repetitive "ritual" movements at one extreme [meditative transcendence] or consist entirely of spirit-driven "freeform" movement at the other extreme [channelling transcendence]. Freeform dance can be "cleansing"/"releasing" [physical tensions, chakra energy blocks, earthly cares etc] and thereby energising and uplifting, and can also be joyfully connective and self-expressive.
|- Spiritual Dance = Alchemy = Magical Transformation of Energetic State -|
Shamanic dance is a Spiritual Practice which can provide 3 Benefits:
* A bigger [cosmic] & richer [spiritual/emotional] experience of ourselves and the world
* Access to transcendent resources of wisdom, guidance and creativity
* Cultivation of safety and good fortune [success, happiness]
The shamanic lifestyle is an ancient natural and holistic approach to life which integrates mind, body, spirit, community and divine service.
|- Integrate & Align Your Psyche! -|
Deepening Self-awareness - Integration of Mind, Body, Heart & Spirit
|B'reshith Dance in Hebrew - Verse 1 of Genesis|
WE SING & DANCE TO REMEMBER OUR CREATIVE POWER WHEN ALIGNED WITH THE DIVINE!
Reminds us of the spacious potential that was there in the beginning and still resides as a deep memory in the cells of our being. In the partner part of the Dance, we help each other clear space and let go of whatever baggage is not truly part of our pre-existing, primordial purpose in life.
A 'Divine Creativity' circle ance incorporating ancient mystical movements [Zikr] for accessing what Deepak chopra calls 'The Field of Infinite Potential'
Note: 'Elohim' is one of the 6 versions of "God" referred to in the books of the Old Testament and translates as "The One that is Many!".
|- Movement for Health, Wellbeing & Wholeness -|
The Cherokee Dance of Life - A Prayer in Movement
An holistic Energy-Cultivation & Spiritual-Connection Practice connecting us to the world of spirit and the divine qualities of reverence, trust and oneness, honouring Mother Earth, Father Sky, the Four Directions and our own inner support [self-esteem]. The Dance of Life is an ancient Medicine dance, said to originate from the Eastern Cherokee Medicine people, though exact origin is disputed. Combines breathwork, creative visualization and gentle tension-releasing movements similar to T'ai Chi. Best done at dawn, The Dance of Life is grounding, centering, balancing and a dance of gratitude for life!
|Hoof and Horn - Connecting to the Cycles of Life|
A Dance of Universal Peace honouring the Celtic Tradition of hunter [Horned God] & gatherer [Green Man]
Hoof and Horn, Hoof and horn
All that dies shall be reborn!
Corn and grain, Corn and grain
All that falls shall rise again!
A circle dance version of the ancient chant of our Celtic Pagan Ancestors, created by Amara Karuna
In the shamanic tradition we love to dance with and for our Ancestors!
Journey into Oneness with the Sun Invocation
Finding Our Place in the Great Scheme of Things via the symbolic movements of a traditional Native American Chant.
Connecting to Earth, Community and the 4 Directions - The Shaman never lives or works in isolation!
|KUAKE, LENO LENO MAOTE, HAYANO, HAYANO, HAYANO
Let Me be One with the Infinite Sun, Forever, Forever, Forever
The Principle of Universal Oneness - All Things are Connected!
|- Exercises to "Let Go" & Clear Blocks to Deeper Self-Awareness -|
Beyond the boundary of experience flows "The Way"
Ever greater - yet more subtle - than the world
[The Path to Serenity]
THE 4-PHASE BREATH MINDFULNESS PRACTISE
The 4-Phase Reflective Breathing technique is a self-awareness tool which integrates mind, body, spirit, perceptions, senses and feelings. Self-awareness is essential for healing self or others - it is the starting point for choice (self-empowerment) and personal transformation. There are 4 types of outcome of this exercise:
deadness - can't do it!
relaxation & self-centring
energy blocks encountered
contacting of held-in feelings
More about this Self-Healing Breathwork Practice
About the Art of "Let Go - Let God(ess)"
A Circle Dance to Release Energy & Uplift Spirit
Raising Our Level of Vibration!
We begin our workshop journey by chanting and moving together to a Native American style tribal dance, aided by drum and rattle, to raise our spirits & energy level. Our goals are: Self-empowerment, Inspiration, Motivation, without which we will not get very far! The 3 phases of this symbolic circle ritual remind us of our potential to connect with our 3 levels of identity...
and to experience our life on 3 interwoven levels...
- Individual self
- Part of a Group/Community
- Part of the Cosmic Oneness (Great Spirit/God)
The words of this mantric chant...
- Personal journey
- Soul-Group (Family/Community) journey
- Spiritual Life (free-flowing, self-creative, self-expressive, self-actualising)
We circle around
The boundaries of the Earth
Hayya Hayya Hayya Hayya
Wearing the long wing feathers as I fly
More about this vibrant, uplifting shamanic circle dance
The Tai Chi Walk - Meditation in Movement
Energy Cultivation & Conservation
After some simple Tai Chi centering exercises we move into a beautiful, flowing, walking meditation.
The Breath of Arjuna - Shamanic Self-Empowerment
Arjuna was an heroic archer in Hindu legend. His name means 'bright' or 'shining' and he was such a skilled warrior that he was nicknamed "the undefeatable". He symbolizes the qualities of "clear vision", "focus" [on a target, personal goal or direction] and potency [effectiveness]. "Breath of Arjuna" is a simple dynamic and holistic yoga movement connecting breath, body, mind, spirit and imagination [visualization of results]. It can be done sitting, but is most powerful in the standing position. It comes from "Dru Yoga" [yoga of the heart]. The shamanic version of this practice consists of 3 successive phases:
1. Shedding what is not needed on our journey into deeper experience of sacred dance;
2. "Drawing-in" soul nourishment, qualities and self-empowerment for the "next step" on our life journey;
3. Radiating the shamanic persona (spiritual or power animal qualities) that we can bring to our world.
- Dance Your Energy Pattern Resources to Support a Personal Intention -
Planting our "Survival/Success/Fulfillment" Seed for the New Season:
(Flowing with the Energy Patterns of the 5 Elements)
Self-actualisation version: Seneca tribe symbolic "Planting Ritual"
Building Resourcefulness & Flexibility via moving sequentially in the 5 elemental energy patterns (earth, water, fire, air, ether)
The five elements verses alternate with actions calling down the guidance & support of our "Upper World" spiritual helpers ["spirit guides"].
A glimpse of this symbolic 5-elements chant/dance planting ritual
Ignite the Spark to Engage Your Personal Soul-Wisdom & Life-Purpose:
We Use a "Smudging" Ritual to Purify Intentions for entering the "Sacred Space" of Trance Dance practice
Many people choose to live their lives "stuck in a rut" - miserable and unfulfilled, unprepared for death. Engaging in The Way (lifestyle) of the Shaman begins with nurturing our desire and passion for fulfillment - for living more fully, achieving more of our potential and having a fuller experience of ourselves and of the integrated earthly/spiritual life for which we have incarnated into this lifetime. For this we will draw on the Native American wisdom of the Medicine Wheel incorporating the 4 compass directions plus "down" [earth], "up" [sky] and "within" - a total of 7 directions of spiritual connection...
Spirit of the East
Help the New Dawn in us rising
Spirit of the South
Bring us healing and laughter
Spirit of the West
Bring us cleansing and insight
Spirit of the North
Bring us wisdom and purity
You give us food and shelter
You breathe the breath of life into me
Spirit of Within
You are my appreciation
Wakan Tanka, Great Spirit, O Great Mystery
Take the veil of ignorance away from me
Wakan Tanka, Great Spirit, O Great Mystery
Take the veil away so I may see
Take the veil away so I may see
Take the veil away so I may see
["Song of the Sacred Directions" - Amazon links to "Sacred Drumming" source Book + CD: U.K. USA Canada]
A Ritual based on the above Sacred Chant leads us into Free Spirit (Trance) Dance
Shamanic trance dance is NOT about "totally losing control", "going crazy" or simply having a hedonistic "wild time" - it is an intentional spiritual practice to receive deep guidance or insight into a problem, issue or desire that we bring to the practice. Having earlier in the day set up an intention of what we wish to receive guidance, healing or illumination about, we enter now enter ecstatic trance simply by surrendering to the rhythm of the music...Deepening into our personal "soul space" and letting spirit-driven visions and receivings flow, while maintaining a "light touch" of self-awareness and self-control.
TRANCE DANCE & MOVEMENT MEDICINE VIDEOS
After sharing our initial trance-dance experience, we practise free-spirited self-expression via a fun-packed Gestalt exercise
A second trance-dance (different rhythm & nature sounds) follows. If necessary we will break for a while to do a Celtic unwinding/grieving/letting-go circle dance.
- Grounding the Visionary Healing Experience of Trance Dance -
Our visionary healing journey is shared with others and we "ground" our new awareness back into our body
in walking self-expressively plus dancing to a range of drum rhythms & music
- An Attitude of Gratitude Recycles Energy to the Spirit World -
Calling-in Our Ancestors & Spirit Guides to Support us in the coming Trance Dance Journey
"Ancestors, Sky people, All here Today"
A Huna Shamanism Tribute & Blessing Chant & Dance Ritual
A Parting Blessing for Each Other and for Our Universal Connections
"Te Aroha" A Symbolic Maori Chant & Dance - Radiation of Divine Love, Truth & Peace
This workshop provides you with a gentle, thoughtful introduction to the sacred, self-expressive and healing, arts and sciences of Movement Therapy, Ecstatic Dance and Shamanic Journeying via Trance Dance. Learn and practice at your own pace, all exercises are voluntary. Suitable for all ages, shapes and mobility levels, full instructions given.
An excellent way to..., release tension and recharge your energy levels via authentic movement exercises, movement meditations and the inspiring beat of rhythmic drumming. We will be moving and dancing indoors and also outdoors - connecting to the spirits of the natural world.
How you can benefit:
- Raise your "level of vibration" for more vibrant living!
- Unwind from the cares and stresses of everyday life
- Get your creative, spontaneous and inspirational juices flowing!
- Ground your Spiritual Practice
- Experience Healing Circle Dances
- Connect more deeply to your embodied Soul!
- Find & Dance with the "Power Animal" that can empower your life right now!
Facilitator for this workshop: Dr. Mike Meredith (Contact)
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