Immortal poems soon to speak poetic irregularities
Faith wrote from the soul
Elicited by feelings and impulses of sentimental interpretation
In the wake of all of this goodness, I have been so amazed by the noise that surrounds it all. Saying this isn’t commenting on the perceived positive or negative noise that always surrounds the shifting of times, but rather the amount of outpouring and claiming through celebration. Again, this is not a comment on the pride or needed exhale, but rather watching in wonderment of it all.
And yet, I am realizing for myself that I am absorbing our changing world in a very different way. For me it has been one of great internal reflection. I have observed the amazing things that have been occurring and have been digesting them into my being simply because I often can’t believe that they have actually occurred. If I can swallow them into my body and consume the joy within perhaps I can better believe that they are happening as they have become a physical part of me somehow.
In light of all of this, I have decided to use only one word this week to describe the feelings or thoughts that have been occurring as I process all that has transpired. I am calling it “One Word Week” simply distilling what I need to by choosing only one word rather than a rant or exchange. In doing so I hope to quiet those around me to enter into the simplicity of joined thought while contemplating more quietly through a focused and directed emotion. I realize I always connect better with those around me and those I love when I share what is in the moment without anything extra; stripping away unnecessary noise so that the connection is better tasted due to its simplicity of flavor.
So as I move forward this week I will express in a very succinct way and look forward to the ways in which those around me respond to the dialing back and humbling of the emotions. In addition, I am also very aware that the way we respond to change will help us better to change the other necessary and long over due shifts that need to happen immediately in our country. If we celebrate to loudly or wildly, the noise drowns out and detracts us from addressing the pressing needs of our brothers and sisters who are also fighting battles of equality and justice. We are all not free until we are all free. We are all not legal until we all are legal. We are all not equal until we all are equal. It is a quieting respect that we offer even in times of great celebration. Our graciousness in the way we celebrate will help to let others know that we will fight along side them as well.
My One Word Week began yesterday with the word love. Simple and profound. Yet universal and necessary and needed for all. Join me in this directed expression and see what happens to your feed or to your exchanges. See what happens when we create a bridge through simple words and thoughts so as to bring people together even if they do not think or feel the same. If we create a platform to welcome others to the table for discussion while seeing them through a simple idea, perhaps we can begin to bring in more love as the walls will have come down. I wonder if we can disarm the fear and anger by simplifying the exchange?
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I have welcomed the merging with the white horse. This is a journey of deep discovery and boundless creativity. I give way to the becoming of one leaving behind all that is unnecessary while embracing all possibilities. By weaving the tapestry of our spirits we do not lose ourselves but transform our being through the enhanced senses of one another’s hearts and dreams.
We ride to discover the endless blanket of ever expand light that reaches across unfathomable planes. The travel of eternity moves both forward and backwards in time. There is no fear direction as love moves in all dimensions.
We soar the oceans depths of spirit; immersing ourselves in the deepest states of creativity by releasing to the vacuum of the internal. We breathe water like air while swimming with the expansive wings of Pegasus. There is no fear of what is right when love knows no wrong.
This journey has no steps and yet we will travel distances only measured by the soul. There will be no quantifiable or empirical. There needs no measure when what is experienced is immeasurable. All that will be will be understood by the absorbing of all that there is.
Leaving behind the past to flow in the great mystery of the present.
So porous the heart that the light and love of the world flows through.
There is buoyancy in a body free from the burden of holding on to the weight of fear.
When there is no longer a need for value or rank, the soul touches equality as the veil of division fades away.
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Sing your truth with passion and trust you will be guided by the spirits of the world. They will keep you, support you and wrap you in the ever evolving flow of knowledge and light. Remember you are a beautiful creature of the creative energy that is our existence and our physiology. You are the expression and reality of the universe.
Express without fear. Express with love. Express with light.
Sing your truth and let the song be heard by those of open heart to hear it. Write your work and let it be read by those of open mind to understand it. Dance your heart and let it be felt by those of open vibration to absorb it. Radiate your energy and let the healers light be imprinted by those of open veins to channel it.
Express without fear. Express with love. Express with light.
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As I finish up my last day here in RIC for a while, I am profoundly grateful for the opportunities that are opening up before me. Thankful for the freedom to move about the world and share my work and passions with people from all over the globe. I marvel at what dance has done for my life and for how it has carried me to places that I could have never dreamed of as a young man.
As a matter of fact, I had no clue I was a dancer. No clue that I would end up where I am creating three dimensional visceral landscapes, teaching how to create internal space and design external realities or bringing consciousness to the energetic pathways of our technique. I often wonder how I turned down this road.
Yet, I am on this journey. Happily and gratefully on this journey.
This trip to Athens is to present my perspective on teaching by sharing my research, Training a Conscious Body: Redefining Pedagogy Practices in Contemporary Dance Technique for Increased Architectural Support and Physical Integrity. I am excited to share these examinations and talk about learning through sensation rather than imitation and the reexamining of time within the classroom.
The travel that follows will be to teach and to collaborate on the Paris Semester Abroad program for our students at VCU to take part in Spring 2016. I am excited to meet up with Michael Foley as well as Colleen Thomas-Young to share and organize all of this goodness. What amazing people to walk that journey with. Very grateful to Michael for his brilliance.
In addition, I will be meeting up with my dear friends Keith Bell and Josh Sessions to have a writing retreat. Both myself and Keith are working on books and we are going to spend our time writing in the cafes for even greater inspiration. A little fantasy come true I guess.
And one of the most synchronistic events will be having breakfast with Linda Kohanov. I have long admired her research and work with horses and had the luxury of participating in one of her leadership workshops this spring. She is an inspiration to me and I am tickled to be able to meet with her and hear her stories of the wonderful sharing she is doing with her work and the release of her book Power of the Herd in French.
I am truly grateful!!
And so, this begins the journey.
Satisfied to see the very quietest part.
To move. To walk.
Emptiness and tranquility commonplace followed by nothing.
Without distinction or consolation.
Occupied of every body.
The world without temptation.
We live our lives moving forward. in motion in one direction seeing only what is in front of us and desiring what is so far beyond ourselves. Would it not be more dimensional if we started living in all directions forcing us to anchor ourselves and our energies by the center line of our beings? Our spines and the very core of our being, and ways of being, would be engaged in a sense of ascending and descending reaching in order to stabilize this new sense of seeing and being.
In doing so, we might find a surge of energy and creativity focusing and reconnecting damaged pathways that have occurred by living a life focused on a future. We might find a sense of internal opening and awakening as we find the balance of our internal and external selves as we allow and acknowledge ourselves as the center of our humanity and the inspiration of our dreams. The radiant body becomes the very thing that grounds our existence. Simply by seeing in all directions, we find our electric selves charged by a new sense of existing and enter a life long journey of walking along the center line.
Human lives are statements about our galaxies. Full of magical stories, mystical memories and a history rich in ritual; our inexplainable moments at the micro level reflect the wonderful magnificence at the macro level. Logic and reason never able to outshine the simple power of faith.
Humanity is our being in this world. Not our overthinking in it. It is imperative that we connect with our consciousness by not limiting ourselves to the mere hallow experience of information. Mindless motion void of understanding from the heart limits the very voice of our being. We must be careful of giving information more favor or value than conscious feeling.
Our fullest emotional selves integrating imagination, intuition, feeling and sensation is the way in which we embrace who it is we are, our humanity, with courage and humility. It is in this space of allowing ourselves to be fully human and experientially navigating our world with a heightened awareness of being and feeling, that we accept all that is being offered with gratitude and grace.
As we stand in this space of our truest selves, staring out and seeing one another for who we are, finding the authenticity of spirit in one another; we see beyond the facade and directly into the reflection of ourselves and the magnificence of our universe.
The Frontier of opportunities are so vast and open. Each person stands at the edge of their very own expanse of space. Every individual peering into the potential for a journey of their very own.
Enter and expand the internal being that you are. Explore and experience all that is possible for you as you venture the magical realm of occasion.
Never once was there the expectation of perfection. Never once the request for a specific way of experiencing something. Never once the thought you should be more than you are, or know more than you do at this moment.
Right here and now is the time for the beginners heart and the beginners mind. See yourself attending to the passion of the moment rather than the perfection. Satisfy the soul and not a perceived expectation.
Go then into your world and your world alone. Take no friend. Carry no burden. Worlds will converge when they are ready; when your heart is ready. Be patient and revel in these moments with great anticipation of joy. Revel in those moments. And most importantly, live. Simply, live.