School of Movement Medicine - Mindfulness in Motion
 
Issue: November 2011

Dancing Mania

By Roland

Its Monday afternoon. Ya’Acov’s train from Holland is about to pull into St. Pancras in London. Susannah is approaching London by car on the M5. I am in the School of Movement Medicine office playing a game to see if I can reduce the number of emails in the inbox to below 15. I’m getting close and have actually reduced the number down to 17. Then the phone rings:

“Is that the School of Movement Medicine?”

“Yes.” I reply. “Can I help you?”

“There is a crowd of people on the South Bank in London dancing in a trance. They have been there for hours. No-one can stop them. One person has died.”

I forget about the email game. A plan starts to loosely construct itself in my head. I see Ya’Acov dashing from the train to taxi rank and Susannah calmly resetting the SatNav in her car. Taxi and car will arrive at the same time. They jump out and confer. They will not panic. Yes, they know what to do. Within a few minutes they are there with the crowd of people. Susannah and Ya’Acov start drumming and dancing merging their energy with the chaotic mass of writhing bodies. To begin with nothing noticeable occurs but then very gradually over a period of two hours they reduce the tempo of the drumming until the mass of people are brought to a standstill and then the final beat from the drums releases the crowd from the trance. There is laughter and tears. Relieved relatives and loved ones are hugging those who have been dancing. The press are gathering around trying to get interviews with Susannah and Ya’Acov. But they decline the interviews and instead just hand the press a card on which there is a mysterious mandala of a phoenix surrounded by an arrangement of circles and lines.

“Sorry,” I say to my caller, “You say someone has died. Are you at the South Bank now?”

“No I’m at home. I’m listening to this happening the radio. It sounds really serious.”

“Which station are you tuned in to?”

“Radio 3.”

“Are you sure? Can you check?”

“No sorry Radio 4.”

“You do realise that this is the time when there is the afternoon play on Radio 4.”

There is a slightly awkward silence from the other end of the phone and then the caller says “It’s very convincing.” And so it was. I listened to the whole play ‘A Time to Dance’ on the BBC iPlayer and it was really very good. My caller was by no means the only person to believe that it was real and there were a number of concerned people who called the emergency services. Unfortunately it is no longer available to download.

I say goodbye to the caller and turn my attention back to the emails. A quick glance at the inbox tells me that a further 5 emails have arrived and the tally has gone up to 23.

The radio play, by the way, was loosely based on the dancing mania phenomenon that occurred several time in different places in Europe between the 13thand 17thCenturies. For more details go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania

By a curious co-incidence the school is going to involved with some  real flash mob style events on 11.11.  Susannah has written about these in an article in this newsletter entitled Dance Fever and 11.11.

For a dance based broadcast but not of the mania kind I strongly recommend the School of Movement Medicine webinar series. The next one is due to be broadcast on November 1st at 7.30 pm (UK time).  This one will be led by Ya'Acov as Susannah will be in Germany working with Volker on the Long Dance music.  She will be tuning and dancing.

We are confident that we have now sorted the sound problems that affected the first two webinars. In spite of the poor sound quality of the last one, we have received a lot of positive feedback about the webinar, particular from people who do not have many opportunities to get to classes and workshops. We are very grateful for Tina Haveland for this posting on the Movement Medicine Facebook page. We think it encapsulates something about what we are trying to achieve with the webinars.

“Computers and the Internet are still not my "best friends" but reading Hafiz this morning, (as Susannah said, incredible that this was written 700 hundred years before the "webinar" whose spirit I felt in this :)

I Saw You Dancing

I saw you dancing last night on the roof of your house alone

I felt your heart longing for the friend

I saw you whirling beneath the soft bright rose

That hung from an invisible stem in the sky

So I began to change into my best clothes in hope of joining you

Even though I live a thousand miles away

And if you had spun like immaculate sphere just two more times,

Then bowed again so sweetly to the east

You would have found God and me standing so near

And lifting you into our arms

I saw you dancing last night near the roof of this world

Hafiz feels your soul in mine calling for our Beloved.

Thank you ALL for dancing with me where ever you are!”

We have added one extra webinar to the present series so it is still possible to sign up for 10 webinars for just £35. To enrol press the sign-up button on the webinar page on the Movement Medicine website.

For dancing opportunities with flesh and blood partners, we recommend the following:

November 2nd. Hamburg. A ver special chance to experience a Move & Sing! evening led by Susannah accompanied by Ben Burrows on drums. To book or for more details please contact Edgar on 00 49 40 1888 65 95 or edgar@edgarspieker.de.

November 3 -6. Susannah will be teaching Resonance at the Pegasus centre near Hamburg. This workshop is full at the moment but contact Edgar on 00 49 40 1888 65 95 or edgar@edgarspieker.de if you want to join the waiting list.

Ya’Acov will be teaching in South Africa. There will be a Move! evening in Johannesburg on the 3rdand on 5thand 6th he will be leading the Poetry of Presence in Cape Town.

Ya’Acov will be off again later in the month. This time to Israel where he will teach The Way of the Dancing Warrior workshop on 16th– 19th. Contact Aviya on 00 972 9 7418203 or aviyareches@gmail.com. or aviyareches5@gmail.com

An event not to miss is Susannah's Party and Pray in Paris on November 18th. See her article about it in this newsletter. The 'after party' will be a weekend workshop on 19th and 20th called Rock My Soul. Contact Pierre-Henri + 33 615 325 816 letsmoveinfrance@gmail.com www.letsmove.fr.

In December Susannah will teach a Move! evening in London on

War and Peace
By Susannah

Is it just me, or is the ugly side of human nature very much on display these days? I know it’s always there, and probably has always been there, but the last few days have seen so many excruciating images and stories of “man’s inhumanity to man” that I feel faced with another level of digesting what we are and what we can be. And I know there are so many other moments of both brutality and mercy and kindness that have occurred within the same time frame.

On a micro level too, I witness such a spectrum of possibility inside myself. How easy it is for me to react to someone rather than sense their humanity and the fact that they have a story. I was just at St Pancras Eurostar terminal. I’m away for 10 days now, (Switzerland and Arc of Time, then working with Volker on editing the Long Dance music, then onto Hamburg for Resonance) so I’ve got a very big heavy bag! I swung my extreme baggage onto the belt to be X rayed with a move and a grunt to rival one of the noisiest women tennis players. I look into the face of the attendant, expecting to share the joke. She is stony faced. I ask her with my eyebrows “what’s up?” she mutters, “Dangerous!” I think she means it might be dangerous for my back. I ask “Dangerous?” thinking that I can reassure her that my back is fine. She says ”Dangerous for me! - You might have hit me! A colleague of mine had their ribs broken last week by someone doing that!”. “Oh” I say, “I don’t think you were in danger” feeling a little defensive that she mistook me for an oaf, and then, realising that she had really been scared I say “I was aware of you- but sorry to have scared you!” She looks relieved. I walk through the X ray machine and pick up my mammoth bag on the other side. As I walk away I realise how fast I was already reacting to her hard face and completely misreading it. She was scared, not judgemental! And I only just stumbled into finding out and half decently responding to her. If she or I had been more stressed, adrenalized or less inhibited we could easily have been nasty to each other. So easy! So fast! I felt as if I had been caught up in two simultaneous cascades of perception and response. One of them was about perceiving threat and reacting defensively, and the other was about feeling curious, enquiring, perceiving and responding to another vulnerable human being. In how I’d actually behaved I lurched rather clumsily from one to the other, just about making it to the “shared humanity” boat in time. Wow. In a few seconds of interaction I could feel the war and peace in me, in dialogue, trying to work out who is at the controls, who has their hands on the wheel.

So many factors at play, one of which is about how safe I felt inside myself. The less safe, the more threatened, reactive, defensive, and unable to be open to perceiving the other’s humanity which may or may not fit what I imagine it to be. This reminded me of some constellations role play I did once with a small group enquiring into what is helpful, as a facilitator working with supporting dialogue in the Israeli Palestinian situation. In the constellation, over and over again, each way we “tested” it, the only thing that helped was making sure that each side knew that it was being honoured and respected and held safe, by the facilitator. This allowed each side slowly to be able to bear to be able to see each other. Any other attitude, including ANY attachment to outcome, however good, made each side close and retreat.

So, this is a job of the inner wise elder. I’m bringing my lovely wise woman elder to hold my own inner war and peace dialogues, I witness the beauty I and we humans can be. I witness the horrors I and we are capable of. And I have to confess I AM attached to the possibility of a peaceful, sustainable world, for our selves, each other and all beings. We’re all plerking (plerk = play+work) our parts, and I’m glad to share this life and this exploration with so many of you!

Wishing you a humane Autumn with compassion, joy and tenderness for yourself and your world,

Susannah

The Caretaker
By Ya'Acov

So I’m out walking the dog at the end of a very busy day in the office. You know the kind of day. Five e-mails out, ten come in. Chasing my old virtual tail around cyber space feeling like a mouse on the wheel and my body just says: ‘right Ya’Acov! That’s enough! Up you get. Out you go. The sun is shining. It’s Autumn. The clocks change over the weekend and this is the last chance you’ll get to have some sunshine this side of 5pm for a few months. Out!’

So, like a good Movement Medicine practitioner, out I goes. Strolling purposefully up the hill and out into the forest. Down through the muddy field with the beautiful stalks of a cropped harvest crunching under my feet and up the other side into the sun! Tali our dog is delighted. Two walks today and now we’re running round the hill side playing like lunatics, jumping up and down, singing, throwing sticks and shaking those electromagnetic overloads out to be burned up in the setting sunlight. I love this land. I just love it! And when I get the chance to spend the weekend at home, it’s a blessing and a half. I’m going into retreat for the weekend. I’m planning to take the early yoga class in the morning and then lots of time to love my drums, sit by the fire, walk, and listen and dance to the music from last summer’s Long Dance.

Susannah is away teaching in Bern and then she’s off to Volker’s studio to start the editing and mixing on this year’s Long Dance CD, so this weekend is my chance to give my input. I had a quick listen the other day and it took me right back there. Yummy sounds. And this week, I finally got round to beginning the next stage of work on the album I’m doing called Morning Prayers. I hadn’t heard it for 7 months and I loved what I heard. It’s the kind of music I’ve been searching for and here it is, on our very own hard drive with the beautiful songs of the drums leading the way. I love that funky shamanic beat that just insists on remembrance. Who are you? Where do you come from? Where are you going? Dance you fool! Dance! Sounds like the recipe for the new workshop I taught in London called The Arc of Time. Funnily enough, Susannah’s teaching it this weekend too. One dancer told me that she was going to go and do it again with Susannah. I’m very curious to know how she experiences the difference! I have no idea how long it’s going to take me to bring this new CD into being but you’ll be the first to know when it’s ready.

Earlier this month, we went away for four days to sit with the second raft of applications for our second Apprenticeship Programme. We drummed for a long time, looking out at the Cornish landscape, the doors to the sea air open wide. We prayed our little socks off to be guided. And then we sat and read thousands of extraordinary words from 44 amazing people. A friend told me recently that in his tradition, they don’t say ‘no;’ they just say ‘not now.’ And that’s exactly how it was for us. So, now we have a whole new circle of apprentices that is taking shape and already the beginnings of the third circle that will begin, all being well, in the Autumn of 2014.

And between all that, we’ve had four days of meetings with our Staff first of all, and secondly with the Pathfinders from this first round of apprenticeship and teacher training. I want to publically say a big thank you to all of them. David Rose, Sue Kuhn and Jo Hardy have been fantastic companions over the past three years. We have laughed together, cried together, created together, fought together and generally learned quite a lot about working as a team. We are delighted that they will be present on the next Apprenticeship and as well as all the mentoring and supervision work they are doing, we have a sense of them taking their place as ‘elders’ in our fledgling community.

We recognised recently that Movement Medicine really is a child. No wonder we’ve been so busy! (S)he’s coming up for her fifth birthday in January and (s)he’s quite precocious! Interestingly enough, our own son has recently left home and though he’s living locally, we really notice the difference in the house. It was time for him to leave and have his independence and we all knew it. He’s been a great ‘how to be parents’ teacher. And though we have without doubt made our mistakes, (and as they say, perfect parents expect perfect kids!), we are so proud of who he is. He’s just a pleasure to be around. He’s shown us so much about the growing up process. And clearly, although he’s certainly our son, it would be ridiculous to claim that he belonged to us. He quite clearly belongs to himself! And so it is with Movement Medicine as well. As a toddler, we are recognising that it needs our guidance and protection. No doubt, as the years pass, Movement Medicine will grow up too and become itself and have its own life, quite independent from, but hopefully in loving relationship with, its ‘parents.’ And as with any parenting, there is so much to be learned along the way.

The Pathfinders, Caroline, Christian and Mark, have also been magnificent. They have helped us to see what it takes to become someone who can share Movement Medicine as a guide for others. They have stretched themselves and each stayed true to their own journeys. They are all teaching Movement Medicine now and in fact, as I’m writing, I’m aware of Caroline making her offering through a women’s workshop in Holland called She and of Christian preparing for his Healing Dance workshop tomorrow in London. I hope Mark is having a weekend at home with his family. He has already given so much through his passion for community development and a great process he developed for the apprenticeship and his other work called the Insight Council. I’ve heard it said that it takes a whole village to bring up a child. Well, that certainly seems to be the case with this Movement Medicine child.

We’re all feeling stretched by the newness of each step that we take. There are so very many details to take care of. I’ve noticed recently that I’ve started to make very silly mistakes at times. Like missing the ferry home from Jersey or booking the wrong date for travel. Nothing too serious but so very unlike the me I’ve known all these years. Susannah helped me to look into this and we found a character inside me who I’ve named the Caretaker. It’s funny, but in the venues we‘ve worked at for many years, I always felt that the caretaker of the buildings we used was the most important person to the workshop. After all, the caretaker holds the keys. So it is with my own psyche. The caretaker holds the keys and if I’m not taking good enough care, he’ll just lock me out and insist I take some time out! And so that is my plan for this weekend. I’m going to finish this article, go out for dinner, and take the weekend to be home, in my dance, with my medicine, for myself.

I’ve been so grateful for the support of so many good friends over these past weeks. And I have to say, that the presence of invisible hands at work has been very palpable. This morning, I felt that I was being pushed up the hill by those invisible hands, rather in the same way I used to support Susannah when she was pregnant and we were out walking. I sense my ancestors more than ever before. I feel the presence of the guides, guardians and protectors of our mesa stronger than ever. And I’ve been calling out to them like never before too. Funny that! Try it. The veil between the worlds they say, is rather thin at this time of year!

Stretched as I am, there’s also a lot a lot of creative juice in the tanks. So I’m off to go and marinade before I head off to South Africa on Wednesday to continue the journey over there. Before that, I’ll be running the webinar on Tuesday night November 1st so hope you can tune in to what we’re lovingly referring to as MM TV along with dancers from 22 countries. It’s Samhain time, the Witch’s New Year. Time to dance with and for our ancestors. Time to welcome the downward spiral into the roots where the power of the unconscious resides. Don’t worry. The dancer in you knows how to go with the natural flow of the seasons and the dark of the winter months is such a special time if we give the dancer the time and space to dream down into the roots.

We’ve done quite a lot of technical work since last time so hopefully, the quality should continue to improve. Why not give it a go. Get some friends over and let’s continie to build this new dream that recognises the reality of the world wide web of interconnection to which we all belong. Check out the link if you feel like joining the Bringing the Dance Back Home crew on Tuesday night at 7.30 UK time.

Before I leave you for now, a couple of dates for your diaries. The 2012 Summer Long Dance has a new venue up on Dartmoor. That’s us bringing the dance back home! And we’re delighted to tell you we’re planning on having Chris Salisbury from Wildwise there running a Wild Ones camp for 8-12 year olds alongside the Long Dance. Chris is a wonderful environmental educator and great story teller and very experienced in running magical events for kids. Younger children will be able to come too but they will need a responsible adult to be with them and then they can join in the activities with the older ones where appropriate.

And finally, there’s a new workshop planned for next Autumn for your diaries. The Poetry of Presence has been a weekend workshop up until now. Next year, I’m going to be running a residential intensive version that will blend Movement Medicine with Lucid Dreaming practice. The new element of the work will be led by a fine young teacher who we have recently met. Dreaming has always been central to our work and I am very excited that he has agreed to this new collaboration. He’s the real deal and has been asked to teach by a lineage holder in the Tibetan Dream Yoga tradition. More of this anon.

In the meantime, I hear the Caretaker in my ear getting louder and so I will leave you with 21000 blessings for the Autumn and the change of light and the coming of the magical months of wintry darkness. Just a word to any Manchester United fans out there. I’ve heard they’ve set up a free counselling line for those of you traumatised by a certain recent result. Just call 0161 6-1 6-1 6-1. Lines are open from 1-6.

Happy Samhain to one and all.

Ya’Acov. November 2011


Raising Money: Swimming in the Sea of the Unknown
This month's winner of £100 School of Movement Medicine workshop voucher

By Kristin Glenewinkel

Raising money for the ceremony of the Long Dance during the workshop with Ya’Acov For all our Relations pressed a lot of buttons for me. It took me days to create a letter that was personal and at the same time clear and understandable. I felt ashamed and very insecure when I sent out the e-mail to my family and friends. I had never asked for money in this direct way before!

For eight years I worked and lived in a Buddhist meditation centre in the Swiss Alps. The principle of generosity is a foundation of all activities in this Sangha and during this time I became very familiar and comfortable with this principal. The staff’s motivation was to offer time and energy to benefit the project, serve the Dharma and run this non-profit-centre. All of the meditation teachers gave their teachings for donations only, simply putting a box out on a table when the retreat was finished. Even the huge seminar house was bought by donations from the community. Countless volunteers helped in the background and it was an astonishing experience to see that this can really work. Because of this many people are able to go on retreat for a fair price and cultivate their inner life.

Now the task was that I reach out as an individual and connect with friends and relatives; to tell them about my passion for dance and prayer and ask them if they might want to support me by giving a gift to the ceremony. I was not asking for money for me personally but it felt like this and it was really uncomfortable for me. Why would anybody be interested in what I am doing? Why would anybody want to support me and send money so that I could pass it on to some organization?

It felt strange. This was the “Sea of the Unknown”, and I was drowning in it. My well known pattern was to work for other people and support their work. But to stand up and ask help for my own thing, oh no, that felt impossible. In the process of writing my letter I saw, in the mirror of my heart, my insecurity and my doubt about what I really care for. I saw my fear of people’s opinion. I wanted to hide and not reveal my dream and vision. However, a part inside me kept saying, “Look, dear one, you can do it. You are creative and joyful and no one will harm you only just because you follow your heart. Open up and tell people what you feel.”

I was dancing inside with my fear and panic. I took myself by the hand and said, “Keep calm, send your letter… pray. Wait and see what happens.” The first response was from my brother. He said, “Thank you. Finally somebody tells me where I can donate some money. I never know who to give it to.” That surprised me. I thought, “oh, maybe I am not annoying people with my letter? Maybe some people can feel inspired and uplifted by this information?”

My aunt wanted to know more about the ritual and dance and gave me a donation after this short exchange. My father didn’t say a word but supported me with a big donation and many friends shared their thoughts and supported me in whatever way they could; financially, emotionally, physically, and with connection and love. I was overwhelmed by the responses, the good wishes and prayers that people sent me, and I received more donations than I would have ever expected.

I tried to take this experience into my every cell during the ceremony.

I offered the envelope with the money I collected, placing it in a big bowl on a beautiful table that was covered with candles and augmented with a tree of life. I was proud, happy and humbled at the same time. I danced with the friends and relatives that had stretched out to me with so much care; praying that I will recall this experience again when my “Understudy of Doubt and Fear” comes along to tell me that it is useless to stretch out and dream. During the long dance, in the middle of the night, I could feel that I was a little star dancing in the sky with millions of other stars and that it is my nature to shine, stretch out and be simply myself. I felt faith and invisible support from all directions.

Kristin Glenewinkel, Switzerland

Dance Fever & 11.11.11
By Susannah

11.11.11 is a day for celebrating the inter-connectedness of life on earth. Alex Hanley, our wild and wonderful organiser in London, is one of the many people who have spontaneously and independently dreamt this, and she conceived of there being mass break outs of flash mobs dancing the Hustle, on 11.11.11 in honour of all the connection between all life on earth. (Strangely reminiscent of the radio play Roland talks about in his article).

I realised that 11.11.11 falls within the last module of JOE (‘Journey of Empowerment’ Ongoing Group) meeting near Totnes, and then members of the group suggested doing the Hustle whilst singing Bambalela, a beautiful 4 part harmony song which means “Never Give Up!” Then Susannah discovered that members of many local choirs already know Bambalela, and want to participate, so there is now an effortless multitude who know this song and want to dance and sing for Life on Earth.

So, TOTNES:
There will be a 5 minute flash mob moment at 1.00 pm, on 11.11.11 in Totnes Market. If you are around and you want to join in and don’t know the song, come to Jo Hardy’s 5 Rhythms Dance Space class (Civic Hall) on Monday November 7th, where Susie Prater and I will be teaching it.

AND LONDON:

There will be a 5 minute moment at 1pm in Victoria station, using song and dance to celebrate this moment together. If you would like to be involved contact Alex at alexhanly@hotmail.com or call her on 07868842219. Be it to sing, to dance freely or to dance the hustle!

AND SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town Central, Fan Mile (for more details please contact Carey Yarrow email careydance@gmail.com).

And of course the 11th is also Armistice day, a day to remember the pain and loss caused by war, and to send out our heartfelt wishes for healing, mercy and creative ways of solving conflicts.

One way to make visible your love for our earth is to upload a picture and your message (or video) to Mosaic Earth. Mosaic Earth is a digital picture of planet earth, each pixel of which is someone’s picture and message. If enough support is generated it will be shown at Climate Change summits, acting to empower and mandate the politicians and negotiators to find the courage and co-operation needed to make the decisions needed to protect life on earth. It is designed to give people everywhere a voice, a way to join into a global chorus. It has been created and hosted by the amazing ethical-techno-whizzes at One Climate with great commitment and excellence. Please help it grow by using it, and spreading the word about it. In a few days you will also be able to support it by donating to Mosaic Earth at “Donations” on the home page of www.movementmedicineshop.com

You may also want to know about the Pachamama Alliance and the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, which we have found to be a potent, intelligent and empowering way to wake up to get connected with the challenge and opportunity of these times. http://awakeningthedreamer.org and http://www.bethechangeinitiative.org

And if you want to learn the Hustle, whether to do a flash mob or just for the pure joy of it, there is a teaching video on the School’s website. If you organise a moment for 11.11.11 please let us know, (you could use the MM facebook pages) and video it if you can.

Wishing us all the courage and imagination to find joyous ways to dance with the moment in your personal and our collective human story,

With warmth,

Susannah Darling Khan


An Invitation to Party & Pray with Susannah in Paris
By Susannah

Sometimes I think our work is simply a way to show people how to connect and let go without the help of this or that chemical or bio-chemical substance. It’s learning the art of dance ‘foreplay’- how do you warm up, how do you create a space that invites everyone “out” into the dance into a free, respectful and open hearted space without drugs?

How do you open energetically to the music so that you become it and come “on stream”? In other words we’re discovering ways to let down our defences, melt our masks, connect with the life vibration, vitality, potency and love that seems to be consistently there whenever we can get down to that layer, like water under the earth waiting for us to work out how and where to make the bore hole.

Though I love to party, I’m very particular! I don’t want to wake up the next day with a massive hangover stinking of smoke and wondering what on earth I may have done to embarrass myself. I don’t want to dance, unsure of my welcome by others, trying to be cool. I don’t want to be assaulted by the music, as if I can only dance if forced to, though I do love a good bass groove. I don’t want to pretend not to be vulnerable, to have a sensitive heart, to care. I don’t want to be afraid to look you in the eye, smile at you or dance with you in case you think I’m coming on to you. I don’t want to pretend that dance isn’t a spiritual, sensual, total experience of heaven on earth for me, and I want to share it with you. My dance is my prayer, my passion, I want to wear my heart on my sleeve and to share this deep joy with you and you and you. I don’t want to hold back my love for life, for the earth, for the heart; my prayer for mercy, for healing, for connection.

We’ve put on some epic parties in our time. Parties without words, parties in fancy dress, parties with ritual theatre and ceremony and silence and the grooviest music, and some very long dances! I wanted to offer this within a weekend format, which is what made me design ‘Rock My Soul’ and ‘Party and Pray’. It’s about connecting it all up. The spiritual heights with the earthy, rootsy, funky bass. And in between the bridge that connects it all; the passionate, tender heart- both fiery and watery, wild and gentle. It’s a dancing prayer. It’s a beautiful party to which the human heart is welcome. And it’s happening in Paris soon!

For me, it’s a profound gift to be able to create and be part of a field of love, connection and inclusion. Through celebrating life together, praying for life together, we can experience and strengthen the beauty of our shared humanity. Come and party!

Friday Night 17th Nov: Party and Pray

Saturday and Sunday 18th 19th Nov: Rock My Soul

Contact: Pierre-Henri + 33 615 325 816 letsmoveinfrance@gmail.com




 

 

A very exciting experience
By Elisabeth Käufeler-Schrag

One moment of this Initiation workshop we had a deep experience with our mother. I felt the first time, which heavy burden my mother put on her legs her whole life. She has open legs since I can think. She always had a bandage on both ankles.

And as a child when I saw this it deeply impressed me and I felt very bad about it. But in that moment I felt the entire burden she had I cried and had lots of understanding and sorrow. My deepest wish was that this very old wound could heel before she will die.

And then we should see our mother getting younger and younger until she was a baby lying in our arms. This was the most touching moment. I cradled her and there was no weight she had to ware. I felt a very deep, deep love.

Two weeks later I visit my 90 year old mother, this very old wise woman and told her about this research and she sat beside me and said: You know since two weeks my leg seems to heel from the borders to the inside. The inflammation is gone and the wound started to dry.

This was: WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Could you imagine what this means to me!

Thank you thousands of times for this wonderful experience. And this is only one of many others.

But what really is true forever:

I am at home and it was worth to go through all my doubts and bad thoughts to realise, that I am the only one who can change that.

Blessings from my heart to everybody who reads that

Elisabeth Käufeler-Schrag

Found in translation
By Rainer Arp

After translating Susannah's follow up letter for "Source", I dreamed about my translation for "incantation". I used "Zauberspruch" which more or less means "magic spell". I was not happy with that, but could not come up with something better.

During my meditation over this issue I stumbled upon a root. As I looked closer I found : the root of "incantation" is cantare (latin for: to sing).

This sounded interesting to me, so I decided to give it a try. I was dancing, and singing out loud and clear my incantation this morning. I found this root tastes sweet and is nourishing. It definitely opened a new door for me. My impression is, that my emotions are involved on a deeper level when I am singing, instead of speaking, and sound is vibration, that has an influence on matter.

If this sounds interesting for you too, I recommend to give it a try.

Maybe I will use the word "mantra" next time.

'A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation".' (Wikipedia)

one love

--

ein frohes leben

w nscht

rainer arp

I am a moving man of the movement medicine movement!


Musical Revolution- Shop news
By Susannah

For a couple of years now, like many of us, I’ve been joyously downloading MP3s when I want to buy music. I’m glad to be able to choose the track I want, not to have to buy the whole album unless I want to, not to have to clutter the house with more stuff, and not to be using more plastic and paper, and to be able to pay the artists. At the Movement Medicine Shop, we have just got there.

Now you can buy an ever increasing amount of our own music as MP3 downloads, and we will be selling some very rare and unusual music this way too. Also more and more clips are coming on line so you can listen to music before you buy it, whether you do so as CDs or MP3s. Thanks to David Kellett for your great work with this!

And there’s now a new way to be able to use to support the visionary Mosaic Earth fund at the Movement Medicine Shop. Just go to Donate! We have decided recently are to give £1 per CD sold to ‘One Climate’ to support their work on the Mosaic. So your love of music and your love of life on earth can now be one! After all, it’s all one dream, bringing together art, global citizenship, community, and raising the roof of our expectations about what we, the people of earth, can do together. More information about the Mosaic Earth project is available in the 11.11.11 Dance Fever article.

Thanks for the great feedback we’ve had from those of you who have bought Aaron’s music as MP3s. It’ll soon be out as a CD too, as green and beautiful as we can make it, of course. And we’d love to bring you attention to Nanigo’s album “Drumming for the Elements.” For those of us who tune into tribal percussion, this album is a must.

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the School of Movement Medicine. Roland Wilkinson, Nappers Crossing, Staverton, Devon TQ9 6PD, UK Tel & Fax +44 (0)1803 762255 http://www. schoolofmovementmedicine.com