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Issue: November 2009
Dance and Politics

by Susannah

Q: “What’s the link between dance and politics?” Short answer:  “Life!”

Q: ”Why does movement medicine concern itself with environmental concerns?” Short answer:  “Life!”

Q: “What’s the link between dance and politics?” Short answer:  “Life!”

Q: ”Why does movement medicine concern itself with environmental concerns?” Short answer:  “Life!”

“Funnily enough” answer: “When we were recently in the Maldives, (planted lots of trees to offset CO2 emissions and couldn’t have chosen a more radically awakening place for our honeymoon, could we?) we got to have dinner with the vice president, Dr Waheed, who is a profound guy. One of the reasons that happened was because of the 6 Billion Reasons project. And the other was that he saw us dancing (the Hustle, to a band of Maldivian drummers- YEAH!). And we got to have deep conversations and record interviews with many of the staff on the resort where we were staying. And one of the reasons that happened was because of the 6 Billion Reasons project. And the other was, they saw us dancing (great band!).”

More serious answer: “Movement medicine is a way to practise embodied consciousness. And a way to allow oneself to feel the delicious, delicate beauty that is life. And when you become conscious of what is, and the power of your ability to respond, and when you awaken to the connectedness and love that is your heart, the intelligence that is your mind, the being-here-ness which is your body, when you feel your ancestors and the torch of life they have passed to you, and sense the ones who come after, and become aware of the question of what we pass to them, then, remaining in the collective entrancement of denial, of “business as usual” ceases to be an option.

That is why the Movement Medicine works with the 3 axis which form the 9 gateways. And why the vertical axis; the integration of our mental, emotional and physical intelligence, and strengthening our own “spirit line” between the ‘as above’ and the ‘so below’ is key to the Journey of Empowerment. If you want to know more about this do read our book: “Movement Medicine.” Available from Amazon.co.uk and now from www.Movementmedicineshop.com

I read somewhere recently that someone had been doing research into why we humans, though gifted with great intelligence, very often act in very irrational ways. His conclusion was that the main cause of this is that we are herd animals, and that “all we like sheep” follow the leader and follow the herd, so that if everyone is doing something, regardless of contra-indications we can clearly see, we will tend to convince ourselves that it is OK, so great is our need to belong.

So every one of us that assume the authourity to follow our individual conscience, to respond to what seems to be real as far as we can ascertain, is opening more possibilties for others.

Movement medicine, for me, in strengthening my direct spirit line with “that which guides me” has helped me stand up in my own strength and love to find the courage to offer what I have to give to this beautiful endangered world. I am so grateful to not be alone, and not have so many inspired and happening people to dance with, to create with, to happen with. I could not do what I am doing alone. I would be who I am becoming without all of you, and most of all, without Ya’Acov, with whom I have co-grown over more than half my life!

Thank you for all your love, and for all that becomes possible when we link up and say “yes!”.

 

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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