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Issue: July 2012 Newsletter
Why Not?

By Roland

“Why don’t you write about that for the newsletter!” exclaimed Ya’Acov. I must confess to having a problem with questions posed by Ya’Acov which have a negative in them. Although the biggest humdinger of a Ya’Acov question and the one which can cause the biggest headache is the shortest version of this and is the simple “Why not?!!”

Over the years I have devised a 6 point strategic plan for dealing with the “Why not?!!” question. 

1.     Take a deep breath and count to 10.

2.     To be done concurrently with number 1. Remember not to immediately question directly.

3.     This to be done concurrent with No. 1 and just after No. 2  Find three good reasons why his idea is really excellent.

4.     To be done concurrent with No.1 and just after No. 2 and No. 3 find the one decisive reason why his idea is not so good.

5.     To be done concurrent with No.1 and just after No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 phrase what I have come up with strategy No. 4 into a question so that Ya’Acov will believe that he has answered his own question.

6.     Remember to exhale.

Well, it works some of the time and many, many years ago saved me from having to organise parachute jumps for the entire 40 members of an ongoing group.

So back to the “Why don’t you write about that for the newsletter!” question.  In fact Ya’Acov has asked me the same question on 3 different occasions over the last month but there is just one that sticks in my mind.

It was about 9.30 on a Tuesday morning.

“You sound a bit down.” Ya’Acov said.

“Yes.” I replied, “I had this dream.”

“Tell me about it.”

“Well, in my dream I was reading an article in a Bridge Magazine and it is was about me.  To be exact it wasn’t about me but about Major Suit the name I use to play bridge online.  The article was all about some brilliancy I had done and how I was now marked down as one of England’s up and coming Bridge players.  I was lying in bed reveling at what I just read in that state just between dreaming and waking when I began to question what was happening.  And then I realized that it wasn’t true.  It hadn’t happened and I’ve been feeling a bit down ever since.” 

And that is when Ya’Acov said “Why don’t you write about that for the newsletter!”

I started on my 6 points strategic plan by drawing breath and counting to 10, but before I could get started on point No. 2. Ya’Acov asked another question.

“Did you say you were reading in your dream?”

“Yes I was.”

“Oh, you are not supposed to be able to read in dreams!”

“Well, I can!” I replied, perhaps a little more forcefully than I intended.

And there we left the subject.  But it did make me wonder about the nature of wish fulfillment dreams.  For many years Susannah and Ya’Acov have talked about their dream of a large round studio near to their house where we could offer most of their major workshops.  For many years this idea remained a dream. However, at some point early last year after dealing with the frustrations of working with village hall committees or with organisations that were so engaged in the process of reinventing and reorganising themselves that one never met the same person twice and arrangements made one year were extremely unlikely to be honoured the next, it was clear that the time had come for to deal with the matter. And now a year later we are about to start working in a brand new purpose built studio on the Rill Estate.  It is so exciting that I have actually pinched myself to see if I am dreaming and it seems that I am not. 

In fact this morning I had a telephone conversation with a Brazilian woman who lived in London who was thinking about coming to the Long Dance.  She had some questions and then I asked her why she wanted to come: “I’ve just met several of the Movement Medicine Apprentices who have come from all sorts of places all over the world and I was so inspired by them and what they said about the Movement Medicine work and the Long Dance I realised that this is what I have been looking for.”  Me too and I am proud to be part of this.

While I was contemplating this I realised that I had scheduled to play an important online Bridge league match with my friend and long-term Bridge partner – Biggles.  We had last year unexpectedly won promotion to the top division and were now fighting to avoid relegation.  I had encountered the opposition before and I knew we had a tough match ahead of us.  Then I remembered my dream and the thought went through my head: ‘If I can make that studio dream come true then why not the Bridge one.”  Biggles and I wiped the floor with them and won 20 – 0.  And if a writer of a famous Bridge magazine had been watching he would no doubt have written the words I read in my dream.

There is still just time to join the wonderful band of international dancers at this year’s Summer Long Dance 5th – 9th July.  Contact me for an application form if you are interested. 00 44 1803 762255

After the Long Dance, Susannah and Ya’Acov will be taking a well earned break over the summer. At the end of August they will be leading a group on the Initiation journey through the Life Cycles. This 9 day popular workshop will take place at the Rill Estate in the new studio, 31st August – 9th September and is one of the key pre-requisites for the next Apprenticeship Programme starting in August 2014.  Contact me for an application form if you are interested. 00 44 1803 762255

The next Webinar is on Tuesday July 10th.  Please click on the link if you would like to take part in our webinars. The cost is just £35 for 10 webinars. Thanks to Jens in Hamburg, who will be at the Long Dance, the quality is now excellent.

And if you are interested in the nature of dreams and their connection with dance, ‘why not’ read about the Poetry of Presence workshop that Ya’Acov is running with Charlie Morley, a self taught lucid dreamer who works in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.  This will take place 19th – 23 October at Orval in Belgium.

Have a wonderful summer and hope to see you dancing in the new dream studio soon!


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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.