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Started by J.D.Stephen Flynn. Last reply by J.D.Stephen Flynn Jan 30, 2014.
The title remains a starter to the notion that it is through the inferior function of the patient/client where insight can be forthcoming. A second point is that the primary notion of psych' Types…Continue
Just think what would happen if you step into the fullness of the emptiness... not just as an observer but as a "dancer" who moves and witnesses, invites embodied active imagination, an receives the grace that comes with thinking through the body ;)
~ Abundant regards, Dianne Juhl - founder/owner of The Feminine Face of Money, an organization and community where "thinking through the body" is invited!
Your quotes will keep me thinking for awhile. But I did have an experience that was brought on by dance. It was when I discovered that I have two types of tears. Those tears that run down my nose from my eyes are tears of pain, anxiety, anguish of incompleteness. Tears that form on the outer corners of my eyes are "soul tears." Those that form after extreme moments of grace, beauty, and experienced truth. And the one place where my soul tears are most evident is in observing dance. There is a congruence of abstract form and physical body, ensouled soma that speaks on all levels simultaneously. No doubt that where I hear the word "grace-full" the most is in describing dance.
"Right on, Judith." is what I'm saying to myself when I read your posts in this thread. I especially welcome your invitation to others of naming an experience of grace.
For me, I experience the dynamics of grace in action any time I dare to step into the fullness of the empty space.
As as a long-time practicioner of Authentic Movement & Witnessing, I'm privileged to experience how in moments of grace, the clarity and the mystery became one. This contemplative discipline offers me an experience of grace when I enter into relationship with three interdependent realms of experience: the individual body, the collective body, and the conscious body.
Janet Adler says it best, so I use some excerpts from her book titled, Offering from the Conscious Body:
The first realm concerns the study of the individual body. With a longing to be seen in the presence of a witness, a person moves into the emptiness of the studio with eyes closed, learning to track her movement and her concomitant inner experience. The mover discovers an infinite range of physical movement, sensation, emotion, and thought as embodied experiences happen into consciousness. In this process, there is a discovery of movement that is authentic, truthful. As her inner witness strengthens the mover opens toward a longing to see an other...
Practice focused on the collective body, the second realm, concerns still another longing, a longing to participate in a whole, to discover one's relationship to many without losing a conscious awareness of oneself. In this realm of study and practice people bring their experience of the ground form into a circle of movers and witnesses. Here individuals move with eyes closed as members of a moving body and sit in stillness with eyes open as members of a witness circle. In the beginning and ending of each round of work, the circle is empty. As individuals commit to witnessing the emptiness, the vessel strengthens in relationship to the development of embodied collective consciousness.
As the circle expands toward work within the conscious body, the third realm, the form itself becomes more transparent. Personality shifts toward experience of presence, empathy shifts toward compassion, and, in moments of grace, suffering becomes bearable. Practice toward presence develops into moments in which the body as a vessel is experienced as empty.
Another longing, a longing to offer, emerges out of this emptiness. The body moving becomes more transparent, becomes dance, and dance be-comes an offering. Words, becoming transparent, transform into poetry, and poetry is an offering. When energetic phenomena, which can be known in the body as direct experience of the Divine, concentrates within and moves through the conscious body, the energy itself becomes an offering—to the mover, to the witness, to our world evolving, to our world longing for consciousness. As the collective receives and, at times, enters the offerings, we are reminded that this discipline grows from ancient ground.
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