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Dance

We are Dancers

Extreme SunbowsWE ARE DANCERS
Experiencing inertia, our fullness is empty.
Experiencing ecstasy, our emptiness is full.
Hearts open, we step out of our own way
And the Presence enters the pregnant space,
Moving our bodies in unexpected ways…
For we are Dancers.
After each movement, it dissolves back from whence it came, Leaving no trace,
Preparing the space for its next appearance,
And the next, and the next, into infinity.
When we allow ourselves to become empty,
We become the Gods and Goddesses we truly are,
Blessing the Earth with our Presence…
For we are Dancers.

~ Ivan McBeth ~

Ecstatic Dance: Part 3

Dance of LifeInitiated by Gabrielle Roth

In the summer of 1987 I was persuaded by my partner at the time to take part in a 5-day dance workshop led by an awesome shamanic dancer called Gabrielle Roth. At the time, I was emphatically not a dancer, and habitually avoided such confrontative activities. In fact, expressing myself through moving my body was a practice I associated with the type of torment so-called sinners experience in hell. There was only one problem: I was in love. Continue reading

Ecstatic Dance: Part 2

Cosmic DancersThe Dance of Life

By Ivan McBeth

Nearly 30 years ago my partner at the time dragged me fighting and screaming to a 5 -day dance workshop led by a remarkable person called Gabrielle Roth. My first impressions of her were of a thin, willowy woman dressed in a black leotard who possessed an awesome air of authority. When she danced, magic would happen. She became a mixture of snake, cat and bird all merged within a human body and she filled the space with beauty and power.

Her dance seemed effortless yet full of energy. It was spellbinding to watch her, and I was completely inspired by her magic. More than anything, I wanted to dance like her. I found out later that if I had said I wanted to dance like her, she would have said, “O.K. Then dance like you! Continue reading

The Dance of Life

Star DancersEcstatic Dance Part 1: Introduction

William Shakespeare the great Bard once said that life is a stage, and we are all actors on that stage. Likewise, to a dancer, all life is a dance, and we are all dancers. Life itself is the dance arena, and our task in life is to become the dancer of our hearts, of our dreams. If you have ever watched a professional dancer, you will have seen the delight as he or she moved across the dance floor like an animal, guided by the rhythm, synchronized with the flow, expressing his or her full aliveness. Continue reading