We Have Come to Be Danced by Jewel Mathieson

June 30th, 2011Blog
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We have come to be danced. 


Not the pretty dance
.

Not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
.

But the claw our way back into the belly
.

Of the sacred, sensual animal dance
.

The unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
.

The holding the precious moment in the palms. 


Of our hands and feet dance.

We have come to be danced
.

Not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance.


But the wring the sadness from our skin dance
.

The blow the chip off our shoulder dance.


The slap the apology from our posture dance.

We have come to be danced
.

Not the monkey see, monkey do dance
.

One two dance like you
.

One two three, dance like me dance
 but the grave robber, tomb stalker.


Tearing scabs and scars open dance
.

The rub the rhythm raw against our soul dance.

We have come to be danced. 


Not the nice, invisible, self-conscious shuffle. 


But the matted hair flying, voodoo mama
.

Shaman shakin’ ancient bones dance
.

The strip us from our casings, return our wings.


Sharpen our claws and tongues dance
.

The shed dead cells and slip into.


The luminous skin of love dance.

We have come to be danced. 


Not the hold our breath and wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance
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But the meeting of the trinity, the body breath and beat dance
.

The shout hallelujah from the top of our thighs dance
.

The mother may I? 
Yes you may take 10 giant leaps dance.


The olly olly oxen free free free dance.


The everyone can come to our heaven dance.

We have come to be danced
.

Where the kingdom’s collide.


In the cathedral of flesh
.

To burn back into the light
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To unravel, to play, to fly, to pray.


To root in skin sanctuary


We have come to be danced.


We have come.

by Jewel Mathieson

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My Soul is Gigantic by Eric ‘Gurmukh’ Klema

June 30th, 2011Blog
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While I’m on this planet my Soul is gigantic
And even when I vanish I’ll go without panic
Come rain or snow, my flow is organic
The seeds of love and life have already been planted
And I’m here to reap what is rightfully mine,
So I’d like to remind and give sight to the blind,
And flight to the mind that seeks the Divine.
I break through illusions
Coming to conclusions of Truth as I dig into my roots and this music
And use it…
To uplift humanity,
Transcend insanity,
One human family,
Within God’s Anatomy,
Earth to the galaxy,
Merge in Infinity
And realize the One who gave birth to Eternity
Speaking my truth with mental agility
And Love is the energy that keeps on filling me.
Cause everything I see is a reflection of me,
And every human being is a fraction of me.
It took many lifetimes to actually see,
That the love I was seeking, is inside of ME…

– Eric “Gurmukh” Klema

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Living Altars

June 30th, 2011Blog
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Rite of passage, celebration, grieving, manifesting, or simply creating beauty Altars are a big part of the living environment in our dance. The community is encouraged to create altars that are meaningful to them which represent passages of experience past and current to integrate more fully into their healing and wholeness or to bring to witness the intention in a safe and appreciative community. It’s difficult to describe the experience of creating an altar because it is such a felt sense which unfolds and spirals during the act of creation much beyond the original vision or inspiration to create.

In the dance temple we have 4 altars. The Masculine Divine, Feminine Divine, Food Offerings, and Retreat Space. Our community uses the altars to ‘arrive’ into sacred space before the dance and leave the day behind through reflection, prayer yoga, or through using the imagery offered upon the altar. Often some of the most profound messages are received while sitting at these seasonal, elemental and communal inspired shrines. Anyone is welcome to arrange to come early and create an altar in our urban temple. We have many decorations, cloths and sacred items that can be infused into your sacred offering.

Towards the end of our  dance journey we move together in co-creation through candlelight and create a central altar using components of the existing altars creating in symbolic gesture and recognition of sacred marriage of the divine masculine and feminine that lives within us all.

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Dance/CommUnity * Wisdom Quotes

June 30th, 2011Blog
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In ancient times and in traditional cultures, dance has functioned as the means by which people gathered and unified themselves in order to confront the challenges of their existence. ~ James Hurd Nixon

Dancing is an ancient form of magic. The dancer becomes amplified into a being endowed with supranormal powers. His/her personality is transformed. Like yoga, the dance induces trance, ecstasy, the exprience of the divine; the realization of one’s own secret nature, and finally, emerence into the divine essence…

The dance is an act of creation. It brings about a new situation and summons into the dancer a new and higher personality. It has a cosmogonic function, in that it arouses dormant energies which then may shape the world. ~ Heinrich Zimmer/Author of “Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization”.

Dance is often used to bring ordinary members of the community into contact with the spirits. In ritual and dance, non-shamans can enter the spirit world and interact with its inhabitants, or the spirits can possess ordinary human dancers and bring their power out into ordinary reality. Perhaps because of its very physicality, dance seems to open the channels of commuinication to the spirits for people for whom this contact is not normally possible. ~Karen Kelly/Spirit Talk Shamanic Newsletter

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