Sacred Dance is about remembering the sacredness of life, and expressing and communicating this sacredness.
In some spiritual traditions, sacred dance is the part of the path through which the initiates or practitioners integrate and embody the teachings of the tradition.
Through devotion, focus, inquiry and practice, the dancer integrates their body, mind, heart and soul in service to becoming a clear channel for the Divine.
When you approach sacred dance as a science, specific movements take on a greater significance. Certain postures, steps and sequences performed with a specific intention can induce distinct objective states both for both the dancer and the audienceThe movements can influence the environment and serve to heal the land, heal bodies of water, impact climate and even induce rain.
Sacred dance can
heal trauma and
Sacred dance shows us there is no separation between body and soul, matter and spirit. Sama (whirling) is an example of a sacred dance that bridges the transcendent and the immanent, the invisible and the visible so that the One can be felt in you and through you. It is a true marriage of opposites between absolute glory and the absolute mundane. As a result, we begin to infuse our so-called “ordinary lives” with a sense of the miraculous.
If you enter a place where sacred dance has been conducted over time, you can feel the loving energy supporting your development and evolution.
Since the global pandemic, Dance of Oneness has transitioned from in-person gatherings to online. Creating virtual sacred space is very effective. Each of us is invited to create a sanctuary, a temple in our home and that sense of the sacred extends to our family or anyone who lives with us.
Before the pandemic a big question was how to maintain the openness, the afterglow of a retreat in our daily lives . Now, retreats and our lives are literally intertwined.
In this time of great awakening and great reckoning we ask ourselves: Who am I? Who are we? Who have I been and who do I want to be? What do I want to dedicate myself to?
When people dance in a group that is focused on this type of inquiry, they construct a collective, invisible architecture. This architecture has a harmonious effect on the self, the group and by extension the whole world. Through the shared intention of serving the Greater, we can influence the environment and the world in a positive way. We are all suffering from the ravages of human ideology and conduct. We are called to come into sacred community, to live and dance as stewards of a new order based in love.
Sacred Dance is an
Extension of Living
Life as Sacred.
My answer: “Because they haven’t learned how to dance their life.”
The skills you need to dance at your fullest potential are the same skills we all need in our daily lives: flexibility, strength, agility, adaptability, resilience, the capacity to change direction with little or no notice, the ability to embrace polarities, and release mental and emotional stagnation. The goal is to integrate the dancer and the person dancing. “The entire universe belongs to the dancer,” said Jesus. Dance is the joy of the soul.
Advice to Sacred Dance Performers and Teachers
Be authentic. If you are evolving a tradition, be prepared to fully immerse yourself in that tradition. Learn about the lineage and as you honor that lineage you can begin to unfold your own myth.
Finally, teach by example. In the words of the great Taoist sage Lao Tzu, “Guide without interfering.”