Dance Divine™ is an event where people get together on a regular basis to practice many things; authentic movement, listening inwardly, letting go, connection, awareness, expression and more. The intention of Dance Divine™ is to ‘hold space’ for 3 levels of experience; the internal, the inter-personal and the transpersonal. The inter-relatedness of these 3 levels of experience is dynamic, not static, so it requires intuition, awareness and shared intentions to navigate them ethically.
The intention of Dance Divine™ is to provide the opportunity for us to:
“return to ourselves” - create a receptive, open state where we can cultivate personal awareness by putting our focus on our movements, breath and any sensory information and emotional currents that may be present.
“express ourselves” - express authentically through movement that is personally unique and sourced in the present moment. Doing this can feel vulnerable and it requires the absence of judgment and self-consciousness. We hold non-judgemental space for each other by becoming embodied ourselves, by “getting out of our heads”. We use movement and breath as tools to achieve this, and it requires practice.
“release yourself” - experience some form of transcendence, or “expanded sense of self’; something other than the ego-based identity that we commonly experience. Ritual, meditation, ceremony, etc. all aim for a similar shift in consciousness, and it can be achieved in part through a degree of ‘surrender’ - a relaxing of ego boundaries. Surrendering to the music, the movement, our hearts and to the spirit that moves us.
So, Integral Consciousness, Embodied Authenticity and Transcendence. All 3 of these levels of experience are to some degree ‘non-ordinary states of consciousness’ because they are not primarily concerned with cognitive thought such as logic, reason, strategy, beliefs, etc. We practice accessing these 3 levels of experience so that we may shift into a more heart-centered, unguarded and expansive state, which is by many considered to be ‘therapeutic’. Going deeply and experiencing these things as a group can be very powerful, cathartic and bonding experiences.