Ecstatic dancing tower exchange

Waarom ik zo hard dans?

Ik put mijn ego uit: mijn lijf, mijn emoties, mijn gedachten.

Zoals de Toren uit de Tarot.

Springend afbrekend, steen voor steen.

Daarna bouw ik de toren weer op en herstel ik de toren van Babel in ere.

De Watcher kijkt uit over het land.

Amen

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Pentecost – the time to receive the Holy Ghost and to become a Christ on earth

At Pentacost we celebrate the indwelling of the Holy Ghost and the receiving of the Fiery Tongues from Christ to the 12 disciples representing humanity. From this moment on every human has personally received the Word of God and as a consequence was no longer dependent of a spiritual intermediates: every one could personally commune with God. But this gift also gave us the personal responsibility to act upon the Word of God by respecting and upholding the 10 commandments.

At the time of Pentecost the connection between the Holy Ghost and ourselves is strong. We get inspiration from our higher self and as a result our ego becomes purified and cleansed. When speaking in tongues we also realize again Gods wises. Pentecost is a wakeup for us call to stop being hypocritical.

This message is represented in the video clip of the song Rabbit in your Headlights by UNKLE. An immigrant is walking on the busy car lane towards the light at the end of the tunnel. He is speaking in tongues and is neglected and run over by passing cars. He seems to shout ‘Saint Christopher’ and ‘Shemesh!’ being Hebrew for sun. Surprisingly, although hit by cars, the immigrant is able to keep getting up. In these cars are Christian suburbian eyes: people assumed to church every Sunday, but failing to empathically respond to the needy and homeless.

The end of the clip is messianistic. It is unclear to me if he is Christ returned or that he received the Holy Ghost. Either way, the statement is clear: the cross is stronger than matter.

And with this he hints to the sacred potential that we have: when at Pentecost we internalize the Holy Ghost, we are able to shed off our hypocriticism like a worn out jacket. Then we are able to realize our sacred potential and become Christ on earth.

What makes Hermetic Flow Dance such a magical dance?

Yesterday, I danced on a song [1] and the practice of this dance gave me profound insights on the deeper meaning of the song. I was deeply touched by it, but when looking back at it today, I also was surprised that technically the dance was not my greatest achievement. The question is: what made this ‘simple dance’ so magical?

As said, technically, there seems to be not much to the dance. The feet and leg pattern are not very exciting. The head movements are also basic. I notice that I make these type of movements a lot and that they become a regular part of my repertoire. And even the main drivers of this dance (left and right arm) are not shocking. And yet, an enormous amount of intensity and energy was raised. In the climaxes of the song a Tipharetic smile breaks through on my face. It is a face of pure joy. And it was so easily attained by a ‘simple’ dance. How it this possible?

It comes back to the basics of Hermetic Flow Dance. The bottom of the body is the main driver to raise the energy and the top body is the part which creates energy. Further, the magical experience is enhanced by the Gurdjieff Movement technique of divided attention where different parts of the body have their own rhythms. This technique is very intense and it raises a lot of energy. The dance breaks down in 3 different parts. The first part is the mechanical part. Here the head, arms and feet move staccato and are used to identify with the sorrowful part of the song. Energy is generated here, but not much energy is created. In this phase it is important to note that the staccato movements of head and arms (and later legs) have their own rhythms. In the second part of the song there is a sort of musical climax. Here the two arms start with the second phase of Hermetic Flow Dance: creating energy. There is divided attention here as well because both arms make their own movements and rhythms, but the lower body keeps on raising energy to the mix. As a result the intensity is higher than in the first phase.

At the final part of the song the energy becomes so intense, that the structure of divided intensity starts to collapse. Instead of this being a failure to hold the structure of the dance, it is in fact the natural and essential result of the process. As the structure imploded, joy and ecstasy were able to arise.

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The mystery of Hermetic Flow Dance is represented in its logo. First, you raise the energy by climbing an energetic stairway as high as possible. And then, when you reached your highest possible peak of energy, the structure and discipline can be let go into Flow.

After the dance I feel that my body has been realigned with my soul. Hermetic Flow Dance allowed me to deeper experience the mysteries of the universe. At the start of the dance, I just had a lovely feeling and an interest in the song. But at the end of the dance, I received profound insights deep into my core. Later when making my notes, I realized that I had touched upon the mystery of the Lovers in the dance (currently we are in Gemini of which the tarot card Lovers is attributed).

All and all Hermetic Flow Dance is a magical dance technique which has the alchemistic quality to solva et coagulate. The first two parts of this dance were about divided attention which is the solva phase. The last part where the structure of the dance imploded is the coagulate phase. This dance enables to experience deep insights and this is why Hermetic Flow Dance is so magical and powerful: it is alchemical dance.

[1] https://irkodel.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/true-love-waits-or-the-marriage-with-your-holy-guardian-angel/

True love waits – or the marriage with your Holy Guardian Angel

Today I came across a version of Radiohead’s ‘True love waits’ which I had never heard before. What I really love about this version of the song is that the original always seemed a bit sad to me (which I like being a bit of a sentimental person 🙂 ). Basically it is about this guy putting all his pride away and begging to his love: Don’t leave! But this version has two additional musical elements to it, which make the sound tremendously comforting and uplifting to me. And which add an almost mystical dimension to the song. 

Musically, it starts with Thom on a classical guitar. This is more or less the original version of the song and it is a bit sad indeed. I tried to capture the desperate and stuck in time energy by dancing mechanically and looking around for my loved one. 

Around the two minute mark, the two additional sounds slowly start to appear. On one side there is a catchy repetitive keyboard riff. And on the other side there is this high dreamy sound. Somewhere it sounds like the distant calling of a magical bird. A Phoenix perhaps? Only after a couple of times listening, I realized that this magical sound is produced by Johnny Greenwood on his guitar. Also, only after a couple of times I realized that this sound is in the song from the very start! Although very distant at first and only to really appear at the musical climaxes of the song. I tried to dance on the sound of the Phoenix by letting my left hand fly freely with its ancient cries for love. With my right hand I tried to catch sound of the repetitive keyboard riff. It felt like a straight circular movement but also with an acceleration at the end. As a result the circles which I tried to make with my right hand were 11/12th instead of full circle resulting in a retrograde movement. 

Yes, this version of True love waits gives a magical addition to the original version. With this version it is not only the desperate desire for a loved one on earth. This version conveys the spiritual longing to reunite with your Holy Guardian Angel (represented by the calling of the Phoenix) as well. However, when hearing the magical call of the Phoenix it becomes apparent that it longs to be with us just as much or maybe even more than us!  This is a duet between Thom and the Phoenix. But how come when both parties are longing so much, that the song is so uplifting? 

This is the magical ingredient of the repetitive piano. There is such a positive vibe to it. The force of the keyboard brings both Thom and the magical flute together and bonds them. The piano riff is like the hierophant from the Thoth tarot card. It unites and blesses the Lovers in a heavenly hieros gamos. 

And when they finally are married with their true love, the waiting is over. Finally, both vow and say to each other at the altar: won’t leave!

 

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Dancing the bitter joy

This is my dance interpretation of Paul Simon’s Diamonds at the soles of her feet. A tragi-comic song about a poor boy who loves a rich girl. It is a classic recipe for disaster. But the music is so joyful, comforting and uplifting! It was a great joy to dance on it.

Passie vol paal staan

Twee keer in de week sta ik voor paal. Beter gezegd: ik dans voor paal. Vol passie. Als ik de kans krijg, ga ik naar Ecstatic Dance om te dansen. En dan ga ik voor deze paal staan. Terwijl de DJ de muziek start, tune ik in op de magische flow. En ik begin te dansen met de paal. Eigenlijk, met een beetje fantasie, ben ik een paaldanser. Maar wel een fatsoenlijke: ik raak de paal immers niet aan en houd al mijn kleren aan. Maar aan de andere kant deel ik wel alles met deze paal. Tijdens twee uur dansen komen vele verschillende emoties naar boven in een ecstatische passievolle dans. En de paal? Die geeft geen krimp. Onverstoorbaar. En toch houdt zij al mijn tempo’s en ritmes met groot gemak bij. Voor mij verslaat deze paal alle andere dansers en is zij de enige bij wie ik het maximale uit mijn dansavond kan halen. En dat wil ik. Want dansen is voor mij bidden. En daarbij is iedere druppel zweet is een klein gebed.

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Vanavond realiseerde ik mij waarom ik zo graag voor paal dans. Zo’n twee en een half jaar geleden heb ik een project gedaan genaamd Dance of the Passion. Als een kruising tussen Jesus / Dionysos heb ik een middag om een twee meter hoog eiken kruis gedanst. Al met al was het grof samengevat een zeer bevrijdende ervaring.Toen ervaarde ik voor het eerst: in welke staat ik mij ook bevond, het houten kruis gaf geen krimp.

En dat is voor mij juist de magie van het kruis en de paal: doordat zij geen krimp geeft, stelt het mij in staat om mijn dans energie te beheersen en die energie te gebruiken om het kruis en de paal energetisch te beklimmen. Zij wordt een soort van Merkaba: een Goddelijk voertuig naar hogere sferen. Met hoe meer passie ik dans in des te hogere staten kan ik komen.

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Dus vanavond realiseerde ik mij dat ik na 2.5 jaar nog steeds, twee keer per week, mijn Dance of the Passion doe. Met iets meer kleren dan destijds, maar regelmatig nog met even veel passie.

How Hermetic Flow Dance helps you discover the mechanics of flow

Quite some people find it difficult to be in tune with the flow of the dance. Even more people are not aware of the subtleties of flow: there are multiple melodies on which you can tune into at the same time! Often people dance only on the one clear heavy beat. But this is just a fraction of what flow is. So why limit yourself to a single beat, when you can dance on multiple tunes at the same time?

Flow can be seen as a collection of different sized gears, each with their own rhythm working together. It is like the old mechanical watch: the energy from the spring is transmitted through a series of different gears and wheels to the moving of the hands of the clock. Your body is a great example of organic flow: there are many different processes working together, but each at its own tempo. Your breathing has a different tempo than your heartbeat, although there is a connection. Your body is in a continuous act of balancing all processes to your flow, albeit either running or sitting.

In Hermetic Flow Dance, the gears are the different elements of your body: arms, legs, head, but also torso and hips. Your body parts can move in different speeds, rhythms and shapes: round or square. The paradox is that when you put all ‘wheels’ into motion in the dance, the dance becomes almost effortless. Many wheels work together in order to put the flow into motion. But when you only turn one ‘wheel’, this costs a lot of energy. You might even get the impression that dance is heavy like an exercise. This is not the case! You just need to know and apply the right techniques. This is what Hermetic Flow Dance does. The first thing that you need to understand is how to connect with the energy of flow. Secondly, you need to be able to contain that flow in your system. And then you can start and experiment with the different gears of flow of your body and how they interact. As it is not easy to see the benefits at first: there is effort, patience and persistence needed. But have faith! A new layer of sensitivity and awareness lies at your feet to be discovered. Hermetic Flow Dance is helping you discover how to tune into these mechanics of flow.

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How Ecstatic Ironing is an example of Hermetic Flow Dance

I think, I am not the only one who is not particularly fond of ironing shirts. For this reason I am always listening to music when ironing and eventually I started dancing along the tunes. Sometimes the music would really hit me and I would dance ecstatically. And to my surprise I was still able to iron the shirts! Now, obviously ironing is not the most difficult activities in life, but at least you do need to have some sense of coordination and a steady hand. And this is not an easy feat when dancing ecstatically.

Now, a couple of years (and a lot of laundry!) later, I realise that Ecstatic Ironing is in fact an example of Hermetic Flow Dance. I connect with the flow, I contain the energy and I create with the raised energy. In this case, rather than flapping my arms around all over the place, I produce nice and wrinkless shirts! What makes Ecstatic Ironing Hermetic Flow Dance is the paradox of ecstatic movement (flow) on one side and Hermetic contained movement (ironing) on the other integrated into one and the same dance. To be able to integrate both together at the same time is a very intense dancing meditation.

What is Hermetic Flow Dance?

Hermetic Flow Dance is a unique dance technique which aims to release and increase the full potential of your body. The goal is to increases the vibration of your body to match with your spirit. The idea is that true spiritual development includes your body: as above, so below.

 

Characteristics of Hermetic Flow Dance

  • In flow: it is very energy efficient as it connects with the flow of the cosmos.
  • Contains energy: the energy raised is kept within the hermetic space of the body.
  • Transforms energy: it transforms static energy (low vibration) in your body and being into flow of the moment (high vibration).
  • Works with polarity: it combines flow and form movements in order to raise and transform energy.
  • Consists of two phases: the letting go of old and heavy energy and creating new and lighter energy.
    • 1st phase – death of the Phoenix
      • Form – Staccato movements – emphasis on legs and pumping movements
      • Characteristics: effort / pain / letting go / connecting with Kundalini energy / reviving old energy
    • 2nd phase – rebirth of the Phoenix
      • Force – Legato movements – emphasis on arms and round movements
      • Characteristics: effortless / joy / creation / jumping movement / create with new energy
    • Increasing vibration in steps: each step has its own frequency. You increase the vibration of the dance like raising steps on a ladder.
    • Passionate: you dance with high intension as you try to take as many steps on the stairs as possible.
    • Spiritual: the high intensity and frequency destroy old structures such as tensions, stress, emotions, and thoughts. The dance changes your state as it awakens your soul resulting in a twinkle in your eye in the Now.
    • Based on Hermetic principles such as Law of Vibration, Polarity, Rhythm.
    • Unique dance as it combines aspects of different types of dance such as salsa, Ecstatic Dance, Gurdfjieff Movements and Sufi dance.