I love to dance! It is prayer in motion. Dancing allows us to connect with a deeper rhythm that lives within and pulsates throughout, around and all the way down to the very core of Mother Earth. In the following, I share more with you on my thoughts about dance and the power of movement.
.The Power of the Sacred Dance
In ancient times, woman as Priestess, as Goddess, danced the Sacred Dance in the beauty of her nakedness. She danced in the temples, on the hills, in the valley, by the ocean, in caves and in the desert. The Sacred Dancer connected herself to the entire universe. She was one with all things. The dance was not only a way of telling the story of life it was a celebration of life itself. Uni-Verse. One Song. The Song of Love.
Women knew the magic and the healing power of the Sacred Dance. They knew that by dancing together and for one another that they were doing the work of the Great Mother Goddess. They enjoyed a direct connection to the Divine Femi9 Energy.
At some point in history, the Dance of Life became misinterpreted and seen as lewd. Patriarchy began to set the tone for the Sacred Dance. Man must have felt threatened by the Movement of Life and chose to restrain and contain women in their most natural state of being.
Women were told that only a “certain kind of woman” would move her body in such a manner. It was not seen as a birthing, fertility dance that kept the body strong, healthy and supple, it was seen as “dancing with the devil.” Women began to lose themselves and many diseases of the womb and the body as a whole is a result of constraint.
Woman, loose thy self! Free your mind and free your body that you may once again enjoy the feeling of movement for the sake of a more harmonious life.
We of the womb energy are beginning to get back in touch with our natural movement. In my heart, I know we can become whole again by connecting to that Sensual Spirit, hidden deep within.
Dance and your heart will be joyful. Dance, feel and connect to your inner wisdom and power.
Dancing is meditation in motion. Dancing is prayer. Dancing is a way of expressing “praises for the world.” Let’s dance and manifest a better world, for All Our Relations.
“Dancing stimulates the unconscious mind, which leads to expanded consciousness, and eventually and expansion of the personality. It heightens life and gives one a feeling of wholeness.” Rosina Fawzia – Al-Rawi (Grandmother’s Secrets)
“The Goddess holds the key to the most ancient forms of sacred dance; she is inextricably linked to dance. Dance was the principle form of worship of the Goddess. In some cases, in addition to her role as creator, giver, and protector of all life, the Goddess herself was a dancer, celebrating through dance the cycles of the seasons and the cycles of life. It is here then, with the Goddess, that we begin our journey into the world of sacred dance.” Iris J. Stewart (Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance)
“Dance, erotic or otherwise, builds sexual energy.” Suzie
Did you know…?
…that dancing quiets the mind and the spirit?
…that when one does head circles and swings it from side to side, it stimulates the cranium which is the neck’s nervous system?
…that when you shimmy your shoulders, work the rib cage and perform serpent like arm movements, you are stimulating the nerves of the heart and lungs?
…that when you work your belly in a certain manner, you are stimulating the stomach, liver, gallbladder, spleen, and small and large intestines. The belly activity also activates the solar plexus “seat of the will.”
…that the pelvis is stimulated by swinging the pelvis and all hip variations. This area is also connected to the sigmoid colon, the rectum, the bladder and the gonads.
…that the back is strengthened by all head movements, shoulder exercises and pelvic movements.
…that all parts of the body are linked to the spine and the pelvis supports the entire body. Therefore, each movement is dependent on the flexibility of your pelvic region. These parts of the body are moved by the largest and strongest muscles in the body, the buttocks and the upper thighs. The strength of the body rests on the flexibility of the lower abdomen.
The Sacred Dance is great for health of the body and it helps you to reconnect to the sensualist, artist, healer, flirt, Mother Earth, one who imparts knowledge.
Source: Grandmother’s Secrets by Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi
Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance by Iris J. Stewart