Will You Dance?


This resonated with me most:

“When was the last time you danced for me?” I don’t think the question was so much about the dancing. The question was more, “When was the last time you simply cut loose and worshiped me so fearlessly?” Have I become so focused on the world around me that my expressions, my nature has become guarded?” ❤

THE RIVER WALK

Read: Isaiah 62:6-65:25, Philippians 2:19-3:3, Psalm 73:1-28, Proverbs 24:13-14

In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years. (Isaiah 63:9)

Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. (Psalm 73:23-24)

dancing

Relate: Twice yesterday I saw a beautiful thing. Both times was in a fairly crowded restaurant with quite a few people at tables and booths eating their dinners. The first time, from a three year old was fairly expected. Her family was done and getting up to leave. This little girl walked to the booth next to her and struck up a conversation with the elderly couple there. They said something that caused her to show off her dancing and she had no fear doing it. Wiggling her butt, raising up those arms…

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Untwisting Through Erotic Work


This article is even more enlightening  and helpful for me.

I participated in an introductory session of dance therapy just a week ago, and one of the tools I learned from there is Tapping, which I have promptly incorporated into my meditation practice now, in the chakra cleansing part as I go into Silencing.  I’ve been Tapping all over my body but mostly on my lower back and pelvic areas as I’ve intuitively felt a heavy kind of energy in these parts (there’s even persistent mild lower back pain, which is quickly relieved as I tap).

The current feelings of being “turned on” lately must’ve been a result of this too! 😉

The whole point of doing this work is to find blockages, externally, and internally, and to let them go. The more you are able to breathe into what comes up, the easier it becomes to express it and let it go.

Interestingly, the body really hates blocked material. So, “stuff that is stuffed” is going to emerge anyway.

This article’s author, Wayne Allen, further explains:

“Bodywork had its start with Wilhelm Reich, a 20th century student of Freud. He identified what he called body armour / character armour — physical blockages to the free flow of energy.

He worked with his clients using bodywork and breathwork, as well as through talk therapy, as he realized that talking alone wasn’t cutting it as far as healing went.

He realized that trauma of any sort that was not resolved (through the release of the blocked energy) ended up “stuck” in the body

This is armouring – the actual tightening down of muscles, and other structures in the body – so that the trauma is “held in place.” The longer it’s held, the tighter and more blocked the person is.

Reich equated limited lives to restricted energy, which of course also sounds like Chinese medicine. He dubbed the energy “orgone energy,” as in orgasm energy. His idea, which seems way ahead of its time (the 30s, if memory serves,) can be stated this way: “If people learn to have full body orgasms, they’d never need psychotherapy.”

Reich was not speaking metaphorically.

Here’s a quote from the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust site:

Reich’s orgasm theory set him apart from his colleagues, because it indicated that the libido was a real physical energy that possibly might be measured quantitatively. Reich’s clinical work also led him to develop new therapeutic techniques to eliminate the patient’s character and muscular armor and allow for the flow and discharge of this bio-energy to achieve what he called “orgastic potency,” the capacity for total discharge of sexual excitation in the genital embrace.

In the east, the full release of qi or chi or prana is described similarly.

The fire of this energy release powers through obstructions, and brings about balance and healing… this understanding stretches back to 2500bc and earlier.”

Read the full article at  Sex Archives | The Pathless Path.

Sensuality, Sexuality, Spirituality Entwined


I have been noticing lately, that as I grow in my spirituality through my involvement with the Prayer and Life Workshops Bacolod, I seem to be getting … uhm… “more easily turned on”– by a picture here, a gesture there, a line from a song somewhere.

And then I remember how this happened to me too during the early years of my meditation practice since I started meditating in December 2006.  Is this just me, or what?

So I searched again, and this is what I found.  Very relieved to know!

Your sensual and sexual nature are real. They are fundamental to who you are. The energy “lives” in the root and 2nd chakras, and for most, this energy stagnates there. And then people complain that their life is not stimulating, fun, inspired, passionate and creative. Most people just put up with this. Many are the people who have had “bad” experiences in this area and “stick there,” refusing to move past the accumulated pain, judgment, and distress. Neutral or worse.

Others shut down and pretend to be “spiritual.” They live in their heads and deny their bodies. (Hair shirts, anyone?) Ungrounded spirituality is senseless (get it ??) and foolish, and unworkable. You can be spiritual when you are dead. In the mean time, grounding into all of your feelings is crucial.

Now, some of those feelings will be uncomfortable. If you breathe into them and accept them as a part of you, they will release you from their thrall. And you will move past neutral.

Sensual experience is not a head experience. You’ll not find a satisfactory explanation for why it is essential that we feel, and feel deeply. Rather, to move beyond neutral, there must be a surrendering into the feelings, and a surrendering of the need to know.”

via Sensuality, Sexuality, Spirituality Entwined.

The Power of Silence


Silence can make us nervous thinking we need to fill the void, but there is immense strength in silence.

All sounds, from a whisper to a classical symphony, arise out of silence and disappear into silence. But silence is always there beneath sound and is the space where sound can exist. We tend to think of silence as the absence of sound, but silence has its own weight and quality. When you listen to silence, you can perceive its intense depth and power. Taking the time to experience silence calms the mind and rejuvenates the body. Silence is the void where we can hear the many sounds that we often ignore – the voice of our intuition telling us the truth, the sound of the breeze blowing, the hum of the radiator, and the noises we make just because we are alive.

One way to experience silence is to wake up before the rest of the world has come alive. Try not to move into activity, and leave off the lights, radio, and television. Sit still and simply listen. You may hear your heartbeat or your breath, but keep your attention tuned to the silence that surrounds you. Stay this way for as long as you can, and allow the sound of silence to penetrate your body until it moves into your core. Feel the gentle, pulsing waves of silence and allow it to cleanse you. Five minutes of communing with silence can leave you feeling vibrant and connected to the universe.

At night, choose a moment after everyone around you has retired and tune in to silence. You can also experience silence throughout the day. Even in the midst of activity, moments of silence are always present. Usually we ignore or feel nervous around silence and try to fill these moments with sound. Yet silence is always there – vast, potent, and available for us to step into any time we choose.

– Shared from DailyOM

3AM Thoughts


 

How liberating!
To finally be free
of undeserved guilt
from other people’s
basic unhappiness with themselves,
And the niggling, gnawing
little nameless anxieties
that come from believing
you are all alone
and unsafe
when in Truth
you’re not.

The Gifts of Silence and Prayer


“Silence is not yet prayer, but going into the Silence is necessary for prayer.” Something I’ve known already from my own practices but which was clearly defined for me yesterday at the Prayer and Life Workshop (PLW) orientation.

Spire made of candles - low view

photo credits to Center of Spiritual Living

And then, this morning, as I went into meditation immediately after I woke up, I kept “popping out”. 😥

I just realized now that it’s because I did not take time to “properly” go into the Silence, gently placing my self in an open, empty, receptive state. How theory and experience immediately put themselves at work to remind me of this lesson, one after another!

In my 6 & a half years of growing in meditation and prayer practice, I have observed how this practice of going into Silence first before communing with God/The Source/Spirit carries over into one’s every day life.

One naturally learns to be more attentive and receptive to self and other beings. One grows in reverence, Presence, for all life, deepening in true intimacy with self and others.

And I remember reading somewhere before that if you cultivate an inner life of Silence and prayer, you cannot help but become more honest, more authentic in your outer life! 🙂

So I guess if your life (or even just some parts of it) is feeling fake, blah, meaningless for you, go Inside. ♥