Learning to Dance
I have been learning to Ballroom Dance since the beginning of February this year. It all started on a Sunday as I was meditating and the distinct sensation of movement and rhythm coursed through my body. The message was to dance… I was surprised at first, for a moment, then moved towards fulfilling these instructions from Creator by looking for available dance studios in Sedona. Wow, imagine my surprise when I found a Fred Astaire studio just down the street! I actually went down to the office that day to see if there was anything on the door, perhaps a schedule or something.
This message was so clear and I so present that knowing this was the thing to do, I found the studio online and signed up for their introductory package. Two private lessons and a group lesson for $40. Nice! Ok… I am going to learn how to dance! It didn’t really sink in for several days what I was about to do and the knowing that Ballroom Dance would change how I look at the world didn’t come for another several weeks, but sink in it finally did, causing some long buried emotions and early life experiences to come to the surface.
I battled these emotions for several days, doing my best to get to the roots and when the day came to go to the first lesson I was excited. I don’t remember in my childhood ever being taught to dance, let alone Ballroom Dance and as the time came to go through the door and into the experience the emotions came back and manifested as a strong resistance to following through with this now ludicrous plan. Indeed, that is what was coming deep from within my sub-conscious mind, but I knew better than to listen.
Images of times past, Junior High and High School dances flashed across my IMAX screen, times rejected, ridiculed and laughed at… most of them very contrary to the spiritual experience I am now having. There was a Junior High dance where my buddies and I snuck alcohol in and then got caught… Not good. Especially if your mother is a teacher at the same school, I see now the Soul Trauma that experience created and it was inextricably linked to dance.
There were the times later in my teens when dancing was used in bars to pick up girls and was associated with HEAVY alcohol consumption. Yes, there was some healing to do there, let me tell you! And all the times I was asked to go dancing and stuttering through a myriad excuses to back up the statement, I don’t dance…
So, there was a lot of baggage that was directly related to dancing that I could see as I walked through the door the first time 3 months ago. They knew… Pam and Jenny, the daughter/mother team that runs the studio here in Sedona. (Sedona Ballroom if anybody is interested.) Jenny was awesome! We did our brief introductions, walked onto the floor and within 2 minutes Deva and I were dancing! It was the Foxtrot I believe and I think we also learned the Rumba that first lesson as well. Again, Jenny masterfully got us into frame and moving so quickly that my mind didn’t have time to jump in.
That experience was so profound and was the first step on another journey of discovery that has brought me to this place. I can honestly say that I had no idea Ballroom Dancing would have such a profound effect on my being. It really felt so good to my body and soul… not so much for my mind and ego, at first but that changed. There was something feeling like a restructuring at the cellular level that occurred and now I know that is what happened that day.
Over the past three months, my partner and I have had 11 private lessons and have gone through some life-changing experiences. The Dance has been a part of my spiritual practice since that first lesson and often I start my day with a Latin motion drill and find myself visualizing dance steps and timing as I drift into the dream state at night. Our progress has been good so far, mainly focussing on the basic Latin motion and Rumba, now we are ready for the next step.
We have explored the spiritual aspects of our experience very deeply and have discovered that Ballroom Dance complements and enhances our spiritual practices quite well. There is much to be learned from the Dance and how it relates to life. Many more discoveries await as another step on the path is taken.
Last night we defined that step and over the next 3 months we will be working towards becoming competition ready in a minimum of two dances and perfecting the basics in all the dances our studio teaches. There will be much to share from this experience as the dance awakens further my connection to Source.
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Love and kindness,