Keys To The Dance

Here are some keys which will help you find the meaning in the dance.

Do not simply recite the sacred phrase. Listen to the other voices. Listen to the person directing the dance. Find the center of the sound and your voice will automatically begin to harmonize.

The dances are designed to take us more and more into the universe of feeling. Stay with your feeling. If you go off into the world of thoughts, simply bring your concentration back to feeling. The heart center, found in the middle of the chest, is the natural place to begin.

Concentrate on the Sacred Phrase
The sacred phrase, sometimes referred to as Wazifa or Mantra, centers the dance. All members say it together.

Move Together
Restrain the exuberant impulse to make an individual expression. You will be amazed how much higher and deeper the dances are when you use the same energy to harmonize with others in the circle. Feel your body fully, then gradually or suddenly, become the whole circle.

Watch Your Breathe
Breathe is life. Breathe is movement. Voice is breath. Let breath breathe. Return to breath in the silence between dances. Notice the subtle changes in breathe brought about by each dance.

These dances can lead to states of ecstasy. Joyously invigorating! In dances where you are brought to the center of the circle, soar, but soar with your whole being. Taste all the planes at the same time. If your feet are grounded on the earth, then your head can be in the heavens.

This is a grace. To willingly submit ourselves to Allah/God in whom we live and move and have our being. Hypocrisy may be the only sin. How wonderful it is when we actually feel like bowing in humility before the eternal truth. These dances can be worship: the celebration of the divine presence. The Sufi's call this Akhlak Allah-acting as if in the presence of Allah; and knowing that even if you do not see Allah, Allah sees you.

This means so be it. We say this at the conclusion of many dances. The important thing is not to say it, but to mean it.

As the sound and music of the dance stop, enter the silence. This is your opportunity to hear what has been created. In this silence one can absorb te qualities evoked during the dance. This is the most important part of the dance. It becomes all-encompassing.

(Thanks to Nicholas Lizza for providing this information to riDance. These keys were taken from Dances of Universal Peace Volume V Peaceworks International Center for Dances of Universal Peace)

For more information on the dances nationally and internationally, contact;
International Center for the
Dances of Universal Peace
444 NE Ravenna Blvd
Suite 306
Seattle Washington 98115
Phone 206-522-4353

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