I’ve been working with many methods of movement psychology for over two decades and now as I incorporate theses bodies of work together it has become increasingly important for me to ensure their documentation. I’ve been offering this work on many different levels and as you will see from this book, I’ve included much of my own journey and history with it.
After I wrote my first book, Ms’Guided Angel, I found within me, a reclaiming of a deep love I had for writing, since childhood. Alongside the love I have for dance and creativity, I have found that the writing is equally important to me. I teach much of the work that I am now offering in text, alongside my other books, and alongside the workshops that I hold in various countries around the world. As my work continued to grow and unfold in ways I did not necessarily expect, I realised in the process what it was asking of me; this I have had to follow. I realised, time and time again that I was teaching a spiritual practice, even if at first I never had that intention to do so.
So I ask you if there is a practice that you do that enhances your own spirituality and life? We often talk of ‘doing our spiritual practice’ and what does this mean? We can meditate, walk, practice yoga and pray. We can go to weekly church gatherings or dance at group meetings and sessions. Whatever we have for our spiritual practice it has to work really well for us, else we become bored or dispirited. We begin to lose the way, and fall by the wayside, sometimes turning to yet another kind of practice in the hope that this one will now be the ‘right’ one for us and will be more beneficial inspiring and encourage us to stay the course.
But for me spiritual practice needs to be incorporated into every part of our life. It is not just something that we do on Sunday mornings, but within all aspects of our lives; like how we communicate with others, how we look after our hearts and bodies. It is how we take responsibility for our past, present and future. How we love and how we receive love. It includes the care of our relationships, our children and their needs, the wellbeing of the animal kingdom and the earth. It is a journey of constantly looking within as well as without and fulfilling the parts of our lives that we have not yet fully connected to, as well as the self-realization that leads us to being in service to others. We have to search out our authenticity and set about following the path to self-actualisation that is so often talked about.
It can take many years of soul searching in order to bring ourselves to a place of inner authority and of deeply knowing who we are. Can we accept this as our spiritual practice, rather than thinking it’s just about saying a few prayers every day or chanting mantras? Our more sophisticated world is asking much more of us. The new theories and ways of spirit-based philosophy are calling us for an intelligent and clear way of doing our work, that in many ways was not considered to be spiritual before, but more about personal development. In order to be spiritual beings, we need to wake up and take responsibility. We cannot turn a blind eye to the misgivings of our human race, but need to make very necessary changes in the world both internally and externally. That is a new spiritual practice. It is not confined to a few minutes or an hour a day, it is every moment that we live, with every breath we take. We have to live our talk and talk our walk in each living moment. Whether we are talking to a stranger at the bus stop or cooking a meal for our family. Whether we are writing a book or running a marathon. Whatever our work is, it is our spiritual practice and it is time that we realized this and stopped trying to make excuses that they are two separate things and we only have time for one or the other.
This is the very foundation of my work, to bring life and spirituality together. It was always a dance for me, that was how I spoke my prayers and brought myself to a place of empty knowing, a still peaceful calmness that engulfed me and allowed me to continue with my day in a state of bliss and connected to God, to Spirit or whatever I believed in at that time.
Now I see spirit in all things, in all aspects of my life and as times have changed and I have danced less, I see the necessary calling for my practice to be about every interaction I have, every quiet moment, as well as the challenges and the dramas of everyday living. And this is the work I offer as part of my own actualisation and the self-actualisation I help others with. For that is the tip of the pyramid, when all that I have done and needed to do for myself, which will go on forever of course, also becomes about assisting others. When I use my own stories to serve that wider web of humanity.
So this is the work of this book. Not a ‘how to guide’ as such but a sharing of my own experiences that have formed a way of seeing into the world that is not through any kind of dogma or belief system that has to be followed, but a truth, not my truth, but the truth that lies fully within the individual human being; the soul of that being, the one who really knows what the truth is.
from The Circle, The Fire & The Phoenix
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