We have the ability to rejuvenate ourselves at any age by tapping in to the richness within. Beauty, Gratitude, Grace, Wisdom, Creativity – we can tap into these energies by drawing from our deepest Self. The archetypes are the primary rhythms that create form, and by feeling our deepest desire at any moment, we invoke the archetypal energy we need. In my desire to feel beautiful, I can call on the essential quality of Beauty to radiate her luminous energy through my cells.
There is a rhythm to beauty, a rhythm to grace. Or call it vibration. We can begin to notice that our breath changes with every different feeling, and we move differently as well. At any moment we are sending out a vibrational signal to the Universe through our breath and movement. Likewise, we are being affected by all the rhythms around us. We swim in a sea of rhythms, and we tend to vibrate with what we focus our attention on. The vibration of a newscast is often sharp and stacatto, short, fast breathing, and if we match this energy, our breathing moves up in our bodies, becoming tight and hard.
As we become conscious of the inner body – organs and glands, how our blood and fluids move, the feeling of the cells, and the way our energy is moving through us – all of this creates a tremendous support for our daily lives. Instead of living on the surface of the body, somewhat unconsciously using and reusing our muscles, perhaps forcing the body beyond what feels good, basically dominating or controlling our own matter, there is another way, one of partnership, cooperation and deep listening to what we truly need.
For years my right hip would ache, especially at night, and after trying many modalities, I began to investigate more deeply, guiding my attention to be with the sensation. I noticed how there was so much energy tied up in that area, longing to be released into gravity. The sciatica that accompanied my right hip pain, running down the out side of my right leg, seemed to be released by pulling on my toes or letting my leg hang freely.
Lately I have been feeling an increasingly direct connection with the cells of my body. Many years ago I had begun using the mantra “love” with my cells, gently saying this word over and over again. When I do this I feel an excitement in my cells, a joyful jumping to attention, as if they love being directly contacted. More recently in the womens’ group we have been exploring the pull of gravity on the cells, feeling how we are directly connected to the Earth through her gravitational pull on each cell. We lie on our back at first, then on each side, and eventually on the belly, feeling how we are held in the Earth’s gravitational embrace. Surrendering to this pull, soon there is an upward force, as if the waters within us are rising in joy – the force of levity.
In our womens’ group we have been focusing on the hara, the belly center, and even more specifically, at the very center of the hara – the tant tien – where one can feel what has been called “the rhythm of the primordial force” by Kaneko Shoseki (see the appendix of Durckheim’s HARA, p.193). The tant tien is the center of gravity in our bodies, approximately two fingers below the navel, deep in the center of the belly. By focusing our attention on this center, we have been experiencing the rhythm of the universe flowing through us. It is the feeling of being breathed and nourished, being held and supported, by the Mother of us all. It is the feeling of connecting to Source, of being interconnected with all that moves, yet blossoming as a true individual, supported by the whole.
We have been exploring how the tant tien is energetically connected to the foot through the talus bone, where the tibia and fibula, the lower leg bones, meet the foot. When we walk with attention in our center, the weight of the body falls through the talus bone, and then 50% is distrbuted to the calcaneous (the heel), while the rest moves forward through the metatarsals. The energy then springs upward from the earth through the wellspring point just before the metatarsals. This feels deliciously supportive, as well as deeply connected to the Earth, as the tant tien has the same vibratory rhythm as the center of the Earth.
While dancing with this awareness of center, I have felt my body as a sacred temple, perfectly supported by the bones of the feet, like a cathedral on bedrock. This level of support allows me to feel my inner space geometrically, as if I am moving deeper into the temple through a series of sacred rooms.
Rhythm is fundamental to our nature, from the beat of our heart to the cycles of the moon, we exist in a universe of rhythmic creation. By feeling deeply into our bodies, the rhythmic ground of our being becomes tangible. Entraining to the rhythm of the Earth, we feel ourselves part of a living body, a moving whole that is ever evolving. We discover our rhythmic connection to the primordial energies or archetypes that are fundamental to our world, universal principles such as compassion, wisdom, grace and love. Through the integration of these archetypal rhythms, we experience being aligned and relaxed, feeling the interconnection of body, heart, and soul.