The last thirty percent

When you practice flow movement, you frequently, out of nowhere, receive ideas or feelings for the moves you would like to do. Afterwards you may realize that your execution matches only 70% of the original idea. This is odd, especially if the movement would not have been physically or coordinatively challenging for you. For some reason, you avoided giving the expression its appropriate time and space. The expansion of your freedom to move into these excluded spaces will be the journey of your life.

The structure of the forbidden room

The room that you avoid entering has a structure that is determined by your beliefs. For instance, in western society, the pelvis is considered a sinful place. There is shame and fear associated with it. In the german language, the sex is called “Geschlecht”, which derivative of “bad” and the whole area is named the “Schambereich” which means the “area of shame”. Women are allowed to dance with pelvic movement to some extent, but for men, it’s in general a forbidden place. For most western men, the pelvis is a part of the body that is totally out of awareness. It’s a muted, almost not existing region. So if a movement runs through a man’s body and would enter the pelvic region, the male dancer would do something to bypass the pelvis or break the movement completely.

A life long journey

Because the inhibition of pelvic movement is strongly connected with the western imagery of what a man should be, regaining the pelvic freedom of movement would take the destruction and recreation of a man’s entire world perspective.

Meditation and Hypnosis

What is flow movement

We say that flow is an altered state of mind where a person loses himself and becomes one with his activity. Flow movement happens when the dancer is in an altered state of mind, where a stream of moves expresses through the dancer, without him needing to think about it.

Looks like flow, but isn’t

By nature, your mind wants to go a path that it has already taken. That is, when dancing, the mind suggests repeating movements that have already been made. It’s tempting because it feels safe and comfortable to stay in the already known world. There is a difference between evolution and innovation. The recombination of existing movements that have already been learned is evolution. But only when movements occur that are not recombinations or derivatives of other already known movements, then the movement is an innovation.

So if the sequence of movements is complex, but with altering elements of the same quality, the dancer is caught in a loop. This is a type of monotony that has the ability, like the rhythm of a drum, to hypnotize a person. The ego will take over the dance completely and every movement is the result of an automatism. The dancer could get lost in the stream of movements that could be mistaken for the “flow state”. But that is not the flow that we want to achieve as freestyle dancers. Falling into automatism is a form of unconscious sleep and what we want is a creative trance that is total awareness.

Be aware of repetitions

A good way to keep yourself from getting caught in a loop is to constantly watch where you are repeating your movements. Of course, you need to do repetitions to practice a movement, but be careful not to repeat it because it feels comfortable. Reinvent your style and your movement qualities again and again. Make an effort to break your own patterns.

“When you dance, your mind suggests repeating moves that you already know, and if you do so, you will be rewarded with a sense of security and comfort. Even if the movement sequence is complex, but with altering elements of the same quality, you are trapped in a loop. You could lose yourself in the stream of movements which could be mistaken as a trance. But what actually happened, is that you got self-hypnotized, which is a totally different thing.”

When does a dancer make us cry?

Surely everyone noticed that there are dancers who perform technically at a high level, but whose performance does not touch one’s emotions. It may be that the dancer impresses the audience with spectacular interludes, but there is hardly any communication between the artist and the audience.

But there are also dancers who you can clearly feel that have the attention of the entire audience when they simply step on the stage. They don’t have to do anything to catch their audience’s attention. Sometimes they “just” stand there and look into the audience and everyone is with them. These are the dancers who can make us cry.

The magic happens between the movement and the audience

More specifically, the magic doesn’t happen between the dancer and the audience, but between the movement and the audience. The dancer’s consciousness is part of the intermediate space where the magic happens.

Put the ego aside

The dancer is a medium, that mediates between the movement and the audience. The dancer is an observer of what is happening. The performer’s task is to be aware of the audience’s presents and to give the flow of movement its energy and body to express itself. But the dancer doesn’t make any decisions.

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Dancing the Element Fire

Fascination of the inner fire

For us “modern” people, especially the women of this time, it is about regaining the authentic, natural wilderness and freedom. But being authentic is a condition that has to be defended again and again. Freedom also has to be fought for over and over again. Those who live their inner fire are perceived by other people as sexually attractive. It seems as if on the one hand the inner fire activates another person’s inner fire, but it will probably also be the desire for adventure, which is why people with fire are attractive. Those who burn are perceived by others as “intense” and that often adds the lack of spice to the mundane everyday life.

Downsides of rage and anger

We have a split relationship with the inner fire. On the one hand, it’s extremely attractive. But then the fascination quickly turns into a ride in hell. Because you can burn yourself on the fire if you are not careful with it. Lies, cowardice, and ignorance are such carelessness. We all know the feeling of anger building in one when another is purposely deaf. In partnerships, there are many areas where such interactions become active. Mostly where another is too cowardly to recognize himself.

The image of a women

Women had a particularly difficult time with it. Even if aggression, anger and aggression are frowned upon by society, men have a small tolerance range to live out these emotions in contrast to women, for whom this is completely forbidden. Men can be free and wild, women have to beave well.

Those who cannot be themselves kill themselves. When anger and aggression are not allowed to be expressed, they are directed against themselves: depression, scratching arms, addiction. The libido dies. The vagina becomes the enemy. A living woman becomes a witch. And so on.

The trend women circles

And then time goes by and one forgets how to deal with anger properly. Then women go out and attend women’s workshops and seminars, they therapy each other in order to reawaken something that they have lost.

What does it mean to be wild?

We always think: being wild means doing anything you want. That’s not true. Wild herbs, wild animals, wilderness … Living wild means nothing else than being in harmony with nature. In harmony with one’s own human nature.

Exercise: getting free

First free your body: dancing chaotically, breaking conventions, breaking taboos, dancing ugly, dancing grotesquely, dancing really badly, off-balance, uncontrolled, exerting yourself, staggering, shaking your head, monotony, expressing forbidden emotions : Grief, lust, anger, anger, waking up the beast, close the eyes, “walk” alone.

How do I get in there?

  • In general: activate devotion. Exhale and let go and let go. Play with off-balance. Lose your stance. Out of whack. Surrender control. When dancing as a couple: take the hand, lead each other through the room. One has closed his eyes and lets himself be led.
  • Activate courage. Courage to dedicate. Courage to jump into the unknown (unknown feelings). Don’t be afraid of the beast inside.
  • Activate pelvic awareness. Pelvis seat of sexuality, emotion, primordial emotion (primordial trust), the oldest part of the body in evolution, pubic area (pubic bone, pubic hair, etc.), shadow area/taboo place (gender), Source of joie de vivre / libido. Move your pelvis. Overcome shame. Mobilize the spine. The hip initiates every movement!
  • Activate voice. Moan. Breathe out calmly: “Hmmmmm” with sound. Screaming is also taboo. Break taboo. Scream.
  • Trigger anger. Thinking about something that makes you angry or angry.
  • Activate sexuality. Circling the hips.
  • Fire breathing. Prana. Breathe deeply. Inhale and exhale vigorously. Breathe oxygen to breathe the fire within.
  • Growl. Predator. Grrrrr .. Pull your upper lip upwards. Show fangs.
  • Grimaces. Cut grimaces.
  • Whipping movements
  • Shaking, shaking, shaking the head, eruptions, interruptions
  • Fire music. Metal, grindcore, aggro rap
Kali-Energie

About flow movement

What is movement flow?

The flow behaves like an independent living being. It is obstinate and delicate as a cat. You can’t command the flow to come. It comes by itself. The flow comes and goes, but with training, the flow comes faster, and easier. The more flow experience you have, the longer and more intense it becomes. The ability to get into the flow is like riding a bike – you don’t forget it anymore.

Flow is just a clue

As a rule, the flow does not give you any exact information to move. It is about movement tendencies. The flow doesn’t give you more information than you need to get just an idea.

There are different types of flow

Depending on which flow you tune into, other types of movements come out. Chi Gong, Kung-Fu, Krumping, Feldenkrais, Breakin, Popping, etc. are different movement flows. There are speaking flows, writing flows, painting flows, etc.

The flow is always there

Whether it unfolds or not depends only on whether you are paying attention to the flow and giving it energy.

How do you get into the flow?

To flow you need the courage to dedicate yourself

It takes courage because the flow leads you into movements that are unknown to you. The unknown is always scary at the beginning. It takes courage and trust here. The flow changes people and that too is scary at the beginning. Surrender means stop trying to control something. Wanting to understand something is like wanting to control something.

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.

– Pema Chodron

Have no idea of the flow

You can have an inner attitude, like a blank sheet of white paper. No motive, no direction, no intention. As soon as one believes to understand the flow, expectations develop. If these expectations are not fulfilled, one gets into doubt. The doubt kills the flow.

Do not think

To get into the flow you must stop thinking about the movements.

Judgement kills the flow

Judgment is a result of thinking, which is why judgment also separates from the flow. Negative judgment destroys the flow immediately. But you can’t give a positive judgment either because you’ve done something surprisingly beautiful for example.

Many mental comments come as well-intentioned advice or criticism: “The movement looks better differently.”, “I can’t do that”, “That doesn’t suit me.”, “That looks ridiculous.”, “I heard it that’s unhealthy. “, “That was a nice movement!”, “I’m not that flexible”, etc. A way has to be found to take the inner monologue out of its influence on the flow. The flow can just happen without judgment.

Flow is a process of remembering

As children, we are in the flow. We act out of inner impulses without thinking. Later, when we get older, we learn to suppress spontaneous impulses with well-considered strategies for action. Experiencing flow means remembering something you had as a child.

Keep the focus on body awareness

Move. Perceive every signal from your body, no matter how small. Examine it. Get closer. Move again. Always try to feel When you start pondering, return your attention to the feeling.

A distraction-free training ground

You need a protected space where you will not be distracted. It is difficult to go deep if you are constantly being torn out by ringing phones, children, etc. You should be certain that you can experiment undisturbed for a couple of hours because the mind does not relax when it does knows it doesn’t have enough time.

Sometimes it can be difficult to indulge in the flow when you feel watched. Perhaps there shouldn’t be any other viewers for the beginning.

Listen to good music

Music makes us feel. It doesn’t matter what we hear, the main thing is that it touches us. We can let ourselves be hypnotized by rhythms.

One thought to control all thoughts

Basically, meditation is also based on a thought: A thought that dominates and suppresses all other thoughts. Not thinking is also the work of thought. In movement flow, the task of thinking is to keep reminding you to stay focused on the flow. A thought that says: “Don’t get distracted.”

The problem with thinking

Thinking keeps you in the comfort zone

The mind wants to protect us against danger by trying to foresee the future and avoiding unknown terrain. When flow moving there are unknown emotions, unknown feelings, unknown movements, etc. Since we don’t know trance and ecstasy either, we don’t like to go there either. Thinking keeps us from leaping into the unknown. It keeps us in the safe comfort zone, i.e. where there is no growth. Thinking doesn’t like change.

Thinking repeats movements

Thinking tends to go again on a path that has been taken once. Thinking works with memories, i.e. knowledge of the past. This also happens with movements. When the mind memorizes a sequence of movements, it tends to repeat it over and over again. You then get into a loop and creativity falls asleep.

Die Schuld vor dem eigenen Herzen

Schuld ist relativ

In unterschiedlichen Kulturkreisen zu unterschiedlichen Zeiten waren Dinge Tabu oder völlig akzeptabel. Ein Beispiel dafür ist die Knabenliebe im antiken Griechenland. Dort war die erotisch-sexuelle Liebe eines älteren Mannes zu minderjährigen Jungen gesellschaftlich legitim und gefördert. Sie war eine Praktik der reichen Oberschicht und wurde als Chance gesehen, für Jungen Bildung und Tugend von einem erwachsenen Mann mit hohem Ansehen zu erlernen. Heute ist das eine Straftat. Schuld ist also relativ.

Alltagspsychologisch gesehen ist das Opfer “gut” und der Täter “böse”. Jeder Mensch ist aber beides, Opfer und Täter, doch sehen wir uns als Opfer, dann haben wir eine dünne haut, sehen wir uns als Täter sind wir sehr kurzsichtig. Als Täter schlüpfen wir gerne in die Rolle des Opfers und exkulpieren unsere Schuld auf andere. Meistens: Eltern, Lehrer und Kirche. Bei der Schuld entscheiden wir selbstgefällig und werden Hochmütig.

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Dem eigenen Herzen dienen

Demut

Das Bedürfnis einem höheren Zweck zu dienen ist ein ganz fundamentales Bedürfnis des Menschen. Zusammenhang mit der Erfahrung: “Leben ist leiden.” – wie Buddha es formulierte, macht es Sinn. Ohne einem höheren Zweck zu dienen, wäre das viele Leid, welches ein Mensch im Laufe seines Lebens erfährt, für nichts.

Die Tatsache, dass jeder sterben muss, erübrigt die Frage, ob ein Mensch sein Leben für etwas geben möchte oder nicht. Er muss sein Leben so oder so geben.

Eine Definition von Demut: “Bereitschaft zum Dienen.”

Selbstopferung ist der Sinn

Symbolisch betrachtet, ist die Lebenszeit ist nichts weiter als die Chance, einen bereits gezahlten Gutschein für etwas einzulösen. Sein eigenes Leben opfern für etwas, dass man selbst als erstrebenswert und ehrbar erachtet – darum geht es.

Es ist geht darum, für etwas zu Leben und sich für etwas aufzuopfern.

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Physical enjoyments

I always speak about that “good feeling” that a dancer has to follow when he or she dances. But a “good feeling” is an abstract term. What does that mean?

If you have nice thought that makes you happy, that’s a different good feeling like the one you have, when you are getting massaged. What I am pointing at, are physical enjoyments.

There are some reference points that I think everybody knows from their own experience which describes the kind of “good feeling” I am talking about.

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The false brother of trance

Did you notice that everything has a false brother? T the false brother of self-love is narcissism. The false brother of love is attachment. The false brother of unconditional love is addiction. The false brother of giving a compliment is flattering. The false brother of surrender is resignation.

Automatism looks like trance

Many times I meditated and thought that I deeply sunk into myself and immersed myself into the void of nothingness, and then I woke up and realized that I was just sleeping. The false brother of trance is automatism which is sleeping consciousness.

The difference between evolution and innovation

The false brother of the higher self is the ego. While the higher self comes as intuition, the ego is a collection of thoughts. The ego can only evolve, but only the higher self can innovate. The difference between innovation and evolution is: innovation brings out something that didn’t exist before, whereas evolution is a re-arrangement of things that already has existed. Symbolically spoken: Innovation brings “children” into existence without parents, while the children of evolution have parents.

Keep the creative mind always active

Dancing is not something you do. Dancing is something that happens with you. If you truly dance, you will feel like something is pushing and pulling you, swirling you around. In order to connect the so-called “higher self”, you have to surrender. But be aware, you can be taken over by the automatism of the ego. Then you may believe that you had a trance, but your creative mind actually was not active and your dance was an automated repetition of what you already knew.

A hint to not fall into automatism

A hint whether you are connected with the higher self or not is the spontaneous occurrence of moves and ideas that you can not remember, that you have ever done or seen before. These moves pop out of nothing and they really surprise you.