Why Ecstatic Dance?

Need for self-expression

We have a natural inborn need for self expression. Remember the moments where you feel joy, anger or sadness, but the circumstances do not allow you to express your emotions. Holding back anger make you feel like a vulcano that wants to erupt but cant and often it’s starts to eat you up from inside. Surpressed sadness could accumulate and breaks through the surface as a depression. Withhold joy (in my case) turns into some other strange feeling that i can’t describe what it is until now. In order to be in balance we need to express what is in us. It seems like we don’t necessary need to speak out what we feel. It is very satisfying if we can express emotions though dancing. To me it looks like the meaning and purpose of self-expression is expression it self. It doen’t matter how you express it, it just need to go out of you. Dancing gives you the room to do that and what comes out is art. Thats just fucking awesome.

Need for self-realization

This is a long, long story. And it took me many years to truely understand that self-realization is everything we are searching for in our life. I learnd very soon that self-realization is the the basic goal in any spiritual practise, but it took me decades to understand what a monster task this actually is. For now i don’t want to go further into this. I just want to say, that self-realization is what everybody since ever is searching for. And it doen’t come studying books or knowing everthing Buddha or Krishnamurti thought. It it something that only comes by real experience in engagement with the true nature of life. (The true nature of life, his is another huge, huge topic). So in order to satisfy this need ,a human has to gain life experience and that can only comes if a human goes on a journey into the unknown. Otherwise the human will feel unsatisfied all the time and will make a lot of (maybe) stupid attempts to compensate that inner hunger for experience.

Need for a journey

Every human needs his or her individual journey. The journey is the answer to a fundamental question everyone has: What for am i here? Whats the meaning of my existence? There are many possibilities to go a journey. Raising kids i one of them. The attempt to dance freely from the soul will take a human on a journey, that lets him or her experience almost everything, a trip to the mount everest would let the human experience. How can this be? Because, everything we experience, doen’t matter if external or not, we experience whithin us. The entire experience of existence is a happening within us (that another huge topic). So dancing will fly you to the moon and will pull you in the dark abyss of the ocean. It will burn you in fire to ash and then let’s you rise like the poenix to see highest mountains from above. It will let you dry out in the dessert and freeze to death only to show you that you actually have the power to let it rain if you wish and enlight a fire with your bare hands. Yes, stuff like this you will experience when you dance and that is very satisfying.

What is Ecstatic Dancing?

There are (simplyfied) two ways you can get into dancing. The first one is to look for a teacher that will teach you how to execute certain steps of a certain style. For example Hip-Hop, Salsa, Latin-American-Standard, Swing, House, Flamenco, Tango, etc. Or, and this is what i am talking about: Soul expression in its purest form. No rules, no steps, no forms. Just purest raw energy. Brutal self honesty. Where only god (name it whatever you want) can judge you. Do you understand? This is the difficult path. But it appears to me like more and more people want exactly this: They are searching for dragons to slay. Can’t find any dragons? Dance with your heart and they will show up.

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