Movement into Stillness – a journey into inner space.
There are many ways to attain inner silence and one of these ways is to do an active meditation with music/sound to bring you to that place.
In many cultures the drum has been used for eons, normally in circle around a fire. The drum would lead the people into movement and the rhythm would take them to a different space, some call this Trance dance.
Sufi whirling (or Sufi spinning) is a form of Sama or physically active meditation which originated in the 13th Century in Turkey, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order. They whirl around to music and find the point of silence within the spinning.
Osho, (1931 – 1990) from India, a mystic,guru and spiritual teacher bought Dynamic Active Meditation to the west. Music for the dancer to dissolve into the dance. With eyes closed, you are told to dance as if possessed. let your unconscious take over completely. Do not control your movements or be a witness to what is happening. Just be totally in the dance One of these meditations is called Nataraj – The active part of the meditation is for 40 minutes, then you lie down in silence for 20 minutes and then bought back from that silence with music for another 5 minutes, this in total is a 65 minute meditation.
5 Rythems is also a very popular way to work with this process. This, again is a movement meditation practice devised by Gabrielle Roth in the late 1970s.It draws from indigenous and world traditions using tenets of shamanistic, ecstatic, mystical and eastern philosophy. It also draws from Gestalt Therapy, the human potential movement and transpersonal psychology Fundamental to the practice is the idea that everything is energy, and moves in waves, patterns and rhythms.Roth describes the practice as a soul journey, and says that by moving the body, releasing the heart, and freeing the mind, one can connect to the essence of the soul, the source of inspiration in which an individual has unlimited possibility and potential.
With all of these different offerings the main purpose is to take yourself from a point of movement into stillness. You become one with the music/sounds/beat. You do not follow the music, you become lost in it and become part of it. Once this starts to happen you can literally feel yourself unwind and become freer from the tensions that you have taken on from past pain and fear, from anger, resentment, grief, remorse etc and also anxiety and worry, fear etc of the future. Also the same is true for the chattering mind, for as you blend with the sounds your being can – if you allow it to – loose all time and awareness of the mind chatter that we live with.. We can loose all thoughts about the past and the future and become very much in the now. Thoughts stop and space starts to open up and become available to us.
Whilst in this state we are working at a deep cellular level.
During our lives we experience all sorts of feelings and if these are not fully expressed at that present moment, especially the ones that are of low vibration, they can move into deep cellular memory and get stuck, leading to dis-ease. Eckhart Toll calls this the Pain Body. Lets be honest, when we are happy we normally express with freedom and joy, we tend not to hold our feelings in in the same way we do when we have, what is deemed to be negative feelings. We, in the modern world, tend to hide them and not express them. We hold a fear that if we show these feelings they may show a nasty or weak side of our nature or it may be too embarrassing to release out loud and feel heard. We also, as children may not have been encouraged and supported enough to be able to express them, we are actively discouraged by our parents and teachers to not show our feelings, thus our pain body holds on to them until such a time as this. We may even be totally unaware of what we have kept with us from our past. But emotions not expressed can keep us from moving into a much more powerful way of being in our present moment. The more the body ‘collects’ and ‘stores’ these emotions, the more tension is built up in the cellular memory of our bodies. Literally in our cells. Where there is vulnerability in our body, these pent up emotions…now not fully expressed feelings! can get more and more wound up within the cells and can become more solid/dense , creating disharmony and dis-ease.
Active, dynamic meditation with Intent can hook into these stored emotions and release them…this then can lead us into the stillness that we may not have been able to access before, bringing freedom and liberation from the past and the future and thus moving one into the present moment.
This is not the same as dancing to your favorite piece of music or going to a dance / party. This is a conscious way of healing the parts of your being which are trapped within you. It is a way of removing old habits and reactive behaviours that are out dated and not needed any more, and may also be harmful.