Another painting for your appreciation, I hope.
Dancers is lighter; easier on the heart than Cosmic Mother.
As I painted this I was enjoying the unexpected shapes we make when we dance without inhibition, or at least with our cloaks of inhibition slipped a little off one shoulder.
Oil on Canvas
40" x 20"
I have done several kinds of exploratory and expressive dance training and synthesised these, and other learnings I have eagerly gathered, into FreeDancing which I teach to groups and individuals.
I always delight in the revelation of beautiful self which comes, cautiously or brazenly, through our bodies when our clever, busy minds dare pause.
First, we cling to the music, to the physical space, and get kind of groovy, kind of rhythmic, kind of sexy.
Sometimes at this point we have that crazy list of thoughts: Do I like these people? Why did I pay money to feel awkward? Does my bum look big in this?
And, when we have quite finished our anxieties and preoccupations (just for today; we can always do more another time), a touch of magic sparks up our spines and all those other people don't seem so 'other', and nor do we. We begin to think that perhaps we are just fine as we are. Perhaps.
And with this sense of 'okay self' comes a new daring to reach for what we need but so rarely ask for.
We pull into our centres, from the skies, from the Earth, from each other, that missing... that missing thing which we could name if only we knew what it was called.
And our call to the world to help us ease this... this lack, perhaps... is always, always, always answered. We just need to ask. So simple.
And it feels... ah, yes, thank you... it feels like home.
And although this home is a place where we are safe to be scared and angry and full of grief for the thousand unhealed wounds we wear; although it is tough, sometimes, to stay here, when we are so used to the 'What will they think?' place; although it feels, with good reason, that we may not come out the same as we went in, there is a joy suffusing our bones and being; an ecstatic love of just being alive right now, which we can keep safe for when next the dark clouds roll over.
Maybe the greatest gift of this holy practise is that for every little hurt we can heal in ourselves, we have a little more energy, more love, more self, to offer out to the rest of the world.
So as we dance and pray and heal and work wonders in our own lives, we are also sweating and crying and laughing and shouting for our friends of all kinds in all places.
We are doing nothing more, nor less, than changing the world.
And that, my friends, is most definitely magic.