Community of Love – an Authentic Miracle . by Andrew HendrikseDecember 10, 2007 at 4:01 pm | Posted in emergent spirituality, movement, Uncategorized | 23 Comments
I must begin by claiming to be a generally lost traveller following a dark light and not prone to voicing my thoughts in writing ( I would be more comfortable painting a canvas). However, the loss of sleep due to a mind overcontemplating the events of yesterday evening has lead me to put a somewhat emotional perspective in clear sentences as opposed to a cryptic painting as displayed on my blogsite.
Yesterday evening a group of roughly a dozen Emerging, Post-mod Christians met at the NIA movement centre in Observatory, Cape Town to continue an open-minded adventure into exploring dance and movement as an approach to drawing closer to God, healing , worship and community. This was the second week and so Kathy the leader of the NIA started the session with some sharing and each member shared on their experience from the week before. There was an emphasis on the healing powers of this technique of movement and we each were to focus on simple physical problems we might be experiencing, such as a stiff neck and shoulders, a back problem, a surfing injury and in my case – a left shoulder injury.
After the sharing time, music was introduced and with a bold “Free- dance” approach we began by sitting on the floor perfectly still, after a few minutes of centering ourselves and focus-sing inward we were lead through a process of movements that increased in the range of physical activity. Firstly, we simply started to sway while still sitting ( still focus-sing inward- embryonic) allowing the music to guide our movement. Then we were lead into movements that more expansive, however limited to staying fairly flat on the floor. We were stretching and contracting ourselves on our backs and stomachs and rolling from side to side ( still embryonic). The next stage was to start putting our weight onto our feet and hands, but still crouching and start a slow process expanding until standing/dancing/ moving on our feet and opening up through hip, back and arm movements, always being in sync to the music. At this point I felt most energized and intimately in touch with myself and God. I felt an awakening of a spiritual energy that was within. At this moment we were lead into movements that took us away from the space we had started from and became aware of the other dances around us. Suddenly there was community. A whole group of energised, spiritual beings. Our floor movements increased until we were dancing all around the room and purposefully moving between each other and entering closely into each others space in interweaving patterns. It was quite magical. The heat, the magnet fields, the rhythms were uplifting and the sense of joy and love was tangible. The climax of the dance was when we were lead into movement and dance that involved brushing up against each other. These subtle touches against one another were amazing to the senses and it reminds me of the healing miracle of Jesus when the woman simply touched his garment. At this stage we were lead into a close huddle and the placing hands on each other. The onenes was beautiful. Our bodies moved down towards the floor and the group became one embryo,the music slowed and we melted away from each other and the dance ended.
We had short time of sharing the experience and then entered into a second phase of the session which was more structures movements that both drew in our own strength and then released this power upwards. I used this as praise to the Creator.
Towards the end of the session Kathy asked us to think of ourselves in the future. Firstly in 2008, then in 5 years from now and finally 10 years from now. She mentioned that this is difficult for her as she has cancer. We continued the move and dance for a short while and the session ended.
Kathy thanked the sweaty, hot and out of breathe Christian Post-mod adventurers for being so willing to explore NIA and expressed delight in how open we had been and enjoyed our spiritual exploration and was willing to continue working with us in some format and asked us if we had any thing to share or comment on.
At this moment I sensed a sudden change in the atmosphere and what had been most embracing and open seemed to close-up and what had been light became heavy. A short discussion pursued and dogma and method suddenly stifled the progress that had been made in finding a new way to worship, approach God and Heal. This resulted in a time of pray and “laying on” of hands on Kathy. Unfortunately we had retracted back to an approach that we were familiar with.
However, I’m grateful that this took place as it gives us a chance to reflect on this.
In my most opinion, the dance we had done earlier in the session was more authentic as a way of healing.
You are most probably asking, how can Andrew say this?
Firstly, only God, the Creator can heal. So dancing, prayer, fasting and laying-on of hands are available in an iconic sense to help and guide into a place when healing can take place.
The gift of healing is something we don’t possess, (some of us have special sensitivity in these matters that are difficult to explain but it is authentic) however, we do have the Spirit within us to give a gift without even knowing that the gift has been given or was needed by the receiver. Sometimes the receiver is not even aware that he or she needed the gift.
A true gift of love is most powerful and during moments when we come together as a community and participate in any form of togetherness it is possible for the miraculous.
This is the love that arises out of God. To born of God is to be born of love. This love needs to be totally anonymous and not anyway self-reflective. So, by letting go of self we allow love/God flow through us.
The next we have to consider how we can be transformed. Here, I ‘m drawn to two recent postings on the Pete Rollins website that deal with the miraculous. please click on the links as they are both really worth reading.
(A miracle without miracle)
( The miraculous – with or without magic)
We need the miraculous in each of our lives and the path I’ve taken with you guys that I truly love will be back-tracked, side-stepped and sometimes we will run forwards. But let’s look to be authentic and God will work through us. Yesterday evening God was working through each of us on the dance floor. There was no need to strive. The love was flowing , I felt it. And where there is love you will find God.