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ChakradanceTM is designed for the modern man and woman – people who have achieved much to be proud of, but to the detriment of general well-being due to increased stress levels. ChakradanceTM – the dance of the soul – restores mental and physical health.
Goals and achievements are an integral part of modern living. However, these accomplishments come at a cost. Although successes may be noteworthy, more and more people are suffering from high stress levels which impact on mental health, resulting in an increase in: anxiety levels, sleeping disorders, depression, eating disorders and many other conditions.
As modern human beings we are focused on the outside; our identity is fixed on external events in the world of economy and politics, our belongings and achievements. The problem is, in this dynamic world, change tends to happen faster and faster. As change happens faster, meaning is blurred, and modern man becomes confused about his true identity. We have lost the art of going within, and with that, the recognition of an authentic and resilient identity. When this happens, the connection with our inner self, our blueprint of mental and physical health, becomes fragmented.
CONNECTING WITH THE INNER SELFNatalie Southgate, a psychologist from Australia, has identified not only the need for people to restore the connection with the inner self, but also the vital role that the body, movement and creativity play in this connection. Natalie performed a profound study of ancient healing models, their music and expressions, to find ways to restore this vital connection.
ChakradanceTM evolved from this study: carefully selected and composed music and words to guide us back to our inner unity. By using imagination, dance and art, the participant is taken on an inner journey that opens the possibility for transformation and healing. Each of the sessions leads the dancer back to a world of wholeness, contentment and true compassion for the self and others.
THE ROLE OF THE CHAKRAS Chakras play a vital role in the maintenance of physical and mental health. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning energy wheel. These wheels exist within our bodies, and have the function to transform the higher energy of the inner self, and to slow it down into energy that is usable for the human structure, even on a cellular level. This means that the chakra allows the connection between the inner self and the intelligent self that lives a modern life of external goals. If the wheel, or the chakra, is blocked, connection becomes corrupt, there is no balance, we lose our mental and physical health and existence in modern life becomes a struggle.
Within each chakra lives a duality, a perfection of Light, and a weakness or shadow. Balancing the dual force within the chakra does not imply uplifting the Light and eradicating the shadow. Through the balancing of the two a deep transformation starts taking place, and a powerful third force emerges. This force gives colour and essence to the way we live life, and our presence becomes bold, unique and authentic as our exceptional and true personalities are brought to life.
ChakradanceTM focuses on the seven major chakras associated with the physical body. Each chakra has its own characteristics, and therefore each chakra is opened up by different music, images and expressions.
A CHAKRADANCETM SESSIONChakradanceTM takes place in a darkened room, in order to support the inner journey. Each session starts with an opening meditation and a warm-up. The warm-up is the first dance of the session. All the dances are intuitive, and start the journey of movement through the body. This is followed by the dance through the seven chakras.
The dance starts at the base chakra, located at the base of the spine. As we enter this red energy wheel, we find the nurturing energy of the earth, and restore our connection to Mother Earth. Here, in the shadows of the earth, hides the Victim.
Our dance then takes us a little higher, to the sacral chakra just below the navel. In this world the element of water flows freely. With its orange colour, slow fluid movement opens up the energy of the Empress. In the shadows, away from the Empress, lives the Martyr. The Martyr supports a noble cause, but needs to suffer for it.
The dance of the Warrior takes us to the solar plexus, just above the navel, to tune into our 'gut knowing'. The inner, golden jewel of energy has the power to move energy through your whole body. If you are disconnected from the Warrior, the Servant will find a way to seep through your body. To the Servant, any task is labouring, up to a point where no energy can be found to complete the task.
The dance of the heart chakra, close to the heart, opens up a loving green energy. The dance of love unlocks the forgiving energy of being 'unhurt', of being the Lover of Life. Its shadow veils the Pretender, the attached, the addicted one.
As we dance to the light blue world of infinity and creativity, we reach the throat chakra, the world of the Communicator, the one mindful of words, their content and their purpose. In this chakra we dance to a refinement, we find movements to express our inner truth away from the Silent Child.
The colour of the night sky uncovers the Intuitive, the third eye, between the two eyebrows. Understanding comes from looking and moving beyond the Intellectual, with its limited and structured way of thinking. Here we dance to unleash an ability to trust the inner sight of the third eye chakra.
The dance of the soul ends at the crown chakra, at the top of the head. A purple flower of a thousand petals leads us to the gateway of the soul, to find the wisdom of the Spiritual Self, so often hidden through the performance and insecurity of the Egotist.
The session ends with mandala art and a closing meditation.
MANDALA ARTMandala is the Sanskrit word for magic circle. Over many centuries and in many parts of the world, people created mandalas to go within to find balance.
Creating a mandala after the dance is a continuation of the connection with the inner self, and also strengthens the experience of reconnecting and transformation. During this part of the session a conversation is set up with your inner self. Through the drawing of the mandala, the dancer becomes more aware of the voice of the inner self, messages become clearer, and communication opens up more easily. To find more information on ChakradanceTM, or to find a facilitator near you, go to www.chakradance.com
Further reading1. Dumitrescu I, Kenyon J. Electrographic Imaging in Medicine and Biology. 1983: 158.2. Rogers N. The Creative Connection. 1993: 7-8.3. Pierre J. The Pillars of Health. Carlsblad, 2013: 175-204.4. Jung CG. Collected Works of CG Jung, Mandala Symbolis. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957.
ELSI MEYER, D(Ed); M(Ed) Counselling UNISA.
Elsi completed a doctorate on the use of hypnosis and kinesiology in psychotherapy. She is trained as an educational psychologist, kinesiologist, Thought Field Therapy practitioner and ChakradanceTM facilitator. Elsi uses different forms of energy therapies, weight loss therapy, and creative therapies in private practice and in groups. She was one of the first to qualify as a ChakradanceTM facilitator has witnessed the superb transformation these sessions bring about.
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