“Community will be the next Buddha.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Something is happening… the humans are changing. We are evolving. We are remembering, in a new way, that we are a part of everything else, that we are interdependent with the earth and all of our relations. We are remembering that we are not alone, but intimately entangled with the intelligence of life, bound to our social nature as animals and to our place in the more-than-human world. Our freedom is a function of our communion with other humans, with nature and with spirit. Our freedom is a dance of relationship, of comm-unity, of beauty. This remembrance is taking us back to ancient ways of coming together to discover ourselves, to heal, to co-create, and to relate. It is taking us back into tribe, newly imagined. It is returning us to the ancient, eternal , communal practice of the dance as a place to pray and play.
Why is this new? The nature of Self is different in these times. Only in the last few hundred years have we come to know ourselves so intently as individuated Selves. We have evolved a detailed psychological and social context for individuation and ego development allowing us to grow beyond the constraints of traditional culture to become vibrantly expressed creative beings living “our own lives”, “our own truths.” This is new. At the same time, we have taken me and mine and ownership to an extreme previously unknown to human consciousness. The imbalances of this evolution are obvious, including widespread anxiety, depression, loneliness and unrootedness, and a post-industrial capitalist system that plows forward with virtually no connection to the earth. But, we are learning from these imbalances and beginning to evolve beyond them, transcending and including the individuated Self by nesting it within a bigger experience of We. This WE emerges more potent, colorful and wildly intelligent that anything that has ever existed.
We are only just beginning to see or feel what this WE can be. At the intersection of WE and ME is a new kind of human. We are learning to be truly powerful as individuals while opening ourselves and expanding our ego structures to embody the motion of collectivity. As we integrate the potent Self into our experiences of togetherness, collaboration and co-creation, we are relearning something ancient while living into an emergent experience of tribe and membership – one we choose. Our unity in diversity and our diversity in unity weave a new pattern for how we live our lives. We become resilient, response-able, connected. We experience freedom in co-creation. In community, we come more alive. We, at Dancing Freedom, see that this is why DANCE is emerging as the nexus of practice for people on the path of co-creating a better world.
So, we invite you to join us in community. Come play. Open your heart. Call on passionate expression. Discover who you are and can be when you are fully supported to be your true self, when you are mirrored by others in honest and loving ways, and when you are fully welcomed to co-create with the whole.
And, if you’d like to train in the Dancing Freedom worldview and methodology for co-creating community, find out more about training here.