In May this year, I first encountered ‘Inner Dance’. I was volunteering at New Life Foundation in northern Thailand, a mindfulness based recovery centre for people with a range of psychological issues, and I recall one of the life coaches, Ciara, announcing in the morning meeting that the founder of this mysterious concept was coming to the community to host an intensive weekend workshop.
After reading a little bit about the Filipino former healer and founder, Pi, I decided to sign up. He had such an extraordinary story to tell that I felt compelled to spend some time in his presence.
At the age of 25, Pi left his career in integrated marketing, listening to a “persistent guidance from an old grandmother spirit” that he would one day walk away from everything and find himself. Walking for one year without money and later living for two years as a hermit on a coconut diet, Pi awakened a powerful energy system within him…
Introducing himself to a group of New Lifers gathered in the Forest Hall at the Foundation, Pi talked of the near death experience, when someone’s life flashes before their eyes in an instant and they see it all in total objectivity; could this be, he asked, the original mind coming back to itself? Time doesn’t exist, he said, neither does space. (In a black hole, for example, time is infinite.) In truth, there is only one energy, one moment, one place.
Inner Dance, which is described by Pi as a “way of slowing down the thought process so that we can observe the expansive nature of our mind, what we call consciousness”, can be a way to feel these things. In fact, during my second time doing the Inner Dance, this is exactly what happened. I wrote in my journal immediately after the experience…
I need to write down for posterity how extraordinary this experience is. This energy that was inside me, which came alive, drawing me up and up off the floor from my solar plexus… It was so beautiful, with such a feeling that I was loved, that I was crying big, unstoppable tears. I had a sense that I was the Universe, and I was filled with light.
I’m not crazy, I promise!
Inner Dance uses sound, rhythm and movement to move you through different brain states, similar to when you’re sleeping, but unlike when you’re asleep, you’re conscious mind is still active.
According to a Doctor of Biomedical Engineering in the field of stem-cell tissue repair, Inner Dance is “an important platform for understanding the mind, how it becomes blocked and its effect on the body’s health and vibration.”
The way I see it is that all of us are influenced by our upbringing; most of us, even those of us who try and rebel against it, are conditioned to believe certain things about ourselves and about the world. We learn and formulate beliefs to help us move down a path, but some of these judgements can hinder our progress in other areas, if you believe, as I do, that spirituality is as much a part of being human as having a body and a brain. Inner Dance allows people to drop these ingrained systems of attachment, resistance and judgment, and can open people up to states of intuition and understanding.
But, and this is a BIG ‘but’, you have to let it. I heard a few times people feedback ‘I felt as though my arm wanted to move, but I just held it there’ or ‘I didn’t want to seem like I was faking it or making it happen’ and those were the people that didn’t fully understand what Inner Dance is all about. It’s about letting go; dropping all the opinions and insecurities and inhibitions, and accepting what happens next.
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