My changing relationship with movement

Posted on October 10, 2013
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As I’ve been working with movement as an elemental force for the last year, my understanding of it has changed. And I have no doubt it’ll continue to change as I work with it for another year. When I first began contemplating movement as an elemental force, I thought of it purely in the sense of physical movement, but as I continued to work with Eros as an avatar of movement, and worked with movement as an element overall, I came to realize that there was a lot more to movement than just the obvious physical movement a person can do.

First there’s the recognition of what you are moving around and through. Movement of any type takes place in an environment where other factors need to be considered. You might never consider them consciously, but they nonetheless are something that effects how you can move. For example, if you walk into a room you need to consider what’s in the room and how you will move around it. Even when you are moving around outside, you still need to move around objects. And an additional factor is navigation. Where are you going and how will you move there?

But movement is more than just physical. When you want to manifest a possibility into reality, it involves movement. You may need to take certain actions, or do a working to align variables that effect the realization of the possibility. When you understand movement plays a role, you can utilize it as a principle of magic that aids you in your workings. Movement as a metaphysical force isn’t just the alignment of variables, but also an awareness of how everything fits together. When you move, you aren’t just moving one part, but rather everything. This may not be readily apparent, but I find that movement is really a pattern in a way. What’s being moved is the pattern of reality, the entirety. A movement may occur in one area and spread out like a ripple. Understanding this about movement can change your awareness of what movement is and how it works in your life.

My work with movement has also helped me appreciate its relationship with stillness. I’ll eventually be working with stillness in more depth, but I see how movement leads into stillness, and how constant movement is not necessarily as good for a person as one might think. Movement has its place, but so does stillness, and stillness sets movement up. Both interact with each other to support what each element can provide.

The reason I’m working with movement for another year is that I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. So much of the initial work has centered around my own issues and so there is a need to explore movement further in detail as it applies to the metaphysical and physical realities that I’m engaged in. And I feel that there’s a lot to learn as it applies to space/time magic. I’ve shared some of my realizations along those lines, but there is more to come and I’m open to discovering what it is.



The physical practice of movement, via yoga or dance, has always helped me balance the more cerebral, intellectual parts of my spiritual practice. it opens different ways of knowing. Very often an issue i was mulling over, something that was elduing me, would become clear very quickly when i stopped thinking about and went into movement.

Nothing has been more beneficial to my spiritual and creative work, than shiva nata (the Dance of shiva). This moving meditation, based on martial art techniques, gets you moving in unaccostomed ways, and thereby lays down new neural pathways. This has allowed me to tap into creative resources in myself much better and also has given me great insight into my own psychological patterns, functional and dysfuctional, allowing me to be in a far more conscius conversation with various aspects of myself and my process.


BTW I love that graphic.   Who created it?


You hit upon personal interest of mine.  I find that movement is in a way like a dance amongst the space around them.  Be that physical, mental, astral or other spaces (or times).  More than that, it is also a language, with its own grammar and, is a dialog with that in and with which they dance.

If you ever gone and watched a dancer who is dancing from their soul and quieted the mind, the words begin to be felt in that non-thinking part of consciousness that processes movement. At least that is how I experience it.

It is hard or perhaps not possible to translate this language of movement into words as there seems to be no one to one direct translation and the grammar is even more so.  

It can be learned and for me is a wonderful journey of experimentation and learning. One I hope to spend more time with.  Modern dancers I feel are some of the best movement magicians out there, in my opinion.

I am curious as to whether others have experienced movement as language.

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@MikhaelBrown I see movement as a language, and also a deeper way to explore space and time. My work with it as an element has been very illuminating.