Inspired by my new found love of painting BIG with poster paints, clunky brushes and beginner’s mind, I introduced a small group of women to large blank pieces of paper taped onto cardboard spread on the grass. I shared a few exercises to soften fear’s grip and to familiarize our hands and arms and backs and knees to this playful approach.
Then we held the Birthing Posture, remained in silence afterward and began painting how it feels to be me now. Ahhhhhh the color, the movement, the diversity…ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Dragon, web of life, cosmic grid, royal bird trees, phoenix rising, cosmic serpents coiling, flames reaching, frustration, exhilaration, all of it inspired deep contemplation and ebullient recognition.
The following day, three of us shared over coffee, delving into our dreams for the August posture ceremony which we thought was going to be another masked trance dance. Our vision grew quickly, focused more precisely. August will be a new ceremony based on the ancestral wisdom coming through our Ecstatic Posture practice and the planet’s call for human awakening. It will be mythic, it will embody the living world, it will animate our modern souls and kindle the fires of cultural evolvement. It will help us be the pebbles in the universal pond of wonder, composting our too tight cultural boxes into fertilizer for walking the edge, for stepping into the truth of our own grounded experience.
Two questions were posed by Shannon and Victoria that rivet me. If I knew, truly knew, I was an ancestor of the future, how/ who would I want to be? What is the ALL that I have to give?
We think we know the title of the ceremony is EDGE, an acronym for something more. BUT we plan to meet again next week, maybe camp in the high country. Only spirit knows where that will take us.
I hope you’ll join us in Sequim, WA, August 16th to 19th.