What is The LongDance?
The LongDance is an ancient and universal
of meditating, praying, deepening, initiating,
passing through the
veils of our lives and into the union
which may never be described.
The present form of the Long Dance is a conscious and artistic
of the way that is ever aflame.
This re-enkindling of the LongDance has many
influences guiding it:
A life long immersion in myth, language
and the nature of the veils
that began in early boyhood and that
led in adulthood into a study
of the Neolithic cultures, the culture, sociology,
diet, fashion and art;
a practice of making
sacred space through both word and by shifting
matter that began in early boyhood;
a lifelong use of the Dance as a medium
of passage upon the path of no paths that began by dancing with the
forms of nature (waves, wind, stones)
in the teen-age years and that reached
a mature depth during a four year deepening under the influence and guidance
of Yakzan Valdez, a sheik of both the Chisti and in the Mevlana Sufi
(the Chisti are traditionally comprised of artists especially of
music and of dance - the Mevlana were founded by Rumi);
a life of conscious dream work
in both the waking and in the sleeping states that began with conscious
practices at the age of four and culminated in the seventies with a seven
week hermetic retreat during which sleep was not engaged, but
rather a union of the waking and sleeping states was maintained.
These influences all combined to help to
the genre of Sacred Circle Dance known as The LongDance..
To dance a long time is not the LongDance;
to dance but a moment with the heart
as though by an angels whisper is.
To speak finely is not the LongDance;
to cry in true anger or rage or silliness,
to allow the heart to embrace al of the dark and all of the light is.
To philosophize is not the LongDance;
to feel and to follow those soft inner feelings
into the caverns of the heart is.
To teach movements correctly is not the LongDance;
to open the garden gate unto the sacred space of each soft soul is.
Needless to say, a facilitator of the LongDance
needs to have cultivated the natural capacities of all beings to meditate,
to feel another being at the root level,
to understand Sacred Space and
the nature of the Veils.
Intolerance, rigidity of thought,
a leaning towards criticism and condemnation,
the inability to speak when
the time to speak dark or light is at hand;
self-absorption and the
need to control others or to be controlled by others
- these are
traits that would not be desirable for a person
who aspires to lead
The correct movement of the body is
not nearly as relevant as the inner intent.
In fact, inner intent
is everything in the LongDance.
As one deepens in the LongDance, one builds
the capacity to dance directly
with the substances which comprise the energies
of the mind,
the emotional body and the Heart.
One learns to shift
the balance subtly
between one hemisphere of the mind and the other.
One learns to dance with each vertebra of the spine,
indeed, with each
cell of the body and pore of the skin.
These capacities arise naturally
from the cultivation of inner intent.
A dear brother recently shared a saying of
crazy man Joe Miller:
It can't be taught, but it can be caught!
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