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Touch. Move. Feel. Move. Magic in Relationship. 1

Stone Arch

Saturday’s practice had a different feel. This morning, not unlike many or even most of the classes and practices I lead and share, held

My classes and practices, much like my kitchen, are laboratories, teeming with curiosity and possibility. I’m never completely certain how the process will turn out.

My personal practice yesterday focused on sensation through emotion and how emotion shapes the way I move and in turn how sensation shapes the way I move.

This morning was a continuation. The stimulation was touch. With a variety of objects, we moved like the squishy pig, like the poky bouncy ball, we differentiated between moving like a string of Mikimoto pearls and a string of Michael’s (craft store) clearance bin pearls. I discovered that a string of 2-inch wood dowels are more mobile and flexible than I imagined from looking at them.

I noticed how moving with squishy pig changed the relationship between my bones in a way unlike moving with a squishy weighted 5-inch ball. Then moving with a small “school yard” ball changed the relationship between my joints and the music in yet another way from the squishy weighted ball.

And in this, how was my mind and mental energy in relationship? To my body? To the music? To the objects? To the concept of practice as laboratory? How, where and when did my attitudes and beliefs join the party and what was their contribution? How did – how do my attitudes and beliefs arrive and dance in relationship to my desire?

Moving what I see can be a vastly different experience than moving what I feel through touch. I find that my movement can be directly affected by what I touch. I am a highly tactile human (as the guard at the Phoenix Museum of Art will attest to!) and I spend a significant amount of time present to what comes under my fingers. I’m drawn by texture. Not so much to get a closer look but to experience it more deeply. My visual sense isn’t enough, I want to “see” it with more of me and in texture there is movement. Give me texture, I’ll give you movement. Inversely all movement has texture.

When we went down to the floor (or deck as the case was), the Five Sensations showed up…

for tomorrow’s post.

Touch. Balance… On and On

Tree UpTouch.

Touching the space the way I Touch my skin. From the inside. Within the space Touching out and in at the same time.

Move from feet Touching the earth. Awaken to the soles.

Touch the world with my movement. Blend. Flow. Breathe.

No need to reach to dance with the trees – I am already trunk, branches and leaves. I am the sway, the rustle, the lean, the fold and flower.

My feet, heart and spirit remember deep roots. Roots, alive and pulsing, the thriving nexus that feeds my relationship with earth, air, water fire and aether.

To thrive our roots need movement. Without it we grow brittle and movement becomes more and more difficult and when something becomes difficult we find ways and excuses to avoid it. Without movement we become less sensitive to sensation and without sensation we cannot heal. We lose pliability and having lost the ability to bend, we risk breaking.

Movement for our bodies, our minds, the state of our emotions and our willingness to be open to inspiration. To survive and  move forward, we have to be willing to listen and hear, look and see in order to learn, change, adapt, grow and evolve. Flexible and agile.

Learn. Change. Adapt. Grow. Evolve. Body. Heart. Mind. Spirit.

To live and make choices based only in emotion is no more out of balance than to live and make decisions based only on thought and ideas. Neither are complete. Neither superior.

When you go to a restaurant or a store, do you go with only an arm (and your head so you can see to drive)? Is that one of the stupidest questions you’ve ever heard?

Then why would you ever make a decision based solely on what you think?

Touch connects all parts of us – within ourselves as moving, thinking, feeling, imagining and sensing beings and to what is “beyond” our skin.

Touch. To notice.

Touch. To be awakened.

Touch. To connect and be fully in relationship.

Touch. To feel.

Touch. To hear, see and understand.

Touch. To move and be moved.

Touch. To Be.


Spine, Pelvis, 1st and 2nd Chakras, Trust, Safety, Stability and Touch.

Touch is a basic need for proper development. The need for touch does not end when we become adults.

We all need touch, but the way in which it is delivered and received becomes the differentiating factor.

Everything really does begin with touch. This was beautifully shared in the online offering by Deanna Piowaty, in her publication Combustus.

Ironically, touch is also strictly and stringently defined. One must read the PC manual before one steps into society – polite or otherwise. Who we touched is more strictly mandated than in the Victorian era.

I find it fascinating that those elements that are basic to our nature, and essentially necessary are what we seek to restrict and deem potentially dangerous. If we can control that which is most dear…

The fact that damaging touch is as prevalent as it is makes me question what we have chosen to control.

Healing Touch has been a part of our human culture possibly since “we”  were in caves. It is natural. for example. for mothers to touch their children often. It has been researched and proven that maternal touch plays an integral part in a child’s development. Children not touched enough experience a sort of abandonment. Lack of touch also affects the relationship that develops for the individual with his or her body. Physical armoring, which often occurs without a sturdy sense of safety and trust, can manifest as phantom pain, numbness and constant contraction of certain muscles.

When we have adequate touch, we feel that we can wander away without the fear of losing our source of love and safety. Trust is developed here.  When touch has been withheld, trust of the body through experience with mother is lacking and separation may never take place. A child deprived of enough touch may not go through individuation in which he or she becomes an entity unto him or herself.

When there is no trust the body in which we live, there is a tendency to become excessively intellectual. If the messages that came to me as a child that I could not trust what my body was telling me, then I may disconnect from my body and live my life in my head. Connecting to others may be very difficult for me as well.

The fact that there are so many touch-related healing methods is a testament to the importance of touch at all ages.

Touch can also be used as a learning tool to reconnect with the body as well as a way to communicate connection. What we touch we naturally give our attention to. When someone shares an experience with me that is painful my reflex is to reach out and touch them or to touch the area of my heart.

For myself, not only have I learned more about my anatomy and how this anatomy works through touch, but also extended that experience into relieving pain and healing – for myself and others.

We are all healers.