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The Sacred Festoon!

Humans seem to always festoon themselves for sacred occasions. It’s high play to take on supernatural beauty. Within us is a Holy Otherness, as more than meets the eye! That’s why its good when ritual moments allow us to express something true yet often hidden.

I love ceremonial dress so much that I’ve made forays through thrift stores, collaging outfits that create sparkle, color, and texture. When I turned 60, one of my festoons made it into the book Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond! edited by Emmaly Wiederholt, To see some of the lovely elder dancers check out the article. 

Now that I think of it dance is a way we festoon divine beauty!

I need joy, beauty. and good humor right now. That is why I am inviting you to Festoon with me in a Solsticey Celebration: 

The F E S T O O N!! 

Mon. Dec 19th, 2:30-5:30 PT

Join me, Ruth Showalter, and special guests in a combo art retreat, credentialing ceremony, and end of year ritual.

 

If life initiated you this year we’ll credential you.
If you climbed a Mount Everest, we’ll ticker-tape you.
We’ll hoot for what you made and Boo the things that hurt.
If you barely woke up, we’ll support you to enter a new year.

You don’t have to get fancy or wild if you don’t want. Think paper chain prayers and dots on your face.

The schedule:
2:30 pm pst Gather
3-4 pm Creatively Festoon Yourself
4-4:30 Share and Pause
4:30-5:30 Ritual to celebrate what we created in 2022. 
Bowing to what crumbled.

$25 donation/
Free for Art of Ensoulment &
Dancing Center.

 

 

Things to know about wisdom, sensitivity, and the prime directive

 

“The soul loves the body.”- Meister Eckhardt

As a dancing theologian seeking a theology that dances, I’ve been researching and teaching the body wisdom of soul for ten years. That doesn’t include the decades I dedicated to InterPlay: an active approach to unlocking the wisdom of the body. 

I’ve never been clearer. New, yet ancient premises are needed if we want to live from a healthy theology or worldview, one that attunes to the dancing, dynamic, embodied, and spiritually intelligent Universe. This is where ensoulment comes in.

Last July I decided to reorganize my year long Art of Ensoulment course. At the same time I began prepping the playbook for publication. Writing and thinking are remarkable exercises. Wisdom loves order,  just so long as I don’t try to control it.  Along the way insights rose! I love that.

I am excited to supplant several underlying myths that prevent the dancing way and to offer the ground-shfting understanding that can better lead us into the sustainable, honoring, ensouled dance of life.

This Fall you are invited to sign up for a Free Introductory Course on  “Wisdom, Sensitivity and The Prime Directive.”  The wisdom isn’t unique. The way I put it together is. It’s all part of the Great Turning. And as a highly sensitive dancer, artist, and thinker, I am used to being on a pioneering edge.

I would love your input and tweaks.  Please come explore

1) The beautiful and powerful role of human sensitivity

2)  Why social change requires the body wisdom of soul

3)  The Prime Directive: Your Key to Free Will and Soul- NO TRESPASSING.

LINK TO CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED TIME 

  • Wednesday, Sept 28, 230-4:00 PT
  • Thursday, Oct 6, 1130-1:00 PT
  • Wednesday Oct 26, 9-10:30 PT
  • Wednesday, Nov 2, 10-11:30 PT
  • Friday, Dec, 30th, 9-10:30 am PT
  • Monday, Jan 9th, 2-3:30 pm PT

You are welcome to attend more than one. You can also request to receive a recording of the material I will share. Tell your friends. Make it a bigger conversation!

Snippets and Murmurs: Making Sense in Times Like These

 

Dear Embodied Hearts and Dancing Souls, 

Monisha Mittal, Tuesday Dance Chapel leader shares her body wisdom with those who attend her Divine Poetry and Movement Chapel. Email minicunning@gmail.com to receive her weekly invitations. I am so inspired by her offerings. Love, Cynthia


“What kind of times are these, Adrienne Rich asks. Interesting times, at least in my American world. Whatever is moving through me comes in murmurs. I reach out in my usual way but all that comes back is snippets. Snippets of poems. Nothing whole. Maybe it a time of snippets only. These murmurs feel like plaits of hair but I’m not sure how they want to be weaved.

Snippet 1: My husband’s core wound has been triggered since last Friday. The wisdom that has come up is the Pause in between our inhale and exhale. It has to do with Power. We’re also processing Power from External Authority since the Friday Suprement Court ruling. The question of Power and Powerlessness has come up to my awareness. And its lead me to this Pause. In the middel of our breathing. Its so funny how we much we (humans) think we need to Control ….everything. And yet in that Pause we surrender over to a Higher Power (different power?) that breathes us. What manna is this? Its in this surrender that we are nourished, sustained, empowered. Its in letting Go of outcomes that we are magically supported in them. We can affirm this in our bodies.

Snippet 2: I need this nourishment. But as clear as I am that I am now living in a different reality I also notice….I have an instinctual response to fighting the Power of External Authority. Its cool. I love this about me. But I have lived long enough to know this is Not necessarily sustainable depending on the Shape this fight wants to take. I need sustenance. From this Pause I get to Ask, What is Mine to do?  Without expectation or control. This is the only way to Stay in my Body.

Snippet 3: and somehow this takes me back to the Simple. How radical it is to be ourselves. Just Emanating our Being,  in the now, aligned between inner and outer action…maybe I don’t need to gird my loins (which is how I lived EVERY DAY great goddess in my twenties). Maybe my Power is expressed Simply, in every moment of my expression. Maybe this is true for each of us. Maybe I give up on the Government. Maybe I turn to you and you turn to me. Maybe we just be extra Clear with each other. 

Snippet 4: And this brings me to a feeling of Savoring. Of being on top of a hill looking at both halves of my life. Breathing in Gratitude for everything that lead me here and bowing with an open heart to what lies ahead. 

Today in Tuesday Dance Chapel, we will bow to this invisible process inside of us that sorts through our snippets and let’s us take our steps with a whole heart. I do not know exactly which snippets of poems I will share (ha ha ha) but I will lead a meditation for our Sustenance through it all.   

Come!  Allow yourself to dance, be danced for; hold something with love and be held with love;  and BE with whatever is unfolding for you. What might you notice, feel or receive in this moment?”

I will read from the following:
Too Often Forget, Jim Johnston
What Kind of Times are These, Adrienne Ric
 

Special invitation to learn from Marla, Native American InterPlay leader, healer, and guide

Hi dear friend,

 There is a special opportunity this week with Marla Durden, a native American InterPlay leader whose family is of Choctaw, Blackfoot and Cherokee lineage. I am deeply moved that Marla trusts her ancestors and the Hidden Monastery to share her love and wisdom at this time. She brings fruits from her life-long study of sacred wisdom, subtle energy healing, shamanism, BioGeometry, integral spirituality, alchemy, circle leadership, facilitation, InterPlay and more. 
 
I will be attending her 7 week class on the Sacred Tree of Life: Dancing through the Wisdom of the 7 Chakras through the Hidden Monastery. June 1- July 27. Link for more info. 
Cost $175 with scholarships available
 
YOU CAN JOIN THE FREE HOUR LONG ONLINE INTRODUCTION 

Meeting ID: 713 101 8998

Passcode: wedance

Wednesday May 25 9 pacific
 
I asked Krista Gemmel Harris about her experience in Marla’s Dance Chapels. She said, “I feel my heart singing, my body’s edges expanding, my sense of hope brightening.  Marla is a wise, caring bodyspirit who graciously weaves together her extensive and varied trainings and life experiences into a ministry of healing and love.  Marla takes me to deep, uplifting, and spacious places within myself self and in inter-connection with others.  I am excited about participating in her upcoming Sacred Tree and the Seven Chakras class!”
 

 

For More information contact Marla at modernrootwoman@gmail.com

 
Best,
 
Cynthia Winton-Henry
 
 
 

The Longing to Belong to a Dancing Center

If someone asks me who is my spiritual community I’m going to say, “I belong to The Dancing Center of Love’s Hidden Monastery.” For me these are real people and beautiful relationships.


Fortunately or unfortunately, people rarely ask about my people. In my world it seems we’re expected to be pretty much on our own, unless we are attached to family or work. Even when I had membership in a spiritual community, I rarely felt certain that I fit in given my sensitive, mystical, playful, somewhat INTENSE nature. As an elder, I now see more clearly my situation. Maybe the question of belonging is overworked? Do sensitive bodies ever fit? After all, we are statistically one out of five.

Still, if we bodies want to grow in ease and grace, we require a ‘deep enough’ sense of belonging, a grounding, strongish circle that can willingly credential our gifts and purpose. 

Do you dream of deeper connection, but find it hard to create one? Do you struggle with belonging?

 

If you follow what is happening in the Hidden Monastery maybe you, too, are wildly in love with Mystery, magically moved by grace, and compelled to pray in uncommon ways. Like me, you probably know what it’s like

  • To be geographically distant yet intimate in shared practice.
  • To provide service yet often feel alone.
  • To yearn for playful embodied sanctuaries where beauty and truth can rise without interrogation.
  • To endure institutions and groups that resist body and soul.
  • To know justice as both the beauty we give ourselves and what we seek in all relations.
  • To feel the haunting call to honor ancestral and adopted lineages and equally dignify all the Wisdom Trees in Earth’s garden of love and joy.

 
Perhaps you are drawn to what is being pioneered in the Hidden Monastery. If so, you are at the heart of helping redefine spiritual community and practice. This is the art of ensoulment that is happening in dance chapels, the Art of Ensoulment Course, the Creativity Studio, in individual spiritual direction and more.

Would you like to deepen connection, and better enjoy, see, and support The Dancing Center? If so I extend to you my invitation to join me in The Dancing Center of the Hidden Monastery where I will offer you

  1. Grace Notes- a private email list to share prayer requests,  celebrations, and your offerings.
  2. A regular letter that will curate your wisdom, art, poetry, prayer requests, and findings from my trove of resources of contacts.
  3. Supportive references and reviews, social media, and newsletter announcements about your work from Cynthia or other qualified members.
  4. An annual Credentialing Celebration to reaffirm our gifts and purpose.
  5. Discounts on workshops and retreats. (not including the Art of Ensoulment).

 

If you already contribute thank you! Link to join the Circle.
You are resourcing our circle’s future expressions. 

LINK HERE TO JOIN

 

If this is a new practice, please join at $25/month
or make an annual contribution that is right for you.
Contribute Here

 

In gratitude, may we bow together

honoring all,

journeying forward

one dance, one prayer at a time.

 

Cynthia

 

The Grace Intention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the candlelit temple

of my heart,

I worship silence

and possibility.

I worship solitude

and simplicity.

It’s a small place,

unadorned.

No priest or goddess,

only a quiet

invitation

to become.

Just to become.

To become

unarguably

who I am.

To gather

the congregation

of my interior life,

welcome them all,

just as they are.

Sit together

with myself

on the floor

of my heart

until someone

starts to dance.

 

            ~Penny Hackett-Evans

www.Pennyhackettevans.com

 

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