Dancing and the Spiritual Path
Many cultures have used dance as a path to spiritual union.
Every art has its mystery, and its own spiritual rhythm.
At heart, we are all mystics searching for the divine.
Whether we perceive this divinity to exist in religion, culture, spirituality or some other form of human tradition, we all seek to be united with that which is beyond our limited minds and fragile bodies.
Dance is perhaps one of the oldest and most widespread practices known to man, which not only fulfills our need for free expression, but also bridges a gap between the finite and infinite.
Dance is imagination brought to life! Dance is prayer. Dance is mediation. Dance is walking through the clouds, flying among the stars, gliding on the moon and experiencing the pure bliss of heaven on earth.
God in the purest form is reflected through artistic expression. Through dance our bodies become instruments and we become ministers of music communicating our souls projecting the power of our spiritual selves.
Spirituality has always played a big part in the creative and artistic expression in the performing arts. Dance is a form of spiritual energy that allows us to connect to a higher consciousness transcending time, space and reality. Dance is imagination brought to life and dreams are no longer mythical fantasies that cannot be attained. When we began to connect our spirituality with dancing, we realized that the two had been intertwined from the beginning.
Dance for many is the route to the truth of who we are beyond our names, beliefs, titles, achievements, memories, and identities.
6 Reasons Why Dance is a Spiritual Experience!
1. Dance is prayer - when you don’t have the words to say simply dance and your heart will express the things that words cannot.
Prayer is simply a conversation with God and dance allows you to have a direct line of communication to God. Dance provides an internal dialogue that is sacred within your heart, soul and spirit—giving you a direct line to the source.
2.Dance is meditation
The Mediation of Dance, or the Dance of Meditation. “meditation is the highest form of control over your mind.” Also meditation is about stillness, listening and having awareness. When you dance you must have total control over your mind to execute the steps and you have to truly listen to what your body tells you.
3. Being in the moment
Dance allows you to be in the moment. Your mind can not wander. You have to be in the moment and fully present. Living in the moment with each step you take, fully present and intensely focused on perfecting your craft.
4. Dance provides a connection with others
The best spiritual connection is the connection we have with others. When our spirits align and we experience movement together it provides the bliss we seek in the spirit of fellowship. The magical feeling of connecting to others in a higher dimension through the art of dance is what heightens the spiritual experience. It's metaphysical. Through dance you develop an "unconditional bond" with other dancers, with the audience—and when you touch the heart of others through the art of dance an emotional bond occurs.
5. Dance promotes a healthy and active lifestyle
One of the major components of dance is healthy living. A healthy body enhances a healthy mind. Health and spirituality go hand and hand. In "Spirituality and Health" it is mentioned that the mind, body and soul are connected and the health of the body affects the health of the mind.
6. Dance is the ultimate therapy
Dance and movement help to provide emotional support and used as a vehicle for self-growth and actualization.