which turn on within a few seconds of a stimulus, and can be triggered by thoughts or emotions. These are genes that affect specific aspects of our immune system, such as the production of white blood cells. This is where science supports what many practitioners have been intuiting for quite some time—that thought, emotion, and intention have real effects on our DNA and physical well-being. Dr. Richard Bartlett, founder of the practice Matrix Energetics, takes issue with the term “healing,” preferring the word “transformation” instead. “Healing is a very nebulous concept, and disease is also an abstract term. Isn’t it preferential to believe that you can transform in an instant rather than think that healing has to take time? I don’t believe in healing, and I don’t believe in disease. I believe in transformation because healing and disease are two sides of the same coin.” Another remarkable development in the field is the work of Dylan Newcomb, a dancer and choreographer with an extensive background in energy psychology. He has founded a practice called The 16 Ways, which maps the basic polarities inherent in life. He lightheartedly refers to the 16 Ways Polarity Assessment Instrument as “Myers-Briggs meets 5Rhythms.” The practice itself is an easy, yet powerful way to stimulate movement between opposite energetic poles on the levels of mind, body, and emotion. Through improvisational dance explorations into the eight vowel sounds that humans make, he discovered certain core movements that relate sounds to behaviors.
The 16 Ways are especially interesting in that the practice is a bridge between the cerebral and the somatic. Analogous to the I Ching, and informed by study of the ancient Chinese system, The 16 Ways are a binary code of thought, emotion, and movement that forms a physical language that can be plugged into day-to-day lives. Here at Conscious Dancer, we have firsthand experience with a practice known as The WOW Process. Cocreated by Louisa Dyer and Laura Cirolia, two dancers with extensive experience in holistic psychology, energy medicine, and spiritual growth work, WOW is deceptively simple. In an hour or so, it can profoundly shift ingrained thoughts and emotional patterns, reducing or eliminating many physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual problems. Dyer speaks about the mechanics of that transformation. “Who we truly are deep within is what creates every experience we have. WOW allows us to accept what we have consciously and subconsciously held within, using a lens of love rather than judgment, and this loving acceptance immediately begins to shift who we are. As darkness ceases to exist when light is brought to it, fear, anger, grief, apathy, or suffering of any kind simply disappears in the presence of love.” Epigenetic medicine takes the view that human evolution is a work in progress. Encouraging discoveries on the frontiers of health and human development bode well for the future of humanity. If our collective consciousness is truly moving out of fear and into love, these tools are lighting the way.
five Quick reconnects Before you can balance your brain, it helps to be in your body. If you find yourself misplacing things, having accidents, or losing focus, your mind may be separating from your body. Try these simple somatic techniques to reconnect. 1. Alternate nostril breathing: Known as Pranayama in yogic traditions, this practice can be enjoyed in several effective ways. 2. Jumping up and down: Simple, easy, playful, and effective. Even better if you happen to be in a place where you can shout. 3. “Om” ing or toning: Best done in waves of three or more. Try this in an enclosed space like a closet or the shower. 4. Spinning in circles: To feel childlike and silly, try this secret of the Sufis until you get dizzy. Stop before you fall down or get nauseated. 5. Graphology: Writing backwards with your non-dominant hand. Use the graphology technique made famous by Leonardo Da Vinci to access your creative side.
conscious dancer | spring 2009
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