Otomi Namasté offers you to experiment DanceMeditation with few variation :
- Sufi oriented (Whirling) with live musicians or records
- Butoh oriented (Organic Dance) with ZenSound music
- Ecstatic Dance (Free dance) with Dj set
In all case, there is a shamanic approach. All this practices have some shamanic influences.
It is based on Leiya’s own experience. Indeed, she spent many years studying sacred and ethnic dance, meditation, and natural medicins.
Her practice include kinesiology, moving and static meditation, sounds (music or voice), and is highly influenced by Sufi and Zen philosophy.
What is Dance Meditation?
The meditative dance I practiced myself is an active meditation, based on seeking the way of the heart, the sacred in the deep self, connected to the all.
During this deep meditation, I invite to enter in connection with the horizontal plane (earth plane) using the universe of Butoh and a shamanic approach, and the vertical plane (sky-earth plane) with Sufi whirling. The infinitely small and the infinitely large. The elements and the animal, vegetal, mineral world, and the solar system.
This allow to reach a modification of consciousness and eventually bring into what we call “ecstasy“. This words come from old grec langage and mean “outside of”, a stage which can be rich in some specific circumstances, notably mystic, that I would describe as an intense joy sensation in which I feel surrounded of a luminous cloud.
It can be achieved more easily with music accompaniment.
This meditation is a way of reconnect to ourself, so as the environment which surround us, using an energetic canal that some people call the “devin energy”, or the “light”. It brings centering, peace and harmony inside, clear-sightedness, and a presence rooted in here and now.
No guru, no leadership : I share with humility with who I am, where I am, and with what I experienced in life. I invited everyone to have his own experience has well and always give a benevolent and reassuring environment where everyone can freely be and express himself.
What is sufi, butoh, ecstatic Dance, shamanism ?
- To learn more about each subject : go back to the main menu, put your mouse on “Dance Meditation” and click on the specific thematic.
Sufism is the spiritual or mystical part of Islam. The voice of the heart, of the pure.
It is the path that leads to the divine, to the feeling of uniqueness (Tohid in Arabic language), the relationship between the divine and creation. Unity is the fundamental mystical experience of reality. We come from the universe and return to the universe. This truth can be experienced and known. Sufi seek their soul, as well as to communicate with the divine part of oneself and the universe, to become one with it.
Music plays a very important role: music is considered a celebration of the soul. Each person has his own feeling, and his own experimentation.
The Sufi practice includes songs, dance, meditation, and all aim to guide everyone in an experience of the divine and the alienation of the ego. Practice makes one aware of unity as well as of one’s individual identity.
Although sufism also requires studies to advance on the path of deep understanding of being, the essential parts can not be learned but understood by personal experience and internal transformation.
Butoh is a form of expression born in Japan that has been developed after the Second World War under the direction of Hijikata Tatsumi. This movement was greatly influenced by avant-garde European movements from the 20s to the 30s, and it mixes various artist forms such as theater, dance, mime, voice, performance, visual arts … This work is done on a search for movement from physical body sensation, image, and motion, never separated from each other.
A space of free expression by the body in movement and without talking, accompanied by a DJ Set. It’s a movement that started in Hawaii, then spread to the US, Australia, France … Indeed, nothing new in the concept of free self expression on the dance floor. But what is in this case is the fact of creating a space of free dance with DJ set but without talking, without alcohol or substance, with presence of a temple, a circle of beginning and a warm-up and a circle of end , a powerful sound system and suitable for a large space.
I discovered this concept in Australia in Perth, and then decided to put my seed there and bring it to Japan.
According to moment, I use sometimes some trans technics like of “chamanisme” type from my my own feeling, from who I am and my soul history. It is accompanied by the sound of drums in order to resonate with the heart beat and serves to archives a kind of ecstasy thanks to songs, movement, and répétitives sound. Each tribe own his own proper trans methode, although we generally meet the same elements. They are practiced during special events and are linked with many believing, and respond to strict rules. Elles ne sont pas toutes accessible à tous nécessitant une certaine maitrise afin de rester en lien avec la dimension terrestre.
In Europe, the chamanisme proposed is very different that the one we can observe in some aboriginal tribes : it is important to linked every practice in a context in order to understand it and not mistaken about the aimed objectives. Travelling teached me that this education and the true often hide behind simplicity, and in human exchange which seems sometimes harmless… some synchronicity sometime disturbing but so rich.