dreaming of balance

Posted by on April 28, 2011 in balance, butoh, hitobashira, maureen freehill momo, momobutoh company, patricia | 0 comments

“The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened.” Unknown Author
My art of Patricia’s dream (above)…
Patricia and I shared our dreams once again via ‘skype’ – drawing each other’s dreams as they were being shared…
One of the images I drew of Patricia’s dream was of two columns… with a whirlwind (nourishment – a green blender drink :~) swirling in the middle… books and furniture being moved… In another, there was also a strong concrete column supporting an overhang…
Patricia’s art of my dream below… a dream of concern – once I made it to the top of the slippery snow covered mountain, how would I descend?
The undercurrent of the dream (and both of our dreams), however, was one of trust and letting go, and in that process, ‘all would be well.’
At my last mentoring session with Momo she spoke of ‘Hitobashira’ – that which creates a framework, bridge, or pillar. When one dances ‘Hitobashira’ you gracefully enter or touch the space around you to begin, then establish your axis between poles of opposites – such as above and below, life and death, etc… From this place, you can open gateways of exchange with other beings around you (animate and inanimate) and then explore the poles of opposites… and in the uncertainty, shaking and imbalance might ensue… with the potential of eventually finding balance…
There is a also an element of stepping off into the unknown through this practice… a surrendering into the flow and / or an acceptance of a burden…
Momo’s dance performance is incredibly moving, danced post the earthquake in Japan, a dance evoking the unstable earth beneath us and feelings within us….
In a friend’s garden, with her outdoor furniture strewn about (aka Patricia’s dream of furniture moving), I had an opportunity to dance Patricia’s dream combined with elements of mine… the ‘columns’ becoming unstable, the desire to climb up, while being challenged by the slippery ‘slope’ and the final surrender into the flow…
Feeling grateful for this practice of connection and this means in which to embody the literal challenges of finding balance in life… heart-full thank you Patricia, and Momo…
Lee
Music: Yungchen Lhamo
Filmed by Momo

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