Accessing the wisdom of the body is the underlying premise of movement therapy and the practice of Authentic Movement. I have been engaged in Authentic Movement for over twenty years and I continue to be guided by this practice. Beginning with the intention to deeply listen and attend to the ongoing stream of bodily felt information that is continually flowing through us, images, sensations, and feelings are given attention and expressed through movement, gesture, postures. Deep listening opens a wider range of understanding, creativity and expanded relationships to self and others. Normally the tendency is to attend to what reinforces our sense of self and disregard the rest, limiting our perceptions, information, and possibilities. In Authentic Movement the unconscious or unknown is brought into form through weight, time, and space, bringing potentialities into existence. Rather than making something happen, inner listening asks us to surrender to what is known and wait for the impulse to move. Like tenderly unfolding the cryptic symbols of a dream, the mover learns to trust
what arises and waits to be moved.
T.S. Eliot writes:
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting,
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing
Recently my movement partner arrived from being out of the country ready for us to begin teaching together. My mind was excited and jumped on the planning, however my body refused to be pushed. Dying men dreams began to surface and feelings of anger, protecting my space. The male part of me that strives and pushes was in transition. "I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope." I could not push my process. The soul's timing does not always coincide with the outer world's process towards achievement. So, now I wait. My partner has left the country again and I let my body show me the way towards a new masculine-feminine integration of being and doing.