(Image (C) T. Georgitsis 2012)
Dance has long been regarded as a exemplary way to elevate one’s soul in a spiritual way. Dance has been part of religious ceremonies, rites and celebrations from time immemorial. Its a way to display the myths of various cultures and has been used to pass on traditions of these cultures for generations . Divine dance is a wondrous way to commune and connect with Deity. This occurs by becoming an instrument attuned through repetitive movement which can induce transcendence. Dance can also be used as a tool for the transmission of healings and blessings which can manifest as a euphoric or peaceful feeling.
Dance allows you to tap into the cosmic consciousness and can raise your vibration. With devotion, dance becomes an offering to the gods and ancestors – in its essence its alchemy in action. When you move in rhythmic motions it opens you up and fills you with a harmonic energy which expands your perception. Dance connects you to your primal self yet at the same time can strengthen your sentient link to your higher self.
Dance is a form of moving meditation allowing us to weave the magickal world into the mundane. With dedication and regular practice you can master the various subtle energies around and outside of you, to further develop the bond between you and the cosmic energies. With love and devotion, dance can unfold and manifest into the most beautiful works of art.
Some examples of divine dancing can be seen through Turning Dervish Dance, Zaar Dance, Indian Classical Dance, Sword Dance, Maypole Dance, Cham Dance, Greek Folk Dance and Jewish Worship Dances just to name a few.
I learned how to dance pretty much around the same time I learned to walk. I was influenced by my family who indulged in this pastime at various celebratory events, as well as my general love of music which would inspire me to get lost in various styles and rhythms. When I was around 6 I started to attend formal Greek Folk dancing lessons and I didn’t realise at the time how instrumental and what an impact it would have in my devotions to the gods. Over the years I have tried various forms of dance but the one I always come back to and use regularly for communion with spirit is traditional Egyptian Belly Dance. I have written a short article on its benefits which can be viewed here:
Whatever style of dance you are drawn to, try to engage in it regularly as an offering and see how it enhances your magickal and spiritual practice.
© All images and articles T. Georgitsis 2014