Does dancing solve the problems? No, but I do, while dancing. -Shaltmira
For ancient philosophers, mystics and shamans body and mind were not disconnected. Plato was a famous wrestler; Socrates the toughest soldier in the Athenian army and Cleanthes the stoic was a boxer. Healthy body - healthy mind, the old saying goes, but do we truly understand what it means?
Simulating a situation in your head while you think is equivalent to living through that situation while you think. I would like to show that people’s thoughts, choices and insights can be transformed by physical interaction with things. In other words, thinking with your brain alone – like a computer does – is not equivalent to thinking with your brain, your eyes, and your hands – as humans frequently do.
We can think with our legs too, it is common to go take a walk or jogging, when we feel the need to refresh the mind.
Physical acts are a way of dealing and working out our thoughts. Psychologists are now recognizing something that artists have intuitively always known, that we 'think with our hands' as much as our brains.
While dancing we use all our body, hands and legs, and torso, and neck - we give life to our body machine. We can see our thoughts and ideas visualized via body language and movements.
Everyday we do many movements that we are not aware of. Small movements, fast movements, holding objects in hands, putting them somewhere and forgetting, hitting the elbow to the corner because lack of awareness, getting clumsy, slow, tired, making many unnecessary movements.
What if we could have our thinking process going as smoothly as well synchronized dance? Wouldn't that be a relief, a calming harmony reached? Indeed.
First things first. To be able to dance requires acceptance of your own body.
How often we hear 'I don't dance', 'I don't know how to dance', 'I'm bad at dancing', 'Dancing? Not for me.' What I think when I hear these words? Well first that a person has some issues with his/her/their self-image and self-esteem.
What I hear beyond the poor justifications is a person, who has fear to be judged by others. There's a fear to look silly, ridiculous, make a fool of self. That's what stop us from action, from movement, from making the first step. That fear comes from the childhood, from the experiences we had, from social conditioning.
We came to this world free, free to move, free to think whatever we want, free to express ourselves. During the years we learnt how to be ashamed of our bodies, choices, ideas. We got way to serious, stopped dancing and became somehow robotic, fulfilling the functions, surviving, with not much joy, not much adventures, still in fear not to make 'a bad move'.
Well, fuck it, I said to myself and started to move. I started by playing song in my room and dancing in front of the mirror. I look at the reflection and don't really know what to do, but I don't give up and keep on awkwardly moving my shoulders to sides, swinging hips, not that bad, I soon get short of breath and get sweaty and stop. Next day I put my headphones on and go for a walk. I play the music I like, some cool techno mix, while waiting for the train, and I move a bit to the beat, I know there are people around me and some might be watching, but I pretend I'm in a room and close my eyes and just swing a bit more. Day after day I go around and find little moments where I start dancing. One day in the forest, next day in the grocery shop, third day in the train. Can feel how my body gets more comfortable with itself and gets tired less easily, and I do enjoy this new feeling of more flexibility and connectivity. The way people look at me - doesn't bother me anymore, I do my dance, at any place, at any time, because I ALLOW MYSELF.
'But you wear a mask while you dance!'
'I do wear a mask to bring the message, that behind the mask could be anyone, me, you, anyone! Mask is a symbolical representation of the human being, a person, that we want to be.'
These dancing practise I always saw as exercise helping me to connect with my body. You know when we have some heavy thoughts we can get a headache, or if we are heartbroken we might feel the pressure and pain in chest area? By engaging in physical movement we not only increase the serotonin level which is responsible for our good mood, but also on the spiritual level we move the energy in our body, access the spot where muscles are contracted and release the pain.
In old times shaman would perform rituals, involving singing, drumming and ritual dancing circles. Today is 2018 and instead of playing drum and singing - I play my own recorded song on the speakers and invite you to join me! That's right, after dancing to others music I thought, why I can't create my own music, saturated with the words that has a meaning for me, the words of power! So I did, I started to collaborate with other artists, musicians, and this is how the soundtracks for my dances were born. In comparison to the other cultures, such as Korean shamanism, the role of music seems intermediary between the possession trance model and the Siberian model: in the Kut ritual, the music, played by musicians, first calls on the god to possess the mudang (shaman), then accompanies the god during their time in the shaman's body, then sends back and placates the god at the end. I am contemporary urban shaman, and my rituals take place everywhere from obscure Berlin techno dance floors to the Grand Canyon. My music is channeled via speakers, headphones, phone and laptop. As I put the mask on - I summon the greatest and most powerful creature existing, I RECLAIM MY POWER AS THE CREATOR OF MY OWN REALITY.
Where am I you going? From point A to B, from the birth to death, from one thought to another. The physical journey is just a metaphor. As the ancient saying goes 'think with hands', so the same I could say - 'Think with legs too!'. While solving inner conflicts and mysteries - continue dancing.
When an artist makes an artwork they are giving life to their ideas. We can literally see them. They are not detached and analytical. There are many people who act without thinking, and others who think without acting. Artists think as they act. An artist doesn’t draw and then think, he draws and thinks at the same time. That is why their ideas have such power.
But many of us feel some kind of stigma attached to this word, 'artist'. 'I'm not an artist!', many will say. To discuss what is and what is not 'art' is pointless. That's why I like the word 'creator'. Maybe we are not the artists in a sense that we don't have society's confirmation in the shape of bullshit university papers, maybe we are not crafts-men/women who can make a realistic bronze sculpture, but 'baby, I can dance'.
I can dance the same as the tree moves in the wind, slowly lifting up the branches. I can dance as the river floats, to one side and other, discovering new paths to flow.
If you want to formulate new ideas, think with your body. Make a movement as you reflect.
In modern culture, philosophy has become detached and analytical. It’s become a dry subject for a small group of elite academics. My philosophy is alive in the way I move through the world.
Some doors do not open from the first time. I took a train to explore myself, next station - deeper knowledge. To guard my own journey I turned myself into an Urban Shaman: masks with sigils cover my face,under it - the warrior’s face paint, the skin tattooed with fantastic anthropomorphic beings, spirit animals, totems, Egyptian and alchemic symbols. The necklaces and amulets I carry reminds me of the strength of the ones I met, who shared their wisdom with me. I continue the journey, my spiritual journey and therefore nothing looks real. The dance represents the question. I dance in front of the doors, the gates, that seems to be locked. With turning self into Urban Shaman via my Ritual - I allow myself to accept idea that I am the Key. To be able to unlock the higher levels of the game of life. We create ourselves as The Shapeshifting Key. I know behind these gates is everything I ever wanted. Will I walk away or I’ll make a decision to make myself suitable to unlock it? As some keys doesn’t fit the locks, so does some words don’t suit to get where we want. Can we chose different words to have a different effect? If I want to have a nice relationship with a friend, will I act as if I do not care? I perfect my dance, polish my words as keys, to unlock the realms of existence I only dreamed of. I’m not running away anymore. I have nothing to rage about and stay humble while I do my inner work, because now i know - it’s only up to me to decide, if I allow myself to be open to receive all the goodness presented to me in various forms. Via dance I mold self as the Key to the Garden of The Ultimate Fulfillment.
RECLAIM YOUR POWER at YAGA GATHERING with SHALTMIRA
Let's go to Lithuania! YAGA GATHERING. I invite you to join me in the HEALING AREA, 8:30 pm on Saturday and to unleash the suppressed potential. The theme of this year is 'MODERN RITUALS: SHAPESHIFTING'
'Seven segments, the seven parts of festival’s body will guide you through and help to experience it to the fullest, it is time to follow its footprints further. Just like the festival that ceaselessly transforms itself into something tangible, audible and perceptible, you are bound to transform along: reaching new spiritual heights, immersing yourself into new physical levels and becoming something you always wanted, but never dared to become.'
RECLAIM YOUR POWER
Free from desire I realize the mystery. Caught in desire I see only manifestations. Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source. It’s called - darkness. Darkness within darkness - the gateway to all understanding.
RECLAIM YOUR POWER. Ritual Workshop by SHALTMIRA
@YAGA #lithuania 9-13, August. #Shapeshifting
In everyday language we use many words, but we are not always aware how the words we use becomes the events and happenings in everyday life. By choosing the right words, we use the right formulas, as in math, to find the solution of the any challenge that comes upon us. If the idea we have in head does not work, we abandon that thought and reform and restructure the way of thinking, so it would lead to successful answer and the result that we desire. ‘Reclaim Your Power’ is a self-hypnosis ritual, where by repetition and tantric movements we create the rhythmic pattern, which overwrites the running mental system. We have the power to change our perception. The truth is what we believe is truth. Focusing on positive affirmations and deleting the words that do not serve. Words, ideas, behaviours that do not support must be deleted. Establishing the ritual via repetitive behaviour via time establishes new pattern, in this case, positive and empowering. The goal is to understand that we are the masters of our destiny, that power to create life, as we want it to be, is not outside of us. By becoming aware of how we sabotage ourselves - we refuse to be our own worst enemies. We are Love. We are mastering Shiva’s Dance. Via Ritual we connect to the ancient cultures and by activating sigils we express our truths most eloquently through symbols. Take these subtle hints and get into programming of your own reality. #shaltmira
Courage is to see the world burning and yet, burn together and learn everything about fire.
First step we take is the most scary, because we leave our comfort zone, and we leave it without even knowing exactly where are we going. There's inner understanding, that the action needs to take place, that gives us no calm. It must get very uncomfortable sometimes to get into position, where no more postponing and procrastination will be tolerated. Think about the shoes which are too small. We outgrown them and now to continue the journey we have to get the new ones. Or maybe the ones we had are broken and it's uncomfortable to walk in them anymore. Or our heart was broken and we and not comfortable carrying that pain in the chest anymore so we start looking for solutions how to fix the situation, how to fix ourselves, where's that shop of fresh thoughts and new attitudes and healthy body parts, show yourself, because I'm on a shopping spree! I buy myself a new head space with the currency of my own will, which I generate with patience and dedicated work of self-observation.
- What does this symbol means?
- Shaltmira for Success!
- Success? That's like 'Shaltmira' for a president.
- Yes, I do believe in self-government.
THERE ARE NO BAD MOVES:
Movement is Action.
Action is Courage.
Via Courage You Will Know Yourself.