READY, AIM, FIRE! – (Staccato)
Going with the Flow is great when the time is right, and a Chaos-worshipping surrender to the big mystery is bliss when it comes naturally. But in between these mighty rhythms lives the much-maligned masculine deity of Staccato, and sometimes when Father says ‘stop’ we’d better stop. And when he says ‘go’ we’d better get off our ass and do it, because quite simply if we don’t there will be trouble.
Once you’ve left home and that archetype is deep in your heart (or to the extent that he’s not, he’s showing up on the outside, courtesy of the grand choreography of life) these dictates can be just as irksome as they were when we were 9 years old, but even more imperative.
There are times when what’s needed in our spiral path of waking up to life is to get proactive and do something. To look care-fully at our situation and make a choice: I will now walk this way, not that way. It might be an outer choice around work, love, or lifestyle, or it might be a call to focus inwards and work on something specific in yourself. It’s the latter I want to focus on because this is the bit directly related to the 5Rhythms practice, and I think it holds huge untapped potential for us as a group of inner travellers.
This way of working seems to be a big unexplored wilderness for most people who love the rhythms; many times when I start coaching someone to use their practice in this specific staccato-style way they will tell me they’ve never tried it before. For example people who have struggled for years with their inner critic have never embodies that critic or done the dance of being under its thumb, and are surprised at the idea they could, let alone that they could have fun doing it. Partly this is because people haven’t done the levels of practice where you learn to get a handle on your patterns (Cycles and Mirrors: just do it!), but I think it’s also part of our 5rhythms culture.
We show up and dance our socks off, which moves stuff around, releases some day to day toxicity, opens us up to others, and plugs us back into source. It feels good. But not many of us stop to look deep into the mirror, see what needs working on, and then create a specific movement-based pathway to facilitate that. Not many of us get one-to-one tuition, which is so very helpful if you want to pierce deeply through the veils of your own blind spots.
What’s up with you? What’s going on in your life, and what’s your next step? What are you longing for? What are you scared of? Can you see how this plays out on the dance floor? If not, why not? Are you making yourself normal even there? What are your 5rhythms habits? Are they working for your enlightenment or keeping you safe, muffled from your own edge?
We have to be willing to feel and move through the discomfort of denial dissolving, to embody express and release the emotional energy locked up in our patterns, to dig down into the roots of those patterns (from childhood, culture, or ancestry), and detach ourselves from the ego characters keeping the show running through the same old same-olds. We have to find our creative drive to expand beyond what we know and become who we might be.
As with most things Staccato, this kind of self-confrontation is often uncomfortable at first, and requires a degree of self-discipline, until the new pathways being carved out begin to fire us up. It also requires a kind of creative intelligence in the way we deal with ourselves, to apply our situation to the mapped landscape that unfolds so endlessly and intricately from the basic five-fold shapes of the rhythms.
You could ask your local teacher if they’re willing to give you some individual coaching. If they don’t feel like the right person for that (the person who holds a good space for your local class might not have the experience to do so, or the chemistry between you might not be good for that) you could ask around for another teacher who could help you. Or go find a good therapist or healer to help you see yourself, and then create your own movement practices to investigate and expand upon what you’re learning there.
Be curious. Focus on the presence of your situation. Take aim. Loose the arrow. Go for it!
NOTE: this kind of individual work has become one of my favourite ways to work with people, but it takes time, so it tends to only happen during on-going groups like Awakening, or in the workshop Deep Focus which is specifically designed for this kind of study. However, I am also available to do a bit of coaching via skype. Get in touch if you’re interested.