The Revolution Issue

If I Can’t Dance It’s Not My Revolution

Shake yourself into ecstatic truth!
Push and Pull by Janine Gordon
Push and Pull by Janine Gordon

IN THE BEGINNING OF HUMAN CULTURE, PEOPLE KNEW HOW TO SHAKE THEIR BOOTIES AND IN DOING SO, THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE WERE REVEALED.

Then along came language, social hierarchy, overinflated beliefs and the mirages of under-standing. Whereas human beings embodied the most important truths in the beginning, it all went to hell when we stilled our bodies and fed too many words to our minds.

Look at the oldest library in the world – the rock art of southern Africa. What we see are images of people dancing themselves into ecstasy. Many generations later the elders of the oldest living culture on Earth today, the Kalahari Bushmen, still know that the electrified body inspired by heightened feelings – rather than anything remotely related to a calm and still presence – is the master key to being fully alive.

What is most important has little or nothing to do with words and linguistic understanding. As the Bushmen say, words can trick us into believing anything. With word trickery we may end up worshipping a pile of elephant dung or a heap of metal. Somewhere between the early cradle of civilization and the internet, our species made the colossal mistake of proclaiming that words, theories and understandings are the roads to salvation and happiness. If this is true or even partially true, it means we have been misled for over a thousand years. The word games have led us to posit one form of gender, race, culture, nation, or religion as superior to others – thereby justifying any and all acts of arrogant greed, war and destruction of life and planet.

Religions and philosophies can never deliver the truth we most deeply desire. Our born destiny is the same as the first humans – to release our bodies, our whole beings, into feeling and expressing the deepest joy and ecstasy. In other words, dancing ourselves into heaven, enlightenment, peace and love. If there is anything history teaches, it is that words and understandings aren’t giving us anything but more of the same bullshit. We need to start up the wild drumming and shake off the words and stuck thoughts.

Push and Pull by Janine Gordon

If we don’t free ourselves to be ecstatically tuned and happy, we may continue going to hell while taking the planet down with us.

What does it mean to sound the revolution? Here’s a few teasers that provide some hints – remember, it can’t be said in words:

  • You gotta go beyond dance: no choreography, let the body be free to move without purpose.
  • Recognize that whatever the great mystery or god is, it hates all reasonable and tamed definitions.
  • Meditation without wild ecstasy is a dead end.
  • Don’t sit still when you are excited. Get up and move!
  • The wisdom of the East is as ignorant as the wisdom of the West. Look where both have gotten us. Let’s consider the wisdom of Mother Africa, the ancestral culture that honored rhythms more than words.
  • The revolution is through sounding it and allowing yourself to be fully shaken.
  • The trouble with gurus is that they don’t have a rhythm, they don’t shake and they don’t wiggle their ass.

This is the revolution: Shake everything up – your body, mind, heart, ideas, understandings and everyday routines. Shake yourself into ecstatic truth.

Bradford Keeney, PhD, chronicles the world’s healing practices in his 11-volume encyclopedia, Profiles of Healing. To learn more about the old ways of ecstatic shaking, visit shakingmedicine.com

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Anonymous

George Carlin once said that the world should be required to do folk dancing at least 2 hours every day, becuase when you're dancing, you ain't waging war.

And this:
"Religions and philosophies can never deliver the truth we most deeply desire. Our born destiny is the same as the first humans – to release our bodies, our whole beings, into feeling and expressing the deepest joy and ecstasy. "

...is far from being stupid. It is ultimate love, it is beautiful sex, it is pure joy, it is what it means to be human!

Anonymous

George Carlin once said that the world should be required to do folk dancing at least 2 hours every day, becuase when you're dancing, you ain't waging war.

And this:
"Religions and philosophies can never deliver the truth we most deeply desire. Our born destiny is the same as the first humans – to release our bodies, our whole beings, into feeling and expressing the deepest joy and ecstasy. "

...is far from being stupid. It is ultimate love, it is beautiful sex, it is pure joy, it is what it means to be human!

Anonymous

"...is far from being stupid. It is ultimate love, it is beautiful sex, it is pure joy, it is what it means to be human!"

I totally agree!

Anonymous

"...is far from being stupid. It is ultimate love, it is beautiful sex, it is pure joy, it is what it means to be human!"

I totally agree!

Anonymous

These revolutions are happening all over the world for the last decade on festivals such as Boomfestival in Portugal, Fusion festival in Germany, the Burning Man in the US, Ozora festival in Hungary (happening now!), Universo Paralello in Brazil and much more. The old ecstatic trance movements are practised year in and year out and more and more people are joining!
Nice and very true article, tnx!

Anonymous

These revolutions are happening all over the world for the last decade on festivals such as Boomfestival in Portugal, Fusion festival in Germany, the Burning Man in the US, Ozora festival in Hungary (happening now!), Universo Paralello in Brazil and much more. The old ecstatic trance movements are practised year in and year out and more and more people are joining!
Nice and very true article, tnx!

Anonymous

These gatherings are revolutionary in the way that they bring more and more people together to experience a spiritual dance movement in peace. It IS rediscovering the ancient ritual in the 21st century. And often these gatherings promote ecological and social awareness. They are not commercial, mostly ad/sponsor free and totally independent but they still attract thousands and thousands of people who are looking for something long lost forgood formost people on this planet.
And maybe lots of the bags sold on the these fests are bought in India from a poor indian girl that can live a life now. But that's besides my point.

Anonymous

I agree.I think maybe if you did it in the street with 150 people maybe it would do something good.Or humanistic.But I definitely agree that it most likely is spawning consumerable culture.Of some sort.I read adbusters because I like that it is trying to fight all the crap.But I believe in the end life will win over death.Because nobody wants to die.Or experience prolonged pain?I'm sure everyone comes to there senses.And says let's try something new.Its begun but it's not enough.I'm greedy I want more.

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