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

141 comments on the article “If I Can’t Dance It’s Not My Revolution”

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Ken Vallario

i love it, a PHD, uses words like 'bullshit' to make a point, and rejects western and eastern civilization in order to point to africa, because we all know what a utopia the african continent is...

i'm sorry, i completely agree with the intention, to awaken dance and mystical embodied connection...but let us not completely disregard reason...i mean, how do you come to the conclusion that 'god hates reasonable and tamed definitions'...

reason and emotion are two aspects of a fully realized human being, that arises out of a balance between the two...to surrender completely to the animal impulses of one's body is as much an escape from conscious awakening as it is to sit in meditation for 10 years...

there are so many thoughtless generalizations in this article, all pointed toward a heedless provocation...come on, a PHD ought to have a discerning respect for those wise moments of every people, the west, the east and africa, and attempt to recognize the dancing of the native americans, the whirling dervishes, European peasant dances...

in other words, your argument can be made without alienation...

Ken Vallario

i love it, a PHD, uses words like 'bullshit' to make a point, and rejects western and eastern civilization in order to point to africa, because we all know what a utopia the african continent is...

i'm sorry, i completely agree with the intention, to awaken dance and mystical embodied connection...but let us not completely disregard reason...i mean, how do you come to the conclusion that 'god hates reasonable and tamed definitions'...

reason and emotion are two aspects of a fully realized human being, that arises out of a balance between the two...to surrender completely to the animal impulses of one's body is as much an escape from conscious awakening as it is to sit in meditation for 10 years...

there are so many thoughtless generalizations in this article, all pointed toward a heedless provocation...come on, a PHD ought to have a discerning respect for those wise moments of every people, the west, the east and africa, and attempt to recognize the dancing of the native americans, the whirling dervishes, European peasant dances...

in other words, your argument can be made without alienation...

Rebel

I like this article... I think people are missing the point. Revolution will take a level of spiritual, existential, and ecstatic rebellion. The insurrection cannot be material alone. Dancing ourselves into a frenzy, may be one of the ways we release the chains that bind us to this staid consumer world.

Rebel

I like this article... I think people are missing the point. Revolution will take a level of spiritual, existential, and ecstatic rebellion. The insurrection cannot be material alone. Dancing ourselves into a frenzy, may be one of the ways we release the chains that bind us to this staid consumer world.

The Ghost in th...

Huh. Cultural revolution. Anti-intellectualism. Reminds me of Mao, or if you reflexively defend anything "red", the Neo-Conservative movement.

I, for one, think humanity is worth standing up for because of, not in spite of, our intellectual capacity.

The Ghost in th...

Huh. Cultural revolution. Anti-intellectualism. Reminds me of Mao, or if you reflexively defend anything "red", the Neo-Conservative movement.

I, for one, think humanity is worth standing up for because of, not in spite of, our intellectual capacity.

Heard

I'd like to think that our intellectual capacity and our emotional/physical ones are not mutually exclusive. That they feed off of one another. Hearkening back to "Reds" doesn't do any justice to the work that Adbusters, et al, is trying to do to combat consumerism.

Heard

I'd like to think that our intellectual capacity and our emotional/physical ones are not mutually exclusive. That they feed off of one another. Hearkening back to "Reds" doesn't do any justice to the work that Adbusters, et al, is trying to do to combat consumerism.

bradley

imagine a wolrd without books, poems/lyrics, and film that due to their words have the incredible ability to evoke such extreme emotions as tears and laughter...i for one, couldn't imagine.

bradley

imagine a wolrd without books, poems/lyrics, and film that due to their words have the incredible ability to evoke such extreme emotions as tears and laughter...i for one, couldn't imagine.

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