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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akirraboo

i like the idea - the emotional exstasy of dance when you are not held back by social protocols of style and appearance. i certainly benefit from such experience, though they are far too rare. but i agree that the authors position, by alienating so many, polarises the central argument and it becomes difficult to 'agree' because of this. i am an antitheist so the religion thing is no problem to me, but the presentation of the idea is poorly formed if the intention is to convince people of the emotional, physical and communitarian benefit of the practice. and its interesting that PhD credentials are used when the author is arguing against human knowledge.
that said, i look forward to my next music festival - there are some festival goers who dont like the consumerism but enjoy being lost, on their own, in the music :-)

akirraboo

i like the idea - the emotional exstasy of dance when you are not held back by social protocols of style and appearance. i certainly benefit from such experience, though they are far too rare. but i agree that the authors position, by alienating so many, polarises the central argument and it becomes difficult to 'agree' because of this. i am an antitheist so the religion thing is no problem to me, but the presentation of the idea is poorly formed if the intention is to convince people of the emotional, physical and communitarian benefit of the practice. and its interesting that PhD credentials are used when the author is arguing against human knowledge.
that said, i look forward to my next music festival - there are some festival goers who dont like the consumerism but enjoy being lost, on their own, in the music :-)

Mediattack!

I have to crticize this article because amateur punk is often just a form of prejudiced ignorance and hatemongering and the amateur sloppy clothes and humanocentric race inferiority complexes and insecurities have alot to do with it. Feel free to promote the activist race revolution. I'll be nuetrally-laughing all the way to the Anarchist bank.

Mediattack!

I have to crticize this article because amateur punk is often just a form of prejudiced ignorance and hatemongering and the amateur sloppy clothes and humanocentric race inferiority complexes and insecurities have alot to do with it. Feel free to promote the activist race revolution. I'll be nuetrally-laughing all the way to the Anarchist bank.

Joey First

Today's amateur activist punk scene clearly is obsessed with political forms of racial prejudice. Punk in the late 70's had nothing to do with subversion, race, or revolution in application. It was actually intended to promote adult theatrical entertainment about revolution, which is why 80's war films like First Blood clearly have alot to do with Hollywood embracing revolutionary theatre as fiction, however, I tend to think slam dancing or moshing is just unintellectually, unbridled primitivist and religious ignorance about race in the form of racism and anti racism. http://www.joeyfirst.com

Joey First

Today's amateur activist punk scene clearly is obsessed with political forms of racial prejudice. Punk in the late 70's had nothing to do with subversion, race, or revolution in application. It was actually intended to promote adult theatrical entertainment about revolution, which is why 80's war films like First Blood clearly have alot to do with Hollywood embracing revolutionary theatre as fiction, however, I tend to think slam dancing or moshing is just unintellectually, unbridled primitivist and religious ignorance about race in the form of racism and anti racism. http://www.joeyfirst.com

Joey First

Some punks think there music is serious and are willing to go so far as to try and create racial prejudice within their band itself. A good example is Cultural Libertad who unfortunately I didn't document in an interview. The band itself is amateurish, and tends to think idealize Marxism and Socialism, great idea but when I told them I like Che and Castro the Marxists called me a coward even though they have a Socialist in there band. This kind of racial prejudice in punk clearly needs to end and I think it has alot to do with moshing and slamdancing along with govt. and religious brainwashing of neutral Anarchists, Socialists, Capitalists, and Communists, when in actuality punk was and still is revolutionary entertainment and obscure theatrical art and dance, not a real revolution and not very subversive at all. Moshing, racial prejudice, and actualized revolutionary behavior, along with slam dancing is NOT very punk. All punk is a reenactment, an theatrical or performance art act and a postmodern story, not a revolution.

Joey First

Some punks think there music is serious and are willing to go so far as to try and create racial prejudice within their band itself. A good example is Cultural Libertad who unfortunately I didn't document in an interview. The band itself is amateurish, and tends to think idealize Marxism and Socialism, great idea but when I told them I like Che and Castro the Marxists called me a coward even though they have a Socialist in there band. This kind of racial prejudice in punk clearly needs to end and I think it has alot to do with moshing and slamdancing along with govt. and religious brainwashing of neutral Anarchists, Socialists, Capitalists, and Communists, when in actuality punk was and still is revolutionary entertainment and obscure theatrical art and dance, not a real revolution and not very subversive at all. Moshing, racial prejudice, and actualized revolutionary behavior, along with slam dancing is NOT very punk. All punk is a reenactment, an theatrical or performance art act and a postmodern story, not a revolution.

Unfair? (Joey First)

If yu;re punk by now you should know it's just the govt. trying to recruit you to take a race side in a religiously fundamental war. There has to be a better way than violence which is very UNPUNK.

Unfair? (Joey First)

If yu;re punk by now you should know it's just the govt. trying to recruit you to take a race side in a religiously fundamental war. There has to be a better way than violence which is very UNPUNK.

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