Gabrielle Roth: February 4, 1941 -October 22, 2012
“Our Mama Raven’s wings have lifted her spirit from this lifetime and she is in flight to her next journey, where she will dance in our hearts forever.”
“We are born into bodies that are fluid and free. Yet for most of us, this state of grace is sadly short lived. Judgment, emotional wounds, fear and loss become stored deep inside our muscles and bones, leaving us with shoulders that sag, hips that are locked, arms that can’t reach out, hearts that beat behind a stone wall. When we move our bodies we shake up firmly rooted systems of thought, old patterns of behavior and emotional responses that just don’t work anymore. Rhythm, breath, music and movement become tools for seeing, then freeing, the habits that hold us back. When we free the body, the heart begins to open. When the body and the heart taste freedom, the mind won’t be far behind. And when we put the psyche into motion, it will start to heal itself.“ ~Gabrielle Roth
Dear Enchanted Movers and Shakers,
Are you getting out and moving around a bit? We are wrapping up our focus on Enchanted Key #7-Movement. But don’t sit down just yet! I know I’ve told you about Gabrielle Roth, of blessed memory. Her physical form passed from this earth in 2012 but her spirit is alive and well!
I crept outside to sleep under the rising sun this morning and fell into a deep slumber. I have shared that although I never had the pleasure of meeting Gabrielle, I did have the beautiful opportunity to dance in a Sweat Your Prayers workshop in NY, led her son, Jonathan Horan. As I slept this morning, Gabrielle’s work danced across my dreams. This is not the first time this has occurred, speaking to the power of movement back and forth across the veil.
The following information was taken from the University of West Georgia Psychology Site. I didn’t know until today that she had taught so close by. At the time of her passing it read: “Gabrielle Roth was a dancing meditation artist and musician, with a special interest in shamanism and healing and awakening through dance. She created the 5Rhythms approach to dance movement in the 1960s, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. She deeply influenced many past and current University of West Georgia Psychology students. Roth worked at Kripalu yoga center in Massachusetts and at the Omega Institute in upstate New York. She founded an experimental theatre company in New York. Her legacy includes having written three books, creating over twenty albums of trance dance music with her band The Mirrors, and she has produced or been the subject of about ten videos.”
I began to think about her 5Rhythms to see how we might apply them this week. Gabrielle distinguished five universal rhythms, each with its own archetype. They are: flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. During the last four days of her life, we were told that she was moving into stillness. To honor her as a Journey Guide for the Enchanted Key to Movement, I encourage you to look at these rhythms and identify your own personal way of moving in the world. She would ask that we practice them all, for integration and wholeness.
This week, once you have figured out your rhythm, put on some music that you love and deliberately move in that rhythm. Then switch to the one that is least comfortable for you. Following that, move through the other three and journal about your experience.
Please share on the Enchanted Blog. What moves you is likely to move all of us.