Charging & Discharging the Ritual; Closure


"dreambody/earthbody" video

No-Form: Charging and Discharging the Ritual
Set aside an area on the floor before you, spacious enough to move freely in. Stand one step outside the area while facing it. Enter any meditative state allowing a deepening receptivity towards being nothing; what I refer to as No-Form. From No-Form, project into the area "the presence and power of the dreaming". Continue No-Form while sensing the area before you as empowered with the presence of dreaming. Relax your desire to control any outcomes; allow the power of dreaming to do its thing in the space before you.

Once you have engaged a state of deep receptivity via No-Form, enter the charged "dreaming" space and stand there simply absorbing the power of dreaming. Let this power fill you and move you in whatever ways it does. Do not try and control or direct this energy; let it direct and guide you. When you feel full with the dreaming, begin practicing your movement cycle. Note: the pace, form or rhythm of your movement cycle may shift or warp due to the influx of the "dream charge". Let this force guide you as you perform the movement cycle -- over and over again. Work to maintain the structural integrity of the movements while being guided by the power of dreaming.

As you continue the movement cycle, allow any images and emotions to flow up and influence you. Stay true to your dream choreography for however long you can until you feel done. You are done when you lose structural integrity (the ritual falls apart) or when you lose power (the dreaming force disappears); you are also done when you feel done. When you are done, exit the dreaming circle and re-enter No-Form.

Return to No-Form to empty out and release the dreaming power back to its source. No-Form now becomes a trance-dispersion device to discharge the dreaming ritual. When you feel receptive and empty again, the ritual is over. Jog around the periphery of the dreaming area for about a minute to create a transition away from this ritual.


No-Form in "dreambody/earthbody" video

Returning to No-Form after the ritual allows for a transition from the dreamtime back to the present, so you don't wander out onto the streets under the influence of some dream state. It is also not a good idea to drive an automobile and/or operate machinery under the influence of the power of dreaming. Write down your experiences and/or talk about them with others. This can help integrate the intuitive experience and your more interpretive, conceptual mind. It can also help create a transition from the dreamtime back into the daytime.

Rritualizing our dreams is highly personal. I believe the actual meaning of our dreams and the dreaming ritual comes from the dream itself, rather than what we decide or analyze. Experience has also shown me that the degree of commitment shown in the ritual preparations determines the quality and depth of the outcome. As we consciously enact movements originating in our dreams, a living dreaming ritual is born.



Dreaming Links


ParaTheatrical ReSearch group at Pinnacles Wilderness Park

"dreambody/earthbody": The Video
Dreaming Ritual and Paratheatre methods demonstrated

Links to World Dreaming Traditions
Australian Aborigine, Huichol, Senoi, Toltec and others

Interview with Guboo Ted Thomas
What Inspired This Dreaming Ritual