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DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE
3rd Friday of each month
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7:30-9:00 p.m.


Dancing at Lama Foundation
Dancing at Lama Foundation

The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, uplifting group dances that represent and integrate many of the world's spiritual traditions, helping us to create peace and unity within and without. Originating in the mystical Sufi tradition, the dances now include sacred chants and movements inspired by Maori, Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Sufi, American Indian, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Goddess, Celtic, & Universal traditions. 

Invite your friends to join us in this circle of love. Men & women of all faiths are invited to participate. No experience or partner is necessary.

For more information, call Khadija Lynn McRee at (352) 870-8558 or email.

Suggested Donation $5 - $10.

www.DancesOfUniversalPeace.org


How to Dance
Excerpted from How to Dance 11 Keys
written by Murshid Wall Ali Meyer

Taken from Spiritual Dance and Walk
An Introduction to the Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Meditations of
Murshid Samuel L. Lewis


Here are some keys which will help the dancing be more meaningful for you. To do even one or two of these will have a profound effect:


Listen Don't simply recite the sacred phrase. Listen to the other voices. Listen to the person directing the dance. When you listen, your voice automatically begin to harmonize. Find the center of the sound.

Feel The dances are designed to take us more and more into the universe of feeling. Stay with your feeling. If you go off into the world of thoughts, don't judge yourself; simply bring your concentration back to feeling. The heart center, found in the middle of the chest, is the natural place to begin.

Concentrate on the Sacred Phrase The sacred phrase, sometimes referred to as Wazifa or Mantra, centers the dance. We all say this together. The Grace of Allah/God can operate through the sacred phrase if we are willing to receive it, to let it be. With each repetition, feel the phrase touching your being in a deeper and deeper way.

Move Together Restrain the exuberant impulse to make an individual expression. You will be amazed how much higher/deeper the dances are when you use that same energy to harmonize with the others in the circle. Feel your body fully. Then gradually, or suddenly, become the whole circle.

Watch your Breath Breath is life. Breath is movement. Voice is breath. Let breath breathe. Return to awareness of breath in silence between dances. Notice the subtle changes in breath with each dance.

Ecstasy These dances can lead to states of ecstasy. Joyously invigorating! In dances where you are brought to the center of the circle, especially soar. But soar with your whole being. Taste all planes at the same time. If your feet are grounded on the earth, then your head can be in the heavens.

Devotion This is a grace. To willingly submit ourselves to Allah/God in Whom we live, and move, and have our being. Hypocrisy may be the only sin. How wonderful it is when we actually feel like bowing in humility before the eternal truth. These dances can be worship: the celebration of the Divine Presence.

Amin (ah-meen) These mean "so be it". We say this at the conclusion of many dances. (Other phrases such as the Sanskrit Svaha, or the Native American Ho, are also used. The important thing is not to say it, but to mean it, to affirm with one's whole being.

Silence There may be a silent meditation before the dance starts... As the sound and music of the dance stop, enter the Silence. This is your opportunity to hear what has been created. In this silence one can absorb the qualities evoked during the dance. This is the most important part of the dance. It becomes all-encompassing.


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