To Dance is to Burn

Is ionann Damhsa agus Dó

8 Jan 2012

To dance is to burn, as you pound out a rhythm with your feet – an act of sacrifice to a supreme intelligence that bestows on us creative gifts, which are our only means to attain liberation.

We pray for wisdom to clarify our seeing, hearing and feeling so that we may slip behind the veils of delusion, overcome the illusion of separation (the root of all suffering), and draw on the creative source.


Hearing clearly what is outside and within, we reduce the scope and interference of the judgmental mind. Through clear seeing we become aware of what is in front of, around and inside of us.  The internal world can then begin to manifest the secret myths that will guide us on our journey.  Through feeling the air on the skin and the energetic currents beneath it as the limbs move in space, the dancer becomes aware of all sensations, from the coarsest to the very finest.

The dancer whose senses are engaged like this grows ever closer to the great creator, and the longer the engagement, the more profound the transformation.  The capacity to maintain the connection comes from training with discipline, patience and restraint.

We dance to be reunited with the creative core from which we came.

Dancing is the art of transformation – the integrated, rhythmic, coordinated movement of the limbs in space, the feet the engine, the hands the expression.  The sides of the body create shape and as the shape of the body changes so does the space the dance inhabits.   The alchemy evokes spontaneous and universal symbols and rhythms.

Through acquiring the understanding and skills necessary to consciously participate in this transformation, we experience and transmit truth.

We dance to be reunited with the creative core from which we came.

Michael Keegan Dolan, 2012

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