June 19 09: Spirit Shaker

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Spirit Shaker

Photo by InterPlayer Don Moseman

Photo by Don Moseman

The Love Drums with Ed Haggard      music and drums

Spirit Shaker      movement and voice

“Shaking Medicine”       body wisdom

Raise Your Hand in Blessing    movement

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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh…

Ready for some toe tappin?
InterPlayer Ed Haggard leads the Love Drums in Nashville Tennessee.


Spirit Shaker         movement and voice

• Shake out one hand. Shake out the other.

• Shake one leg. Shake out the other.

• Shake out whatever you’re sittin’ on.

• Shake out your voice.

• Put one hand in the other. Bend your elbows and bring your hands close to your chest, as if holding dice. Vigorously shake your hands and say ahhhh as you shake, letting the vibrations move from the inside out.

• Shake out everything and it feels good keep on shaking, bobbing, clapping, or stomping.

• Add Ed’s rhythmic music and dance freely.

• As you “let go,” surrender anything you want to your Higher Power. If you fall into a little ecstasy, hooray.

• As you cool down, let your breathing grow quiet again, entering the calm after a storm.

Shaking Wisdom    body wisdom

Psychotherapist and ethnographer Bradford Keeney studies what he calls “shaking medicine” among Minnesota Ojibwa Indians, Japanese parishioners of Seiku Jutsu, and the Kalahari Bushmen, who all shake for healing, refreshment, and ecstatic communion. In his book Shaking Medicine, Keeney observes that when people “fall into the shake,” they find themselves, “maybe for the first time, in the kindergarten of ecstatic experience.” He writes, “Heightened arousal—whether through free movement, spontaneous jumping, or body shaking—is as valuable a transformative experience as sitting quietly in a lotus position.” Read more on this.

Every InterPlay group practices the warm up. It always starts with a little deep breathing and shaking. Check it out….and…Shake it baby!

Raise A Hand in Blessing   movement
When we dance hand to hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can feel that connection even when we aren’t right together. Raise a hand in blessing. Turn in a full circle (or not) and know that others are sending blessings to you too. Take a deep Breath and Let it out with a Sigh……

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