Authentic Movement is a practice of spontaneous and self-guided movement done alone or in groups. The practice helps you connect with your true self in the presence of others. You learn to feel how your body, emotions, thoughts and your life experience are imtimately intertwined.
You get out of your head and learn to trust your body's wisdom.
You learn to trust your instincts and follow your impulses to play, heal, and create.
It is a space for insight and integration.
What does "authentic" mean?
There is no right or wrong with authenticity. It's about connecting with exactly where you are in the moment and witnessing your process unfold as you become interested in the feeling of your toes pressing into the rug or light coming through the window or remembering a dream and how it feels in your body.
Inspired by Carl Jung's practice of Active Imagination, Authentic Movement uses movement as a path to discovering and expressing your whole self.
What does Authentic Movement practice look like?
There is one or more movers, and one or more witnesses.
As a mover, you close your eyes and follow your impulse to move or be still. This looks like everything from gentle movement exploration, improvised dance, to deep rest. It is not about performing. "Authentic" means connecting to what is true for you in the moment.
In one moment you become interested in the light coming through the window and in another your attention is drawn to the feeling of your toes pressing into the rug which reminds you of a dream from the night before...
The witness holds a non-judgmental, compassionate and safe space for the mover, while simultaneously tracking their own inner process, projections, sensations. This presence helps the mover to develop a non-judgmental inner witness, distinct from the inner critic.
As a mover and a witness, you learn to listen deeply to your body's wisdom, develop compassion for yourself and others, gain personal insights, and access your potential for creativity and mindfulness.
There is usually a period of integration after each movement session, which may include talking about the session and time for creative processes, including moving with eyes open, writing, drawing or other visual art forms.
History of the Practice
Dance and movement has been a part of all cultures for all time. In the 1950s, Mary Starks Whitehouse played with Carl Jung's work with active imagination, and developed something she called "Movement In Depth." One of her students, Janet Adler, coined the term "Authentic Movement." My teachers, Alton Wasson and Daphne Lowell, also call it "Contemplative Dance." It's also been called "Your Own Yoga" or "Your Own Tai Chi."
Idea: Dive into what it feels like, starting with
"The bell rings, there is a quiet moment..."