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Recently I spent 10 days in the Wye Valley with some incredible women. We were being trained as teachers of Ecstatic Awakening Dance. It was such a joy to be dancing, laughing, crying and transforming in a safe container with people who had such a deep passion for music and dance. New revelations abounded as I dove deep in to the process, big shifts happening for me personally and professionally. We were nourished by the lush green nature of an organic permaculture farm in the glorious sunshine of early April while being fed with love and gorgeous nutritious food.

I love dancing! Dancing is when I feel my connection to source most deeply. As a child I used to dance on my own in nature. Over time I soon lost touch with that part of myself and it wasn’t until my early twenties that I really started to enjoy the dance again. Usually fuelled by drugs and alcohol I would be the one beside the speakers, losing myself in the music, reaching other planes of existence. This however was unsustainable.

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It was a couple of years after leaving Scotland that I discovered Sufi zikr. It was practising this that gave me a deep desire to commune to source through movement consciously. I have tried various dance methods since that time, but it was discovering Trance Dance that truly brought me back home to myself and the joy of dancing. Being able to dance exactly how my body feels to move is one of the most liberating experiences of my life. Unable to see due to being blindfolded allows you to get in touch with your other senses and truly move down in to your body, feeling your way.

Osho active meditations have also been a huge gift for getting in to the body and out of the twittering mind. They have been incredibly transforming in my own practise and are often given to me by my spirit guides as prescriptions for my clients after healing work has taken place. Osho Kundalini Meditaiton and Nataraj are two wonderful examples.

Ecstatic Awakening Dance is like a combination of Trance Dance and an active meditation. There are 5 stages during an EAD session, including a warm up and shake before letting go in to the ecstatic dance, then dropping in to silence and grounding to finish off. It can release blocks and stuck emotions allowing them to move and be released. It is a truly transforming process, whilst having a great dance. You do not wear a blindfold during EAD.
I have been so inspired by my EAD Teacher, Rebecca Hanscombe and my fellow class mates. I have come away from my training full of passion and energy once more. I am ready to share the joy of dance with others.

For a few years now I have been talking about organising a barefoot boogie type dance….just coming for a dance…no alcohol, no drugs…just dance. Leave your shoes at the door and enjoy! Conscious Clubbing. One thing after another got in my way or my resistance crept in. The energy for this is back. I will be starting this next month with some friends. Yippee!

I will be starting my Ecstatic Awakening Dance monthly class at the end of June with a free taster session and we will have our first Dance Friday barefoot dance on 5th June in Lyme Regis. I am also in the planning stages for leading a Trance Dance in July. Sign up to my newsletter to be kept informed of future dates. Click here for more details

With joy,
Rahima

www.rahimaferguson.co.uk

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Power Animals are the loving and compassionate teachers we meet most often in the Lower World. They embody an essence of the divine and are willing and ready to share their gifts with us, should we open ourselves up to them. Power Animals give power and healing to the shaman, they are essential to his or her success.

Power Animals are not a specific wolf, fox or bear that has left their body, they are the spirit of Wolf, the spirit of Fox, the spirit of Bear. They are the spirit of that species. They are with us all the time and act like a guardian spirit, giving us power and protecting us from illness. You could look at them in a similar way to guardian angels.

The shaman gains teachings from his Power Animals by meeting with them and merging with them. Some he will work with for a lifetime, others he may meet for a specific teaching, and yet others he may work with for a certain amount of time before moving on. A shaman believes that we all have Power Animals and may have several over the course of our life. If an animal leaves, he would consider that person to have power loss, to be disempowered. This may cause the person illness or bad luck in their lives.

Power Animals can be any animal, including insects and reptiles and birds. They are not generally domesticated animals, though people can sometimes get a domesticated animal showing up as their ally. Mythological and extinct animals can also serve as Power Animals. The size of animal does not determine how powerul the animals teachings are. A mouse is just as powerful as a lion.

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The gifts each Power Animal brings to an individual can vary and can be very specific to the individual. The language of the Power Animals is one of metaphor and they are using our imagination to communicate with us. We all have very differing experiences, so how our Power Animal talks to us can be very unique. It is best not to use a book directory to look up the meaning of a specific animal because of this reason. We are journeying for direct revelation, for direct experience.

When we meet our Power Animals it is a good idea to honour them in this reality. To make an offering to show your respect for your relationship with your teachers. If for example you had an animal guide who in this reality is on the endangered list, you could donate towards a charity that supports their plight. A wonderful way to honour your animal is to dance with them, find a piece of music that speaks to you of that animal, that evokes their essence and dance. You can merge with them and become that animal for the dance, moving like them and making their sounds. You can draw or paint your animal teacher. Purchase a picture of them and place it somewhere that you will see it each day. Find out about their habits and behaviours, their natural habitats and what they eat. Call on your animal to be with you at certain times of day, when you feel in need of a boost. Meditate with you Power Animal or do a shamanic journey to meet them. There are many ways we can build on our relationship. This builds respect and shows that we appreciate their help and assistance. This deepens our connection to our spirit teachers.

Shamanic practice acknowledges that everything has a spirit and that there is wisdom to be gained by tuning in to this truth. Animals are a part of the whole and have a wealth of wisdom to share with us.

If you would like to learn who your Power Animal is you can visit myself or another shamanic practitioner. You can set a dream intention and ask to meet your power animal. You can set the intention in waking reality and see if you notice an animal trying to get your attention.

with joy,

Rahima

www.rahimaferguson.co.uk

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