Her-story - the rising of the feminine
Kula Dance invites you in the circle to meet your tribe and celebrate the cycles of life, nature & (wo)manhood together.
We honour again the Goddess, Mother Earth, the life creating power of women and the natural cycle of life and death. The worship of the Goddess dates back to 35 000 B.C., so that is way longer than the worship of God, Father Sky. The voloptuous women statues found all over the world are remains of these egalitarian cultures. There was no hierarchy, even not between women and men, until the Iron Age came with tribes honoring the deadly power of the sword, that gave men ultimate power and domination.
As well within ourselves the masculine ratio and the left brain hemisphere took over, talking so loud that we forgot to listen to the information of the intuition, the heart and belly. Something only exist if you can measure the results. Masculine values like e.g. power and honour, rule our western society and brought vertical power structures.
In this so called ‘progression’ we forgot about the regenerative cycle of life. That there is a time for growth and a time for rest. Time became a line and we could only go forward, faster and bigger, damaging our and nature’s health. In our Cartesian dualistic society, we see ourselves separated from nature and Existence, our body separated from our soul. Science and linear thinking brought a spiritual death.
Women used to be priestesses and shamans. Their sacred dances were central to religious and spiritual practices, until men became jealous of the women’s power and pushed women away from spirituality. The altar, which had been centered on the hearth, was moved to the temple. The sacrifice of menstruation blood to celebrate the cycle of life and death was replaced by the sacrifice of animals and humans. Men saw blood only in relation with death and impurity. Sexuality and procreativity were split and separated from a concept of belonging to the natural flow, to the concept of belonging to the tribal unit, king or state. The model of a woman in a state of pregnancy became repulsive; the Earth Mother was replaced by a more youthful, slender model. No longer the Goddess (Mother Earth) but the male God (Father Sky) was worshiped. The communal worship/storehouse/living centers were replaced by the church building. To keep their power, only a select club of priests were allowed to communicate directly with God. Ritual came to be the domain of select individuals on behalf of the community, in place of communal participation. The priestess-led communal nature dances, dances of religious ecstasy and birth/fertility dances were forbidden. Their devotional dances gradually became entertainment for emperors and kings. The body became impure, something to be ashamed for. As the body and spirit became separated, we became rudderless brains on feet, directed by the monkey mind.
According to an old prophecy of the Amazon, human society would split in two paths: the path of the Eagle and the path of the Condor. The path of the Condor is the path of the heart, of intuition, and the feminine. The path of the Eagle is the path of the mind, science, the industrial, and the masculine. The Eagle and Condor prophecy says that the 1490s would begin a 500 year period during which the Eagle people would become so powerful that they would virtually drive the Condor people out of existence. What truly happened: men killed almost every woman (“witch”) and natives that were still in connection with their hearts and Existence. But the prophecy also tells that during the next 500-year period, the potential would arise for the Eagle and the Condor to come together, to fly in the same sky, to create a new level of consciousness for humanity.
The time is ripe to make this prophecy come true. I am hopeful. To feminine heart-centered energy is definitely rising, bringing a more horizontal focus of community, working together, listening, feeling, intuition and creativity. All over the world women start to meet again in Red Tents, no longer reclaiming their space in society by behaving very male, but rediscovering their unique female strengths. These women rediscovering their femininity, clear the path for men to embrace their femininity too. The time is ripe to heal the separation of our body and spirit, of each other and of nature. The time is ripe to bring the masculine (yang, shiva) & the feminine (yin, Shakti) energy in balance in our society and within ourselves. This is the aim of Kula Dance.
So be welcome in the circle!
Be welcome to listen to your body and heart!
Be welcome to dance and sing!
The wisdom of ancient cultures and dance rituals, I gathered all over the world, will show us the path of the Condor.
Be welcome to join the heart revolution!
Unfortunately history (his-story) is a selective storytelling by men colored by their own religion and victories. These writers dived deep to uncover her-story. Please read & share :
Sacred Women, Sacred Dance – Iris J. Stewart
Women Who Run With the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Re-Wilding – Annelore Ledoux (in Dutch - I sell it!)
Maps to Ecstasy: The Healing Power of Movemement – Gabrielle Roth