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"Who danceth not, knows not what is being done." Hymn of Jesus
As winter approaches we may begin to feel the natural impetus to focus more inwardly and reflectively on how we feel and how our life has unfolded this past year. Nature presents us with a change of season. December signifies the end of a yearly cycle. If we are in tune with such natural cycles our rhythm of life also changes as a consequence. During the past 12 months perhaps we have been presented with some challenges as well as celebrated many joyful occasions. As we begin to experience the dark time of the year and start to turn once again into the growing light this is an optimum time to clear what is ready to be released to make space inside and listen to our inner guidance to know where and how we want to focus our life in 2019.
The Aramaic Prayer seems most appropriate at this time of year to put us in touch with our hearts and to help us clarify our intentions. The Aramaic words and movements of this cycle have continued to resonate deeply in my heart. Experiencing it for the first time many years ago was a real turning point in my life. Through this I reconnected with Jesus in a completely different way. Many of those with whom I have worked over the years have had profound effects and similar realisations.
The Danced Prayer Cycle presents a spiritual journey into the timeless wisdom of Jesus. It uses words attributed to Jesus in the Aramaic language and can allow one to experience this Prayer in an entirely new way. Through heart centred body prayer and devotional singing the Prayer offers us the opportunity to tune ourselves to the Infinite Source of All Life, and helps us to remember how to live fully and intentionally in this awareness. It’s a celebration of the Unity of Life and an affirmation of our own unique place in this Unity.
The movements and melodies of the Aramaic Prayer Cycle are the work of Neil Douglas-Klotz whose translations and meditations on the Aramaic words of Jesus appear in his highly acclaimed book Prayers of the Cosmos.
Philip O'Donohoe is a master of spiritual dance and meditation. Since 1988 he has studied continuously under the guidance his teacher, Neil Douglas-Klotz. He has followed the path of Sufism since 1989 and is a senior teacher of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Philip also trained extensively in yoga and the use of sound for healing and spiritual development.
More about Philip: www.philipodonohoe.com