A Formless Form

bettina Dance, Movement, Meditation, Life in Transition

I am looking out into my beautiful spring garden. The bulbs that my children and I planted in the fall are now turning into colourful flowers… daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocuses. They get me thinking about the interplay of form and the formless…

Gabrielle Roth called the 5Rhythms practice a “formless form”, a body of work that is in love with form, yet identified with the formless.

My experience is that the form and the formless are two different sides of the coin, they inform and influence each other. There is not one without the other.

Through dancing the 5Rhythms in the form that they are in, we can embody the formless and translate our inner qualities into something that is tangible. If I can deepen my connection to the formless (my essence, connection to God, breath, my true nature etc.) then that will inspire the form of my dance and way of moving in the world. On the other hand if I put more attention on the form and how I show up, I develop capacity for the formless, like a vase holding water. In the 5Rhythms we practice becoming grounded, fluid, centered, empowered, creative, inspiring and expansive beings with an immense capacity to move with all kinds of challenges and situations.

Underneath all form is a dance of formless energy, even in the emerging tulips in my garden.

“If you want to give birth to your true self, you are going to have to dig deep down into that body of yours and let your soul howl.” — Gabrielle Roth