The Message of a Dancer

For this is my message, the message of a dancer.
Within your being, within your mind and your living body
Lies a world of joy and power.
Within you lies a kingdom that you know little of.
The kingdom of fearless living, of sharing love, and the unfolding glory
Of your infinite being.
All this and more is yours.
Cease from creating a world of lifeless machines and learn how
To use your living ones.
Cease from your pride of conquest and learn to realize
Your inheritance of joy.
Dance in the morning -Dance in the night.
The dance of victory and joyous praise.
Let your children dance and your aged dance. Let all things move in the rhythm of Life.
Let us dance alone and let us dance together!

Bending with the tides and swinging with the stars.
Beating with the heart drums and running with the winds.
For visions will come and powers will expand.
Love will renew itself and the mind grow clear.

O Dancers of earth in the East and the West, tell the spirit’s meanings
With courage and love. In the temple of old, they had a saying
“They entered as humans and left as gods.”

Our task is for beauty, for freedom and joy.
We begin in self-limiting, we end as light.
We begin in art worship, we end in God’s prayers.

For our dancing feet bring peace and rhythms of another world. Our moving arms cast
the sun rays in gestures, uplifted and wide. Our bodies move in rhythmic spirals,
powerful and free. For we are the dancers upon the mountain.

Come and join us now, for we bring peace in the beauty of the dance,
Divine and Free.

-Ruth St. Denis (“How Beautiful the Mountains”)


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