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Letter to Lovers of Life

Intelligence is being discovered in every area of our bodies, in every system within a human person, and in every interaction with our world, This intelligence is both understood as basic human nature and seen as unreachable within extremely stressful circumstances.

This confusion about intelligence as both useful and elusive can be seen in a growing worry about suicide even in our teenagers. Confusion about gaining and applying personal strength reveals a disconnect in understanding our experience of life.

Our language and survival tendencies limit our agility to discover information beyond what we have catalogued. We label the entire realm beyond our comprehension as the unknown, or as mystical, or worse, we claim that one day in the future we will know everything that we do not now know.

The realm of the arts and religion label these unknown areas as layers of experience. Both disciplines explore many realms of experience. They show us clearly what these experiences look like in music, dance, ritual and the other arts. They engage us, involve us, and take us into their newly discovered territory.

Arts and religion do not stop with focusing our attention on different layers of experience. They describe in detail a process of discovery that can be applied to each individual and each group.

The power of the arts and religion is easily shaped to justify any opinion. The arts and religion can be used to promote an opinion or a product to sell. They can justify any group wanting to dominate any other.

When a person connects a powerful experience available through the arts and religion with survival instincts, many paths are possible. Most,of these paths lead to the entanglement of domination or the disillusion of addiction.

This collusion of the arts and religion as an open realm of discovery with the practical application of power leaves a vacuum. In this vacuum rise the voices that discount the arts and religion as outside the necessary areas of study. Others call them mystical or redefine their purpose as another way to improve the static brain or to improve exercise or to cure disease.

The reality is that the arts and religion engage every human system and give access to experience that builds strength and understanding of the process of life. Far from challenging science and math, they are ways of experiencing the depths of life that both science and math describe.
Tim Hurst 081617.

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Sourcing Dance

The source of life is the source of dance. I can only ask to participate in either. The joy and the fire are gifts that recreate me every moment.

The correctness of my movement does not matter as much as where the movement came from and how much of an echo the movement sends back into me as a human system.

The echoes of my dancing collaborate with my freshest creation of myself to become more than I can imagine.

I want to say that dance is the doorway.
Yet If I do not approach the doorway with humility and awe, distraction and addiction replace both the joy and the fire that dance offers.

The source of life is the source of dance. I can only ask to participate in either. The joy and the fire are gifts that recreate me every moment.
Tim Hurst 07/01/17

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Like a Dancer

I Join the creation of myself, the delight, the balance, the reach.

I Join the love of the moment that is creating me with you, all of you.

I Join the subtle rise and fall of life becoming more and then less.

I Join the building of strength that is me in perpetual motion.

I Join the nuance of qualities carrying me into worlds of never ending surprise.

I Join my listening cells for every opportunity to catch a wind into more life.

I Join my alternating focus between building my know how and exploding the moment beyond everything I know.

I Join myself in assembling a focus that recognizes the variation between joy and distraction.

I Join the rhythm of my trillions of waves hoping in the rise and riding the pauses of flight.

I Join my millions of counter spirals to my closest and nearest destinations.

I Join my dearest melodies to experience the echoes of myself amongst friends and foes.
Tim Hurst 07/01/1

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What’s a Dancer Do?

I stand in the presence of dancers in awe of the worlds that they experience every day. Not that dancers are different from anyone else. It just the level and quality of their experience touches me.

In my rough understanding of mathematics, there is this elegance of binary shifts that balances everything. Dance is not only shifts in the intricacies of physical experience but also shifting between different levels of focus and an agility to move between different dimensions.

My search then is to experience all those different kinds of shifts. I choose Ballet as a starting point because of its completeness as a discipline and because I come as a relatively fresh beginner. My love of metaphor gives me a perspective on the detailed use of imagery in Ballet. Flights of fantasy I try to reserve for my poetry yet I will push the patience of the experienced dancer. In any case, I hope my experiments raise questions and maybe even alternate responses from dancers both beginners and professionals.

My belief is that dance instruction challenges each dancer to build a composite of imagery that fits their body and their personal learning style. I explore what that composite is for me.

What drives me to experiment, even as I venture into many ambiguous areas, is the delight and exuberance I see in dancers from the toddler to the professional. I see a brightness that inevitably gives their bodies a sense of springing. I see an agility to change directions physically as well as in thought and emotion. I see their bodies as an integrated network, connecting and reconnecting every moment. I see the inner workings of curiosity based on anticipation, experimentation, and surprise. And most of all I see the formation of a growing self with a new hypothesis every moment.

Needless to say, I am inspired by dance and by dancers.

I can not leave out what is most important. When I watch dancers preparing for a class or a performance, I see the attention of a dedicated yogi. The dancers meditative focus is light and malleable while attending to the detail of how their body is working that day. It seems that within every part of dance training there is built in injury prevention.

I want to experience that agility to direct my body while listening to every nuance of sensation and information from every part of myself.
Tim Hurst 07/13/17