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Double Helix Dance Image

The double helix image is very helpful when I a learning new movement and when I am correcting old habits that create strain.

The problem I have is concentrating too much on one spiral at a time. My mind can conceive of only one spiral at a time unless I conceive the entire image at once slowly spiraling through my entire body. The image is applied only once from head to toe and allowed to move gently and continuously.

My thinking wants to follow a single spiral but that does not give me the agility to adjust. The problem this causes is I have to focus my specific thoughts on one area of movement.

The advantage of the double helix is that I can switch the entire image to a broader focus and allow it to operate as one part of my networking. The image itself does not require my attention or direction.

Rather than thinking the image, I can grasp the image as a whole and make slight adjustments to improve the range of my experience and my movement. Said another way, once the image is an active part of my entire networks, I can adjust a range of actions to affect the quality of my sensations and my movement.

My actions are first to adjust the shape of the double helix. I can narrow the space between the two spirals to surround specific vertebra and clarify signals to different areas of my body. I can expand the two spirals to the edges of my body for a more three dimensional experience and instant changes of direction and dynamic.

I then can add another specific image to the double helix since my focus already conceives of my full self in action. For example I can add the image of spreading and rising to specific horizontal areas of my body and emphasize the action with the double helix with larger and smaller space between the strands. I can connect the body sensations of my breathing diaphragm to the image of spreading and rising.

By adjusting specific areas of the double helix, I can connect platforms and diaphragms from my feet spreading and rising all the way through my body, up each spinal vertebra, through the top of my head. The double helix only has to be widened or narrowed in the areas that I am connecting.

All this is done while the full image is in continuous movement through my body. Any adjustments are making changes to the actions and connections of the double helix image.
Tim Hurst 03/07/18

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My Platforms My Spheres

At the base of me, my platform, my pelvic floor, a diaphragm, a sphere surrounding me edge to edge.

One pathway of interest calls me to soften and spread my diaphragm so wide. Yes all this falling through space toward a gravity unknown as my most distant platform!The Feet supreme! Also soften and spread. Also fall deep into the earth beyond the gravity I wish I knew.

My jointed knees only yield to the fall, Pelvis to Feet, as they soften all and spread the wideness of my edge to edge body.

My knees reaching the bottom springing point respond to the lifting of my pelvic diaphragm. My feet too lift as my bottom most spine raises following the springing at the center of my pelvis. My narrowing hips catch the flight and gather QL muscles connecting fronts and backs of me.

The lift and the rise floats my arms out of a Dancer’s Diaphragm balancing solar plexis to the front, mid spine between shoulder blades behind. Signals float spine to Lats spiraling around arms to meet at the energy sphere of palms and fourth fingers. The Dancer’s Diaphragm joins in the spreading of my wings this time rising to meet the gravity aloft in flight.

The breath welcomes the rise with a bellows of air to sustain the spreading and the rising awaiting a peak passing through the neck and cranial base to lift the spine right through the roof of my head’s back fourth.
Tim Hurst 12/21/17

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Dance of Repair

Today my dance is a gentle rendering of my care for an infection in my bladder.

Lifting my pelvic diaphragm frees my bladder to float or at least in my minds eye. Those lifting signals are received at the Dancer’s Diaphragm floating the shoulder blades and the Lats under my arms. A network of signals is established, sending returning signals back to the pelvic region and to the bladder.

Shaping and reshaping a double helix image begins an internal rotation that engages the edges of the torso between the two diaphragms. I twist my torso to engage the kidney area and free the entire spine to move together.

I reform the two double helix from each hip crossing the torso to the Lats under my arms. With each rotation the movement generates from the internal rotation rather than a directed outer image of the body. My focus is freed internal sensation plus the image of the double helix always in rotation itself,
Tim Hurst 12/06/17

I have allowed my intense work schedule to take precedence over high blood pressure and now weaknesses in my bladder area are showing the results.

What I know is the beauty of my dances as renderings of my care for myself. My attention shifts easily through each connection in my self. I can picture and build movement to and from the damaged areas of my bladder. A recognizable exhale and full inhale are signs of connections made.

Yet I have pushed myself beyond the place of simple repair and I have to acknowledge the blood pressure must be dealt with. Hopefully I can return to more rest, shorter work hours, more dancing and walking, and this will assist in my healing.

My desire is not to have to push my body to respond with antibiotics, surgery, and medicinal blockers of my heart activity.

This mornings dance is a recognition of the vital connections of cranial areas including the brain to every part of my nervous system, my muscular control centers and support networks.

My spine responds by recognizing the tension caused by this new stress from the bladder. Allowing and following the free movement of my spine is key to not allowing spasms to occur from unattended tensions around the spine.

I am vulnerable and asking all the questions of myself and my creator of how a repair process is possible.
Tim Hurst. 12/07/17

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What’s Fatigue to a Dancer?

Today fatigue overcame me and I felt my body falling apart. I began to pull every image inside myself to ask if any of them could call me back to a semblance of malleability.

The first image I rely on is the double helix from bottom of spine through top of my head. Two opposite spirals are intertwined strands fashioned on DNA strands. These are image structures that rotate slowly through the entire length of the strands.

The double helix nourishes my awareness with motion and attention to all the moving systems in my cells. The rotation generates a level of energy that I can ask my body to receive as I release tension and resistance that reduces my malleability. My fear seems to grab on to the tension in hopes that some manner of control can stop a closing off of my ability to continue a nourishment process.

Time moves slowly and it seems forever before I sense of relief. I vary the shape of the double helix from one set of stands that is narrow enough to surround my spine to a broad set that travels the edges of my body. I image two sets of double helix along side my spine, crossing to enter my neck and exiting the front and back Fontanelles at the top of my head.

I image a horizontal double helix at the pelvic floor activating the lower vertebra and match the spiral movements at my cranial base activating the top vertebra. Then I follow these spirals with my eye movements.

The variations keep my attention moving and my awareness sharp for any differences in the movement of energy.

I go back to the full body double helix, this time from the arches of my feet up,through my legs, crossing through my hips, passing the the spine just above my pelvic bone, and passing up through my head. The slow rotation of the double helix is comforting and allows me time to ask and receive nourishing energy.

Once my energy begins to return I have to welcome it and feed excessive flow back into the double helix. Otherwise my mind and nerves activate in an overload mode. The slow steady double helix gives me the image to manage the change. Plus I have the presence of mind to ask for all my systems to receive these changes and to work together for the nourishment I need to come back from overwhelming fatigue.
Tim Hurst. 11/09/17