Today I experiment with a balance point between experience of the macro image of everything engaged at once and access to the micro image of creating connections on the simplest levels. My question is, what is happening when I feel the image move through me without needing to visualize the image.
The answer is obvious. When I need the image, I will visualize it. When I need to focus on completing the movement, I will allow the image to move through me in a different way.
I suppose that in the learning situation there are so many necessities to call up support of weak muscles or to correct a position or action. It must be the facility to move between the images of the broader movement and the more specific images of individual working parts.
Even though specific images like a helix can disappear, there is one image that carries me. I follow and shape the multiple movement signals traveling through me. The image is of life signals traveling in all directions at once with multiple curves, circles, and spirals. So within any one movement, I do not worry myself with a one dimensional line. In this way I can catch spirals that are effortless rather than trying to force myself into movement patterns. I can be released from my default belief that everything must be directed and held tightly.
Another constant image is the edges of my body forming circles in space. The edges of my torso form an oval. The edges of my limbs form curved shapes. Within these oval shapes are all the movements of life in a human system. All I have to do is activate those movements and learn from them.
That study is very detailed, but what is important is that I have access to signals connecting all the cross sections of my body brain. I no longer have to think of myself as a machine being ordered to move. I no longer have to attempt to move myself as a stick figure.
Within all this, I experience a brightness and curiosity that initiate movement. Patterns and variations emerge and become experiences that change with my internal and external experience.
Another image I have been studying is weight as buoyancy. The study came from many perspectives. Weight as effortless movement. Weight as rising and falling that reverse the placement of gravity on the upside or downside of a wave form. Simple muscle action becomes springing that takes place in an image before a movement.
This study changes every move I make because I have networked the experiences of weight into paired areas of my body and with different qualities of movement. Once the connections are made, they need only be nurtured with daily attention and experienced in a variety of dance situations.
The advantages are access to simple commands that activate any area of movement and personal experience. I can vary the sensation of power or vulnerability that ripples through any self instantly. I can vary the size and weight of the smallest or the largest movement. I can shift from completing a movement to adjusting and experimenting with different parts of the movement.
Tim Hurst 09/06/17