What is embodiment to me?
When I was asked this question as part of an online research project into this popular subject, I started to laugh! Laugh? Yes!
Not because the question is silly or unnecessary to talk about, but because laughter just seems to come at times when words are too small.
Pure laughter expresses the simple, spontaneous and free joy.
I greatly appreciate the work that goes under the name of “embodied yoga”, “embodied anatomy” and “embodiment” for the reason that it all helps people to wake up in consciousness and love; to become the true sweet vast beings in these bodies of Earth that we are.
Mind, Body, Method
After the good laugh eventually my mind came in to see what kind of words I could use to describe something so simple and total as “embodiment”:
Could I say it has something I do in dance, yoga?
Maybe something of “Body Mind Centering” that can be passed on and explored?
“Embodied anatomy” came to my mind – as well as “authentic movement”, “free movement”.
But no, these are all methods than can definitely help to be at home in the body, to be embodied; they are actions that are fun to do.
However, when I am embodied, every method disappears, every wise word is gone and no experience is needed: I am. Love is. Life is.
Wild life of pure merciless Love
Embodiment is joy and love, truth and pure being. Conscious embodiment is the sweet beautiful Spirit and Love that communicates itself uncompromisingly through my body and everybody when “I” am awake.
Embodiment can either be a little bit of life coming through the person or it can be the whole ocean of Life at once, in every cell; consciously vivid and vitally creating the wild life of unemotional pure Love that can never be put into words nor can it be found by science.
Becoming conscious of Life in me and being able to respond directly within and without with clarity (in other words to be responsible), fully knowing that I am the creator of each moment of my life (which is embodiment).
I create space – I clean up the cultural being – the one who loves to be personal, to define things and to realize things, to be emotionally selfish and tiresome.
Then, in that free space Life happens and is embodied.
These days there are lots of ways available on how to unclutter and do a good clean up on oneself as long as the method stays a method to opening the way for the pure flow of life.
Embodiment is communication from the being itself. In Sanskrit there is a word for it: Namaste.
Namaste means: “The most divine in me meets the most divine in you.”
And in that instance the most divine is embodied and expressed without any division.
Two people greeting and meeting like this become one life embodied in two forms.
Life happens when I have enough of everything else
In my own experience, my conscious “waking up” begun with the frustrated journey of a young dancer looking for light, love and truth as a permanent state.
To find a state within and without where life wasn’t separated into fragments that need to be put together bit by bit, became my only goal and passion.
Life itself became my university in the search for embodiment of this fierce spirit inside that wouldn’t let me rest. Something was so wrong yet inside I knew it could be put right. It had to be put right.
So for me the journey towards embodying love begun as a journey within. Into the source where all paths end, where there is no journey any longer; where there is nothing to look for, nothing to learn yet everything to be, to love and to live.
This journey within was also reflected beautifully (as well as painfully) without. Burning the past inside created space for clarity that is now always within me, even if there are fluctuations of other things in the surface mind and body. Which of course there are.
There is nothing static about Life; there is nothing to be gained nor lost. In that I had a great teacher that once said said to me: “Marjo, you can never miss out on anything.” This small statement made me first understand and later truly know that All is in Me. Embodied. Always.
He also said to me: “Never ever doubt your Love again. “And I didn’t and never will.”
Of course my teacher wasn’t really outside of me, he was me within me for I embody everything and nothing.