Ahhh, the Alchemical Magic: So must we, as a collective humanity,
following Nature guidance within our true selves and be transformed. . .
Our being longs to be a "butterfly" of the air, to take in the diverse beauty of the flower garden, to drink deeply from the nectar of the bread of life. Life is but "chrysalis" of change.
Examples from Indigenous Cultures Intimate with Nature’s Rhythms
As native tribal societies in the Southwest region of the US often educated children and healed through the antics, teaching and taunting of the sacred clown koshare, the KaHuna in the Pacific Islands used dance rituals to convey important “naturalist” lessons with a form of animal movement mimicry. The foot work for KaHuna healing comes from a dance based on the frigate bird. This bird is a large sea bird known for its amazing endurance and stamina. It flies off in the morning and continues flying all day feeding on the ocean before returning to land at nightfall.
Even today, Kahuna therapists are trained in a dance, often called “flying” before they start to learn a particular massage style -- as this provides the footwork needed to relax into healing. The rhythm is relaxing and works gently but deeply into muscle memory. Like the symmetrical pumping action of the Butterfly wings to inflate, KaHuna movement is known for its long continuous strokes that engage both sides of the body in one flowing movement.
Also like the Koshare, KaHuna is an expert in non-language based communcation; knowledge was primarily transmitted in chants, gesticulations and other body language. These movement styles were significantly used in rites of passage; from girl to womanhood and from boy to manhood - to create solidarity and enhance the well-being in community.
To introduce the notion of dancing to symbolize movement energy we first discussed how the hungry caterpillar “fuels up” as metamorphosis takes lots of energy...Notice the colorful feast arranged for the children to sample -- West Indies Avocado, Star Fruit, Longans, Governors Plums ... Yum! Each child crafted a segment of the caterpillar that went up on the wall and selected a fruit to match the color of the flower from whence the fruit came."
(I'm festooning the individually-crafted segments on the wall here at Veteran's Park in Delray Beach).
Here’s a rehearsal of a "metamorphic dance" to the sound of metamorphosis as symbolized in the energy of movement and change. A favorite poetic/musical source I drew from for inspiration was Metamorphosis as a Musical Algorithm by Robert Griffin Morgan. Morgan's Metamorphosis SoundScape is a wonderful composition -- as he puts it, "a marriage of acoustic and electro-acoustic, which has reached a new significance for today’s tone poet [and master targeted vibro-acoustic practitioner]..."
Jill Henderson does a nice job introducing the subject in this article discussing "The Sound of Nature". http://showmeoz.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/the-sound-of-nature/
She notes, “a friend of mine posted a link to an article entitled, Wilderness Tonic and Eco-Ventures, on her Facebook page. “Having recently returned to the wilderness, the title caught my eye.” In the article Henderson underscores the point about “the case for sound as a tool for healing chronic and degenerative illnesses. And while many types of sound can relax and sooth the mind and body. . . spoke specifically about sounds found in nature."
Vibrating ChrysalisThis video made by Naturalist Lynn Faust of Emory River Land Co. offers the witnessing of Targeted VibroAcoustics (as a possible defense to external attack). She was drawn to the chyrysalis because of the sound it made. The attributable process becomes clear, as Faust notes at the end of the video (to paraphrase): "two days after observing the vibrating chrysalis a butterfly emerged."