"...this would serve as a symbolic gesture of our interdependence and the need to nurture and be nurtured."
first time I wrote the phrase Erotic Spiritual Play, I won-dered
why I had never seen these words together before. Now they were
almost touching each other, separated by just one space on the
page. While their proximity suggested blasphemy, I imagined a
world with an abundance of sensuality, sexuality, joy and spirit.
These qualities evoked a desire for physical, spiritual and emotional
intimacywith myself and my Kindred Spirits.
fun, I decided to dramatize the themes of Erotic Spiritual Play
by sketching out an improvisational play entitled "The Temple
of Ecstasy." It was very intense asking our friends if they
wanted to play a part in a bold, live theater production. The
vast majority responded with "Yes, how can I help?,"
but a few declined gracefully. The artful invitation stated "come
with an open heart and an untamed imagination." The goal
was to create an environment where passion coexisted with consciousness.
a month of preparation, the cosmic stage was set for the premiere.
The cast ascended a lighted stairway and entered the inner sanctum
through a curtain of sheer fabric. Their eyes were met by the
beauty of the temple, accented by hundreds of candles, flowers,
lush carpet and pillows.
divine parade of costumes revealed the diversity of tastes of
the cast members: floor-length velvet capes; long silk tunics
of different colors; belly dancing outfits with billowing harem
pants and jingling jewelry; sarongs and saris; sexy form-fitting
evening gowns; a stunning Japanese kimono with obi sash; and a
Hawaiian shirt adorned with an orchid lei.
the opening scene, we thanked all for their willingness and courage
to participate. Each person shared intentions, wishes, hopes or
fears with the group. A shrine was assembled with significant
items like gongs, statues honoring various spiritual traditions,
toys, natural artifacts and erotic artwork.
next scene featured all of us as temple dancers. We created free
flowing movements to earthy drums, sexy vocals, powerful rock
beats, heart-opening lyrics, and slow, cosmic rhythms. This scene
provided the dancers the opportunity to explore conscious connections
and levels of mutuality with each partner. The dancing raised
the energy and celebrated the body as the sacred temple of our
spirit. Dance has always been a pathway to access the erotic,
spiritual and playful within us.
set change found us in the dining room for the feast. We circled
a gorgeous banquet table overflowing with painstakingly prepared
hors d'oeuvres and treats. The silent blessing was interrupted
by the collective gurgling of our stomachs and intermittent giggles.
The directions were simple: we could only be fed by another. This
would serve as a symbolic gesture of our interdependence and the
need to nurture and be nurtured. The level of messiness escalated
till there were peals of laughtermajor healing of food taboos
a short intermission, the second act featured time for each performer
to be center-stage. Each would have a turn as the lead in a scene
of his or her own design. Just figuring out what to ask for was
an experience in itself! The requests were beautiful and simple.
One person asked us all to chant her name while being lifted overhead
and paraded around. Another wished to lie below the skylight with
the full moon as a spotlight and be the center of the universe.
A man requested having his karma cleaned with feathers and furs.
My request was to be part of a pod of dolphins dancing in the
water. Several requested massage from the entire cast. Imagine
the deep healing generated by ten minutes of loving attention
by twenty supporting actors!
the closing scene we marveled at the living work of art we had
co-created. We bowed to each other in appreciation for our awesome
performances. Everybody spoke of the sense of trust and connection
that resulted from sharing like this. One man revealed, "This
evening has changed my life, like a landslide that alters the
course of a river. The abundance of love and laughter possible
is far greater than I ever imagined."
from the cast was unanimousall wanted parts in future performances
of "The Temple of Ecstasy." That feeling of "blasphemy,"
about combining eros, spirituality and play, isn't the truth-it's
like an old habit passed down to us from fear-based forebears.
Passion, spirit and joy are paths to higher consciousness.
is co-author of "Kindred Spirits: The Quest for Deep Intimacy,"
and many other articles. You can reach him at The Abundance Company
(c)2000, 503/232-3522 www.A-Bun-Dance.com
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