The Cosmic Mass: Dance, Ritual, Experience, Music, Images and more…
Times are so uncertain, there’s a yearning undefined and people filled with rage. We all need a little tenderness. How can love survive in such a graceless age? – Steve Winwood
Today many of us feel a profound sense of uncertainty. We’re witnessing the unnerving vulnerability of institutions, norms and agreements that seemed robust enough not so long ago. Where can we find solace, respite and reassurance from the disintegration we feel? How can we cope with the levels of confusion, mistrust and discord that seem to characterize so much of today’s world? We have often sought support from religious institutions but, for many, those institutions are not meeting us in the depths of our hunger.
The Cosmic Mass is a ritual designed to offer an experience that acknowledges and celebrates ALL of who we are as humans in this life.
If traditional forms of worship have tended to the mind, heart and soul, The Cosmic Mass also incorporates the body into the worship experience. If the Christian church has traditionally asked you to sit and kneel, the Cosmic Mass invites you to dance. And if modern spiritual dance events offer physical, emotional and spiritual vitality, The Cosmic Mass remembers, incorporates and celebrates ancient wisdom teachings and rituals as well.
The Cosmic Mass offers an opportunity to bring art, music, visual imagery, ecstatic dance, meditation, eros, wailing, chant, and your most true and authentic self to the altar for celebration.
“Dance takes us out of our heads and connects us to the earth again. The lower chakras get engaged. Joy results. Celebration happens.… Dance demands breathing, and so it fulfills ancient teachings that connect breath with spirit. This connection is found not only in the biblical story of the Creator breathing the divine breath into the clay to make it a living human, but also in the ancient languages of Africa where the word for “dance” is the same as the word for “breath” which is also the word for “spirit.” (“Breath” and “Spirit” are the same word (ruah) in Hebrew as well).
~~ Matthew Fox
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