This dancing could be called spiritual practice in motion and is often referred to as Body Prayer.
This group of Dances, simple and profound, are set to sacred texts and mantras of the world’s spiritual traditions. A Dance leader teaches participants the sacred phrase (lyrics), melody, and movements, often with live guitar and drum accompaniment.
Movements are inspired from the sacred texts and strive to embody the essence of the spiritual message and our relationship to Life. Soon the circle is singing and moving together, deepening into the sacred phrase with each repetition. For many, the Dances become a joyous way to share heartfelt connection with others. Deepening in the sacred phrase and the flow of the movements, dancers often experience an essential unity and encounter with Life that is difficult to describe in words. In this atmosphere of openness, acceptance and trust there’s a doorway to discover our true home in Wholeness and the Eternal.
These Dances were begun by a visionary mystic, teacher Samuel L. Lewis. "Murshid Sam" a disciple of the great Indian Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, was also a recognized Zen roshi and a student of Jewish and Christian mysticism. His exchanges with Inayat Khan and dancer Ruth St. Denis helped empower the voices, musicianship, and energies blessing us now.