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Handpan by Henry Shanks


dance like you know
your sister is the moon and your father the sky
and your mother no other than this wise
hill of rock who supports us,
dance for the seed
sprouting in the garden to feed us enzymes
and dance for the tree bursting in fire to release a lifetime
of wisdom as heat
dance for the sea
washing this shore, cleansing my core
cleansing me of the belief
that we are anything other than a leaf
floating the breeze
and yet we are infinitely powerful
as our thoughts give rise to reality
dance knowing we are just energy and as we raise our vibrations we heal all creation for there is no separation

dance for the spirit in the shimmering cliffs
and for the crystal city rising from sea
and for the wise whale coming ashore
put your crusty live bare muddy feet on earth and dance
dance till your pants are ragged your legs spun and your heart infinitely open and wild
dance with the lungs and smile of a child
dance the grass dance rocks dance rivers trees
and if your body lays down dance motionlessly, every cell singing peace
dance surrender
dance ease
dance trust
dance opening to winds of change for they have come to open us
dance knowing each step is a pilgrimage, every space a temple every prayer an offering of ourselves upon the holy altar, a deathless sacrifice for what is death
dance breath
dance knowing no one has ever left us
you just change form when your body tires
dance and your heart will keep you warm
mother earth fills you with gold light from below
stars sing you into their flow
and sister moon wordlessly tells you all you‘ll ever need to know
dance knowing the journey has so far to go
dance knowing it is already done
dance knowing we are the chosen ones when we choose to be
dance stillness, let it all spin in you, a whole galaxy
and then you begin to see what we are
let go speeding cars
for the greatest journey we can make is to right here
unwind thought lines that entwined us for centuries in fear
opening heart wings that were born to fly
dance knowing the ancestors sing through you
dance knowing they passed on their pain so that you could transmute it by this windy ocean shore
dance knowing they now dance and soar
enjoying what we are

so move, groove, mooooooo
for the holiest thing on earth just might be cow poo
and buddhas are everywhere but you never know who
so be sure to treat everyone as though they might be holiness incarnate sitting beside you
arrived to help you shine your light through the mesh covering of this earthly skin
we don't end or begin – we spiral – we fly
dance just this moment not needing to try
for we are channels between earth and sky
dance til its not you dancing but the universal music dancing through you
dance til you know that in every cell and in your core
and then… grin… and dance some more


from Sacred Activist, released February 7, 2015



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Redwood is a spoken word poet collaborating with musical beings for earth healing... one rhyme at a time.

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