Presence = Better Demos and Deeper Experiences

Last weekend while teaching my Awakening the Ecstatic Body  workshop I noticed  the participants were consistently move deeper into each process. They appeared more open and vulnerable with each other. Even the students who had been in my classes before, noticed a qualitative difference and commented on it. As the weekend progressed, I began to ask what I was doing differently than in the past. As I reflected on this, what stood out to me was that I had changed the demos. In the past, I would often explain what I was doing as I was giving the demonstration. This kept me a bit detached from the process and I wasn’t as open or vulnerable as I could be. There were several reasons for this,which I won’t go into right now.

I have a new assistant, Jim Miller, who is my friend and a Sky Dancer. It is a pleasure working with a man who adds a depth and power to the demos. Jim suggested it would more effective to do the demo without interruption and do  explain the process afterwards. I immediately noticed a difference in the quality of my presence after each demo. I allowed myself to be fully in the experience instead of being half participant and half teacher. I also saw that people were deeply touched by the vulnerability they felt watching us being so open-hearted. This in turn opened them up and allowed them to go for it when they were in the process. Thank you Jim!