Why We Fly
Why Do We Do This?
Some of you may be looking at this and wondering: “Why would anyone want to do this?” ” What is going on here?” …
Hook Pulls and Suspensions create trials by ordeal. The acts themselves pose relatively little danger to the individual when done with proper care. The body heals from the piercings withing a few weeks at most. People take away from this the awareness of their ability to face challenge head on and succeed. That payoff makes it all worth while.
For some flyers the experience of their endorphin rush makes the top of their list and puts them in their happy space. For others the act of facing a fearful challenge head on yields a high reward. For me, there is something more – an aspect that we at SuspenDC honor and encourage folks to consider experiencing or at least thinking about: the Magik that Ordeal Reveals. Every flyer has their own reasons. At SuspenDC we welcome and support everyone seeking to gain awareness by challenging their point of view.
The body is a sacred temple. As such, renovations, upgrades, paint jobs, and the like constitute temple beautification projects. A good temple reflects the tastes and nature of the god within.
Likewise physical challenge and ordeal show strengths in the structure along with where improvements can be made. Enduring a physical challenge shows off who we are under stress, Ordeal Reveals. With that knowledge one can strengthen the wanted parts and work on making change where needed. Experience the lesson of your body and come closer to your inner divine.
The Divine can express itself through movement. Our bodies hear the Song of the Divine and must move to Its melody. Every heartbeat keeps time with the Song. Every turn, gesture, pause and movement are a visceral interpretation of the Song. There is music all around us and we must dance.
Body Art / Body Mod
The Divine can express itself through the art we make of ourselves. The clothes we wear and what we do to our hair and nails are shadows cast by the Divine. Patterns of being that shift and change through time. Coming and going into and out of fashion. Beneath this ever changing skin, the patterns we create on our skin and in our skin show the Divine as we know it. Every symbol is a glyph of understanding. Every picture becomes a window looking in on the Divine. Every scar a sign of being touched by the Divine. We see an image of the Divine and allow it to be seen through us.
Feeling with the Body
The Divine can be a feeling (quiet or loud) deep within. There is a drive within each of us to feel. A need to experience the world first hand at the level of our gut. We feel our way through life and into the Divine. With our skin we feel the ever changing world of illusions to learn its secrets. Within our skin we feel the Divine squirming and wriggling. It touches us softly to guide us. It shakes us up to get our attention. Every feeling opens us up more and more to the Divine. Intensity approaches Divinity.
The Magik of SuspenDC lies in our use of ancient ritual technology to explore the self and one’s connection to the divine through the experience of the moment. What we call Body Alchemy.
We use the symbols of alchemy as a common language to talk about something deeply personal and experiential. Many terms are intentionally vague to allow the individual to hang their own meaning on it. Others present specific ideas that we each come to in our own terms.
The basic formula for SuspenDC:
Safe space + focused awareness + knowledge + intense challenge = opportunity for personal Discovery
Discovery + personal inquiry + insight + time = the possibility for wisdom
We start with the idea that everything is an experiment. Good experiments have design and intention and are executed by a competent researcher. Every suspension has design behind it. Some more complex than others. We encourage all flyers and dancers to have an intent for their experience. To know why you are doing a thing can make the struggle easier. Our suspension team has years of successful practice together. On with the experiments!
In our sacred laboratory we turn the burners to full intensity. Hooks can only be described as a stressful experience. Within the lab one finds the tools to manipulate the intensity in a variety of ways. When all the pieces work together well a flyer lifts off. When they work perfectly, a wonder filled person lands.
At SuspenDC we practice finding the Divine through our bodies and our experience. From the pain, sweat, and tears of our ordeal we create a personal alchemical philosopher’s stone. An elixir of Life that heals the body and soul. We push ourselves to discover what we can endure and then reap the rewards of persevering. We transform. Through ecstatic awareness we reach the Divine.
Deep within us the seed of the Divine sleeps. We struggle and work to wake it up and shake it out of Its dream. When we awaken the Divine within, we begin the process of discovering .
Once one has an awareness of the Divine within the Body, the Divine shows up in everything and in everybody we touch and allow to touch us.
Now the hard work begins. Finding peace, love, and the Divine can just happen in a safe space surrounded by supportive peers. Once you touch it, you must find a way to bring some of it home. If we can bring just some of that awareness back to our everyday life after we come down from our hooks, we will have helped the world transform into a more Divine place to live.
So, we invite you to: Move. Feel. Touch. Be moved. Be felt. Be touched. Be Art. Be Alchemy. Be Divine. Become. Be welcome. Be.
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