When life seems to be running at a hectic pace that leaves us breathless we say, "I'm spinning in place," or "I feel like a spinning top!" "Like a Whirling Dervish..." generally indicates that we're going as fast as we can, attempting to keep up, and feeling exhausted for our efforts.
It can be so defeating, this feeling as if your best effort to stay in control is not enough. Feeling as if Life is so much bigger than you can manage.
It's interesting that Whirling Dervish has become synonymous for everything spinning out of control when in reality since 1273, this Sufi moving mediation has been bringing Human Beings out of their daily grind and into loving connection with The Divine. This ecstatic movement is performed by The Mevlevis- the Sufi Mystical Sect, to calm the mind, open the heart, and touch The Creator. The most famous Sufi is the poet, Rumi; the Mevlevis formed to mark his passing from this world and into immortality.
Proving, yet again, that what we think we're seeing is not always what we're seeing. In this case, to be a Whirling Dervish isn't about spinning out of control-- it's about moving with focus and intention. Even when spinning with wild abandon, Dervish don't worry about controlling life. They focus, instead, on dancing their way to an active relationship with life.
The Dervish spins with delight. Swirls with joy. Circles with intent. Starting with one arm up and one down to open a channel to the love that comes from above us and sending it down to the earth. Then slowly both arms raise up and up in praise and connection with The Maker of All That Is.
The Dervish spins to remember the Qur'an teaching, "Hearts become tranquil through the remembrance of Allah." The moving meditation brings peace to the dancer and to those who witness it. The religion of Islam really is one of peace, but in our world it's been corrupted and taken hostage by angry, hateful people of ill intent. Islam, at its heart, is like all other true faiths with its intention to make us aware that we are all threads in the tapestry of God.
The ecstatic movement of the Dervish personifies the quaint notion, "Dance as if no one is watching!" They dance with the aim of reigniting connection with The Divine. They circle and swirl until they lose their limited thoughts of being only Human. They dance in a group to give rise to collective energy and once raised, they share it with all the world for our peace, for our betterment, for our Humanity.
Look at her beautifully peaceful face. Her spins have filled her skirt. It billows out and encircles her, holding her in a clear moment with her creator. She is in love. She shares it with us. At first glance, the movement may seem chaotic and wild but when you see her face, you become aware that things are not always as they seem.
When life seems as if it's all too much, don't stop spinning. Just change what the spinning means. Change your view point. Become the Whirling Dervish. Use the world as music to help your spins bring you peace.
My Darlings, remember to dance through your day and life as if no one is watching! But, know that through it all, regardless of challenges or hard times, The Creator is always joyfully waiting to dance with you.
Namaste' Till Next Time,