I have always been curious and mesmerized by the Whirling Dervish dance. When Marilyn Fordney suggested that I write a blog about it, I jumped right on it. It seems that I finally found a dance that is so rich in mysticism and spirituality, that any dance movement at all will work! No rules or regulations involved, just sheer joy! Stick with me here, and you will find out why the Whirling Dervish is a unique entity onto itself.
As far back as the 12th century in Turkey, a sect of Muslim known as Mevleni, which is now called Sufi, discovered a dance that was religious in nature and had whirling motion. And soon it was aptly named, Whirling Dervish. The Whirling Dervish dance is done in honor of God and is a ritualistic dance done to keep him with you while experiencing love and life in the highest dimension possible.
When one dances the Whirling Dervish, it is like taking a spiritual journey through the mind looking or searching for truth. The object is to achieve perfection. Through this dance, it is possible to feel and give more love, become more peaceful and become a more dynamic individual. In other words, spiritual connection with the Divine brings you awareness of yourself and better connection with the whole of man! Makes sense to me.
Rumi, the great Sufi master is often credited for the Mevleni teachings and the beginning of Whirling Dervish dance. It is said that Rumi was walking through town and heard God speak to him. He was so delighted by the experience, he started dancing and whirling around; thus the beginning of a whole new dancing experience that caught on and resonated with the Sufi people, to this day. You may notice that the costuming is flowing, long skirts, usually white in color but other color clothing is also used and can be worn by both men and women.
Whirling Dervishes are known to dance in groups. Even when there are Whirling Dervishes dance groups, it is still about the individual experience. Each person is able to create their own dance vibration and space. All dances do not need partners or require dance steps that must be learned. It is about the individual bringing out the expression of their own true self. The only thing needed is your connection with the Divine. A Whirling Dervish dance is the intimate spiritual bonding of the mind and body with God in movement.
I think Whirling Dervish dance is very similar to the “flash mob dancing” of today because it can be done anywhere, at any time. The main difference between the two types of dancing is that “flash mob dancing” is planned with systematic dancing and Whirling Dervish dance is wild and free and supposed to be danced with abandon while embracing the joy of life! Now that’s hard to top because it makes dancing so much fun and easy to do while building our own personable expression and achieving spiritual evolvement.
Thought Of The Week:
Dancing is not just getting up painlessly, like a leaf blown on the wind; dancing is when you tear your heart out and rise out of your body to hang suspended between the worlds – Rumi