Paul Devereux - The Giraffe Dance, Drum Dance and Trees Dance
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Paul Devereux – Shamanism and the Mystery lines
The Giraffe Dance, Drum Dance and Trees Dance. All aim to produce kia an altered state of consciousness dependent on the welling up of num , a primordial life energy within the body and perceived as infusing all things in varying degrees. When awakened during the trance dance, the num rises up the spinal column generating great heat. In this state the dancer can feel an overpowering urge to leap on a fire, or handle and walk on glowing embers. The rising of num is .. remarkably similar to Indian concepts of kundalini energy rising up the spine. Num ‘resides’ at the base of the spine and in the pit of the stomach when not awakened. When num ‘boils’ and reaches the base of the skull, kia, trance, occurs.