Sometimes we are given gifts in the forms of people. This is how I would explain my getting to know Elissa Eskridge -- a gift. The pandemic forced me to indulge in online community -- as it did to most anyone who likes to talk about things that matter and laugh and play with other humans -- and once I surrendered to this, I started building beautiful, unexpected, healing relationships with women just like me.
It has opened space that I didn't even knew I could handle, manage or hold.
Elissa's vibe is magic. It is so penetrating and positive, it helped lift me out of a serious, depleting energy block that I knew existed, but didn’t know how to even begin to approach it. I have to be honest, I judge myself so hard. So hard in fact that I closet many of my spiritual gifts and moments of happiness because I am always worrying about what others were going to think. (This is not easy to admit — it is crippling) Doctors tell me it’s anxiety, I call it learning how to deal with my shit.
Her short presence in my life and her energy have made me aware that I am putting judgment on others subconsciously, which was reflecting right back at me and making me shut the door on that closet -- Elissa pried it open and I started stepping out, one sway of the hip at a time.
WHO KNEW. . . well a lot of people do, I am just late to the party. But hey, better late than never.
Or just maybe, I am right on time. Right on time to make sure that I am fulfilling my Full Moon Dance Release tonight Starting at 5:45. I will be joining Elissa and her Ecstatic Dance Fire Family Full Moon Event. (you can sign up right there to join us!)
TG: How would you describe your work?
EDF: The easiest way for me to describe my work is “soul expression.” As a facilitator of Ecstatic Dance, it is important for me to create a safe space for an individual or group to better understand oneself through dance. The whole experience of being human is challenging, but nonverbal safe spaces allow us to dive deep within to find connections and the ability to express our individual/collective truths.
TG: What got you started in Ecstatic Dance?
EDF: Ecstatic Dance is another word for conscious dance. To me, conscious or consciousness is the direct channel to source, to creativity, and/or to the divine.
TG: What is it that you love about this work?
EDF: I love the community and people I connect with through this work. It really has been life-changing for me and I hope for the lives of others as well. I recently wrote down a manifesto and I wanted to share it here:
“My dance, my fire, my shadows are welcome. Your dance, your fire, your shadows are welcome. We conspire together. We root down together. I call to my tribe and to my community. I ask you to take a leap of faith into the unknown. To not be afraid. To step forward from the shadows into the light. To allow the fire to burn. To let the dance connect you to the earth and the heavens. Come as you are with all that you are. I welcome you. Together as One.”