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By Glen A. Mazis

Indicates how our cultural misconceptions concerning the physique distort its capacities and result in own and social ills.

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Perhaps we are time itself, at least as part of the dance that times itself out in the particular rhythm and pattern. If time appears relentless and cruel to us, as running out on us as the popular hourglass image portrays it, perhaps we have helped to shape it this way. Perhaps our own cruelty and violence have contributed to our sense that time is cruel to us. Certainly, everything in existence, as many indigenous cultures have realized in their myths, has both cruel and 36 Earthbodies kind, mirthful and mournful, and constructive and destructive aspects.

From this flow, as earthbodies, we are endowed with meaning for which we should share our gratitude, as Paula Gunn Allen so articulately expresses: “I am especially fortunate because the wind and the sky, the trees and the rocks, and the sticks and the stars are usually in a teaching mood, so when I need an answer to some dilemma, I can generally get one. For which I must say thank you to them all” (SH, 7). If we come to abandon our limiting, isolated sense of the body as really being just a mechanism or an animated corpse, then we would not feel stuck in a specific location, nor as if we must think and dream and make ourselves vital or else become inert.

Without joining, however, certainly the rhythm of a new dance will not begin. Another aspect of opening earthbody sense is to be surprised by whom within us the rock or the blueness or the flowing water addresses. None of us has allowed ourselves to meet all our inner dancers, living to differing degrees under the rule of the diabolical logic. With its common sense, we cut ourselves off from the dancers in us who respond to different voices. Not only are there distinctive corners within the senses and faculties of apprehension, but also there are myriad selves within.

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