Ever heard of "shaking something out"? It's a concept very alive in animals when they want to release trauma. My friends over at Naam Yoga get it- they shake for 3 minutes at the beginning of most of their classes (which I incorporated into my vinyasa flow) because it releases impurities from the body, elevates the power of the immune system and just plain GETS IT ALL OUT.
So bellydancing and all dancing for that matter is a great way to release anything you wish to let go of and welcome that which you want more of. Bellydancing is, more than anything, a powerful womb dance thus it's a highly empowering dance for women. Today in class, Portia acknowledged that and I was so happy I almost jumped out of my coin belt! The womb is a topic that needs to be talked about with women among women. She mentioned how not only do we dance with the front of our bodies and with and from our pelvis, but from deep inside our womb. She mentioned hearing this in a teaching with Hassan Kalil, a lifelong oriental dancer and teacher. I was so grateful for this teaching and for her wish to pass it on. She took a risk... because most of the time (esp in Miami) that kind of depth isn't well accepted. Most people just disregard it completely or get a glazed-over look in their eyes. So, I applaud her and him for bringing light and attention to the topic.
There is nothing esoteric about your womb. Every woman has one. Why not get in there... get to know it... make a sacred space for it? Revere it, love it, and care for it! And do some dancing or yoga to shake things out of there (energetically speaking) so you can keep clearing the space of things that don't serve you for more sacred things. New things. Keep the space open to connect your womb to Mother, to others, to Truth and to our mysterious and capricious moon that we cycle with.
As a woman, I have learned to do everything from my womb. My intelligence (emotional and otherwise), I draw from my womb. I don't just think with my brain. I don't only feel with my heart. My womb cradles my higher self which gifts me with intuition, creation, deep love, empowerment beyond imagination, magic, and offerings from the shadows as well as from the light. It is a place where you connect with eternity and oneness.
Yes, ladies. That's all "down there".
If this is all a new concept to you and it's intriguing you and making you feel like you're about to burst with fruit flavor, I so encourage you to take a belly dancing class. It's experiential knowledge straight from the womb. If you're less adventurous, you may want to pick up "Womb Wisdom" and "Wild Feminine" to start with. It's an adventure I can almost guarantee you will most gratuitously embark on and fortuitously continue for as long as you journey in this life.