Let them praise His name in the dance: let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp . . .To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron.Psalm 149:3,7-8
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Ephesians 6:10-13
Forsaking All, I Trust Him (FAITH).
The warfare dance or Curse Breaker is a dance of warding off evil, the dance of protection which leads to a dance of victory and triumph. This dance may include all manners of offensive and defensive body movement, e.g. stabbing, punching, shielding, stomping, kicking, spinning, shaking.
Exercise 1: Pursued All Day Long
Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack. My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride, many are attacking me.Psalm 56:1-2
This is a psychodrama taking place in a group circle. One is blindfolded and passive with enemies rotating around, pushing at all sides of the body. This goes on for a time until one reaches a breaking point and reaches out a cry of help to Christ. Immediately, everyone stops and steps back to witness. The warfare dance begins.
Exercise 2: Hard-Pressed on Every Side
We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.2 Corinthians 4:8-9
The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.Luke 4:18
There are two parts to this psychodrama, connected to the two passages above.
First, One is lying on one’s back with people from all sides confining their body and limbs. Despite this extreme body confinement, one dances anyway, a whole body small dance or detail dance. One dances because despite being literally hard-pressed on every side, it doesn’t crush the spirit because the Holy Spirit cannot be crushed.
Then, the people gradually release you due to The Spirit of the Lord releasing the prisoners. The dance of liberation begins.
Exercise 3: Temptation of St. Anthony
Backstory: In the seclusion of the desert, as chronicled by St. Athanasius in his work “Life of St. Anthony,” penned between 356 and 362 AD, St. Anthony (251 AD – 356 AD), a notable figure among the Desert Fathers, encountered endless temptations from demonic forces. These malevolent entities assumed various menacing forms, appearing as seductive women and frightening monsters. Through illusions, disturbing visions, and enticing thoughts, they sought to torment St. Anthony and lead him astray from his devoted life of asceticism and prayer. Despite the profound challenges, St. Anthony exhibited unwavering resolve and an unwavering commitment to God. Employing fervent prayer, unshakable faith, and a profound reliance on divine strength, he successfully resisted the demonic forces, serving as a compelling testament to the effectiveness of spiritual discipline and the ultimate triumph of faith over the forces of darkness.
This is an across-the-floor psychodrama and behind world exercise where St. Anthony is walking slowly in the desert via ash walk. One, two, or more demons trail behind trying to tempt or disturb him with noise and movements of buffoonery, aggression, and mockery. There is no touching. The demons also don’t cross into St. Anthony’s line of vision. By the time St. Anthony reaches around the end of his journey in the space, the demons disappear. It is then that St. Anthony begins breaking out of ash walk into a dance of liberation and celebration.
Exercise 4: Sleep Paralysis
When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint, even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions, so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.Job 7: 13-15
This is a psychodrama about sleep paralysis with dark entities. The protagonist lies supine on floor, unable to move. Without touching, demons tantalize with increasing degrees of nuisance. The protagonist tries to move but cannot. Then when it’s been enough, one’s spirit reaches out to Christ and breaks out of the paralysis. The entities immediately disperse and the dance of warfare and triumph begins.
Exercise 5: The Lord’s Artist
The defensive posture of a martial artist and the stance adopted by a painter can bear a striking resemblance. Paint for the glory of the Lord with graceful strokes and a fluid rhythm, yet remain vigilant for any challenges. The adversary detests the profound love we hold for Christ. Find the balance needed to be an artist, effortlessly safeguarding yourself like a warrior against the enemy.
Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.Acts 28:5
For goodness shakes, we Shed – Heal – Attune – Kindle – Exorcise (SHAKE)
We shake to clean, get rid of tension, and banish unwanted energies.
There was one Christian sect from 1747 (now nonexistent), known as the Shakers who got the name due to their dance, some of which had shaking elements to them.1 Except lyrics from one of the songs they danced to:
Who will drink the wine of power
Dropping down like a shower?
Oh, oh, I will have it!
I will bow and bend to get it
I’ll be reeling, turning, twisting
Shake out all the starch and stiff’ning!
Yes, we too we will shake out our inflexibility that may keep us from having a close relationship with Christ.
Exercise 1: Holy Noguchi Shakes
Inspired by the Japanese Noguchi taiso water body practice, we shake erect in space as if there was an electric current coming from the ground. The top of the head is attached to a string pulling up from the sky and the perineum is also attached to a string connected to the core of the earth. We shake our water bag body, cleaning body and soul with sanctified water.
Exercise 2: Setiei Shake
This is inspired by the Japanese somatic practice known as Seitai. The idea of the practice is to put the body back into order (Seitai) through the use of Katsugen Undo. Due to an excess of tension/energy in the body, we are prevented from properly functioning physically, emotionally, and mentally. Katsugen Undo is the antidote.
Katsugen Undo means “movement from within” or “life renewing itself from the source”. It is the involuntary movement the body engages in for the purpose of re-balancing the body via what Haruchika Noguchi calls the extra-pyramidal tract. One needs to build more and more sensitivity to this tract. Haruchika wanted people to practice Katsugen Undo in order to take back control of the body’s natural healing capabilities.2
Notwithstanding, Haruchika is against methods and formulas, and believes that the unconscious will lead to one’s inner balance. For us, instead of “the unconscious” we will allow for The Holy Spirit to shake us wherever we need to be shaken.
Katsugen Undo can be provoked by reverting back into an empty state. The practice is composed of tensing as much as possible (and holding the breath at inhalation or exhalation) then relaxing the body and letting the body move on its own spontaneously without thinking, but at the same time being aware of what is happening.
According to Barcelona Seitai, through allowing the cranium, vertebra, and pelvis (SVP) to move spontaneously, we can reach Katsugen Undo.3
Exercise 3: Miriam’s Timbrel
Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.Exodus 15:20
Enter into a becoming-timbrel or becoming-music shaker. The body is the sound maker and this sound is unpleasant to any negative spirits.