by Peggy Voght
Producer’s note: Peggy’s 5Rhythms Prayer Flags grace the stage at Summit Church for the majority of our Embodied Prayers classes, a point of continuity in the otherwise changing “visual” landscape of our dance. Below is her explanation of the origin of the various elements of these collages.
All text handwritten on the prayer flag is quoted from Gabrielle Roth’s Maps to Ecstasy.
“The first creative task is to free the body to experience the power of being. It is first in that is both where we must begin and what is most fundamental. Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence. Everything that happens to you is stored and reflected in your body”.
Image (feet): found on a Nepalese postcard. Artist/source unknown.
“Your body knows: your body tells. The relationship of yourself to your body is indivisible, inescapable, unavoidable. In the marriage of flesh and spirit, divorce is impossible.”
“But that doesn’t mean the marriage is necessarily happy or successful.”
Image (hand): from a Jain painting. Artist/source unknown.
“So the body is where the dancing path to wholeness must begin. Only when you truly inhabit your body can…..”
Image: Photo of Gabrielle Roth layered onto Mughal miniature, circa 1650, from the National Museum, New Delhi, India.
“…you begin the healing journey”.
Central circular image is from a mandala by Artist Paul Heussenstamm.
Square panels are from the cover art by Tana Powell on Gabrielle Roth’s Sweat Your Prayers.