January 16, 2020 by Thriving Now Support

Guidance – God, You and I Dance

god-danceFrom the heart of Jean Rhodes with influences by other unknown author(s)—

When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.

When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word Guidance. When I saw “G: I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i”. “God, “u” and “i” dance.” God, you, and I dance. As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday. May you abide in God as God abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you through each season of your life.

And I Hope You Dance!!!!!!!!

[Be sure to see the original author’s notes in the comments below. It’s an interesting story of powerful emotional energy finding its Freedom to affect the world.]

Rick adds: Back when this attracted my eye in 2005, the model I had for dance — whether with a partner or with God — was the Lead/Follow. My life had changed from sickness and disease in the late 80’s to greater and more thriving expression of Who I Am by intentionally tuning into Source, and letting God’s gentle nudges and suggestions encourage me to move and feel and celebrate Life. I sought to let God lead, and I would follow. (When we’re lost, this approach adds structure and solidness and guidance back to balance. It’s why it is so much a part of spiritual literature through the ages.)

Now, my model for dance (and for engaging with God Consciousness) is one of Co-Creation, where the essence of Who I Am Right NOW meets the essence of Who Your Are and Who WE Are… right NOW… and we express something unique and rich with emotional energy. God smiles and laughs and joins in. 😉

It is my sense that at the leading edge of co-creation there is no pre-planned choreography, no lead, no follow. I am inspired to nudge and suggest, you are inspired to respond with your own impulses, nudges, and invitations. And in THIS kind of dance we become ACTIVATED and ENGAGED and FOCUSED in our Freedom and Authentic Self-Expression. It’s so incredibly yummy…

If that is how you dream of dancing in life, I’d love to explore energy movement and emotional engagement with you! Check out our “Dance Circle” and see if it feels right for you to join us for a time… and for some extraordinary connections.

How do you dance in life now? How would you like to? Let me know in the comments!

Originally posted August 23, 2005

 
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  • This story goes well with the wellknown quote:

     LIFE ISN’T ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS IT’S LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN Dancing can be very enjoyable if both involved know who is the leader.  
    LIFE ISN’T ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS IT’S LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN 

    Dancing can be very enjoyable if both involved know who is the leader.  

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    Marieeric says:

    I love this story, it reminds me of complete surrender and obedience. No false step!!  Some of my favourite Scripture passages is in the New Testament : John 14-15-16 -17. This is dancing in tune.

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    two left feet says:

    Sorry, this analogy doesn’t work.  I have no sense of rhythm and dancing is not fun, it’s embarassing.

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    • Well, rhythm can be taught and learned. I’ve seen that in Zumba class. And tapping can help for the embarrassment (and maybe the trauma from childhood of being laughed at or ridiculed). But only if you WANT to dance.

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    Jean Rhodes says:

    Guidance:  God U and I Dance
    The
    version included below is the one I remember writing …It was written
    when I was doing a self study on dance worship… there are several on the
    Internet that have a pray at the end…that I do not remember.  It was
    written as an email to my sister sometime between 1999 and the fall of
    2003, at first I thought it was from the middle to the late 1990’s. 
    After giving it some thought I realized it had to be between January 27th
    1999 (When my husband died), and the fall of 2003 when I sold my home
    on Lake Coeur d’ Alene.  I remember writing it at my desk on the lake,
    and it was after my husband had died.  In 2003 one of my cousins,
    Earlene, sent me a forward she received and wanted to share.  When I
    started reading it, it was like déjavu.  Yesterday May 15, 2007, I came
    across the “Guidance…God…U…and…I …dance”, so I did a search out of
    curiosity.  I could
    not believe what I was finding…how far this had spread.  I called my
    sister and ask her if she had forward the email on to anyone…she did not
    remember doing so. She said she did share it with her pastor…but as a
    print out copy, not an email.  She is going to search her files for the
    original.  I hope she can find it, because I don’t remember the exact
    date, or wording.  I don’t remember sending it to anyone but my sister. 
    I have been trying to trace down from the different websites, blogs,
    etc. How they first received this.  I have two reasons for my inquiry… I
    know God shares the same insights with many in His body… One, is this
    what happen, or two, is this all from my original email? It has been
    humbling, and sad to me.  Humbling to extent of how far this has
    traveled, and how many it has blessed.  Sad, because God gave me
    something precious and I didn’t recognize its worth to others.  My
    sister said I should have had it
    copy written…I said, “no”…it is not mine, but God’s, He just blessed me
    with it. She whole heartily agreed.  I have a problem with
    people commercializing things given to them from God. If there is any
    credit due to an author of this it has to go to Him.  I humbly pray that
    from this day forward, I will do more with the treasures my Father
    shares with me.  Blessing, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem …His servant,
    Jean Rhodes  
     
    The version that is the closest to what I remember…
    “When
    I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of
    the word.  I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like
    dancing.  When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.  The
    movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite
    uncomfortable and jerky.  When one person realizes that, and lets the
    other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music.  One gives gentle
    cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one
    direction or another.  It’s as if two become one body, moving
    beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness
    from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.  My eyes
    drew back to the word Guidance.
     
    When
    I saw “G: I thought of God, followed by “u” and “I” dance.”  God, you
    and I dance.  As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I
    would get guidance about my life.  Once again, I became willing to let
    God lead.”
     
    When
    I was thinking about the part when one leads and another follows in the
    dance, I remembered when I went to my first teenage dance…I didn’t know
    how to dance, and my partner was trying to lead, but I was also.  It
    was a disaster … I stepped on his toes, he stepped on mine, and neither
    of us were keeping step with the music.  It has always fascinated me,
    after I learn to dance…how you can have two people moving together with
    such unity, when the one doesn’t know what the leader is going to do
    next.  You come into a oneness that you sense the others movements in
    the nanosecond before it happens.  We are so awesomely made.Jean Rhodes

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    • Jean,
      Your story is amazing! We never know how God can use the lessons He teaches us to also teach others. Every website I’ve found lists the author as unknown, but as you said God was truly the author. May He receive all the glory!

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      Tom Griffioen says:

      After having read (somewhere) your explanation of the acronym GUIDANCE, I have used it over the years telling people about dancing with God, while giving a dancing workshop. People get to experience what living/dancing with God means and how it feels. Always, but always, people are warmly filled knowing that God wants to lead us in a dance with Him. So thank you for following God and (somehow) having put this acronym out into the world! Blessings from The Netherlands.

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