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Countercurrents and the ego

Current and countercurrent always take place on two different levels; otherwise a jam would result and chaos would ensue. Water flows from the mountain to the sea in the riverbed, and glides up to the mountain from the sea in the clouds.

A true countercurrent cannot be created artificially. Rather, it arises. The primary current is wakefully and actively created, and its countercurrent comes about as a result of the body consciousness. As a result of this double consciousness, one can observe and follow the countercurrent without disturbing it.

When you create, experience, and “guide” a countercurrent in this manner, then you can know that the "I" or ego of the human being is present. This ability to be present in two places at the same time, active in the one and observant in the other, is solely possible in the I.


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In this course, seven videos show you important basic elements of eurythmy. As you watch the exercises and practice them on your own, you enter into connection with the source of freely flowing but lawful and purpose-filled movement that is the bearer of health and life.

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Topics covered include:

  • Working with counter-currents to fill your body with health-giving forces
  • Engaging the whole body in a breathing rhythm
  • Connecting to the stream of movement that can carry you without willful "pushing"
  • Creating the right kind of tension to support movement, rather than blocking it
  • Engaging the heart forces through an experience of our uprightness in space
  • Walking in a way that lovingly connects to the earth while staying in touch with the higher realms of being

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