In the beginning was the Song,
and the Song danced in all of creation.
The Song desired to draw all of the dancers
together as one, in the one Dance.
Now one of the dancers, one quite unaware of the Dance,
was making her way down a well-planned path,
when the Song called to her, pulled her aside,
claimed her for the Dance.
When she heard the Song calling to her,
the dancer struggled to learn what the Song was asking of her.
It was as if this were the first time she heard the Song.
She was not yet familiar with it.
All she knew was that it was persistent and that it held promise.
The words, the melody, the rhythm
were all a mystery to the confused dancer,
yet the Song was awakening in her
a desire to be claimed by it.
Responding to the stirring of the Song within her,
the dancer paused –
part of her hoping to still the Song,
because she was afraid that it might be asking too much of her.
Instead, much to her surprise and delight,
this led her to other dancers in whom she recognized her Song!
The Song in her leaped for joy,
and the dancer realized that the Song was dancing in her heart
and in the hearts of the other dancers to whom she was led.
The dancer came to make her home among the others
called to dance the same Dance.
In their midst, she learned to allow the Song to dance in her,
to lean into the tender embrace of the Song of Love,
to allow herself to be claimed by the Dance.
She learned its rhythm of invitation and response.
She learned of its breathtaking passion and its soothing gentleness.
After a while of learning some of the steps,
the dancer desired to respond
by giving her whole life to the Dance.
The dancer had never experienced such intimacy
as she experienced in the passionate embrace of the Song.
In this embrace, the Song became the Dance, the Dance became the Song,
the dancer became the Dance.
The dancer’s heart throbbed with love for the Dance singing in her soul.
As she held the Song of Love even more closely,
the dancer saw that others had been drawn into the Dance,
not just those in whom she had recognized her Song,
but so many others as well.
In fact, she discovered that she had been claimed
by the one Dance of all creation.