Authentic Movement Community
What is Authentic Movement?
Authentic Movement is a simple form of self-directed movement. It is usually done with eyes closed and attention directed inward, in the presence of at least one witness. Movers explore spontaneous gestures, movements, and stillness, following inner impulses in the present moment. The witness watches and tracks inner responses to the mover with the intention of not judging, but focusing on self-awareness.
Authentic Movement cultivates a contemplative frame of mind, clarity of perception, and movement that is personally enhancing. The particular relationship between mover and witness, in moving and being seen by another, creates a powerful framework within which this work takes place. Authentic Movement is practiced individually or in a group with an experienced teacher/witness. When more experienced movers are taught to become witnesses themselves, they may continue working with this method in peer groups and dyads.
Authentic Movement can be a discipline unto itself and can be used as a part of many different practices and teachings. Teachers develop the form in their own ways. Practices such as Movement Meditation, Contemplative Dance, Creative Movement Method, or Somatic Psychology use Authentic Movement as part of their training.
Authentic Movement has grown and evolved over many years. It is an open and unfolding form. Currently there are many experienced practitioners and teachers of Authentic Movement. We value the variety and diversity of Authentic Movement expressions throughout the world.
What is Creative Forming?
A creative form is an extension of an AM session used to deepen or make conscious different aspects of a movement session. While sometimes we use art like tools, the goal is not artistic, but to express some aspect of the movement.