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Living in the era of bewildering information and technological advances, we may find ourselves trifled with them at times. The sense of life is fragile, and the body is miserably being left behind. That's why I see the existence of light and shadow, which can be considered as the most fundamental on the planet.

 

The essence of light, which was born in the darkness of the universe. And, to recognize the shadow that light creates on the ground. It seems something necessary more than anything for us who stands on the earth, in order to live in harmony. Because light is born from the darkness and shadow is born from light. "Light and shadow" is not a conflicting symbol but a connection which can not be separated from each other.

 

The workshops invite you to feel light and shadow which we usually do not have much consciousness, and bring you to new awareness and self-discovery. Through non-verbal communication with light and shadow, we value the harmony between mind and body and the connection with nature. 

 

 

UMIRA aims to create the future where "The play of touching light and shadow" enhances human spirit and vitality. She wishes that everyone can build a more harmonious life through the physical experience of light and shadow.

 

 

【SESSION STYLE】

Each participant faces a small screen in the front and tastes the time of light and shadow while moving candle flames with their own hands. The contents of the program consists of mainly four processes.

 

【4 PROCESSES】

Process 1 Meditation and Observation

: It invites you to pay attention to the inner light & shadow as well as the relationship and change between them.

Process 2 Play and Exploration

: It invites you to expand your horizons through a variety of non-verbal communication in lights and shadows.

Process 3 Expression and Mastery

: It invites you to express yourself of that present moment in a light and shadow picture, and share with other participants.

Process 4  The Way 

: When you become familiar with the processes 1 to 3 as a physical experience, the path of united light and shadow become more clear in the everyday scenery. 

 

【AIM】

· Awaken the source of primitive sensibility

· Raise awareness of the blessings of nature both inside and outside. 

· With everyday materials as a starting point, descend to the unconscious world, which might be unusual for your everyday life. 

· Recover the wholeness of the body and mind valuing the invisible things (sensation of touch, feeling, looking inside etc).

※Unlike traditional "Shadow Play" like puppet show or hand-shadow, the workshop doesn't use light and shadow to explain the story or symbolic meaning. It starts being free from the typical definitions of them, and be true to your senses.

 

【FIVE ELEMENTS】

SPO especially deals with five natural elements (fire, soil, air, water, plants) throughout the process.

 

1 FIRE (symbol of pupil, heart, life)

We see not only with eyes but also with the mind. Depending on from where you throw your viewpoint and where you locate your life or the heart place, how you feel changes. "Fire" symbolizes where you are or the center of yourself and you become united with that fire by moving a candle with your hands. (All works involve fire)

 

2 SOIL (symbol of the earth)

The earth is a place where life and death, light and darkness are blended. Soil stores, nurtures and enfold nutrition. Face something inside to be born and to die in yourself. A slough returns to the earth. Taste the sense of belonging by touching soil and root yourself in. There is also a flame of heart, a seed of light in the darkness of the soil.

 

3 AIR (symbol of breathing, skin sensation)

Be conscious of the contact between light and shadow which exist in the air. While the lights and shadows reflected on the screen symbolize the scenery of the participants' mind and the world, See them feeling the surrounding air (around yourself, fire and objects). (All works involve air)

 

4 WATER (symbol of healing and purification)

Water which is indispensable to life and exist both inside of the body (60% is water) and outside, is also a mirror of the person's spirit. Bring recovery to your spirit by healing shadow through reflection and sensation of water.

 

5 PLANTS (symbol of growth and completion)

Plants survive connecting light (sunshine) and darkness (earth). In the work called "Ikebana (flower arrangement) of light and shadow", in which you pick up and arrange flowers of the mind/heart, you heal the shadow of flower with the water of light. Water is the life line for cut flowers. Find how to locate light (flames) in order to recover something in the boundary of life and death, dying inside of yourself, into life.

   

 

 

情報の氾濫に翻弄される時代。命の実感は希薄、体は置いてきぼり。だからこそ地球上において何より根源的な、光と影の存在に立ち戻る。

 

宇宙の闇に抱かれて生まれた光と、光が地上につくりだす影。それは地上の大地に立って生きる人間が調和して生きるための、重要な鍵を握る存在。

相反するものの象徴ではなく、互いに分かつことのできない、繋がり結び合う光と影。

 

光と影が、人間の遊び心と豊かで原始的な生命力を高めていく未来を目指しています。

 

 

【形式】

参加者は各々にスクリーンと向き合い、ご自身の手で蝋燭の炎を動かしながら、光と影の時間を味わいます。内容は大まかに4つのプロセスから成り立っています。

 

【4つのプロセス】

プロセス1 瞑想と観察:心身の内側にある光と影、光と影の関係性と変化、その動きなどに注意を向けます。

プロセス2 遊びと探求:多種多様な光と影の非言語コミュニケーションで、視野を広げます。

プロセス3 表現と体得:その日の自分を光と影の絵で表現し、他の参加者の方と分かち合います。

プロセス4 道:プロセス1から3が体感として馴染むと、日常の景色に光と影のむすびあう道が見えてきます。

 

【ねらい】

・原始的な感性の源を呼び覚ます

・内側にある自然、外側にある自然の恵みに気づくこと

・日常の素材を出発点に、無意識の世界(非日常的)にも降りていく 

・目にみえないこと(触れること、感じること、内面を見つめることなど)を大切にしながら、心身の全体性を回復する

※人形劇や手影絵のような従来の「影絵」と異なり、ここでは物語や記号的な意味を説明するために光と影を用いません。光と影の定義を外し、感覚に素直になることからスタートします。

 

【五つの要素】

プロセス全体に渡って、特に五つの自然要素(火・土・空気・水・植物)を扱います。

 

1 火(瞳、心、命の象徴)

私達は目だけでなく心でも見ている。どこから視点を投げるか、また自分の命や心の在り処をどこへ置くかによって、感じることは変化する。自分の居場所や中心を象徴するのがここでの「火」であり、ワークでは蝋燭を動かしながら、炎と参加者が一体となる。(全てのワークは火を伴う)

 

2 土(大地の象徴)

土は生と死、光と闇の融合する場所。土は栄養を蓄えて育み、包み込む。自分の中で生まれて来るものと死んでゆくものに向き合う。抜け殻が土に返る。土に触れて根を張る、所属の感覚を味わう。土の闇にも心の炎、光の種がある。

 

3 空気(呼吸、皮膚感覚の象徴)

空気のなかに在る光と影、そのふれあいを意識する。スクリーンに映る光と影は参加者の心の風景や世界を象徴するが、それを包み込んでいる(人と火と物体の周りにある)空気を感じながらそれを見ること。(全てのワークは空気を伴う)

 

4 水(癒し、浄化の象徴)

体の中(六〇%は水と言われる)にも外にもあり、生命に欠かすことのできない水は、人の精神の映し鏡でもある。水の反射や感触を通して影を癒し、回復させる。

 

5 植物(成長と完成の象徴)

植物は光(陽)と闇(大地)を繋いで生きる。心の花を選び取って活ける「光と影の生け花」では、光の水で花の影を癒す。切花は水が生命線。生と死の境目、自分の内面にある死にゆくものを生き返らせる光の配置を見つける。