Prayer to Space

The 5 Rhythms have appeared in my life in many guises. I learned about 5 humors in Western Medicine and 5 elements in Chinese medicine and then embodied them when practicing martial arts such as Pancha Tanmantra, yet they have never been so potent as when I am dancing a ‘wave’ during a 5 Rhythms dance practice. I am deeply grateful to Gabrielle Roth for developing this practice and to Meredith Davies and David Juriansz for their skill and dedication in bringing this practice to Melbourne and for being such superb teachers, mentors and role models.

The following poem “Prayer to Space” is expressed as a ‘wave’ that embodies the 5 rhythms. Between the opening and closing verses are three verses devoted to each rhythm and its associated body part, emotion and essence.


Prayer to Space



By beauty and grace

I dance the rhythms

A prayer to space


Craving connection

The feel of contact

To be totally met

Authentically act


I follow my feet

My body in tow

Relentlessly moving

Trusting in flow


Till fear of life’s fury

Rejection and pain

Compels me to seek

Relief from the strain


So I Stop. Contract.

Build walls to protect

A semblance of self

Control an effect


My arrogant wisdom

Then thinks to define

The limits of being

Profane and sublime


Backwards and forwards

Repetitive notions

Create enduring drama

Bound with emotions


I try to escape

But can only surrender

I commit everything

Turn on life’s blender


Yet it’s sad to let go

Should I try to hold on?

Confusion reigns freely

Then all thought is gone


I dissolve into chaos

Releasing the mind

And in losing myself

I am able to find


Infinite bliss

Within and without

I feel my heart singing

I want to cry out


My life is a gift

Filled with joy and delight

Floating through space

Basking in light


The power of creation 

Of substance and form

Is all in my hands

A new world is born


Waves of emotion 

Flood over the floor

Then settle in stillness

Drenching in awe


Till numbness surrounds me

A fatigue of the will

Where’s the next move?

Impossibly still


Feeling compassion

I tune into my breath

Connect to the source

Exist beyond death


My prayers are then answered 

With what I knew at first glance

Rhythms transform

My whole life into dance


Dr Marc is a medical doctor, university professor and wellness trailblazer who has spent more than 30 years practicing and researching holistic health. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many books and technical texts on wellness and natural medicine and is author of the illustrated children’s book “The Beautiful Mare and the Boy Who Gave Thanks“. He is the Founder of the Extreme Wellness Institute and Co-Founder of the Bathe the World Foundation. You can find him at www.drmarc.co , www.extremewellness.co  and at www.facebook.com/drmarc.co  www.instagram.com/extreme_wellness


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