Metratura: spiritual warrior training

Jul 15, 15 Metratura: spiritual warrior training

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Modern life is saturated with distractions. Virtual worlds, media and communication devices compete for attention, and I sometimes spend more time in front of screens than in front of physical reality… responding to rings and beeps more instinctively than to analog sensory stimulation, like birds singing and nuances of sunlight through chestnut leaves. I have often wondered what kind of practice would be helpful for me to come back to being fully present in the moment, regaining inner power and mastery, redeveloping the kind of presence that I imagine that I had as a nomadic hunter in my Alaskan Eskimo past life, singing repetitive chants in the woods to go into a sort of trance that increased my effectiveness in hunting.

Metratura2I recently discovered that in Damanhur, Metratura is a main key to unlocking these potentials. Last week I participated in a one-day course on Metratura, and I felt like it was a useful training ground for reactivating and refining my spiritual warrior instincts. The intention of this practice is to expand sensory perception and awareness, taking in the maximum amount of information from our outer world, although most importantly, it’s about refining the perception of our inner world as well.

Metratura is one of the most embodied practices that is researched and taught at Damanhur. The body becomes a vehicle for this kind of saturated awareness, being fully responsive to what is happening in each moment. Every movement and choice becomes conscious. Intentional.

Metratura1The exercises are diverse and fun, challenging and engaging. Some involve extreme slow motion movement on all fours. Others involve strenuous yet amusing ‘competitions’ with eyes closed.

My favorite was the Blue Line exercise, which we did at the Open Temple of Damjl. Accompanied by a slow repetitive drum beat, we walked on the blue line painted on the ground, which turns in right angles and winds all over the Open Temple. One drumbeat, one footstep. The blue line is like a tightrope and the intent is to always stay balanced on it. Step. Step-step. Choosing the right path, not being misled by the intersections and white lines that occasionally cross. And that’s just the first level, out of four. Each level of the Blue Line exercise introduces new elements to be aware of Metratura3and to respond to accordingly. It’s a journey that calls for constant adjustment to the sometimes changing velocity of the drum rhythm.

As I said, good training for times of real intensity. Looking forward to practicing more Metratura … if you want to join, courses are held regularly by the Damanhur University.

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