The Northern California Contact Jam at Harbin Hot Springs is five days of being in a beautiful locale with wonderful people with dancing as the main activity day and night.
During these events we regularly hold “dream pools” where we sit in a circle and the participants put in their dreams and desires for the jam and for their lives in general.
At my eighteenth jam over New Years sixteen years ago, I put in the desire that I would like to see people dancing contact improvisation full out while nude. I thought, “Yep, that will never happen.”
As we danced out the old year, a dozen folks created a countdown score for the moments leading up to midnight. They each wore ten items of clothing and with every countdown – 10, 9, 8 etc. – stripped off one piece of clothing until at midnight they were fully nude. To the delight of everyone the dancers proceeded to have full out, wild contact dances.
My dream came to life!
I realized that night I had almost always received the desires I had spoken into the dream pools. I wondered why, with such a record of success, I had been speaking my minor league desires?
At the next dream pool I spoke my desire to meet the woman who would be my partner for life and the mother of my children. Within a year she appeared and the following year Liza attended the jam with me, pregnant with our son, Dylan.
As we contribute attention, sweat, and offerings to forming communities of contact dancers we become aware of these rare and precious moments for intention setting.