3 Non-space, non-time of Butoh

Sinking into the darkness of the body

Now we will go down into the dimension of Butoh.

Hijikata found the way into the special dimension of Butoh fifty years ago. At that time, only he could enter this dimension.

But now, using the Subbody Butoh Menthod, we can all enter the world in which Butoh spirits are waiting for you.

The world of Butoh is not the consensus reality.

The consensus reality is a kind of shared illusion. Since most people are trained in school to believe it, nobody doubts it. We were not taught that another reality might exist, neither were we taught how to doubt the consensus reality.

It is like all of us are under hypnosis.

When we wake up from the hypnosis of consensus reality, another reality will open before us.

Butoh exists in another world of non-space and non-time.

In that world, the living and the dead, the human and the animal, can all exchange with each other. All qualia is floating freely, shifting shapes within this multi-dimensional world.

Where is this world?

You enter this world every night in your dreams.

The dream is a sub-signal from the multi-dimensional world of qualia.

Sigmund Freud and C.G. Jung named it "unconsciousness." Now this word is almost dead, since so many people have interpreted it in different ways. A. Mindell uses the word "secondary process." S. Nakazawa uses the word "fluid intelligence." I call it the "darkness of the body," like Hijikata.

In the darkness of the body, many hobgoblins and monsters are locked away in tiny cages, crying.

Everybody who has grown up as a human has these places of hobgoblins in the darkness of their bodies.

These hobgoblins are treated as monsters and locked up. But are they really monsters?

Are they not just the buds of new possibilities for humans?

They are treated as monsters by Reason, since they do not work well in the productive system.

Many buds of new possibilities are locked up and crushed in the darkness of the body.

I call it "subbody."

Now is the time to release our subbody. Can't you feel the squirming of the subbody trying to come out?

How can we go into the subbody's world?

This world is folded in a tiny and subtle dimension.

Into the subtle world

First, we need to stop daily consciousness.

Consciousness needs so much brain energy; we cannot notice the subtle world if it is masked by the higher energy of consciousness.

When you bring down your level of consciousness through breathing, meditation, and so on, you can contact the subtle world of qualia flow.

The subbody is hiding in the tiny signals of the qualia flow, like a momentary quivering, swaying, flirting.

If you amplify the tiny signal of the subbody with your whole body and mind, the tiny signal will grow into your own Subbody Butoh.


Try to ask the subbody, "Why can't you come out?"

The subbody cannot speak, since it was born and immediately locked up before it could learn language.

If you want to communicate with your subbody, the only possibility is to follow its movement with your whole body and mind.

By folowing the subbody, you can understand what it wants to become, where it wants to move.

This place is swaying between life and death, between being and nothingness.

Every tragic event and extraordinary thing is folded in the tiny sway of qualia.

Butoh unfolds this kind of special dimension.

Ash walk

Stand as an ash pole body, as if your physical body and mind have burned out. You are just a swaying ash pole.

Hijikata often said that Butoh is a dead body standing for dear life.

Ash walking is one of the most basic Butoh practices. Repeat it several times a day.

An ash pole is very delicate; if you move with a daily size movement, the ash pole will immediately collapse. You have to carry the ash pole as quietly and slowly as possible.

In the tiny space within ash particles, many other tiny dimensions are folded.

Here you can catch the sub-signals of your subbody. 

Nests of Butoh

We do not know what kind of monsters or hobgoblins are waiting to come out. We can only concentrate on listening to the subtle sub-signals.

You will notice that there are many sub-signals in the swaying of your ash body.

They are desperately trying to come out, but can't. All of the buds or seeds of other dimensions are trying to open and come out, but their trials have failed.

Unknown creatures from other dimensions, spirits, demons, nightmares, and so on, want to come out from the tiny buds within the particles of ash.

Carrying the ash body, which is full of buds or eggs of other dimensions, is
"Nests of Butoh" walk.

In 1974, Hijikata showed this walk in his last and deepest Butoh performance.

It had almost no movement, no evolution, but some part of his body seemed to shift into another dimension and come back with subtle swaying.

He invented a special technique to control the body in a very delicate and fragile way.

Never develop to daily size movement. Let the subtle signals move like stillborn babies.

Practice this ash walk and the nests of Butoh walk several times each day. This is the entrance into the Butoh world.


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