Rhizoming 4 Infinite Segmenting

Our daily bodies are bound by large and rough movement, as the same as the daily mind is bound by rough dualistic language thinking.
When you could take off the rough daily body and mind, the subtle subbody will appear.
You can contact the subtle sub-signal from your darkness of body.
Try to segment your body into as small part as possible infinitely, in walking, rolling, and crawling as the following;


There are different methods and images for walking in Butoh, such as the Ash Walk, Size Walk, and Bug's Walk, but all have the same basic principles:

Begin with the One-Point Stand. Constantly shift the weight of your body onto different parts of your feet: the joints of your toes, the inside and outside edges of your feet (Knife Edge), the heels. In reality, you may be standing on more than one point, but try to keep as much of your feet lifted off the ground as possible, as if you are standing on razor blades.

Now carry your body as slowly and quietly as possible, as if you are made of ash. Walk with this fragility by using your hidden muscles, which are twisted behind your daily muscles. Instead of walking as you normally would, shift your weight onto one foot in order to let your other leg lift up slightly. Each step is a very subtle movement.

Feel a sway coming up from your feet as you change their points of contact with the ground. Each time you change a point of contact, your whole body constellation changes. The resonance pattern of your body's cells also changes. Instead of walking, let this subtle, shifting sway move you. Let this sway twist your body delicately in different directions and dimensions.

Imagine your body is divided into an infinite number of segments. Begin by letting the movement travel from bottom to middle to top (feet, torso, head) and back (head, torso, feet). Then you can divide each segment into smaller parts (e.g. feet, knees, pelvis, stomach, chest, neck, head). You can continue this process of segmentation infinitely.

If a subtle signal or life tendency comes, follow it and amplify it to the maximum; meet your edge. Then make a reverse twist; this is your new creation.


When rolling on the ground, you can also follow the One-Point Stand technique by shifting your weight from one point of your body to another.


Learn to crawl as if you are a newborn. Try putting weight into different parts of your body without the strength you have developed in your muscles. Learn to move with the weakness of one who has never moved before. Without strength, you will collapse. Even so, try to move. Try to lift yourself up, even if gravity is pulling you to the ground.

These are the basic of basic pysical method for weakened body in butoh. Continue to deepen the segmentation everyday until subtle cell's life level.

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