About 15 years ago, before the onset of chronic and debilitating pain and way before the creation of the Dancing with Pain method, I was in a creative expression program for women – one that I remember involved writing and painting, and that probably also involved movement. For the last day of class, each participant was asked to bring a gift from home – an item that meant something to her, to give away to another student.
That last day, we all lined up, with our mysterious gifts hidden behind our backs. One by one, we walked past the line of women, tapping the one whose gift we wanted.
When it came my turn, I put out the intention to receive what I needed. I then felt a distinctly magnetic pull to one woman in particular, someone I would not have chosen. I tapped her, and she revealed the gift: a tiny green glass bowl with a bronze dancing woman inside.