Mission and Value Statements
Continuum Movement® is a dynamic inquiry into what it is to be a human being, providing a somatic experiential method to consciously explore yourself as an unfolding biological and planetary process.
VALUE STATEMENT OF CONTINUUM MOVEMENT
Biology enables, culture modifies.
Biology enables us to live on this planet; culture limits how we must live. Each culture shapes the human body according to its assumptions about what a human being is, and what is best for society. It must do so to contain the multitudes of souls that live within its limits. But the individual can become absorbed in the consensus, and the primal bio-uniqueness of the organism can be lost. A primary value of Continuum Movement is access to the universal processes within. That process is a transcultural, universal movement of fluidity.
Continuum was introduced in the late 1950’s by Emilie Conrad. One of her main values was to make available to others the deep sense of exploring intrinsic movement to the very impulses from which we are born every moment. . . every NOW. Within the waters of our being lie unfathomable feelings that allow us to surface and walk on dry land keeping the energy of swimming. The human body is not an object, but an ocean of flows and gushes.
After many eons, the beginning of a species called homo sapiens began to make itself distinct from other species. This new creature, with its organs, circulating blood — all of its interior life — still undulating with its oceanic origins, muscled itself on land. But, always, through it all, no matter what, its internalized fluid resonance continues to carry the message of the sea.
Rather lead being overwhelmed by our current cultural challenges Continuum Movement accepts them as exciting opportunities to invent ourselves differently, not as bionic-humans but as the exemplars of the courageous and the daring. Let us see these times as seeds for a probable future with the wetness of the stars still gleaming in our eyes and the rush of the seas throbbing in our heart as we dream the future, and it is US. – Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum Movement
Core values of Continuum Movement:
- Central goals of Continuum Movement are the creation of health and wellness, freeing oneself from the cultural and mechanistic constraints of modern society. Continuum Movement maintains that movement is the message and the messenger
- To access and flourish from an internal experience of our biology using breath, sound, and somatic based movement. It thrives on openness and a curiosity about what is possible. Movement is not something that we do, movement is what we are, and it is a way to learn to move our presence further into the unknown.
- To motivate curiosity, creativity, innovation, health and tapping into the human potential by allowing the body to lead the way through sound, breath and movement.
- Continuum’s somatic process connects us to the primordial, cultural and cosmic fields,. interconnecting with the natural world.
- To create health, wellness, and innovation by accessing the body’s essential fluid system to free oneself from cultural and mechanistic constraints of modern living.
- Water is the most resonant element in the cosmos. Water’s fluid interplay of movement carries information that shapes our being. The fact that our body is composed mostly of water is significant in our capacity to be self-referential, transformational, and better able to effortlessly respond to circumstance by cultivating an open bio-system/organism.
- A bio-creative process of learning to fluidly meet any limit, in any aspect of our living, by exploring our natural state incorporating breath, sound, and somatic based movement as natural resources of meaningfulness.
- Continuum is a process of refining our ability to sense, feel,experience and consciously respond with more versatility to whatever is going on, and to give an individual the resources to explore the less known aspects of oneself.
- “. . . I can feel the waters of my eternal ocean beckoning to me with sweeps of wave motion. . . . My head disappears under water, my hands become a blur, my ‘body’ is permeable, and my skin no longer wraps around me. I am this water. I am these waves .” — Emilie Conrad.