Now, repeat, but start on C
Go from C to D.
Feel like you’ve gone very far? Feel like maybe you should either go further or step back down? That SECOND step is useful but not a great place to pause for very long – can you feel your body’s inclination to move beyond from the second step?
Step back to the floor. You’re on C
The floor is your FIRST, and you should already be standing on it.
It’s where you started, and where you will end, one way or another.
It’s where your feet begin-where they are ROOTed. It’s the TONIC.
From the FIRST, the floor, the ROOT, skip the next step (the SECOND step), and land your feet on the THIRD step.
What letter should you state for this step? ………
If you said E, this is making sense. If not, here’s one more chance to sort it…
Go back to the floor, the FIRST, where your feet are ROOTed, and begin again.
- This time, envision the C as where you stand, see the D up a step, on the SECOND step.
- See the E up another step, on the THIRD step.
- See the F and G? Legs long enough to reach that FIFTH step, or is the FOURTH more comfortable? You choose, but if you can stretch (to) the FIFTH, you’ll feel as though you’ve accomplished quite a distance, and a good place to be for a few moments. If you prefer the fourth, you’ll also feel a sense of arrival and being, but see if you have an inclination to keep ascending, or maybe it’s a good step, that FOURTH, to sit down and rest and ponder. Maybe, seated on the FOURTH, your feet can comfortably reach the THIRD and SECOND step. Maybe you can stretch your legs and reach the floor, the FIRST/ROOT, as you lean back, look up at the ceiling a moment, and just let your thoughts wander.
It’s most excellent if you have only 7 stairs because of the sense of completion when you reach the next level, however with a longer set of stairs, just give yourself a good visual to represent arrival on that 8th surface, or completion point.
Go to that EIGHTH, that completion/landing point.
Turn around, it’s time to descend.
Your goal now is to return to where you began, but maybe don’t do it step by step, that’s rather predictable.
- Take a single step down; you’re on the SEVENTH step from the floor now, and well, you can hang out there for a moment if you want, while you decide whether you’re going to start down a step at a time, two, three, or not symmetrical.
Let’s say you decide you want to take this staircase back down, two steps at a time, skipping a step each time..
Go back to the top, to the EIGHTH, and turn around to begin your descent again. This time, take the stairs down, two steps at a time.
- State C at the top, what letter do you land on if you step down by two, skipping a step between the top and where you land? Yep. “A”
- Step down again, skipping a step. What letter do you land on this time? F
Ok, so now you’re at a pausing point, a fifth step from the top (a FIFTH down from the ROOT – the top root in the case of a single octave of steps). It’s a good place to be, but it has a sense of decision to it, doesn’t it? You could just sit down right there and take a break, call it good until you’re ready to jump the rest of the flight back to the floor (returning to the ROOT)… but eventually, you’re going to have to leave that spot. It might be after everyone goes home, and the song ends, but eventually you’ll have to finish your descent, though enough time could pass before you do, whatever ideas you had in your head as you were originally going down the steps, have faded, have been released or let just be.