Seine Energy

8 Aug

So quietly flows the Seine that one hardly notices its presence. It is always there, quiet and unobtrusive, like a great artery running through the human body. In the wonderful peace that fell over me it seemed as if I had climbed to the top of a high mountain; for a little while I would be able to look around me, to take in the meaning of the landscape. Human beings make a strange fauna and flora...”~Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

Cities situated on bodies of water cannot help but be shaped (both literally and figuratively) by the source of water that courses through the heart of the city.

The Seine river is an indelible beauty mark on the stunningly beautiful city that is Paris.

One Tuesday evening, last month, my friends and I decided to do what many Parisians (and visitors to Paris) do–have a picnic along the Seine–cheese, cold cuts, strawberries and (but of course) wine.

along the seine

In view of Notre-Dame on the right bank, we strolled the left bank, stopping to enjoy our repast and taking in the energy of that moment and space.

Paris is called “The City of Light” because, in human history, it was one of the early centers of education and enlightenment. From my perspective, Paris is “The City of Light” because of the summer sunset. In July in Paris, dusk is a protracted affair. There are many shades of color in the sky and as darkness slowly arrives, the air itself feels profoundly electric.

Along the banks of the Seine–illuminated by the fading sky and the play of light on the flowing river–people gathered; some came to walk, others to sit in silence to absorb the beauty of the river; while lovers held hands.

Musicians played instruments and radios played.  Where there is music, nearly always, there is dance.  This Tuesday by the Seine was no exception.

seine dancing5

When people ask me what I believe from a cosmological/spiritual perspective, my answer will vary with my mood and may be shaped by a variety of influences–from the music I listened to that morning at the gym, to what I had for lunch. Mostly I am inclined to “embrace the mystery”  and leave dogma to others.

However, the one thing I am absolutely certain of is energy.

Positive energy. Negative energy. Cosmic energy.

Nikolas Tesla, the famous inventor and futurist once said, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.

Who am I to argue with the man who was instrumental in harnessing alternating current?

Energy, frequency and vibration danced beside the Seine.

seine dancing

Perhaps it was the spirit of Paris itself, or some form of static electricity generated by the dancers–or an energy formed from the dance itself.

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O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?

~William Butler Yeats

seine dancing put your hands in the air

Did the dancers become more frenzied, or was the world spinning faster?

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Music.  Dance.  Light.  Flowing river.

The energy of people gathered together coupled with the unique energy that each individual brings to each moment and place.

Alive with light and spark and illumination…

seine sparks

Even the bicycles parked along the Seine were alive with the energy of the evening…

glowing bike

Wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation.
~Thomas Merton


The next evening, the next gathering…the next spark…

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One Response to “Seine Energy”

  1. Ellen India August 11, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    That was really beautiful. One of your finest, you can tell how moved you were, and that you felt truly moved and connected to it all. Beautiful.

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