Tuesday, January 08, 2008


Many people ask me why i do what i do, why i spend so much time training, meditating, studying, why am i aiming my life like an arrow towards becoming a circus performer?

The answer is a simple one. Love. I love what i do, training to me becomes a meditation, everything falls away except the moment, i feel the stillness within, my oneness with all things, my true eternal nature, I feel the indwelling I AM. Its not the act of training or meditating itself that brings this feeling of indescribable joy and love, the act simply brings me fully to the moment, quietens the minds incessant chatter, dissolves the ego, draws me into presence where i feel and BE in my natural state of bliss and joy. As Eckhart Tolle puts it- it is simply the joy of being.

My intention to become a circus performer is simply an natural extension of what i love, its a natural progression, it isn't really my intention, its life's intention expressing through me, life isn't a thing a have, but rather a thing I AM. The vision and direction is born from inspiration, and i believe as everything is, part of a Divine plan unfolding that is beyond mental understanding.

But maybe as i become more consciously aligned with life, maybe i have a glimpse into some of that. Is it this i want to share with you, what spirit the circus reveals to me.

The spirit of Le Crirque takes the seriousness and heaviness out of the world , out of life, it shows what life is, a dance of forms, a dance of passion, of love, of humor, of music ,of colour and vitality, its a celebration of life flowing into form, a celebration of this moment, a celebration of the joy of being.

It is a collection of some of the best athletes on the planet who are completely humble, who demand no personal recognition, who are happy to become complete vehicles for the expression of life and spirit and love all to make other people happy, all to make other people smile, all to let other people be amazed at what can be done in this world when we let spirit take over us, all to let stillness shine out, to bring others into the moment, to awaken them to that spirit they see within themselves. And that is simply beautiful!

Its a celebration of oneness, the performers and the Audience are one family all taking part in this cosmic dance of life, all one within the experience of the moment.

When the performers perform , they efface themselves, a stillness from deep within flows through them and shines outward, touching everyone who witnesses it, the eyes and body reflect so much passion, so much love and by letting go, by handing it over to spirit, human bodies are moved in extraordinary ways, ways that defy limitations, that are incomprehensible to the mind, so we stop thinking.

Shows the impossible becomes possible with dedication towards an ideal, with surrender.

Its a demonstration of having complete faith and trust in that which we cannot see or name, in handing everything over to spirit and letting it guide us to 'wherever' to express through us in a multitude of beautiful ways.

It is about family, the one family that is under the heavens, about people from all different countries, all different races, all different creeds coming together to realise there is no difference at all, to realise their oneness, and celebrate that by working together to allow beauty, laughter, adventure, love and passion to flow into this world.

I feel these to description of two of my favourite Cirque Du Soleil shows Alegria and Varekai, encapsulate some of the spirit of the cirque-

Alegría is a mood, a state of mind. The themes of the show, whose name means "jubilation" in Spanish, are many. Power and the handing down of power over time, the evolution from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth—it is against this backdrop that the characters of Alegría play out their lives. Kings' fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children make up its universe, along with the clowns, who alone are able to resist the passing of time and the social transformations that accompany it.

The word varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.

Whenever i watch the circus, as well as a great many other things it stills the mind, brings me into the moment, brings me into presence, here i feel unimaginable, joy, passion, excitement, peace, love, the joy of being. If i can offer a doorway into that feeling for others then ill do it with my entire soul.

Why do i do what i do? Love

The adventure, the passion, the love awaits.....

David Kelso


Blogger Sirona said...

Awesome blog David. I loved what you wrote.."everything falls away except the moment, i feel the stillness within, my oneness with all things, my true eternal nature"... You have arrived!

Bright 2008 blessings,
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