The play of forces of the R-gesture
The exercise "Swimming against the stream” is the exact opposite of “Swimming with the stream.” The current that carries us backwards from below and forwards above is contrary to the natural movement of the upper and lower system.
It is similar to sitting in a river and moving one’s hand or a stick against the current, and thereby feeling its power. The hand is shaken, while the water bubbles and becomes aerated and enlivened. One enjoys doing this. This comes close to the gesture that expresses the sound R in eurythmy. Practicing an R in this manner is palpably refreshing.
Soon it is no longer necessary to control the movement through conscious manipulation (muscle tone, arm position, or spreading of the fingers). One stands, replacing the manipulation with the joy of doing the L or R movement, and starts. The movement takes place almost by itself, as one goes along and enjoys it. The body of formative life forces, the etheric body, understands my thoughts. Etheric body and thinking are one!
Note: This movement sequence is naturally not the whole R gesture, which lives in the polarity of condensing and expanding. That R is an active movement against the stream, which can be seen through the active colors of the eurythmy figure: condensing in the lower stream, as red movement, releasing in the upper stream, as yellow veil.