The play of forces of the R-gesture
The exercise «Swimming against the stream” is the exact opposite of “Swimming with the stream”. The circulation 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 it’s power. The hand is shaken, the water bubbles and becomes aerated and enlivened. One loves doing this. This comes close to that which is the R-gesture in eurythmy. Practicing an R in this manner is palpably refreshing.
Soon it is no longer necessary to control the movement through the manipulative element of the astral body (tonus, arm position or spreading of the fingers). One stands, replacing the manipula-tion with the joy of doing the L or R movement, and starts. The movement takes place almost by itself, one goes along and can enjoy it. The etheric understands my thoughts. Etheric body and thinking are one!
Comment: This movement sequence is naturally not the whole R gesture. This lives in the polarity of condensing and expanding. That R is an active movement against the stream, sounds through the active colours of the eurythmy figure. Condensing in the lower stream, as red movement, re-leasing in the upper stream, as yellow veil.