This summer holiday I went to Magis for the second time, this time in Hungary. There was a lot of choice between different beautiful 'experiments', such as a pilgrimage, ecology, architecture, papyrus, social work, etc. I chose the experiment 'Dance to God, dance with God'. This took place in a beautiful, green, quiet neighborhood of Budapest. It was a wonderful program: each day started with morning exercises and stretching, a morning reflection, some activities that promoted the group atmosphere (team building), dancing, siesta and the Magis circle, the core of the whole Magis event. The program was perfectly balanced because we also had enough breaks and time for ourselves, which I was very grateful for.
For me, the Magis circle is essential for the group formation. Everyone shares what and how much they want about the course of the day, the positive and negative feelings and emotions that came along with it, what deeper insights you received that day. Everyone takes a turn and everyone listens respectfully, and afterwards you can elaborate on what someone else said. This system ensures that from the very first day, there is a deeper connection between the group members. It always touches me how from the first day on there is a certain trust and you do not hesitate to share personal things with each other.
I also want to say something about the dancing itself: it was not just dancing, it was a kind of meditative spiritual, repetitive dancing, almost always in a circle and holding hands. We danced to music from all kinds of cultures: Egyptian, Syrian, Greek, Italian, Hungarian, and many more. In five days, we learned 21 different dances. During the dance, you have no sense of time, no sense of earthly and material worries, you just dance, and you feel harmony between your soul, the other persons in the circle, the earth and God. Sometimes I cannot find the right words or get into the right state of mind to talk to God or pray and dance came out to be a good solution for that.
The group became very close from the first days, thanks to the Magis circle and the dance, which were so connecting. I found it movingly beautiful to see how eleven people from completely different origins (Syria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Hungary, Croatia…) with very different lifestyles and personalities, who had never seen each other before, built up such a deep relationship in just a few days. After the Magis 2021 we have been in contact as a group and individually among ourselves.
My first Magis experience, two years ago in Lithuania, changed my life and especially the way I look at life. I thought that I could never have a better Magis experience than then, but this time it was just completely different. It gave me a possibility of spiritual and personal growth. That makes it worthwhile to keep going, year after year.