The Temple of Poi community creates
an environment which facilitates poi/hoop/staff/flow arts skill
development while cultivating the individual style each person
uniquely brings to their art form. Our work continually promotes
expression and is the heart of our philosophy:
Express yourself fully and completely
until and unless you take away someone else's ability to express
themselves fully and completely.
The sentence, while simple, illustrates the consciousness, passion,
energy, and integrity embodied by the Temple of Poi. First, we believe
everyone has something to create and express in this world, even
if the individuals do not yet know what that is. Expression can
be anything including paintings, music, dance, performance, books,
speeches, ideas, communities, families and countless other things.
Our philosophy encourages each person to explore their own creativity
and let it shine in the world. This is no small task given our busy
lives full of obligations, family, friends and work.
And, regardless of the demands we experience, we believe Self expression
is possible... for everyone.
The Temple of Poi philosophy continues, promoting responsible expression.
Certainly there is the obvious implication in this statement that
we endorse freedom and discourage force -- that one should offer
their expression rather than forcing their expression on
others. It is easy to remember a time in the middle of the 1900's
where the idea of a superior race was being forced on others in
Europe, resulting in World War II. The Temple of Poi guideline does
not support an oppressive and forceful form of expression, as it
is clearly irresponsible.
Looking further into our guideline speaks to a more subtle aspect
of responsible expression. To foster an environment of freedom for
everyone, we encourage each person to consider the whole
environment in which they are expressing themselves, asking individuals
to notice all the other people with whom they are interacting. That
is, after considering what one wishes to express, the next step
is to consider how it will impact the environment in which one might
For example, imagine a group of dancers arriving at a location,
setting up and performing. Part of their show including blasting
their music loudly, so loudly that other people need to move somewhere
else to continue a conversation they were already engaged in before
the music was playing. These dancers were less responsible in their
expression than we encourage. The Temple of Poi philosophy invites
artists to create expression while encouraging everyone else to
have the same experience: a Win-Win mentality.
We believe responsible Self expression is achieved by embracing
flexibility and recognizing we always have a choice. As the dancers
arrive at the location described above, they might consider these
possibilities to support the conversationalists continuing their
- Perhaps the sound system could move elsewhere
- Perhaps we can negotiate with the people already in the space,
inviting them to watch the show, including them as audience members
by offering them the gift of our performance.
- Perhaps we can lower the volume so the conversation can transpire
while the performance occurs.
Even if we do not prefer the choices, there are always options
With this philosophy in mind, we developed our school, community
and events to empower individuals who energize the community,
which ultimately sparks creativity and the ongoing advancement
in the flow rEvolution.