This Way is Up
Walk like you know where you’re going.
My dad was singing in the house today, which is rather new, probably because I’ve been home for the last six months and do a fair amount of singing. It’s nice to see him cutting loose, but at the same time it was a little annoying. Why was it annoying? Because the reason for his singing was just to make sound and get a chuckle out of the crowd (my mom and I).
Isn’t it so true that the intention behind your action determines it’s outcome.
Like, I like dancing, and sometimes when I’m at a party I just dance. When you just start having fun you usually find yourself surrounded by girls five minutes later, because people enjoy being around people who are enjoying themselves.
On the other hand, sometimes I’ve danced with the aims of trying get the attention of a girl. Meaning, I’m dancing solely for the sake of impressing someone else. It understandably has less of a gravitational pull because people sense a different flow of energy – one of inflow rather than outflow.
This brings up the idea of acting from a pure place, or truth, which Gil wrote about in a previous post. When you’re on camera are you trying to “show” people something? Are you trying to be good? I feel into that trap for a few moments just today. Have you ever approached a strange girl and put on this suave facade to make them think you’re cool? I have, and it didn’t fly. Because it ain’t true. (actually I’m more suave when I don’t try, probably the same for most people)
You ever been on stage with a dog? You wouldn’t stand a chance because dogs don’t bullshit, they do whatever they want in any given moment. Animals are cool like that. They speak the truth. All the time. They aren’t trying to be funny when they chase their tale, and they aren’t trying to show how loving they are when they lick your face. They do it because they feel like it, and that feeling came for a pure place.
At the beginning of our campaign my friend running for mayor had a tough time answering the question – why are you running? If you don’t know why you’re doing something, what you produce will lack magic. Of course that would be the case, you don’t even know why you’re doing it. So dig around and figure it out.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered the power of choice. As an adult, you can choose to do whatever you want.
Why did I go to university? I don’t know. Seemed like that’s what everyone was doing.
Why am I doing this? I want to explore my own infinite potential as a human being – the magic. I want to influence a change in the way people use their minds. I want to help shape the next step of human evolution. That’s on a grand scale. On a small scale, I try to do things if they feel right. And when it feels right it tends to fit into the big picture somehow, sometime.
Acting isn’t a hobby or a profession, it’s a way of life.