THE CENTER FOR SELF-CHANGE NEWSLETTER
5, No. 5 - May, 2011
YOUR LIFE MORE THAN A MOVIE ABOUT YOU?
had it right.
Shakespeare said "All the world's a stage, and
all the men and women merely players." *
believe that's trueand that we are always on stage
in one way or another.
also believe that we play best when we are on stage
as freely as possible.
people, however, seem trapped in living their lives
as though they were movies about them, each one
acting as the star of his or her own story.
only are they the stars, but the directors too.
stars, they often wish they could restate their lines:
"Oh, I should have said this instead of
all do that from time to time, of coursebut the
movie makers tend to pressure people into letting them
do a retake so they can feel better about how they are
they insist that their last take should be accepted
as the "real" one, no matter what they actually
directors, they think they have the right to call "Cut!"
in the middle of someone else's speech, stepping on
their lines in order to control the scene.
also edit the raw footage into a memory that tells the
story their wayeven if that means leaving other
people's contributions and points of view on the cutting
come to think they are the producers, that they brought
the whole thing into being in the first place.
seldom realize that the script they are going by is
not truly their own. Much of it was written by the people
and experiences that influenced them in early childhood.
conflicts inevitably arise when other people in the
room, acting from other influences, think the story
is about them instead.
The stars of each personal movie will often become prima
donnas when that happens. They will have moods,
hide off set and sulk, or angrily berate everyone else
for not giving them their due.
is a better way.
if, instead of insisting on being the star of a movie
about them, they thought of themselves as members
of an ensemble in an improvisational play?
way, they would never get stuck having to contrive or
defend a scriptno matter who wrote it.
Free to roam the stage, they could spontaneously go
anywhere and speak freely and never have to rigidly
toe the line or hit some predetermined mark again.
course, they would still have to have a sense of stagecraft;
and would need to know how to play with, and off of,
that's just the same as basically knowing how to communicate
and exercise some generally adequate social skills.
of all, they wouldn't have to stay "in character"
all the time, trapped in a fictional role that has become
set over time.
fact their real character, their true nature, would
spontaneously show forth in everything they said and
cooperation is better
than personal competition.
an improv ensemble, each player supports all the others.
is no competition for special star status
energy runs high and creativity is at the fore.
those in the cast have so much fun they actually break
out in laughter right on stage.
it that way whenever we can is better than trying trying
to read our own script into every scene in life.
business meetings, professional conferences, social
engagements, in shopping malls and restaurants, and
with our families, friends, and coworkers it feels much
better going improv, no matter what others are doingeven
if some of them still insist on trying to impose their
screenplays on the rest of us.
they don't get it, well they just don't know how to
play, do they?
we can play around them.
of insisting on our own cinematic vision of everything,
we are free to have creative fun.
work gets done just the sameand often much better.
not that people who go improv don't take themselves
or the world seriously.
just try not to take either themselves or the world
anyone who chooses this approach still has to respect
the stage he or she is on; to recognize what kind of
audience is present; and especially to play with and
not against the other members of the cast.
won't always get it right. Sometimes we may still collapse
ourselves into a scene or two.
as others learn to improvise with us, they'll help get
us out of thatjust as we help them.
we could use a little help.
from the restrictions of a scripted life to the freedom
of improv isn't always easy at first.
know from experience that hypnotherapy for release from
past influences can really make a difference for people
who want to make that transition.
the world is a stage. There is no avoiding that.
we take an improvisational approach to the roles we
play, we have the freedom and creativity to make the
most of every performance.
seems there is no avoiding that either.
me know what you think.
You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7, lines 139-140.
THE CENTER CIRCLE
easy. Every Wednesday
for a few minutes between
10:00 and Noon sit down and
turn inward - through prayer,
meditation, self-hypnosis or
any modality you choose -
and send out good thoughts
to everyone else in the circle.
be there. How about you?
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