There is a space in yourself between the impulses you get and the time frame you respond. It is like Viktor Frankl once said, and it has great implication to realise and work on the realisation of this given fact. Feel free to inhale those words and imagine really what it means…..Do you recognise this?
A place between stimulus and response, and in that space we prepare our response, prepare our answer to whatever happens in our lives. And it that space, that inner area of freedom, lies our chance to grow or to fail, – or to fall, whatever way you call it. Our chance to recognise the need as part of fulfilling the core of our humanity, in close connection with other human beings, or failing both ourselves and others, – lies in that space of decision-making. Sometimes the response is slow, at times it is instant, by instinct, driven what we have internalized by ways of experience and learning from inside. Interesting isn’t it? Frankl was an interesting man by the way.
This particular space in ourselves is a powerful place you know, nobody can take this away from us, – apart from our own selves, failing to use this freedom, – this space, in it’s full strength…
Does this make sense?
Let’s call it “the inner studio”. The studio where you are allowed to believe in. It is free, you know, – and at some extend you can invite others to come in, perhaps, – if you wish. In that case, however, on the base of being trustworthy. If such you are able there to develop yourself away from the spot light, with others, – before you take action of any kind. In this space between stimulus and response lies perhaps your unique voice, – the beauty of your dreams, if the response follows this direction, either slow or instantly.
It’s a place where you can rehearse and refine, refine and rehearse. For sure, – like acting, it is important to learn your lines, – your boundaries as well, in which you feel comfortable. It is not always good to go that far as you can go. For sure you are allowed to do this in this inner-space, – but certainly not every time in your response. And mind you, if faced with problems, – the problem is as important as the response, – as in the response you may create positive change. But generally stay well within yourself! And if life asks you to give it that extra inch, – give it that extra mile, if you wish, and leave no stone unturned and give it everything you have!
That’s life you know, the life from actors, writers, politicians, lovers and bloggers. The life of all in one and one in all. It’s my life your life and most of the live we see in others. And all those things where development starts is in that inner-core of strength and decision making, that space between stimulus and response, our inner-studio, – whether we share this space with closed ones or not…
You can compare the studio with a place where actors, writers etc come together and discuss the work which needs to be done. Often it is personal. At times it attracts you at a certain place which might be helpful for “setting” the next scene….. Mind you, – this applies for everybody,…even doctors. Like me.
Again this inner studio knows no boundaries or exceptions, the fantasy may have a free part, the inspiration is often born here. In musical terms it is the silence between the music being heard. And in life, drama, playwriting or anything else, – it is the important pause between actions.
The “pause” of both creation and response.
What more is important to know about this?
You know, It is VERY important as well to stay the course, if the last is an expression of goodwill, – refined in so many dimensions as we can see. In such moment we can love each other without touching each other as the energies transmitted in the trillions of impulses may connect us somehow, – at times really at the core of our humanity.
The last which can only be recognised in an other person. And the interesting thing, you know, – is that we don’t even need to know this person, – as personally it can be. Sometimes it can be an impression from the other end of the world. I do experience this myself, and in my freedom I allow the receiving, – if it is good.
Allowing this to verbalise as such is an other question. Not every time you can respond from the heart. Mind you what this could create.
At times it is better to wait and see what grows, and how it grows, – in some occasions. Like the farmer plants and gives water, like he or she observes the growing – and finally says to the growing existence of “the plant” that he or she loves this unique reflection of creation. This is good you know, also that we keep learning this way and get better tuned in what life requests us to do at any particular point of its development. An ongoing movement forwards in which we are allowed to be engaged, – whether we are actors or real life people in real life circumstances.
But we need to have support with this.
If we allow in our own inner studio those people we trust and love, in sustained ways, – we may respond for the better, even if those persons are not around at the same time.
But when you are together and lucky enough to have a real studio, it is important to invent together, – as part of a pure spontaneous process. Getting to know each other is essential for this.
If you prepare a role, you need to get a great impression of that role first, – if for instance in an act or drama you need to play someone. Sometimes it is the story behind the person, the fiction itself, or the real-life person, – being still alive or passed away already, – the last maybe many years ago.
In other words you need to get a very good impression from the real life character you want to play, or from the real life purpose you have in your mind, – to play it out in the real only ONE life you have.
This requires fantasy, intuition, inspiration and a good deep knowledge as well. And if you GET the picture, – allow it to live in you, allow yourself to play with this picture and allow the picture to play with you. You may not be able to figure out everything as due to the complexities, – but a real life impression may emerge in which you transmit the key of that character, or the key of that domain in life you want to cultivate as good as you can.
Certain parts you need to prepare, – for sure. Other parts you need to leave open and unconsidered,- as acting from the “unconscious” is important in any identity. When you are relaxed after due diligence, your conscious is “free”, as long as you “are in to it enough”
Does this makes sense or is it too dry, or too complex.
Well let me say this,.. if you choose people into your inner circle, or even, a step further, into your own studio of creation, – don’t select them on the colour of their skin or the beauty of their appearance, as in such case things can go wrong and you may be fooled… No, – for sure, – select them based on the higher level of your intuition. The last resonating with the likely “key contents” of their character and work, – and if they look nice it’s a bonus. The last for sure in the film or model industry. More even there, – but mind you, even a beautiful actrice, needs to be able to play her role very well as the public does not go on the expression of her beauty only, only though the combination of the two.
When you really figure out the key of the role, YOUR ROLE, – whatever it is or may be, at some stage your unconscious will take, over as long as you are relaxed in yourself. You need to trust this specific part of you, – this inner space between impulse and response, as again in this area lies your growth and fulfilment if you prepared your own base as good as possible.
Don’t build your house on sand, as the bible says, as it has no foundation.
To get to this stage you need to take in a lot, – to get “the” real good impression in both body mind and spirit. If you really have the key of the role, that what you want to be or want to play, – this all needs to be based on lots of information, you know.. You can really make the best of the improvisations in your mind, – a tapestry being created already, – if you went through thorough preparations before, – as best it can be in the provided circumstances…
Speaking about tapestries and weavers, often, the mind of real weavers and their imagination, – never stops. ..They create, even in their dreams.
Also, – ask questions without answering them yourself. This can be a place for the studio, you know, the place which you might share with your best connections. “Why am I here”.. “Where am I going to? etc etc” “Is this appearance right?”. “Which way can it be done differently”
It reminds me a bit of my study Medicine in Maastricht, in the Netherlands. Apart from the normal and sometimes abnormal stuff you need to learn before becoming a doctor, we had a group, which was called “The Attitude Group”. Not that every doctor was lacking “attitude” but both a good conduct and bedside manners are important ( or helpful at least!!), – on the playground of a doctor, any doctor… Hence this group.. This was a different “studio of sorts”, – not perfect but we got the flavour, with lots of laughter as well.
An other thing which is crossing my mind is the importance of “being wanted”. That you are wanted to play the role in whatever endeavour where you have to play this role. It is not always the case, but it is a real bonus when you feel wanted, that you feel wanted to perform, – that you feel wanted to express what you are, or what you so dearly want to be.
And whether it is writing or acting or anything else,- the editing needs to be done as well. Very important though, even when it comes to the stuff related with your own soul… Mind you, whatever is going on there, – not a fraction you want to be disclosed on the real playground in public. Not always an easy job, but most interesting this area. This area becoming in the “public eye” is a matter of choice, adopted in your expression or performance, – in either the real life situation or the act you have to play in a film, or as a model.
Certain parts of the available material, you leave away. Likewise certain emotions at times, – whilst on the other hand allowing other emotions to radiate, – makes the scene perhaps at its best within both the domain of your culture and your performance, – by choice!
Look at film fragments as how they are sealed together as a piece of real art at times. That’s the role of editing, – and really trust your editors, – hose in and around you.
Mind you again, all this takes a lot of work! What takes place in seconds as such in a real film, took hours of preparation perhaps. Life simply, though, does not come easy, – even when you are lucky. In terms of performance, – whether it is protecting human rights, being a President, an Actor or a Writer etc. requires a lot of input. You know, rehearsal and rehearsal(!!), – editing(!!), knowing lots about the key components, in other words knowing YOUR stuff(!!), – and besides this imagination and improvisation!
Make sure you are “in the scene”, in the plot, surrounded by those you trust, – surrounded by those with whom you have a real connection, and I can say you it’s all worthwhile, and at times it’s lots of fun. Because we go as we grow, and when we do this together there is real meaning in our connections when we do this for a real purpose. Connecting as such can broaden the mind like travel may do, – the difference though is that real connection between people can build on each others purpose in life and is as such not a “stand alone thing”.. We are inter-connected, – but choose your real connections wisely!
They can make or break you!
Does this make sense?
That’s life you know, – that’s life. And tell you one more thing, the more you love it the more you come to live, and when you have to go, it’s all fine because you have been fully alive, and the last is which counts when we die. Mind you, I made lots of errors in the editing of my own expressions, speaking at times too much from the heart, too early perhaps, – and at times my products became better in retrospect, by repeating, editing, and rehearsal, – in both my mind, body and spirit
Because editing, playing, writing, performing is an ongoing thing in life, and if you really love, – it is a lot of fun. Fun if you see it all with a great sense of humour as well… And mind you, …my favourite actress and producer is Hilary Swank, just because of her great passionate role in the “Freedom Writers”…. Just to keep it simple!
We can do the living only once, – and mind you, – let’s do it good, and reach out the right way, – our true north strong and free!
Thank you so much!
Paul Alexander Wolf