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Life Is Too Serious to Take Seriously
Dean: Hi, James. So I’m thinking I can use acting as a way to have a conversation with a more introverted me and be aware of what’s going on, and so it’s like having a dialogue with God showing, hey, these are my thoughts, and in a role trying to connect to a better idea of something intangible in the other and make it one, and by that at the same time listen to the silence, which I think is a big thing about theatre that it makes you very aware and almost connect to everything around in a very relaxed and pleasing way when in the zone, also that roles can help play with energy (psych-emotional and physical) and so exhaust habits and tendencies while not gaining as much out of it in other ways because it’s a role, so automatically one has the karma yoga attitude that whatever happened just passed and I know it’s not me, also the idea I see in a lot of Vedanta books that everyone acts at some point, so realizing this can make one less clingy to being so impulsive. So maybe each role is a tool in concentration and learning like a huge ongoing mantra, and realizing that we do the same in life, so can see acting and life as a joke – the whole life is too serious to take seriously. Also, roles maybe, choosing roles that have a lot of symbolism that reach something akin to a spiritual journey, and so mature as a person with the art. Let me know if you think this could be helpful or if I should just toss it away.
Ramji: This is so confusing that I can’t figure out what you are actually saying, Dean, but I liked the idea that life is so serious that you can’t take it seriously. So please try to organize this stream of consciousness into a series of simple questions. It seems like there are about ten ideas all strung together and no real punch line. You have to make my job easier.
Anyway, it’s very nice to hear from you and that you had a good time in Texas.
~ Love, Ram