At the time of the writing of this blog, I am facilitating an improvisation class that I’ve created and titled the “Undiscovered Genius.” It’s not an acting class. Instead, it is a time in which we dip into our creativity, follow our intuition and just play in the field of creative drama. It seems simple, but something much deeper is occurring.
At the last class, we were debriefing when someone asked, “How do I take this feeling with me?” She was talking about being excited, happy and in the moment. The next day, someone said they couldn’t fall asleep that night of the class. I remember when I was very active in theater and plays, I would come home totally charged and, yes, I couldn’t sleep. What is this?
I contemplated the answer to this question and I have come up with this. When we are in our right brain, our creative brain, we have let go of our analytical brain and have stepped into the zone of unlimited possibility. We are most definitely present, not thinking of the future or the past. We are totally engaged and listening to our inner selves. We are thinking out of the box. How do we keep this feeling? We decide to spend more time present and open. We decide to begin to look at the options in life instead of closing off our minds. We practice taking a new look at what we consider our problems that can’t be solved.
Within each of us is a Genius, our greatest Self who has access to an unlimited loving Intelligence. When we practice the arts, whether it be visual arts or performing arts, we experience this. However, we do not have to be an artist to recognize and experience this Genius. It is here for all of us.
For myself, I am fortunate to have spent a lifetime as a performing artist and teacher of the arts and writer, but what really brought this inner Genius home to me was my willingness to follow my spiritual path, to open up to self-love. It’s taken me from theater to many religions, philosophies and teachers to find myself back here, practicing the Presence. There is a place within each of us that KNOWS this. Again, it is self-love. It is a letting go of the small stuff and living to be happy, truly happy. It is playing in life no matter what we are doing.
So, to answer the original question, “How do I take/keep this feeling with me?” You can’t hold on to it. That will just make it slip further away. To “keep” this feeling is through being present to life no matter what. It is an act of trust and faith. It is about following the path of joy. “How do I keep this feeling?” I simply choose to live it by applying it to my life.
Love and Aloha,
Rev. Rita Andriello-Feren, Co-Founding Director Center for Spiritual Living Kaua`i, Author and Spiritual Coach
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