method acting one @ virtual theatre *
2008 and After

Method Acting for Directors I.1

This [Absolute] Reality has been given many names - e.g. God, Self, Tao, Energy, Void, etc.
SHOW (production, process and product): In virtually all traditions, from Sufism to Vedanta, you have the Unmanifest Absolute and the Manifest Absolute, as polar modes of (non)Being.

In Sufism, there are a few names for the Unmanifest : Amma( darkness), Ghayb-ul-Ghaib ( Secret of Secrets ), Dhat/Zat ( Essence ), Ahadiyyat ( Oneness ), Alam-i-Hahut ( the "world" of "He-ness", Hahut coming from Hu (He), the essential attributeless name of God ). In Vedanta, Nirguna Brahman or Parabrahman, in Kashmir Shaivism Mahabindu or Paramashiva etc.

The Manifest Absolute is God with attributes ( Allah, Lahut, Wahdah in Sufism, Saguna Brahman in Vedanta, Shiva ( with latent Shakti ) in Trika Shaivism etc. ) The best poetic modern rendition is in first 3 chapters of Jung's "Septem Sermones ad Mortuos", the Unmanifest being Pleroma, the Manifest Abraxas.

In a few traditions some other dimensions of Godhead are added ( varying from, say, 1 to 3-all prior to manifestation in creation ). Sometimes, they are rendered as extratemporal modes of Godhead; sometimes as emanationist strata of Godhead, but prior to creation of "worlds".

Arvan Harvat -- From "The Unmanifest and the Manifest Absolute" (becoming as being). About Krishna (a.k.a. Chrishna):

"Krishna is the ninth* and the complete incarnate of Vishnu, the Godhead of the Hindu Trinity of deities. Of all the Vishnu avatars he is the most popular, and perhaps of all Hindu gods the one closest to the heart of the masses...Krishna was dark and extremely handsome. The word Krishna literally means 'black', and black also connotes mysteriousness...Whether he was a human being or a God-incarnate, there is no gainsaying the fact that he has been ruling the hearts of millions for over three millennia. In the words of Swami Harshananda, 'If a person can affect such a profound impact on the Hindu race affecting its psyche and ethos and all aspects of its life for centuries, he is no less than God'."

* The writer appears to be in error. Most Hindu sources list Krishna as the eighth incarnation of Vishnu; the ninth was Buddha.

ACTOR -- CHARACTER -- ROLE: is "character central? Or simply a process, before it become an experience in spectator? {The Other, another living, material)

... Spirit and matter stand to each other as the two poles of the same homogeneous substance, the root principle of the universe...

Being and Existence : Most people (including a few dictionary compilers) make little or no distinction between Being and Existence. But where metaparticle basics are concerned, such a distinction is absolutely and rigorously necessary. The entire process of material creation (or production - whichever the reader prefers) depends upon the fact that Existence is not the same as Being.


The medieval German ecclesiastic Meister Eckhart -- What he recorded in detail from his multiple inner experiences was without doubt the same phenomenon other penetrators call voidness, the "zero state", Space consciousness, etc. Maybe, Eckhart was the first to call it "the Godhead". (acheaved performance, the end of SELF and Mortality)

"God has all the glory. The Godhead seems as empty as though it were not." !!! Freud and Method: Introspectionism maintains that consciousness is best understood in terms of intentionality, anchored in first-person accounts -- the inspection and interpretation of immediate awareness and lived experience -- and not in third-person or objectivist accounts, no matter how `scientific' they might appear. Without denying their significant differences, this broad category includes everything from philosophical intentionality to introspective psychology, existentialism and phenomenology.

... Social psychology views consciousness as embedded in networks of cultural meaning, or, alternatively, as being largely a byproduct of the social system itself. This includes approaches as varied as ecological, Marxist, constructivist, and cultural hermeneutics, all of which maintain that the nexus of consciousness is not located merely or even principally in the individual.

* Eastern and contemplative traditions maintain that ordinary consciousness is but a narrow and restricted version of deeper or higher modes of awareness, and that specific injunctions (yoga, meditation) are necessary to evoke these higher and excep- tional potentials. Moreover, they all maintain that the essentials of consciousness itself can only be grasped in these higher, postformal, and nondual states of consciousness. Actor & Roles: "Throughout the Old Testament Scriptures, we find the "extended personality" concept. Adam was corporate mankind. When God created him, He breathed into his nostrils the "breath of lives" (plural noun, Genesis 2:7), not just an individual breath for his own personal life, but the "lives" of every person who would ever live on this earth. We are all Adamís children and corporate body."


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