The key to creating a character is to make choices that alter the way you see the world as opposed to having attention on what you look like.
If we look at the soul of the creator as a bright light – we never want to hide this light. But sometimes we want to put different colored gels in front of that light.
We mustn’t however put a piece of cardboard in front of that light with a drawing of the character.
We want your light – not your idea ( cardboard cut out).
How to do this?
How to alter the way that you see?
First off you must remember that your imagination is in your body – not in your thoughts.
So you must trigger your body (or imaginator, if you will) so that your entire being gets stimulated to create. Hmmm that didn’t sound quite right – but you know what I mean.
As many of you know, in Committed Impulse class we play with various rhythms, as well as different ways to ground or unground your body, we play with kinispheres, sub personalities, tempo rhythms and other tools all designed to trigger your imagination.
You know your imagination is triggered when you see the world differently.
For example. Take a moment and stand up.
Play with the image of you being fiercely connected to the earth. Roots grip down into the floor. You can stand tall even in a hurricane.
I can’t tell you exactly how to do this – but you have super powers – you can do it.
Now, does your breath change? Do the muscles in your face change. Does your inner tempo rhythm slow down? Can you see more clearly? Are you more confident? Less confident?
Whatever you feel is perfect.
You can then experiment being ungrounded. Disconnected from the ground. What does that do to your sensations and perception?
Which choice is better for what you are creating?
So the game is to make choices and then create with and from them.
Lisa Young says
As a musician, I bring a lot of characters to the different styles of music I perform. This is a great tool for bringing those characters to life. Thanks!
I love when people apply CI to different mediums. Keep creating!
Michelle Vargas says
Yes! This!! So cool to hear it explained this way. I often see other YouTube people “doing characters” when what they’re actually doing is dressing up funny and then talking about what they’re wearing. I think that seeing that has kept me from wanting to even try doing an actual character. Probably for fear that I’d end up doing something similar 😀
I love the bit about your body sensations and making choices. Takes a lot of pressure off your BRAIN to “make” the character. More focus on the intuitive creator. So great. Thanks for this, Josh!!! And BRAVO to all the wonderful stuff you’ve got going on! You’re a rockstar.
Conor Tansey says
This is perfect! I had a temporary lapse in memory:(
Thanks for reminding me of how easy and fun it can be to create!
We all need to remind ourselves to create genuinely – because we all have minds that want us to create with safety as opposed to spontaneously.
Yea – when you create from the truth in your body it’s magical. Otherwise it’s just plain hard to watch.
I wanna see your new youtube stuff. Let us all know how we can see it.
Rock on Michelle!
Hey Josh – curious if you have any thoughts about applying this to “regular life” (i.e. who we are around our family/close friends). Would that application be simply about being connected to how our body is feeling, or maybe an opportunity to experiment with some different energy (or both)?