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The Purpose of Love
by Richard Gardner
GUIDANCE ON ACTING THE TWELVE
'God is the Dramatist; men only the actors'
If we seek to evolve consciousness it is necessary to DO something about it regularly. That used to be the purpose of Sundays and religious ritual generally. Nowadays with shorter working hours and longer weekends we seem to have less free time than ever, but regular weekly exercises are most essential to us all.
Perhaps one of the greatest problems of humanity is forgetfulness, or as some call it, being asleep. This means that some technique must be devised to counter this shortcoming. The nearer the truth or actualities this technique can be, the better the results.
By acting in just one channel at a time, the actor will become increasingly aware of its power and reality. One's success will be directly related to how purely one portrays each act without any admixture from another. We never act in only one in everyday life, so it will be quite a discipline to achieve such purity.
As actors gain the capacity to experience and express ever more purely a given channel, they can then move on to the next and master it, and so on round the circle. Regular practice of these experiences will put at your command an increasing degree of consciousness. When one has gone round the circle experiencing ever more deeply each channel, one will have a consciousness for all occasions. A man or woman of all seasons in fact!
Our present state is often one where we are using the wrong consciousness for what is going on around us, or what we are trying to do at the time. One of the symptoms of this is often great difficulty with communication between one person and another.
As any group portrays each act with increasing accuracy, when one actor speaks to another in improvisation style, the actual spell-binding nature of each channel will become ever more apparent. The whole scene between them will take on an ever more myth and fairy-story atmosphere. There will be those who only hear, others who only see, others who only think, and others who can only do. Each seeing everything only from his point of view. In the I Ching it says 'He separates in order to unite'. These are exercises to separate out the tangled skein of consciousness in order that we may properly unite it.
The three men who identified these twelve basic states worked for many years, often in difficulties and tensions, before the work was brought to its present stage. It does look as if they have cracked one of life's most important mysteries, how God operates man. Once these discoveries are put into practice there will be no limit to our progress.
There are many teachings about concentration, positive thinking, meditation and so on, most of which one has to practise alone, which puts a considerable strain on our perseverance, and carries a real risk of boredom. Group-work helps overcome these limitations and allows us to work on a far broader front, with our colleagues to help keep us tuned in.
For the purposes of acting the roles it may be best to list them in the order of sympathetic opposites. That is to say those channels that are directly opposite each other on the circle. (The conflicts are at a tangent as may be observed from the lines on the chart.) Sympathetic opposite performances are usually found operating in the same person at the same time. However for the practice of roles this must not be allowed to happen in the exercise.
The inventor. Logician, scientist
(Light, a star, the Sun)
Thin, intellectual, awake, artificial,
cerebral, complex, analytical, separative
analyse, scrutinize, figure, to see what
a thing is, to penetrate, to change and
invent, to transform
The Joker, the juggler, the trickster
(Hot air, heat)
Superficial, obvious, light, resilient,
cynical, funny, bright, breezy, quick
To be skilful, clever, to be witty,
insensitive, to sneer, to see the ridiculous
The Master, the lord, the patriarch
(ice, snow, crystals)
Refined, pure, cold, precise, tense,
sharp, superior, civilized, conceited
To be opinionated, closed, to hold on,
reserve oneself, to be inflexible,
individualistic, dignified, aloof
The pioneer, the giant, the devil
Definite, hard, brutal, aggressive,
impressive, big, forceful, strong,
firm, ugly, powerful
To be selfish, closed, to hold out,
defend oneself, to have courage,
to be suspicious, determined, confident
The child, the fairy, the angel
(dampness, mist, clouds)
Vague, soft, tender, receptive,
impressionable, small, gentle,
weak, fragile, beautiful
To be selfless, open, to give in,
lose oneself, to have faith, love,
The Slave, the peasant, the worker
(the hearth, a forge, a kiln)
Crude, dirty, warm, messy, relaxed,
blunt, sociable, primitive, humble
To be self-sacrificing, to resign,
to give oneself, submit, to
co-operate, to be adaptable, pliant
The Enchantress, The Dreamer, The Siren
(deep water, a well)
Deep, mysterious, dark, shrinking,
sincere, serious, subdued, quiet,
To be devious, awkward, to be
intuitive, to sense, to have
inner feelings, sensibility, values
The sleeper, the mother, the nurse
(mud, a bog)
Fat. healthy, drowsy, natural, honest,
simple, organic, wholesome
To grow. weave, knit, to be instinctive,
to function, to be at one with nature,
integrated, settled, repetitive
The actress, the oracle, the goddess
Emotional, passionate, personal,
dramatic, involved, attached,
To be self-centred, closed, to indulge oneself,
to have desires, strong feelings,
to be romantic, alive, excited, enthusiastic
The old woman, the spinster
(dust, a desert, a track)
Methodical, flat, boring, drab,
reliable, steady, monotony,
repetitive, tired, sober
To be self-sufficient,
to be concerned, tight, careful,
to calculate, plan, take into account
The fool, the clown, the drunk
(a geyser, boiling water)
Chaotic, bubbling, turbulent, gay,
irregular, spontaneous, lively, happy
To enjoy life,
to forget oneself,
to be extravagant, generous, carefree,
mad, silly, heedless, unwise, forgetful,
The observer, the doctor, death
Calm, impassive, impersonal, cool,
uncommitted, detached, independent,
To observe, watch
To be open-minded, open, to forget
about oneself, to want nothing,
to be interested in reality, to be
The student will notice that not only sympathetic opposites mix easily in the same person, but also channels next door to each other. Until each performance is mastered on its own this mixing must be assiduously avoided. When all twelve are yours by true practice of them, then you will be able to perform in a way that is truly voluntary, instead of as we tend to be now, mere puppets dancing to the 'strings' we have allowed to dominate us. Our actions and behaviour could become ever more truly our own.
As you will see, the circle is composed of three predominantly Airy channels, three Earthy ones, three Fiery and three Watery. The Airy ones share intellect and detachment; the Earthy ones routine and practicality; the Fiery ones action and liveliness; the Watery ones psychic ability and telepathy, the source of the arts.
May I wish all aspirants every success and assure them that results are not long in coming, provided they keep to the rules. Some people are able to experience consciousness they had not known before, or not since childhood, after only two hours' practice, an hour one week and an hour the next. As any group per- severes a tremendous amount will be revealed to them, and they will develop magical powers.
Any person or group seeking help is very welcome to get in touch with me.
I have studied the elements from many sources over many years and can recommend this system as the simplest and most effective of all other works, and best of all it is functional. When anyone has mastered this system (if system is the right word, because it appears to me to be a chart of what is), all other work on elements will offer more information than ever before.
All great things can be turned to love. From the magical lovemaking point of view actresses and actors will find it an aid to ecstasy, if she acts one of the female roles and he plays the opposite conflicting male role, as a preliminary to the Great Rite.
|PART ONE. ON CENTRE|
|Chapter 1. Fallen Consciousness||2|
|Chapter 2. Three Basic Constituents||3|
|Chapter 3. Points to Consider||4|
|Chapter 4. The Two Establishments||5|
|PART TWO. THE TWELVE CHANNELS||6|
|PART TWO (A)||8|
|PART TWO (B)||9|
|PART TWO (C)||10|
|PART TWO (D)||11|
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