If you've followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a huge fan of "ensemble theatre." I ascribe the majority of my success as a producer and theatre artist to the relationships I have with others better and braver than myself. Therefore, I know firsthand how human relationships can change who we are and how we make art.
However, having a free and open "Human Relationship Channel" can create amazing opportunities for everyone! Here are three:
A basic condition of having a free and open Human Relationship Channel is that your relationships with people can change flexibly. In order to acknowledge the fact that your relationship with another person can change, you must first accept the possibility that the people in the relationship can change. Accepting the fact that people can change prevents you from putting limitations on others and reinforces your own ability to take control of the change in your life and be intentional about it.
2. You create an opportunity to be inspired.
Opening yourself to the possibility of love and compassion from or for another person, especially another person who is self-motivated and hard-working, is one of the easiest ways to set yourself up for success. Butoh is largely about self-sacrifice, physically challenging yourself under the belief that the more you sacrifice yourself and the greater the spiritual burden you bear, the lighter the load for someone you care about. Therefore, if your training partner is struggling or on the verge of giving up, you can actually challenge yourself more deeply for them. If the other dancer is attentive to your sacrifice, it will almost always inspire him or her to renew their commitment and embrace the challenge him or herself. In butoh, when you challenge yourself most is when you appear most inspired. I have no doubt that it works the same way for business, spirituality, athletics, or any other enterprise you might undertake. Doing it in relationship with others creates an opportunity for mutual inspiration.
3. You create an opportunity to make a difference.
The minute you realize that you are in fact already "in-relationship" with every other person on the planet, the more easily you can allow yourself to deepen those relationships and make a difference in other people's lives. If, for example, you believe that you have no connection whatsoever to factory-workers in China, it will be impossible for you to show them compassion. If, however, you take the time to educate yourself about supply-chain cycles, the environment, and the other ways we are all connected in this age of globalization, you will have acknowledged the fact that what you do affects others and can then begin taking responsibility for that effect.
So start opening your own "Human Relationship Channel" today. Live well and in relationship with others. It will open you to growth, to inspiration, and a chance to make a difference. We all thrive best in community, so acknowledge the communities great and small of which you are a part and allow your relationships with others to grow and change as the universe commands.
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What are some of the most surprising ways you find yourself in relationship to your fellow man? Are you putting your best self into that relationship? If not, what can you do differently to change it?
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