PRECIOUS GIFTS OF SIGNIFICANCE- CREATING MEANINGFUL PERFORMANCE

“With this performance piece, I am seeking the answer to this question- Can something truly precious be exchanged in a fleeting moment of time?” Lauren Cruickshank

My dear friend, performance artist Lauren Cruickshank had an amazing conversation last week. Lauren lives in Melbourne and has recently been on an artistic pilgrimage around Australia and on her return home, had a life altering conversation with a taxi driver.

The young Indian taxi driver spoke to Lauren about his work as connecting with people. He told her that the conversations he has with his passangers are precious gifts- gifts of significance. He told Lauren about an elderly passenger who appeared much younger than his ninety years- when the driver asked him what his secret was he said, “I have always sung. I love music, I always listen to it and sing in choirs. I married the love of my life and every delicious meal she made me was cooked with love. Music, love and food made with love makes for a happy life.”

This got Lauren thinking about creating a performance piece based on creating an exchange between herself and one on one audience members to create an actual meaningful connection- this was the subject of our conversation last week, and what she is currently now developing.

Thanks to another deep and meaningful chat with Lauren- I was inspired to create an improvisational exercise in last week’s classes based on meaningful connections and significant gifts. I had class participants, simply being themselves and picking out a question that I had selected. Questions included; “What is the soul?” “Do you believe in past lives?” “What has been your greatest success in life/why etc” “Who do you wish you had thanked?” What occurred was quite remarkable. Participants connected with each other in a quite profound way- sharing their knowledge, philosophies, insights and experiences. There was the listening, the offering and the give and take of an improvisation- which really is still, often just a conversation. However, because the participants were being themselves and sharing their own insights- the exercise was meaningful. It was precious.

Thank you Lauren for our conversation and inspiration. This experience has also shed light on something for me as an Acting and Creativity Practitioner and Teaching Artist- I want the space of my classes and rehearsal spaces and performances to be significant, meaningful and precious. Acting and Creativity is all about connection- genuine connection, openness and vulnerability.

Enrolments and early bird specials are now available for Term 4- Acting Fundamentals- for Grown Ups will run Saturday mornings (9-11 am) at Merewether Uniting Church Hall- this class is suitable for Beginners to Intermediate Level- Voice, Movement, Acting, Improvisation, Character Development, Text Interpretation- Early bird special is $180.

Saturdays- midday to 3pm- 7 Weeks- Pasvolsky Actors Studio- these Masterclasses are designed for performers at upper intermediate to advanced levels. Each week we will study the work of visionaries of screen and stage such as Mike Leigh, Robert Altman, Julie Taymor, John Guare, The One Person Show and Performance Art. This is a challenging, dynamic and unique course where you learn, integrate and then create. Early bird special- $270- Students must be punctual, cooperative and positive to participate.

Creative Power Sessions- one on one coaching sessions available either on Skype or in person- if you need support, motivation and to breakthrough your creative blockages, barriers and fears- book a session.

For more information go to clairepasvolsky.com or email clairepasvolsky@gmail to book/enquire

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CREATIVE POWER SESSIONS

Hi Friends,

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the official launch of my business “CREATIVE POWER SESSIONS”. WHAT’S A CREATIVE POWER SESSION, you might ask? It’s a little bit like working with a life coach, but the sole purpose is for you to work on your Creative skills/goals and aspirations. I’m super excited to be conducting Creative Power Sessions via Skype calls so that I can reach a wider audience of clients. I’ve been working with creative people all my life, and coaching individual artists face to face for over a decade.

Here’s what you can expect from a 1 hour Creative Power Session-
1. To Feel Empowered- You can do it, absolutely
2. To Feel Inspired- I’ve got a million ideas to give you
3. To Gain Clarity- You need to know EXACTLY what you want
4. To Have A Strategy- Talent is nothing without strategy
5. To Feel Super Motivated- You’ll know exactly what to do next

So whether you want to be the next Lady Gaga/Frida Kahlo/Jared Leto or Eminem, or if you just want to add more creativity to your everyday life- a Creative Power Session with me is the key to abandoning fear and self doubt and getting your grit on to make your dreams a reality.

So email me today to book a session and let’s get your creativity into action mode! clairepasvolsky@gmail.com (1 hr Skype Call $75/ Concession $55)

Radical Shifts of Perception

Hi Friends,

I just googled the word Perception and here’s how Wikipedia defined it: “Perception (from the Latin perception, percipio) is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment.” And then, more pages follow…but let us consider that first statement, which is very powerful. The way we see and interpret the world around us is directly linked to the way we think and feel about ourselves, and then the way we think and feel about ourselves is a direct reflection of how we behave towards others and exist in the world.

In Marianne Williamson’s recent “Soul Sunday” discussion with Oprah, she defined a miracle (referring to the teachings from A Course in Miracles) as “a shift in perception from fear to love.” A Course in Miracles teaches us, that if we are willing to change the way we look at and perceive the world around us (and ourselves within it) we can radically change our reality from fear to love, from darkness to light.

This is such an unbelievably important and insightful interview (you can watch it by clicking onto OWN full episodes on the net) and if you haven’t seen it already, I can’t recommend it enough. Marianne says, “If I’m not happy, there’s something I’m not looking at correctly” and that “We are either walking in the direction of fear, or the direction of love.” Love is not to be confused with romantic love, but rather positive energy, fear is darkness, love is light. There’s nothing in between. You’re either operating from a place of fear or love; if you’re feeling happy, you’re walking the path of love, when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, angry or depressed, you’re walking the path of fear.

This is my third attempt at studying A Course in Miracles. I first picked up the text in 2005 and again in 2006 and found it daunting. I was overwhelmed and a little spooked by it. Simply not ready. However, now that I myself now fully understand what it means to have a radical shift in perception, and truly feel after a life almost entirely made up of fear, I’m ready to fully commit to this text. Now that I am clearer about my true purpose in life (Writing, Teaching and Speaking as a Transformational Life Coach) I am open to this process. My previous careers as a performer and screenwriter, although essential to my path of development were not truly of relevance to me. Those “titles” for me were fear based and focused on exterior validation. I didn’t realize this until recently I had a breakthrough session with Intuitive Catalyst and author Becky Walsh which radically shifted my perception of things.; and made me wake up to what I truly believe is important. Perhaps, if I hadn’t recently experienced my own radical shift in perception, I wouldn’t be writing these words. In fact, I know I wouldn’t. Thank you Becky Walsh!

Every single spiritual teacher that I revere; Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Robert Holden, and so many more, refer to A Course in Miracles as being transformative to their spiritual evolution. So 2014 is the year for me to dive into the teachings.

I think a wonderful way to approach the teachings of this text without diving in head first, is to first watch Oprah’s interview with Marianne Williamson and then to read Marianne’s book A Return to Love, which in it’s day was a best seller, and to this day remains one of the most effective and powerful books ever written. I am also in the middle of reading Gabrielle Bernstein’s “Spirit Junkie” which also teaches the principles of A Course in Miracles, and is perfect for a young and contemporary audience. Starting with Oprah’s interview with Marianne however, is essential for anyone who believes that changing your thinking can change your life, and as Marianne said in that interview, “If you know what changes a heart, you know what changes the world”…that’s some inspiring stuff.

So as a suggestion for today, you might want to try this out.  Every hour try checking in with yourself, to see how you’re truly feeling. I love Martha Beck’s suggestion of asking yourself whenever walking by a mirror, “How you doing sweetie?” Are you feeling good or bad? Are you walking on the love path or the fear path? If you find yourself walking on the love path, that’s excellent, but if you’re on the fear path, you might want to say to yourself; “I’m willing to see this differently”.

Love from Claire xx

The Eloquence of the Green Smoothie

Hi Friends,

I need to share with y’all my love of the green smoothie and what an amazing companion it can be on your journey into inner peace and harmony! Okay, so it may look like it came out of the swamp- but you will find yourself proclaiming “Wow! Wham! Kapow!” and all manner of mighty statements after you’ve sipped this tonic of “super foods” so rich in nutrients and anti oxidants it will keep your motor running all the way to lunch time…

So here’s what went in the blender this morning- kale, lettuce, cucumber, kiwi fruit, 2 cups of coconut water, 3 cups of water, 1 tsp spirulina, 1 tsp flaxseed, 1 tsp wheatgerm, 1 tsp chia seeds; and skull it if you don’t like the taste!

Oh Green smoothie, you are beautiful no matter what they say (thanks Christina Aguilera, I love you too)…anybody with me on this kick butt way to start your day?