On Improvisation

So it is the night of my first show in Bali, my first paid show of my life. “Breakdancing, Aliens, and God” goes live tonight. My one-man show, fully improvised, fully alive, fully me.

I have decided, or more accurately been told, to write a handout each time I have a show for the audience and for myself to collect my thoughts about the theme of the show that night. This is the first handout.

Life here is miraculous. I have an amazing mansion, an amazing raw food chef on staff, and an amazing life and career and friends. And my wonderful wife VV comes into town tomorrow.

Life continues to unfold, very improvisationally:

Improvisation as a way of life. A philosophy. That is the idea we are after. Improvisation is the natural way of, well, nature, and I would posit life itself. The tree doesn’t wonder how the rain is going to come just as the lion doesn’t wonder where it will find its prey. Nature just lives. We too just live. We go about our days and do things and other things happen and nearly everyday we think, wow, that was different than I expected.

But many of us are afflicted with the idea of planning. Not only with the idea of planning but with the idea that this is a good thing, an important thing, an essential component of success and happiness. Let’s clear up some terminology. I understand that it takes action to get things done and that if you don’t know what you want, you will have a difficult time of getting there. I would simply say that the combination of dreaming and acting is a more effective combination than that of planning and acting.

The world is changing rapidly, more than I think most of us, myself included, can possibly conceptualize. The internet-led technological revolution is sweeping over the world and destroying all systems that we have known since the Industrial Revolution. The pace is already fast and it is rapidly accelerating. It is a very difficult idea to picture what the world will look like in 10 years, let alone 20 or 50 or 100.

There is a reason behind this. When we have a sense of what the future might hold, our analytical, left-brain kicks in and thinks it knows best how to get the job done. The truth is that the situations where the left brain is superior to the right brain are fewer and fewer. Being a quantum computer, the right brain can just pop out answers to questions of even a scientific or factual nature. Of course, the left brain might reject these ideas because they don’t have a logic that can be followed, but that is the whole point.

Life doesn’t have a logic that can be followed, in the left brain sense of that word.

Where we are headed is toward an entirely new conception of reality, of ourselves, and of the dance we are being danced. The Mayan Calendar posits that acceleration will reach a point where there are a nearly infinite number of new things happening in the world at the same time.

As we approach this object, what Terrence McKenna refers to as the Transcendental Object at the End of Time, we will find that our best laid plans are laid to waste more than ever. We will no longer be able to predict with even a remote sense of certainty what even the near future holds.

There is a reason for all of this. We are falling out of time and back into nature, back into ourselves, and back into creation and existence itself. And the method that this all works on is improvisation.

It is a beautiful thing, this improvisation, and I am so happy to share it and what it means to me with you all.

Synchronistically, on the night of my first show, I received this quote as I went to write this:
“A very good career choice would be to gravitate toward those activities and to embrace those desires that harmonize with your core intentions, which are freedom and growth and joy. Make a “career” of living a happy life rather than trying to find work that will produce
enough income that you can do things with your money that will then make you happy. When feeling happy is of paramount importance to you and what you do “for a living” makes you happy you have found the best of all combinations.”

Live your dreams my friends. Let your dreams become your reality and improvise your way through life. You are loved! You are love itself! I love you!

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