The 5 Intentions
Source Relations in Paratheatre Work


Throughout the somatic work processes in this Paratheatre medium, numerous energy sources and archetypes are accessed and expressed in movement, vocalization, gesture, action and interaction. Sources - such as The 4 Elements, The Muse archetype, Dreaming, Child & Adult, Chakras, and many others - are all posited as autonomous currents in the Body. After the Body is felt deeply during a 25-minute warm-up, a door opens to the internal landscape of sources through No-Form practice. Once a source is engaged, five intentions are introduced to unlock various dimensions of each source.

The 5 Intentions show an innate development from the most primitive ("merging") to the most subtle ("inquiry") with the previous intention acting as a support for the following one. Though each intention unlocks a different facet of whatever source is engaged, all five can and do intermingle and influence each other. The following five intentions represent a spectrum of ways to engage and express whatever source is being accessed, explored, and expressed:

The Five Intentions:
1) MERGING (identification)
2) SERVICE (body as vessel)
3) SURRENDER  (full-body offering of self to source)
4) SUSTAINING CARE  (what is loved most about source)
5) INQUIRY  (asking questions of the source)

MERGING (identification; becoming the source)
Direct intuitive engagement with the current or energy of any given source,
merging represents an identification with, and a passive absorbing of,
whatever the given source has to offer.

SERVICE  (the Body as vessel)
After merging and identifying with the source, service starts with disidentification
with the source energy and opening the Body up as a vessel for its expression
through you. There is no mental asking "what do I serve?" or "how do I serve?"
but rather a direct expression of the source through the Body as a vessel without
becoming or identifying with the energy passing through you.

SURRENDER  (total offering of self; full embodiment of source)
Through merging and service, we can discover enough about a given source
to give ourselves over to it more fully. There is no true surrender without relaxing
the desire to control and the desire to control the outcome of expression. This differs
from mere merging by virtue of releasing control. A state pf surrender represents
a total act of offering of self, the Body, to the Source.

SUSTAINING CARE  (what is loved most about source)
After engaging with a source, you discover what you love most about that source
and allow that love to sustain your source connection and its expression through
movement, sound, gesture, action and interaction. This intention builds empathy
with the source as a sustaining current expressed in movement, vocals, etc.

INQUIRY  (asking questions of the source)
Inquiry starts after stepping into a source (from No-Form) and with asking that
source questions, such as "Where are you going" or "How can I know you?" or
"What are you all about?". Questions should be direct, simple and clear. Questions
can also be nonverbal yearnings as in the quest to discover what you want to know.
Inquiry sets up the possibility of dialogue with autonomous sources and represents
the most subtle and sometimes the most profound of the five intentions.

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