On Verticality
Antero Alli




What is meant by "verticality"? The current of energy and information coming down from above through the top of the head, the crown, while simultaneously rising up from below, the earth, through the soles of the feet. The spine as the conduit of verticality. When experienced directly, this vertical current can activate and amplify the energetic body, or what Antonin Artaud calls "the double".

Before engaging this verticality, a deep internal receptivity must occur. This can be accomplished through No-Form, the crux method of this Paratheatre medium. Without this preminary state of internal receptivity, we may merely be sourcing our own images, ideas, and social constructs instead of the vertical source itself. Directly enaging this verticality can agitate existing socially-conditioned habit patterns and why the verticality experience may not be for everybody. Not everyone is ready to face this internal conflict and release the attachment to the constructs of conceptual mind or the moralities of religious and socially-accepted norms. Who is it for? Whoever wants to experience their own innate energy field more directly.

When we lose touch with our verticality, we lose perspective. Our lives become trivialized in a tangle of meaningless pursuits. We do things without knowing why. We lose track of what is essential to our nature, what matters and what doesn’t; all symptoms of power loss. In an attempt to regain lost ground, we may try and assert control over our environment or try to control others by imposing rigid rules and structures over the spontaneous fluidity of life; a vain and vicious cycle! Loss of vertical context can also result from over-identification with ideas and images disconnected from the realities those concepts supposedly represent; we mistake the map for the territory.

The point of verticality is not to turn away from the world or our relationships with others. The point is to return to the world and relate with others from a place of more vertical integrity. The loss of verticality comes with a loss of perspective. Our lives become trivialized in a tangle of meaningless pursuits. We do things without knowing why. We lose track of what is essential to our nature, what matters and what doesn’t; all symptoms of power loss. In an attempt to regain lost ground, we may try and assert control over our environment or try to control others by imposing rigid rules and structures over the spontaneous fluidity of life; a vain and vicious cycle! Loss of verticality can also result from over-identification with ideas and images disconnected from the actualities those concepts represent; we mistake the map for the territory.

 

abridged and edited from an excerpt of
"TOWARDS AN ARCHEOLOGY OF THE SOUL"
A Paratheatre Workbook by Antero Alli
(Vertical Pool Publishing, 2003)

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