Monday, 17 March 2014

Ball of Energy

What if you danced with a ball of energy?

What if you have a ball of energy that just hovers in the middle of the dance floor? What would it do if you approached it? Maybe it would stay in it's round and contained shape, or maybe it would expand like smoke. What if you could form it into whatever shape or consistency you want it to be?

If you could change this ball of energy with your imagination, what would you do with it? What could you create? I'll tell you what I would create... I would create cities, and people... mountains and rivers. I would spread the ball of energy as big as the room that I am in and soak it all up, and then I would collect it all back in a little ball the way I first found it. I would feel the weight of it with my hands and my feet, and then make it as light as a feather so I can blow it with my breath... just like a balloon. I would watch it float to the top of the ceiling and see it explode into little pieces like shards of glass. What would I do with that glass? I would collect it all off the floor and put it into a pile and watch it shimmer... then I would dance like the reflection it's showing me and turn it into sand. I would spread that sand across the floor and understand what it feels like with my feet... then I would turn it into the ocean. I would gather the water with one great breath and throw it up into the air and let it rain down on me. Feeling refreshed, I would watch it rise and take the shape of a human who I can dance with. I would watch it disappear like a ghost, and then I'd search for it. When I find it, I'd capture it and put it in a box to keep it safe, and when it is too dark to see I will let it out as a giant ball of light to follow. Where would the light take me? Maybe if I swallowed it, I would glow and I can be the light. I bet you it would feel warm inside like I swallowed the sun. Then I would blow it out slowly like smoke and watch it take whatever form it wants to be. Then I would just be content enough to stand in silence understanding it.

What if we all danced like that? It's just like creating a movie inside your head and portraying it through movement. Just like make believe when you were a child, playing with your imaginary friend and creating your own little world to live in. What a great way to escape from reality and be in a storybook for a few minutes... or for as long as you want to stay in it. Create a fairytale. It doesn't have to "be there" to be considered real, you don't have to be able to touch it or have other people see it to believe it's there. Live in your own imagination while you create. That's why it's called art. Art is the belief that the imaginary is real... art makes your fantasies come to life... art is your inner child. Don't be afraid to imagine because the best kind of creativity is the kind that doesn't make sense in the real world. Who wants to create more of a reality? I sure don't! Create something absurd and crazy because it's a lot more fun than creating something that makes sense to everyone. Live in your storybook for a while and see where it takes you. Maybe it'll become your best work of art... and even if it doesn't, at least it was an exciting journey!

Start your story with a ball of energy with no form, colour, oder, consistency, temperature, weight, or meaning. Then see where it takes you. You can try it laying down with your eyes close first, and then you can dance with it and see if it takes you somewhere magical. Enjoy the journey :)