Stage Shifting

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 Recoleta, Buenos Aires (March 2016). Photo by Jean-Jacques.

“All the world’s a stage” – Shakespeare. 

As actors in the theatre of life we are all here to play our parts, consciously or unconsciously. Presently we find ourselves in a shifting paradigm. In the old, still present age it has felt like the stage had been set and most of us have simply been reading our lines. It has perhaps not always been understood why we were in the theatre in the first place. In the incoming age our destined roles are more clear and the new paradigm is more fluid.

The present decaying stage appears to have been taken over by bad actors and is deteriorating rapidly. Ethical actors are looking for an ascending stage to board. Standing on the edge of the old, looking onto the new, the new stage and play comes into view. While the old play depended on smart and clever acting skills and wearing sophisticated masks, the new play calls for natural authenticity. Old stage concepts on the new stage are bound to fail, because as we shift from the one to the next, masks come off and stage curtains lift.

Roles are changing. Transitioning actors are becoming scriptwriters while watching themselves on stage. They are rewriting the script and improving their parts from low to high-level performances.  A drama, currently scripted to end in tragedy is being rewritten into a coming of age tale of transformation, rebirth and altered fate. This is a multi-dimensional theatre and shifting actors are becoming aware that by being in this one they are also present in others. Should the old stage disintegrate or fall away completely (a real possibility) responsible actors will be able to continue elsewhere.

Transforming stage acting from surface to core acting is being necessitated by a new element filtering into the auditorium. Many actors are facing challenges with adapting, but the best method has existed for a long time. By taking the spectator view, script writing actors can carefully observe themselves and all other actors on stage. Here they can self-identify areas which need improvement and transform themselves purposefully, while going forward. The challenging aspect of (a) majority transformation in the theater of everyday life, is that few actors are prepared to acknowledge their own low-level acting.

There is still a significant number of actors who prefer to remain in the old stage, even with the new stage coming into view. In these matters all actors have free will and choice. The new stage is still small, but can accommodate all actors from the old platform. A final revival in the old stage is still possible, but close to irreversible decay has set in due to complacency. Currently the old and new stages are overlapping, but their trajectories will diverge. Making the shift sooner will be easier than later.

While the new stage is calling for all participants to make this transition, many actors seem oblivious of their options. The stages are in the same theater, but by rejecting the existence of other stages, some actors restrict their own view. One of the reasons is that the new stage demands active stage maintenance from the outset and a basic requirement is acting responsibly towards the entire spectrum of life within the theater. This new paradigm is not for the faint-hearted, it is for the full of heart. Finding your Heart is Key. However, at the end of the day each scriptwriter will have the last say in his or her own personal  play.

By J.J. Montagnier

Also see: What is Enlightenment?

Jean-Jacques is an international travel writer and photographer – he writes under a pen name. He has a career in adult education, is a student of psychology and philosophy and is involved in non-commercial life coaching. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.

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5 Responses to “Stage Shifting”

  1. Wow…you’ve done a brilliant job of summing up the current phase of the world. In a way, I think the ancient Maya were right about 2012. We are only four years past that one, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that the old way of acting is no longer sufficient. As you put it, a new stage is appearing: one that requires a much broader perspective.

    • Jean-Jacques says:

      Thank you Josh for your feedback. When I visited Guatemala last year a Mayan site guide told me that the transition from one age to the next is expected to take about 120 years. So if we are only 4 years in, it is early days yet! Considering that these ages last around 5100 years (according to the Maya and other ancient cultures), 120 years is not that long. In 60 years from now we should therefore already be half-way into the transition – that is if we (our societies) don’t disintegrate in the meantime. Working out an orderly transition containing a world-view and mindset that would facilitate progressive sustainability with minimal disruption and upheaval seems to be the challenge. As you said – a broad view will have to be taken – and in my opinion, one that builds on the old to create the new, without having to discard the old completely. Metaphorically the “old stage” we need to leave behind is our old way of thinking (living from our “lower selves” as opposed to our higher selves). From a practical day-to-day living point of view a lot of adjustments will be needed. We are only at the very beginning of starting to think about what this new stage would look like, but we don’t have very much time – it would seem that to an extent all the current crises could potentially spiral out of control. As long as we are having this debate amongst ourselves and start sharing our vision for the future while looking at realistic practical solutions, I believe we are on the right track, but it would need as many people as possible to engage with the subject.

  2. smilecalm says:

    superbly crafted script
    worthy of billions of cast members,
    each one adding their own
    brief brightness to this
    fleeting shadow play 🙂


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