For this session we were in the studio Inés Alonso and myself.
I decided to bring the notion of beginner’s mind and of letting go from what we (think we) know in order to learn and change. These principles seem to repeat and to be seen from different points of view within the frame of Klein Technique.
How did proceed during the session?
We talked and discussed, we continue talking and discussing and somehow gesticulating our conversation but in a way that involved the whole body… or maybe I should say something other than gesticulating.
On the one hand, these things we did didn’t quite added communicative value to our conversation in the way that automatic gesticulation normally does. One could say that we were allowing the conversation to influence our doing, although this doing was somewhat subtle and small in size. As though we were marking. As though there was much more movement within our imagination than allowed to physicalise.
On the other hand, I think that they were gesticulative because, like during gesticulation, the process was primarily automatised, almost out of our “main-stage” conscious experience. These gestures were at level that could have been access at any point if we would have wanted to focus on them but at the same time the were principally invisible for ourselves.
And in fact paying no (close) attention to the doing and still doing it felt quite refreshing somehow, and our conversation was really interesting for both of us.
At some point we also decided to stop talking and tried to figure out by continuing at it what it was that thing we were doing.
My notebook is covered from a few things I wrote from ideas I was having whilst moving:
- If at any one moment you notice that you have had an idea about doing something (about what to do next) and you are not already doing that thing, then it is already too late.
- This doesn’t imply you cannot go next and do that very thing. You have the choice to still go and do it. However, if you chose to do it maybe notice that it is in fact a total new/other thing; a different thing to the one from the idea.
- What else could we do? We could also acknowledge what we were actually doing at the very moment we notice we were having the next thing to do idea. Noticing the idea probably obliterated the noticing of the actual thing happening, and rendering into nothing (at least for ourselves, for the world of our choices and of our experience possibilities). However, by acknowledging the thing that was actually happening and that was actually the thing being done at that very moment we bring them from nothing into a no-thing kind of thing. By acknowledging that no-thing kind of thing we give the attention that it deserves and having an idea and not being doing it isn’t a problem any more because it is then not a failure at the task of doing.
- Like Fear & Courage, Perception & Action could be seen as two sides of the same thing.
- I remembered something I read about the fact that developmentally action precedes perception [I also remembered this during the Klein Technique™ workshop in New York and I took notice of it on my notes from it]. BUT!… What happens if it is true that action precedes perception?
- This understood not only as in an action comes always before the perception of that same action.
- Understood also, but yet not only, as in an action precedes always a new perception [I know, this is a sort of chicken and egg ontological problem… because even when perceiving something may cause a responsive action, there should have been a first action of directing oneself towards perceiving – towards the environment, towards oneself or towards both – that preceded both the perception of something (whether object or event) and the (un)consequent respond to this particular something].
- But maybe understood also in terms of learning: as in learning new skills oar as in learning a new way to do something old… as a way of doing things more efficiently or more effectively, for example. Or simply as doing things you weren’t able to do before…