Sunday, February 22, 2009

The act of speech is a physical act.

"Actors are very impressionable people, or some would say, suggestible people. We are trained to develop aspects of our memories that are more emotional and sensory than intellectual. The general public often wonders how actors remember their lines. What's more remarkable to me, is how actors remember, recall, and reiterate feelings and sensations. The body has a memory just as the mind does. The heart has a memory, just as the mind does. The act of speech is a physical act. It is powerful enough that it can create, with the rest of the body, a kind of cooperative dance."

- Introduction to Fires in the Mirror by Anna Deavere Smith

"As she lay on the verge of death, the medieval mystic Julian of Norwich suffered in anguish over the inescapability of sin. She thought back on the story of Eden and wondered, 'If sin had not been, we should all have been clean and like to our Lord, as He made us.' But Jesus appeared to her in a vision and said, 'It is true that sin is the cause of all this pain; but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.'

'This was said full tenderly, showing no manner of blame to me nor anyone else,' writes Julian. 'And in these words I saw a marvelous high mystery hid in God.' And Julian awoke, and survived, and found the world reborn."

- How to Believe in God by Clark Strand

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