We are consciousness wanting to expand.
[on Sandra Seacat and dream work] When I trained with Sandra Seacat at the Actors Studio in New York, she introduced me to a particular form of dream work. You could call it Jungian. I have kept doing this work for many years now. It's very therapeutic, a more holistic approach to medicine. And it can also be used to develop a character in a play or movie. You dig into yourself to find the answers. In the dream you are connected to your inner self and to the divine.
I write as a form of self-expression, fulfillment, transcendence, healing, to transmute pain and experience into beauty.
For me, poetry is a process of self revelation, an exploration of hidden dimensions in myself, and it is also at the same time a way to become myself, a process of individuation I try to create throughout my life - a profound experience of the fundamental interconnection of all in the universe. Moreover, writing is cathartic as it extends a search for peace, for serenity, rooted in a desire to transcend and reconcile the fundamental duality I see in life. Ultimately, I seek expansion of consciousness.
Expressing yourself with art... whatever your experiences have been, you put them to use. There is a transformative process, a healing process, and by creating a piece of art, you heal yourself, and then you heal others because they recognize themselves in the stories you tell. And that's the beauty of it. That's why we go to the theater, because it's such a transcendental and therapeutic experience. That's why we go see movies, that's why we love art in general.... The symbols are there. And we respond to symbol and myth. This is the way we tell stories, this is the way we move forward in life...
[on Dreaming My Animal Selves] I've worn many hats over the years: writer, actor, teacher, translator, dancer, shaman, dream analyst. The idea was to give voice to mutable selves through the prism of dreams, myth, legend and fantasy, inhabited by animals, who are a constant in my life. It's also about identity and finding home.
The more we educate ourselves about other cultures, the more we understand one another. We then don't look at "the other" or "the one who is different" or "the foreigner" in fear. People usually fear what they don't understand. And by understanding where we come from we all get to know ourselves.
The ultimate aim is reverence for the universe, love for life, and harmony within oneself.
The sacred dimension of the poetic experience is founded in very concrete reality, a reconciliation of the spiritual and the carnal. It speaks of transformation and seeks the unison of all that lives. Poetry is language for the ineffable, what is impossible to write, the mystery. I seek the light within that mystery. We are stretched to the frontiers of what we know, exploring language and the psyche. The poem is a gesture, a movement, an opening towards a greater truth or understanding. Art brings us to the edge of the incomprehensible. Poetry and life are prayer, enchantment, and transmutation of the being leading to fulfillment. The poems, in their alchemy and geology, are fragments of dreams, enigmas, shafts of light, part myth, and part fable. Mysticism constitutes the experience of what transcends us while inhabiting us. Poetry, as creation, borders on it. It is metaphysical. It offers a new vision of the universe, reveals the soul's secrets and mysteries.