Inspirational Messages

May we be inspired to find a deeper meaning for our lives, a higher purpose for our work and an enduring compassion for the human condition.

May we service the work over our individual ego’s, and may we be set free to embrace our hearts true passion.

May we have the courage to surrender to universal truth, to feel the pain and suffering of all of humanity, and to truly open our hearts to Love.

May we go deep… being reborn as the true mystics and shamans that we are… with the ability to heal… and the power to transform.

— Cindy Tanas

If you want to work on your art, work on your life.

— Anton Chekov

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this:

A human creature born abnormally; inhumanly sensitive.

To them – a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god and failure is death.

Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create – so that without the creating of something their very breath is cut off.

They must create, must pour out creation.
By some strange, unknown will and urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.

— Pearl Buck

Art is collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.

— Andre Gide

Writing is acting is directing is living your life…

I see no difference between writing a play and living my life.

The same things that make a moment in my life succeed, combust, move, these same things make a moment in my playwriting have life.

And when I move in my writing, I have moved in my life.

There is no illusion.

It is all the same thing.

Acting is the same as playwriting.

— John Patrick Shanley

The aliveness is within your own body and there is no earthly reason to fight it.

— Rumi

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action.

And because there is only one you in all time,
this expression is unique.

If you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.

The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is,
nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly,
to keep the channel open.

— Martha Graham

Life is sacred. Life is art. Life is sacred art. The art of sacred living means being a holy actor, acting from the soul rather than the ego.

— Gabrielle Roth

Life beats down and crushes our souls and theatre reminds us that we have one. At least the type of theatre that I’m interested in, that is theatre that moves an audience. You have the opportunity to literally impact the lives of people if they work on material that has integrity.

But today, most actors simply want to be famous. Well, being an actor was never supposed to be about fame and money. Being an actor is a religious calling because you’ve been given the ability, the gift to inspire humanity. Think about that on the way to your soap opera audition.

— Sanford Meisner

There is a river of creativity running through all things, all relationships, all beings, all corners and centers of this universe.

We are here to join it, to get wet, to jump in, to ride these rapids, wild and sacred that they be.

We are curious, we are yearning, we are longing to be amazed.

We are eager to grow, to learn, to be excited, to be enthusiastic, and to be expressive – in short, to be alive.

Only when we forget our inherent creativity do we feel blocked or stifled.

— Mathew Fox

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.

If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

— John Lennon

The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart.

— Sam Rayburn

Do not try to push your way through to the front of the ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards, but do your utmost to find your entry into the world of beauty.

— Constantin Stanislavski

Never lose yourself on the stage. Always act in your own person, as an artist. The moment you lose yourself on the stage marks the departure from truly living your part and the beginning of exaggerated false acting.

Therefore, no matter how much you act, how many parts you take, you should never allow yourself any exception to the rule of using your own feelings. To break that rule is the equivalent of killing the person you are portraying, because you deprive him of a palpitating, living, human soul, which is the real source of life for a part.

— Constantin Stanislavski

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.

— Bette Davis

You can throw away the privilege of acting, but that would be such a shame. The tribe has elected you to tell its story. You are the shaman/healer, that’s what the storyteller is, and I think it’s important for actors to appreciate that.

Too often actors think it’s all about them, when in reality it’s all about the audience being able to recognize themselves in you. The more you pull away from the public, the less power you have on screen.

— Ben Kingsley

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.

— Oscar Wilde

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror

and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

— Derek Walcott

The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time. The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.

— Stella Adler

[Human beings] will begin to recover the moment we take art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money.

— Ernst Levy

Acting is more real than life.

— Oscar Wilde

Study, find all the good teachers and study with them, get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money. Do plays. It’s not worth it if you are just in it for the money. You have to love it.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman

With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying.

— Johnny Depp

If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. [You must] reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience.

— Jack Lemon

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.

— Bette Davis

Only a great actor finds the difficulties of the actor’s art infinite.

— Ellen Terry

An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease.

— Michael Chekhov

Great acting is not easy; anyone who says it is is either shallow or a charlatan. And one of the hardest things about acting is admitting that it is hard.

— Robert Cohen

One way we can enliven the imagination is to push it toward the illogical. We’re not scientists. We don’t always have to make the logical, reasonable leap.

— Stella Adler

We don’t live for realities, but for the fantasies, the dreams of what might be. If we lived for reality, we’d be dead, every last one of us. Only dreams keep us going.…When you are acting, don’t settle for anything less than the biggest dream for your character’s future.

— Michael Shurtleff

For most actors, success is achieved through study, struggle, preparation, infinite trial and error, training, discipline, experience and work!

— Robert Cohen

Talent is an amalgam of high sensitivity; easy vulnerability; high sensory equipment (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting intensely); a vivid imagination as well as a grip on reality; the desire to communicate one’s own experience and sensations, to make one’s self heard and seen.

— Uta Hagen

All you experience in the course of your life, all you observe and think, all that makes you happy or unhappy, all your regrets or satisfactions, all your love or hate, all you long for or avoid, all your achievements and failures, all you brought with you into this life at birth -your temperament, abilities, inclinations etc., all are part of the region of your so called subconscious depths.

There being forgotten by you, or never known to you they undergo the process of being purified of all egotism. They become feelings per se. Thus purged and transformed, they become part of the material from which your Individuality creates the psychology, the illusory soul of the character.

— Michael Chekhov

Find in yourself those human things which are universal.

— Sanford Meisner

Why this fear of openness
and the obsession with how wrong everything is?

Snake, let go of your own tale
and feel life’s sensuous pleasure force move you freely
through this phenomenal phenomenal world…

The aliveness is within your own body
and there is no earthly reason to fight it—

Behind its many masks of fear, sexual wanting,
anger, triumph, jealousy, shame, excitement, hate or joy is ENERGY.

Do your work and build the grail that begins inside and catch
every drop you can of this nourishing nectar and hold it.

— Rumi

When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.

When I let go of what I have,
I receive what I need.
By yielding, I endure.
The empty space is filled.

When I give of myself,
I become more.

When I feel most destroyed,
I am about to grow.

When I desire nothing,
a great deal comes to me.

This is the wisdom of the feminine:
Let go in order to achieve.

— John Heider

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I t be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you Not to be?

You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightening about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone.

As we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

— Nelson Mandela

Love the art before the dream,
dreams dissolve as we wake up and face the day,
the art will always remain as part of the day.

— John Patrick Shanley