Flow Naturally


Constantin Stanislavski stresses being true to our natural feelings. By this he means never try to manipulate  feelings. Stanslaviski calls such an attempt “false action.”  In a trial there cannot be under any circumstances testimony or argument directed at arousing a feeling for its own sake. Ignoring this rule will result in artificiality.

Testimony and argument must stand on its own. We must never seek to add emotion in a calculated way.  As taught by Stanislavski all true  feelings and emotions are the result of the natural internalization of experiences.

It is proper to think of the previous experience when preparing for  testimony or argument. This is the natural way to associate the past feeling with the present testimony or fact. When testifying or arguing, however, it is essential to let the result produce itself rather then consciously trying to bring the feeling to the fore front- like trying to push the river.

This may seem like a subtle distinction, but it is significant.  Thus for testimony use the feeling at the time of the experience when preparing to testify. For argument use a past similar experience and reaction when preparing for the argument.

At the time of testimony or argument, never consciously try to invoke feeling. Rather just testify or argue and allow the feeling to rise to the surface  on its own; it will rise and flow with the testimony or argument without  trying to invoke the emotion or feeling. This is because true and natural emotion or feeling  produces itself.

Lesson Four- Don’t push the river.

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