Theorizing has you miss out on the practical usage.
What most of us call ‘sanity’ is self-control by sticking to what we know is safe. If that is the case, then your natural state is not “sane.” It’s in moments of insanity where we abandon control, we are actually open enough to fully express ourselves without the filters of fear or or vanity. Going crazy is simply returning to your natural state.
The Beast within us is ignorant of concerns like financial obligation, social standing and play. All the Beast sees and cares about is creating interesting experiences in the world.
(A version of this article is also on Orgasm Daily.)
To ground is to bring the energy “down” to a stable form. The term come from electric circuits having a terminal in the ground, giving excess charge a place to empty out. For literal electric circuits, grounding prevents excess charge from electrocuting bystanders. For the figurative electric circuit of sensation in your body, grounding allows you to hold sensation without “getting fried”–losing consciousness in some manner.
Improv is a practice of surrender. You get your controlling ego out of the way to let Creation involuntarily flow through you. As if life, the only thing you need for spontaneous creation is to put all your attention on the present. From there, every interaction, every situation, and every scene of your life takes care of itself.
I drive to the venue with Neil Strauss and I ask him how he remembered all the conversations and details from the two years he documented in The Game. I explain my dilemma: If I don’t write it down, I forget. If I do write everything down, I’m not really paying attention.
Neil says, “you can remember what you did, but you won’t remember how you felt.”