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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jack Plotnick

Whenever I am really inspired by something in life, I typically like to share it with you all here in the forum.  Well, I am eager to tell you about an amazing actor that I met last night thanks to my friend Paty who could not stop singing this guy's praises!  Jack Plotnick is an actor has put together some fantastic ideas about getting out of your own way and trusting in a creative force.  He gave a seminar filled with really inspiring ideas that resonated with what I have always wanted to believe but flew in the face of most of the training I have had so far.  He brought a real world practicality and self acceptance to the craft of acting that can be applied in any endeavor - just change the word "acting" to whatever it is that you are aspiring toward in your life.

Jack Plotnick

So rather than paraphrase Jack in this forum, I'm just going to give you a link to one of his many pages of thoughts on his website.  This one deals with the EGO (or your VULTURE - as he puts it) and how it limits your potential when you give it power.  Really fascinating and really loving!

just a snippet:

"It's time you took back control of your thoughts!  There is only one thing you can control in your life, and that is your thoughts.  The negative thoughts will always be there.  Everyone has a vulture on their shoulder.  it is how you react to those fearful thoughts that will dictate how you experience your life."


Read the whole article at:$28Rev$29.htm

Enjoy Jack!!  He's fantastic!

All Things Possible,


  • At 9:52 AM, September 02, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This was a great article, but it just doesn't work for me for several reasons(or maybe IT DOES, but I just approach it differently and get the same results!!) First, I LIKE vultures way too much--they are fascinating birds, and quite personable when you get to know them! So that symbolism won't work for me! Besides, if you've got yerself a TALKING VULTURE that rides on yer shoulder, WHY do you need to audition for acting jobs or anything else? You got yerself a GOLD MINE there, buddy! But seriously folks, IF I had a talking vulture on my shoulder belittling me all the time, I'd just let that vulture realize that, being a part of my psyche, if I FAIL, and eventually STARVE TO DEATH because I can't get the job, he/she(the vulture) will starve to death also, so it BETTER shut up, if'n it knows what's good fer it! I think negative put downs about one's self often also have to do with--NOT an imaginary vulture on one's shoulder, but just the harsh, hateful, selfish masses of competition out there--OTHER PEOPLE, in other words--and I always tell myself I am capable, by gosh, of doing anything(within reason) that any other bipedal primate can do, IF I just have the same knowledge and experience, and every "audition"(er whatever)--whether successful or not, is TEACHING me and giving me more knowledge and experience so that I WILL eventually succeed! And then there's the old country expression, too, to bolster the most miserly of egos-"Even a BLIND hawg finds an acorn sometimes!" SURROUNDED and belabored with all this negative competition takes its toll, no doubt--I think the BEST remedy for THAT is to get the heck AWAY from humans(I'm talking phones, computers, EVERYTHING communicating with people!), and get SOMEWHERE where you can FINALLY THINK YOUR OWN THOUGHTS without interuption for an extended period to renew your very individual soul--that is ESSENTIAL I think to finding your own way and truly being happy! I tell you though, I'd think it was neat as heck to have a tame vulture that would perch on my shoulder!.....L.B.

  • At 11:38 PM, September 11, 2013 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi everyone, Don't ask why I'm up at 2 a.m. writing here. Busy, busy times, and catching up online, including realizing I had not visited the forum for awhile. (Chris I wish you had a newsletter, so we could be reminded to check in...big smile here;). I think we're all out of the loop on all things Chris.

    Wow,what a topic, and Lane, what an essay. I like your take on the vulture symbolism. I remember seeing some awesome vultures when we were at a state park in Florida. Now, I've forgotten their name. I guess I need to write about stuff so I don't forget about it. So many articles to write.

    But one thing I will always remember is... my favorite affirmation: All Thing Possible. It works every time.

    Now, I'm wondering where my awesome vulture pictures are :). Happy autumn days everyone...Sue

    PS Tim, I enjoyed that latest competition video clip.

  • At 5:54 AM, September 12, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Vultures are FASCINATING birds, Sue! You probably saw either(or both, as they often flock together) the two species in North America--the Turkey Vulture, and the Black Vulture--quite easy to tell apart--the Turkey "Buzzards" have red heads(like a turkey, of course!), and the Blacks have black/dark grey heads. In flight, the Turkey Vultures soar very majestcally and effortlessly, a slight tilt to there wings, often, and a light grey band of color running the length of the underside of their wings. The Blacks have stubbier wings, and flap more frequently and are more awkward fliers--they also have a very distinct white tips on their wings visible in flight. Often feeding together on the same carcasses, the smaller Black vultures usually dominate the larger Turkey Buzzards, because they are much more aggressive. Another interesting factoid(I told you guys I was a total critter geek!) is that our native North American vultures ARE NOT closely related or descended from Asian or African vultures--not even in the same family, but are descended from Storks and Herons! I have read of people that have hand raised these guys, and found them very affectionate and companionable in return! And chock full of personality! So just remember folks, an old buzzard on yer shoulder may just be a good friend, if you let it! Some good treats would help your relations--a little raw liver or maggot-infested meat would do nicely!...L.B.

  • At 9:29 PM, September 12, 2013 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    LOL, Lane. This is where, if you were posting on Facebook, I'd click "Like" :). Fascinating stuff, and I can see that you love "all things critters" !
    I think I'll print this out and put with our bird info. I think it was at Myakka. So, I'll have to check on that. I'm sure I have pics somewhere.
    Our favorite spotting down there was the Crested Cara Cara (sp?) at Kissimmee, trying to fly off with a big snake:)
    Who'd have thought vultures could be so interesting! BTW what about Jiminy Cricket on your shoulder? Sorry, couldn't be helped.
    It's great knowing that it's OK to be playful on this forum. All things possible, and fun...I think I've heard that from someone close to this forum before :) Happy weekend everyone. We're off to check out the grape harvest tomorrow for another round of wine chemistry 101, my husband's latest hobby. Last year there were no grapes in Michigan, so it should be interesting... ATB weekend to all...Sue

  • At 2:57 PM, September 23, 2013 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Post Script: Thanks, Chris, for being the kind of person to share these kinds of inspirations with others, and opening more windows for own reflections and aspirations. It means a lot.


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