Author: Susie Taylor

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Hello….Republic of Movement.

Miami treats me like Alice in WOnderland…the moment I decide to look for a KEY is the moment the entire city seems to split open and reveal itself yet again.

I was lead to a place two blocks away from the school my son attended for three years. This means I drove near it often and yet…never SAW it.

I went to my first class a few weeks ago and then the next day my second and the approach to movement aligns with my internal philosophy of kindness and I am intrhalled..

I can see how one can become a groupie but I like being a groupie..I was that with POLE and Bikram and so why not and this…it includes outside and travel and fluidity and connection which is what I want to train in.

I have no clue why or what will become of this for me but as a student of movement I want to know how to play in this extended mindset with peaople in MY city that already are in this conversation.

I feel my body was a peace here…not punching or climbing or lifting…it is all flow and fluid and form follows function…so if I am to stay in this beautiful state of flow that I have found within myself I much protect it with a training that honors that approach..

I look forward to seeing what a year with Ido Portal Trainers takes me and my work..
I am going to consider it my next schooling-higher education… and treat it with the same respect —-

I hope to travel with it and perhaps meet Ido and then bring my actors to it or teach the other students the game to create stories from love…through these bodies of movers.

Exciting thoughts are ticking my ears but I am ahead of myself….

Xoxoxo SUSIE

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Hello …Susanne?

A scene between 40 and 44

A- Hey snooze

B- It is Susanne now

A- Really?

B_ Well..yeah..I guess

A- Getting older Susanne

B_Trying to

A- Why

B- Because I want to accept it before the inevitable

A- Youth is still on your side

B- It was..

A- Are you giving up?

B- I am undoing my fakeness

A- Your what

B- My bullshit ness

A- Why

B- I want to experience MY life…not a version of it.

A- Why

B- TO know I was present…here..living …not just adjusting my reality to what I want wish convinced it should be

A- Sounds heavy

B- It is actually really light

A- Easy?

B-Getting there …just have to let go of my lies- reset them

A-Did you return to them?

B-Some- NY- London- Reviewing them through my eyes now and through my body now..

A-Speaking of your body- what the hell did you do

B-Oh, you mean my breasts

A-Yeah- our boobs—what the fuck!!!

B-I took them out

A- Why? They were so fun and sexy and amazing

B- Because they were also Bullshit… you can’t evolve with bullshit in you or on you or else you just make MORE bull shit

A- So you are cleaning yourself out of bullshit

B- Of anger and I think the boobs gave me that and protected me at times too but regardless…I need to handleour Bullshit…and that means being REAL first with myself

A- You look very different…

B- I don’t do Botox either

A- Are you fucking kidding me….you are a train-wreck- you’re ruing ME.

B-I’ll find an alternative..i promise …i am concerned about freezing movement…which I believe is aligned with health

A- Shut up- Your husband is hot- he’ll leave you

B-He could- he won’t – or he would have..besides…it is a journey.

A- Your crazy

B- I am

A- My throat is closing…

B- I know

A- Are you doing this on purpose…bringing me here to see you murder me piece by piece— you are a wicked person..

B- I need to do this so you won’t try and come back- I need to burn our bridge so I can move into whatever this new version of susie

A- Susie again

B-I can’t shake it…is going to be and with YOU always trying to sneak in with that Acting shit is not helping.

A-Oh- so now you don’t want to act

B-I am sick of acting…I have only been acting …I built on the side line a great family and home and friends and I want to LIVE that life…not just hang out there till the REAL thing happens

A- You think you can be happy in mediocrity

B- Maybe you were always mediocre…especially when you started building a platform..

A- You can build from a platform

B- Nothing dramatic or exciting or new

A- No- nothing like that… but you can build something stable and steady and calm and I need that in my life

B- Where are all your friends?

A- I said goodbye

B- Why?

A- I only want to be with people taking this trip with me….the others hurt me too much..I am not kind enough to not hit back and this fight is almost done..i hope

B- Are you alone then

A- I have a few solids…wiser calmer less drama people to be around

B- You sound super dooper boring

A- I am – I put out all the HOT FIRES and I am back at the beginning…with my two sticks and my tinder leaves and I am just waiting to see how to make this OTHER fire work…

B- Without me?

A- You were amazing…you did a great JOB played the best role and now I have to stop using you…find ME ME Because you are not me NOW…see that over there……I am heading over that hill and I want to be graceful and kind about it…I am done struggling and fighting and resisting and forcing… I am better with the people I have around me…and being in their currents and just laying back and floating….I only get upset when I pull my head up and question…but see. This is not my normal and I have to relax and see where they take me…as I am…in peace and detachment from most of my past and also my future

B- So you have no clue If this is going to work?

A- No but I have faith it will be good- whatever IT is

B- I am worried

A- I’ll write…I promise…

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YOU NEVER LET ME GO…THANK GOODNESS

I WROTE this diddy the other day…part of a song someone should write

You never let me go
You never let me go
You never let me go
No matter how I try to say good-

I never let you go
I never let you go
I never let you go
I matter how you tried to say good-

And here is the scene…it is about NOT being angry or unhappy or discontent.. and how strange that feels to me

A couple sitting on a rocking wooden bench looking over the mountains…sipping kambucha..

You: Now what

Me: no idea

You: I don’t know how to move from here

ME; you want to go back

You: Back there

Me: yes

You: because newness is hard

Me: I suppose

You: All this for nothin

Me: I guess

You: Gags and tittels

Me: entertainment with blood stains

You: Marriage is boring when we aren’t fighting

Me: That’s your issue

You: Fuck you!

Me: Your welcome.

You : I feel better now…thanks… ( Kisses)

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HEY OLD SELF.

I finally got around to watching Tully. IT reminded me of a sketch I wrote and filmed about four years ago. It was such a special moment in my life and I worked with such a special women. Unforntualy I wasn’t able to keep her close and we have since separated but maybe that is the truth…you can’t keep all of you when you are evolving…
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YDqZljVP86sA ROOM OF MY OWN.

Here is the full script…FULL SCRIPT READ ALONGI loved this time of my life- right before I entered back into acting and now…as I exit…the process begins again…I think IT IS TIME I write a new skit…where the older susie in this story meets up with me.

I MISS MY OLDER SUSIE——

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Hello …Hoʻoponopono

The prayer of Ho’oponopono is as I learned it to let go of the TIDES the generational pain you carry so as to not transfer them to the next one. IT is based on the idea of the lineage of emotional pain.

You say the name of the person that you have an “issue with” ( past or present
Then say
Please forgive me
I am sorry
I love you
Thank you

You will find that it is difficult for you to do for certain people and those are the people you need to keep saying this to until you don’t have difficulty doing it.

For me it was like I was slowly releaseing myself from a rope that was tied around my neck and with each repatriation over time it was a thread that broke until I was free and so was the person I did the prayer for…

THe prayer is Hawaiian and it was given to me by a Reike teacher who told me to say it for the people I claim have hurt me. At the time the list was long. I was late 30ths and I had a colorful life and in it there were missteps but the thing about this prayer, for lack of a better word is that it changed to villain from them to me…it gave me a sense of responsibility in the relationship becasue for one reason or another I was still holding onto it in a negative way. IT needed a correction if I wanted to be set free and who better to set yourself free than your own self.

It was about ME asking for forgiveness of the “people who wronged me” and in that I slowly began to realize that I had created extended pain and stress in my body by holding others in their characters—-their roles in my life. My negative thoughts had warm homes becasue I gave them that place in my body. I allowed them there..THis was a wonderful key that unlocked my own ability to negotiate my thought process and since then…I try to immediately release negative thoughts and then use that grace toward my own desires or destiny…

This energy we have is strong and when you speak ill of someone you can indeed maintain the “pull” that story you are telling yourself has on you.

The wild thing i learned from this experience was that I am NOT my stories or my experiences…I can let them go through forgiveness and movement and in the end I find that I am what I think about…who I see and how I do what I do.

My stories are justification…beliefs that only mean as much as we lean on them

Look at your life, your daily habits- you are all those thoughts and those things…

if you are thinking nastly thoughts about others and yourself…then you are a dare I say nasty person… becasue I have come to learn that being kind means… you can address those thoughts in your own head..and heart…and spend time trying to see the situation from as many angles as [possible so that YOUR point of view is just ONE of them and not the only one.)

Then you begin to dilute your Nasty thoughts and ask them kindly to leave becasue as long as you have them… you are them…

I know this becasue I have spent the last 5 years walking though my life and although I am not freinds with everyone in my life..i hold no ill will to anyone…no matter what happened between us and I have asked forgiveness if not personally then spiritually as often as I can until I feel I let them go or vis a versa… becasue Karma is a boomerang and unless you let people go from what they “did” to you” you will hurt them …maybe more that they ever hurt you and then WHO is the VIllian?

Be sweet because you can…and the world need that now…don’t be nasty or mean or sarcastic…becasue it is overplayed…

Be the one that is ok and if you can’t be OK then go and work on trying to be…one relationship at a time.

Xo
S

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Hello…. Webber Douglass

I remember being at a coffee shop in Penn State’s Happy Valley no doubt sprinkling cinnamon on my 15th refill of dark blended coffee …cozy…and their phone rang.

My roommates at the time called the coffee shop! We didn’t have cell phones so romatinic things like this could easily happen. THey called my name and I was like- huh? I think the coffee shop waiter walked over to me and said are you Susie? I was like yeah? Well, you had a call and something about a letter is waiting for you! I remember the feeling of running back to my apartment up the stairs like my heart was leading me and I saw an odd shaped THIN..very THIN….small yellowish envelope. – rectangle shape.

It was sealed with one of thoe bunny ear metal closures and I slowly opened it all it read on one paper. We are happy to …..

It was Ana amazing idea! GOIng to London to study acting!!!!!! I had trained in acting since 5th grade os this was huge becasue I really wanted to do classical Shakespeare theater for my life…never really thought logistics or how that woudl work but something about learning classical theater in LONDON well….

So- being in London was a major adjust to my approach o acting. It basically was the opposite approach a s it had an external process of developing an actor. Voice, Movement and make-up all slowly creating a character…and this tapping into your own emotional at the first step was NOT what we did.

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London vs American Acting

Pretending to be a role is very different than being the role. It gets really messy when you discuss this with the acting community… becasue the style of off shoots of METHOD acting Have become intergrated in our teachings. The teachers of today were among the first or second generation of this approach. It is imbedded and systemic…it can’t be undone…like the vine that a German guy brough to NC and it now covers all the trees and looks like a forest but it is a vine killing the forest itself…looks can be deserving..

I went to London in 1995/6 and worked with the best teachers from RADA that we now working at Webber DOuglass I was kind of like the vine…going there to learn what they were doing but in a way…starting to expose the alternative American training to these classical teachers…perhaps they saw the future…a. Bunch of emeotionallu unstable artists…just waiting to happen.

Here is a perfect example of how my American approach to acting was received.
I was the ONLY American actor there and they accepted me into a classs of post graduate students. I was beyond thrilled and thankful.

we had mid term performances and I did a monologue that I thought was amazing..I mean I broke down on stage crying and opening up my heart..I was amazed how OPEN i way, how connected to my true self…and what happened after that was that the school threatened to kick me out.

They were very confused by what I was doing and said…”why are YOU crying? That’s not your job! That is the job of the audience!”

It was such a wake up call. I was sitting across from an acting instructor and she was holding a tissue box and I was just crying again..now from her critique of my amazing breakthrough movement…and she was like..
“what the hell are you doing?” That was ugly and sloppy and not professional at all”

all I see in my memory bank is a constant flow of tissues.

I am not sure I ever fully adapted their approach as my first language but it gave me structure to my work in many ways.

After they suggested I consider leaving the school I cut my emotional connections off and started making fun of the teachers ( this this was s suggestion of one of the teachers themselves) in My final showcase monologue of a high strung woman…..pretending to Steward Pierce our high strong voice teacher.

This time I was greeted with accolades…. They were fully impressed with my IMPRESSION of a character- my ability to ACT…not become…

I remember this one teacher was like do you want to know who we were all most surprised by? I was feeling like such the pathetic student I was like..uh…no…
She smiled and said..YOU.
It was such a huge shock and wake up call.

However..I rarely see classical teaching anymore and even London theater…in their contemporary theatre seemed so be being by AmericanA- talk about the tail wagging the dog.

S

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Letting go of …Drama

NOT being in charge is like softly being ticked on my arm…It isn’t something I like at the start…it is actually a little annoying and boring and I can watch my child like self start to feel uncomfortable in the calm but I have begun to hold ground…transmute the irritation and let the wave pass over me.

Funny how being OK is something i have to get used to!

Truth is, I am much more comfortable in DRAMA…I can function well in it and high emotions are more normal than copesetic situations.

I can trace this back and I have but the point is at the end of the day when you understand that a calm relating feeling eventually get boring and yet…I know it is the healthier way..unless something has actually HAPPENED…but for the most part…

Life can be VERY VERY calm and chill and flowing and my new approach is to allow those around me …the ones I am physically connected to to guide me.. I hold my own disposition but I take action as in where and when though those that have more…hmmm more need to control

WHat this does is that it alleviates me from the position of pretending I am someone who wants to control…and it allows the person who is great at controlling and leading…ie- my husband…a place to do it without resistance.

I am sure this is due to the fact that I am NOT dying to be anywhere else. I thin a great deal of disatisfaction is when there is somewhere else you’d rather be than where you are..this —-for me taps into the feeling that —-something else would make me more content/happy/satisfied/ etc

But the understanding I am in right now is that the ability to keep a society unsatisfied in ever are is the ability to create turmoil, purchasing, hate and aggression.

SOmeone has to be OK and content…There has to be an anchor in the world…people who are thankful for who they are, what they have, what they look like, what they can and can’t do…someone has to be like that…

In a family as well. I am becoming more and more aware that the more OK i am with being a mom and a wife and taking care of the family ( I don’t do everthing…my kids and husband cook and food shop and are very self sufficient ) but the vibe…the energy or the person that is THERE…that is important and I have the opportunity to be that…so I am going to take it and enjoy it..and stop complaining that I am not something OTHER than me..

It feels like…a rambling river…

I am entertaining myself my challenging myself in kind physical challenges…( I’ll explain soon)

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Letting GO of ….N.Y.F.A

I never wanted to be an acting teacher. I have a Masters in Classical Theatre from London but the idea of teaching never really accured to me.

Fast forward many years and I wind up teaching my MOVEMENT technique to entry level acting students. Students who for the most part never had an acting class and they are In thier first year of college.

I brought with me my WARM up…what I had created in the pole dancing room at IRON FLOWER gym on biscayne….MISS THIS ROOM SO MUCH….and I added to it a few of the required curriculum for thier degree.

From here I created a gamification of movement that opens the artist and also allows them to heal themselves and let go of trauma- theirs of their characters.

The process was simple and I felt it can be used to help other people in the community as well as link the community to the actors.

My last semester working there I invested 10 people from here commnunity to be our guest. We worked as a team to help them release their stories and it was amazing. I knew at that moment that the training we had can infact thelp NON actors and Allon people who were searching for a way to express themselves and deal with something an alternative to “Therapy”

I presented this to the head of the theater department and along with that several internship opportunities. He responded NO to all the attempts to extend the school outward. It became very clear again that this was not the place for me to GROW anymore and it was time to say goodbye.

I had one talk with the New head of the Miami Beach school who sided with the Head the acting department and then one talk with the head of the international school who was down from New York.

THey both lasted hours and they both came to the same conclusion. What I had to offer wasn’t really their front burner and although I enjoyed teaching I didn’t enjoy the ceiling the program had on what I could do with with teachers.

What I learned is people want and need to be seen in thier LIFE,..

People’s lack of being heard or seen without judgement is lacking and once a person feels heard they can begin to let go of the story they are telling…it is the unhearing …the lack of it landing on loving ears that understand and accepts .that perpetuates once’s story.

PErhaps that is why once I spoke with the HEAD of the school and he heard me and my thoughts I was free to leave the school without any sense of resistance or negativity.

I even went so far to meet with one of the other teachers that I was told approached acting form the opposite direction and we had coffee then he took my class and now he also SEEs what I am doing…

All this allowed me to feel HEARD and regardless of the outcome I was free to peruse my next adventure…

MAybe share without needing people to agree. Share becasue you don’t need them to agree but rather you need to speak your truth –
And it is on you t one able to share without existence becasue it is in how you deliver the information.
If can be aggressive or hurtful or just soft and simple and with the lease about of energy as possible. That is when you will have the lease amount of boomerang energy on the return and you can exit in that window…. of FLOW

S

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Hello …Highlands

I think I have been coming up to this mountain town as long as the Berks…almost. I think I Came up here is 2000 with Steve and his family so that would make this almost 18 years of memories.

We are in the same area we always are in but the house is new. Steve’s parents purchased a large home for thier growing family and it is a beautiful log cabin with more than enough space and rooms.

Trees all around us and lots and lots of quiet.

Yesterday I spent sitting on the porch talking with family about our totally different points of views on religions and politics and other differences and we are just rocking in rocking chairs..just respectfully disagreeing and I wonder how many other families can sit together amongst the trees and disagree.

To be honest I have decharged myself from my own points of view so although I have my beliefs that are not aggressive nor dominirring and I have no desire to force someone to change thier mind as I would not really enjoy someone forcing their beliefs down my throat.

So I have no issue discussing why people believe what they believe bc in the end there is a very very good reason they have those beliefs. Becasue they are theirs.

Finding your own beliefs is important…and should be respected…

I am not watching the news or engaged in social media right now.

My information comes from those I talk to or flashes of things I come across, books and Master Class and directly searched for podcasts.

I am directing my education in someways.
My days have become more calm and I believe that too much information you can’t do anything about at this moment can create anxiety for me—it is bc I am an empath and I can take things WAY to sensitively …which is great and not so great..

I think that is why I long to work out in the grass by myself…weightless in my own energy.

Hmmmm