And when I'm acting a role, I inhabit another self, and I give it life for awhile, because when the self is suspended so is divisiveness and judgment.
And I've played everything from a vengeful ghost in the time of slavery to Secretary of State in 2004.
And no matter how other these selves might be, they're all related in me.
And I honestly believe the key to my success as an actor and my progress as a person has been the very lack of self that used to make me feel so anxious and insecure.
I always wondered why I could feel others' pain so deeply, why I could recognize the somebody in the nobody.
It's because I didn't have a self to get in the way.
I thought I lacked substance, and the fact that I could feel others' meant that I had nothing of myself to feel.
The thing that was a source of shame was actually a source of enlightenment.
And when I realized and really understood that my self is a projection and that it has a function, a funny thing happened.
I stopped giving it so much authority. I give it its due. I take it to therapy. I've become very familiar with its dysfunctional behavior.
But I'm not ashamed of my self. In fact, I respect my self and its function.
And over time and with practice, I've tried to live more and more from my essence. And if you can do that, incredible things happen.