If you experience stage fright or if you are shy, quite your mind and know that within yourself is all the power you need to persuade or convince your audience. Performers or actors that have extraordinary abilities have a kind of throat-chocking fear before entering the stage. Fear prevents you from acting naturally as it causes panic or nervousness. However, when the actor plays a role over and over again each and every day or night for weeks or months the actor losses his fright and feels at home as soon as he starts speaking. The thought of making a fool of yourself should help give you the confidence and assurance to manage yourself to perform fine on stage. If you are not convinced of your own technique you have lost half the battle. The other half is won by the confidence people have of your ability.
What causes stage fright? First and foremost it is inexperience; second is when one does not have mastery over their ability, uneasiness or feelings of inferiority. It can also be caused by chemical imbalances. Common chemical imbalances related to emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression are a lack or excess of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, gamma aminobutyric acid and acetylcholine.
Other factors are increased levels of toxic neurochemicals such as homocysteine, low levels of serum Magnesium, Zinc or Potassium, deficient levels of essential vitamins like B vitamins and Vitamin-C and a short supply of cofactors like amino acids that are used to help transport neurotransmitter precursors into the blood-brain barrier as well as increased cortisol stress hormone levels. These deficiencies or excesses can robe us of profound relaxation, peaceful alertness and calm focus to the point of compromising our overall health status. Today there are proven methods that have been used for centuries in traditional healing practices to bring these chemicals and the whole body back in balance.
Here are the steps to work on to remove the causes of stage fright.
3. Feelings of inferiority
4. Infrequencies of performing
5. Lack of having power or mastery over your technique
6. Taking drugs or to much alcohol
7. Improper diet
8. Eating too much before speaking
It is so ridiculous to let stage fright or first night jitters overcome or get the better of you. When you are speaking or performing hide every sign of stage fright as it never existed and try your utmost. Remember mixing with weak minded people causes inferiority complexes. Try to avoid these type of people. Conquering stage fright is the first step of overcoming these anxieties upon arriving on stage. When you are starting to speak visualize you are speaking to uneducated people on the subject you are talking about and imagine them as a bunch of naive children. You can think of yourself as if rehearsing in an empty room in front of a make-believe audience. Here is the point; accomplishment comes by seizing it and not by hanging around waiting for it to come to you.
Rehearse your part or speech repeatedly until it becomes automatic. After you merge your ego into your acting the feeling of you having to impress people will disappear. You must practice calmness with deep attention right before performing. Deep breaths will help while you visualize yourself captivating your audience.
Being humble is being magnetic and will influence and attract compassion and caring attention from your viewers. Any display of inferiority will bring about pity and destroy any talent you posses as you will underestimate yourself. On the other hand, pride triggers scoffs and indifference. If you are serious about becoming a professional then find the best teacher to familiarize you with the finest techniques of speaking, singing or acting. You must relentlessly inspire yourself to conquer every routine making it your own and when you are criticized use the criticism as a stimulus to eliminate all the defects in your presentation.
If you are making a presentation in the evening do not eat after 2 or 2.30 p. m. and eat sparingly. Your diet has a great effect on the speed and sharpness of your mental and physical movements. Make it a habit eating fruit and vegetables abundantly. Eating too much protein and starch causes your body to retain poisons. When people eat red meat several times a day you can see the dullness in their eyes; however, it is just the opposite for those who eat an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Learning to eat naturally and what is nutritious is nothing more than using common sense. For example, when observing how carnivorous animals are directed to their food we can observe as they find their prey, the sparkle and delight in the eyes as it begins greedily lapping up the squirting blood. On the other hand, herbivorous animals use their senses of sight and smell to choose herbs and grasses to eat and if one drop of blood is sprinkled onto their food it is rejected immediately. Frugivorous animals are similar as their senses guide them to the fruits of the field and trees.
We find in all men that the senses of sight, smell and sound can never guide them to the slaughtering of animals; they can't even stand the sight of this type of killing and that is the reason why slaughter houses are far removed from people. When men's nose and eyes are so against the sight of dead flesh how can it be considered the natural food for people unless it is mixed together with the flavors of spices, sugar and salt? On the contrary we find sheer delight in the fragrance and sight of fruit that it makes our mouth water. The same may be said with grains as they possess a pleasurable taste and odor; these observations infer man was not intended to be carnivorous but frugivorous.
Lets face it, if man was carnivorous our teeth would have canines at a striking length, pointed and very smooth to grab the prey. In contrast our molars would not meet but would fit close and side by side for separation of muscular fiber. When we examine the teeth in men and see the formation of their teeth, we see that there is no resemblance to the teeth of a carnivore nor the teeth of omnivorous or the teeth of the herbivorous but exactly resemble the teeth of the fruit-eating frugivorous. By close examination of the digestive canal of carnivorous animals, we find that the bowels are up to 3 or 5 times the length of their whole body. The herbivorous has bowels 20 to 28 times their body length and in frugivorous animals it is 10 to 12 times their body length.
The same type of formation as in man which are 3 to 5 times its length. We are told by the masters that incorrect measuring from the soles to the crown and not from the anus to the mouth, has drawn incorrect conclusions. Taking in all this information, the only conclusion is that in all probability man is a fruit eating animal. Natural living is recommended and to fully understand what this means we must analyze what unnatural is. Our lives depend on the correct selection of dwelling, foods we eat and the company we keep. The animals use their instincts with their organs of smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch in their selection to help themselves.
However, in the organs of man we find so much perversion of the organs due to unnatural living starting in babyhood it is almost impossible for man to rely on their own judgment when choosing what is right to eat. Natural foods consist of fruits and vegetables, a variety of grains, roots, pure water and milk. When well chewed and then mixed with saliva these foods are assimilated very easily in the digestive system. But unnatural foods are foreign to man's system and do not assimilate properly when entering the stomach.
Unfortunately when these substances are mixed with blood, they accumulate in the organs and excretory because man's organs are not properly adapted to them. When foods are not properly secreted they attach themselves in crevices and tissues from gravitation and ferment causing diseases which leads to an early death. In summation we find that natural living calms the passions in man. When men have a clear understanding a natural diet is nonirritating, they will gain a mental calmness favorable to their activities. Many finally wake up frightened by bad news from a doctor and are ready to take the first step and give up eating red meat which also includes lamb, pork and veal. It is wise to substitute eating red meats with chicken, fish or turkey. Tapering off red meat is very difficult, it is like trying to quit smoking for some. It is better to just stop cold turkey than trying to wean yourself off this deadly habit.
You must conquer your fears. Fear is nervousness itself and the very thing you are afraid of you will attract. From early childhood we are trained not to fear things and psychological studies tell us that most pains in the body would be greatly lessened and actually disappear altogether if a child was brought up fearlessly. But because of past incarnations you will see some very fearful children who have brought with them these fear complexes from their subconscious mind even though these children are not children but old souls of countless past lives. Although these children are all given a fresh start in every new incarnation, they still bring with them some unwanted excess baggage of attachments and habits very well covered up and with latent phobias from the past they can become chronically terrified for no apparent reason.
Some thought or word can trigger this dread reaction that is deeply buried within the subconscious mind. If you are a parent never instill fear in your children. Never use scary stories as threats to correct the behavior of your child because you can impair their outlook on life and create such nervousness as to paralyze their everyday progress. You can embed a sense of caution instead of fear. Teach your children and yourself to fear fear. " Thoughts are powerful mental vibratory designers and whatsoever you intensely think of comes to pass. The fear you dwell on creates a mental image that begins to manifest as the very same mental image you are afraid of. When you continually have the fear of accidents they are more likely to happen as that fear paralyzes your nerves. Your mind will be more troubled with worry than with caution and instead of doing things right you will attract the misfortune you fear the most.
Many people have been healed by removing fear from their minds. Many diseases can be cured by healing through fearlessness and just as the pendulum swings the other way, people can be scared to death as was noted in World War II as in severe cases from dire fear the heart has stopped and the hair turned white. Unfortunately mental healing is not an easy thing to do, that is why the masters tell us that those who have not mastered their minds should keep on conditioning themselves and take physical aid. Most attempts to heal by mind power do fail as the mind continues entertaining fear. The mind cannot control the mind.
The life force in the body is the ultimate factor for good health and when that stream of energy is impeded or obstructed because of worry and tension the nerves cannot transmit those impulses by which the body's vital immunity and other activities are coordinated. All life's energy in the body is controlled by the mind and when the mind is filled with anxieties, worry and fears the stream of energy becomes paralyzed resulting in ill health.
There is a mental, chemical or physical approach in treating diseases. The majority of people use the physical approach using drugs and surgical procedures. There are many serious illnesses medical science cannot heal. When the mind is convinced that it has power over the body, the mental approach to a cure is much more effective. However when you are affirming mentally that you are not sick but well, you must not have any doubts in the background. Did you know that fear pictures subconsciously the disease you dread the most creating a very favorable atmosphere in the body to sustain and keep viruses and germs alive? Be careful not to focus or dwell on the potential failures of the bodies fragilities or weaknesses because the mind controls the body; when the mind is well the body will also be well. It is wise to strongly hold that thought, I am well. " When you have that kind of attitude you will find life's energy eliminating all sorts of difficulties.
The two ways our needs have to be satisfied are for material gain and for ill health. When you're sick you run to the doctor, but what happens when the limited power of the doctor or human aid no longer helps. We then look to the unlimited Power of the Maker of our body for assistance and solace. A book titled Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda, a spiritual classic, explains this in detail.
Copyright 2007 Gary Zalben
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