Love Thyself Not Thy Neighbor

Consciousness is very different than memory. While consciousness watches, memory remembers and computes. Funny how some fairly obvious observations, once spoken, become excellent opportunities for inquiry. Memory or mind cannot solve existential angst. Though within an artificial and safe environment, existential issues seem to lurk in abundance while delivering a speech or presenting in front of an audience.

Only the genuine collaboration between consciousness and body language can deliver true effectiveness, satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment. Mind is not consciousness. I can only be conscious of my mind. Mind is thousands of years of abstraction of brain activity. Though quite impressive, mind can only be strategic and agenda driven. We are still living under the nostalgic spell and ancient magic of mind-driven existential fears.

Practically speaking, when mind activity dominates your scene, it operates 100% out of memory and misses the moment at hand. It leads to various forms and frequencies of frustration and fear. Remember that you cannot deliver a presentation in the future.

The game of a conscious speaker is to operate as oneself and to see or realize the potential of every moment. The key to the moment is autonomy and putting yourself before your audience. Your natural expressions emerge in front of an audience as a direct function of your autonomy. You are the only active ingredient and it is a very necessary selfish process.

In my view, true creative liberation is liberation from the mind and its concerns for survival, approval, control and domination. How does the mind take our lives hostage and seduces us? I have identified several key suspects for a line-up: Fear, Uncertainty, Approval, Conformity, Control, and Comparison. Conformity is a form of collective blindness which seems, of course, to only show its ugly face as we are about to present. To conform is to rule out your uniqueness and distinct contribution. Don’t be like every other speaker or communicator. Bring your full attention to your body language and watch how much easier it becomes.

About Eric and Amy Stone

Eric and Amy Stone, also known as Eric and Amy Benichou-Stone are the Co-Founders of Speakers & Artists International, Inc.; a California Corporation. We are a husband and wife team dedicated to delivering world-class coaching and training programs in the arenas of business communication, public speaking, media appearances, performance, and personal growth & development. See bios here Eric is also the Founder and Head Coach of Hollywood Actors Studio, in Beverly Hills, CA, where he has been developing talent, directing and training actors for the stage, film & television industries, and lecturing for more than 20 years. Amy is now the CEO of Speakers & Artists International, Inc. She's a multi-facetted and visionary guide and teacher. Her talent lies in her ability to focus on the individualís core identity and bring out truth and authenticity hidden behind the veil of ineffective habits and outdated conditioning. Eric Stone is also a Producer, a Creative Director, and a Professional Stage, Film, and Television Actor with major national and international credits to his name. Eric, also known as artist Philippe Benichou is a Published Author and an Internationally acclaimed award-winning visual Artist, represented in seven countries around the world.
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