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September 17, 2008 at 1:28 AM

Whether it is actually correct or not, stage fright is typically referred to as a problem. This is quite useful since problems are the result of a misunderstanding. By correcting the misunderstanding the problem may disappear. Different processes of moving into understanding work better for different people but the following exercise might be of value. It also, incidentally, applies very well to times when one is down in the dumps and unable to figure out why.
The procedure itself is called `The 5 Whys.` Quite simple one asks a fundamental question:

`Why do I (have stage fright)?`
Immediately write down the first answer that comes into your head or tape it.
`Because I am afraid of looking stupid…..`
Then immediately repeat the same question. Write or record your answer. Repeat this procedure five times without stopping. Then take your last answer and use it as a basis for a second cycle of five questions. Perhaps…
`Why am I afraid of looking stupid?`
Repeat procedure for five questions. Take your last answer and use it as a basis for a third cycle of an identical question.

Keep going until you feel a sense of release and/or happiness. Reward yourself with a plate of prunes.

From John Blakely
Posted on September 18, 2008 at 11:21 AM
Brilliant - I love it!

So my last question... "Why do I hate prunes?"

...and I'm stumped; release - free at last! :j))

From Ray Randall
Posted on September 18, 2008 at 3:35 PM
Sounds like a good exercise.
Never eat prunes before performing
unless you're playing the minute waltz.
From Royce Faina
Posted on September 18, 2008 at 7:53 PM
I know that this is a bit late.... I really liked what you said about Fear & Love in the September blog. I have found comfort in these words, "There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love throws fear outside..." 1st.John, Chapter 4, verse 18. Judaeo-Christian Bible; New World Transalation of the Holy Scriptures, 1981.
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on September 18, 2008 at 10:24 PM
Ray, your prunes are working too slowly. You gotta stop chewing iron bars for tips,
From Tasha Miner
Posted on September 19, 2008 at 1:53 PM
Thanks for this. I'm tackling my nerves again, and this looks like a great exercise!


From Ray Randall
Posted on September 19, 2008 at 4:56 PM
All kidding aside it appears this exercise has some merit.

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