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Exploring the power of self-discipline in practice, No Excuses (2010) takes a look at how we can improve three critical areas of our lives-- personal success, career success, and overall happiness-- through aggressive self-discipline. Arguing that excuses are the limitations we place on ourselves, Tracy challenges readers to relinquish the crutch of convenient excuses and embrace the life-changing power of self-discipline.
Another instance where spiritual ideas help actors is in the rejection of a zealous striving for success. Thisfacilitates a maximization of intuitive creativity because it allows the actors' talent to surprise them in a waythat could possibly exceed the rational mind's conception of the character. This faith in the possibility ofsurprise contends that creativity and talent are more than the sum of the brain's cognitive powers. The paradoxis that often the desire for inspiration is the guarantee of its nonappearance. Spiritual training allows the actorto create the circumstances under which intuition or talent is allowed to work repeatedly. A mode isconstructed in which what is manifested inside can be directly manifested outside without interference.Choices regarding what is appropriate for the character can be made after the fact; to do otherwise is tocensor oneself. The elimination of this prior self-censorship is the primary benefit of a firm connection to acentral core of stillness.The National Voice Intensive is, as its name suggests, a rigorous five week workshop bringing together fortyperformers and a dozen of Canada's premiere voice teachers. The central focus of the instruction is the teaching of breathing. From the very beginning sessions David Smukler and his staff instill the verbal and physicalvocabulary necessary for the student to understand viscerally the philosophy being discussed. Through a seriesof exercises the Sacral Chakra (the area at the base of the spine between your coccyx and peritoneum) isidentified as the pivotal source of all vocal work. He refers to it as "The Swamp." That area of the body issensitized by the employment of creative visualization while the muscles of the abdomen and lower back arestretched and strengthened allowing the breath to descend into the belly and back ribs. A connection is thenestablished first with sound and then with words, using Shakespearean text as source material, between "TheSwamp," breathing, and speaking. At first I found this to be disconcerting if not frightening because it removedmy ability to engage my mind and my judgement in the process of creating a performance. But with practice Isurprised myself by contacting a depth of emotion that I had previously been able to engage only by chance.My observation of the progress of myself and others convinced me that this freedom from prior control left thework more honest and more human. It was as if the words presented themselves to the speaker for the firsttime, the instant before they were spoken, all because the impulse was removed from your mind to your lowerabdomen. 2b1af7f3a8