Is your fear of public speaking holding you back from sharing your gifts with the world and reaching your business or career goals?
If so, you are certainly not alone! On various lists of fears, public speaking is often listed as number 1, ahead of such frightening occurrences as death, divorce or disease.
No matter what business or organization you are in, sooner or later you are going to have to speak in front of people; whether it is in front of people at a small meeting, making a presentation to potential clients, or introducing a new product in front of a large crowd.
“Flowers” (“Loreak”) (2014 production, 2015 release). Cast: Itziar Ituño, Nagore Aranburu, Itziar Aizpuru, Josean Bengoetxea, Egoitz Lasa, Ane Gabarain, José Ramón Soroiz, Jox Berasategui, Mikel Laskurain, Aitor Odriozola, Unax Odriozola. Directors: Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga. Screenplay: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga. Web site. Trailer.
In a world filled with coldness and cynicism, acts of unsolicited kindness have, unfortunately, come to be seen by many as anomalous gestures, deeds almost to be viewed with suspicion. It’s truly sad that we’ve reached such a point, one where we question the sincere altruism of others, convinced that there must be an agenda behind those actions. But need it be that way? That’s one of the key questions posed in the meditative Spanish drama, “Flowers” (“Loreak”), now available on video on demand.
Willful blindness is a term that originates from legislation passed in the 19th century and is based on the concept of personal responsibility, and more specifically “if you could have known, and should have known, something that instead you strove not to see.” Author Margaret Heffernan reminds us in her book by the same name—Willful Blindness—that this behavior is a choice. It is also the path of least resistance, which in my interpretation creates the thinking errors and blind spots we use to construct barriers to empowerment and fulfillment.
My mind is eager to indulge in willful blindness, as we’ve just learned that our very dear dog, Rosie, has cancer with a short life expectancy—we’re talking weeks. My mind wants to delve into grief and hopelessness; my willful blindness statements are “It’s hopeless. I’m helpless. There is nothing I can do.”
More recently I am noticing a deeper level to this aspect of service through developing my higher consciousness. There is a space where I am aware that I am serving at a very high level, yet going nowhere, doing not a thing. For in this state everything is just perfect, there is no one to fix, and nothing is broken. All is unified, one breath, one heart, one mind.