Voce Vera proposes an alternative to traditional public speaking techniques that are often depersonalized and overused. Voce Vera provides useful methods for the development of an artistic voice.
Voce Vera’s philosophy is founded on the following principles:
- Like a fingerprint, each voice is unique to each individual.
- Vocalization is a complex process that starts within the person before he or she speaks.
- The voice reflects internal equilibrium that involves all aspects of being human.
- The voice is a sound vibration that occurs in the world and expresses who we are. It is a partial truth in constant motion.
- Listening is the primary tool to obtain knowledge of the voice, body, mind, heart-- to understand your own emotions and those of another person.
- Listening means to be quiet and be ready to welcome new information.
- Stage fright is a normal feeling. It is not to be dismissed as an irreparable flaw in human nature, nor should it be repressed. Instead, we should treat our fear with love and consider it an opportunity for internal growth.
- Harmony with each other and with the public requires empathy, knowing and living one’s true nature, and surrendering.
- Our truth is the perception of the subjective reality of our being at a given time, and is as real as the other person’s truth.
- Truth is dynamic: you must always be willing to accept new truth at all times.
- Speaking the truth can hurt or divide people when another person is not ready and willing to listen.
- Speaking truth requires self-listening, honesty, consistency and sincerity
Love of truth and the true nature of things allows one to access to the secrets of the heart and mind.
Behind the masks of professionals, performing artists, and others who are called upon to speak in public lies vital information. If they seek to understand what lies beneath their own masks, they can tap into a deep self-awareness that allows them to comprehend what is at the root of their desire to speak, sing, or act in public. Through this process, they move closer to the core of their own inner wisdom.
As Gandhi observed, our greatness lies not in giving a new shape to the world around us, but in being able to shape ourselves based on the best human model that our consciousness and experience reveals every day.
This is strengthened by the fact that each person is born to persevere alone every day toward the discovery of Truth. Voce Vera students prepare for the metaphysics of performance: "I do not know why, but when I vocalize I remain open and available because the Truth reveals itself through the direct experience of my voice, through every cell in my body, through my mind, through my heart, and through the person who listens to me.”
In this state of being, a performer can enable the vocal instrument to transmit the “LA” of creation. At the same time, the individual is able to live out his or her uniqueness in a group, as a single perfect note in harmony with the universal symphony.
People who truly listen have respectful hearts and are full of purity and humility. Like a blank page, they possess the ability to accept every true word that comes from life.