MY FRIEND MESHA recently returned from six years in India, where she studied spirituality and healing with a swami. She lived in an ashram and studied at the Soul University.
Now that she’s back in the Western world, and now that she’s making moves to offer her spiritual knowledge and healing skills to the general public, she’s been talking a lot about needing to find her voice.
At first when she would say that familiar phrase, I didn’t connect with it. After a few times of hearing her say it (and of me asking what it meant to her, since she’s not a writer), I realized I had grown immune to the magic of that phrase. I realized I was missing a journey I could be on, just because I’d been over-exposed to those words.
I purposely started letting those words penetrate me more deeply. I started having epiphanies. I (re)discovered it means a lot more than what we usually mean when we talk about it in reference to working on a manuscript.
I discovered that finding your voice can mean remembering to go back to a form of expression you once loved but that you stopped doing. (I wrote about that last month in Busting the Old “Who Do You Think You Are?” Tapes.)
I discovered it means helping others find their voice in unexpected ways. For instance, Mesha and I have been working on a brochure to promote her services where we’ve been constantly refining and simplifying the message, so it will speak to the people who most want or need it.
I even had a mystical experience where my throat—the physical place where we “find our voice”—felt activated and more alive. I wasn’t trying to do that; it happened when I thought I was focusing on something else.
(Which reminds me how determined a message can be to get through once you decide to make the opening for it.)
There’s more, but I think that gives some good examples of how the most obvious things become profound again just by looking at them in a new light . . . or outside of the accustomed “genre,” so to speak.
I’ve decided to create a new category for this blog called finding your voice. If you’ve had any relevant experiences lately, let your voice be heard! I invite you to write a guest blog post to share your self-discoveries with our readers.