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Your Empowered Voice – Explore

Today is the second in a four part series where we’re talking about the 4 Elements of Your Empowered Voice. Click here to read the first part on Grounded Stability.

Exploration is the element of Awareness for an Empowered Voice

My transition from one spiritual path to another (Christianity to Paganism) was a long process over a period of years, and truly, these paths overlap even farther back. My evolution within Christianity set the stage for me to understand spirituality differently, and my experiences in other circles, such as social justice, also weave into that path. The core thread throughout my journey is a desire for healing myself, guiding others through healing, and ultimately empowering others to stand up for themselves and those who are marginalized and oppressed in our society – because I see that as intrinsically tied to healing and empowerment of Self. In order to be willing to change from a religion I had been dedicated to for 30 years, I had to be brave enough to explore the depths of my beliefs, the programming, the things I’d been taught as fact, to see whether I actually believed them, and to bring awareness to what I needed to let go in order to expand spiritually. I researched the pre-Christian traditions of my European ancestors to discover more of my identity, spiritually and otherwise. And I tapped more deeply into my own spiritual gifts and inner wisdom. I discovered more of who I am and how I can best show up in the world…and through this exploration and awareness, I discovered the purpose I desire to live out at this moment in time.

While all the elements of Your Empowered Voice are never-ending in how you can use them as you grow in your voice, this element in particular is one that will always be expanding as you move through life. Your voice can change moment by moment. What your spirit wants to express can change, the energy moving your voice can change, your physical voice can change. Sometimes it’s subtle and sometimes its noticeable. So there is always a shift and this is why presence through this process is important. And it’s why Grounded Stability (see previous post) is important.

One of the ways you can practice Explored Awareness is to journal or meditate and ask yourself why you do a certain thing. Ask yourself if it’s truly something you want or need to do. Keep asking why until you discover the answer. Sometimes it will be a resounding yes because it’s something that brings you joy and connection. Sometimes it will be a sober yes because while it may not be “fun”, it’s important to your healing and expansion (like therapy or shadow work).

When it comes to the physical voice, if you don’t have some sort of singing or vocal experience, you may not be aware of the full capacity of your voice. Or you may have programming or wounds that prevent you from fully experiencing your voice. Playing around with your voice is one of the best ways to free up a blocked feeling. Move your body as you use your voice. Make silly sounds. Make high sounds, and low sounds. Get goofy!! Most vocal exercises sound ridiculous to someone who hasn’t done them before. Sometimes even to those who do them all the time! But our voices are a form of expression deeply rooted in who we are because it’s intrinsically connected to our physical and energy bodies. Our physical and energetic bodies have to support the voice fully in order for the voice to be fully expressed. Sound is literally energy moving from inside our bodies to outside our bodies. It’s our unique vibration being put out into the world. That is powerful! And it starts with JUST DOING IT!

We can only discover our true selves if we’re willing to explore, dig deep, and bring awareness to who we truly are, the shadows we need to integrate into our consciousness. It takes bravery, and oftentimes we need support through the process, whether that’s with a healer, therapist, or coach.

If you’d like support in exploring your voice, check out this video for a guided way to explore your voice. Pay attention to how you feel in the process. Do you feel different after going through this exercise?

Tell me in the comments…what are you exploring in yourself right now? Are you avoiding anything that you need to bring into your conscious awareness?

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Your Empowered Voice – Grounded

Today is the first in a four part series where we’re talking about the 4 Elements of Your Empowered Voice. Today we’re talking about the foundation element of Your Empowered Voice.

Grounding is the element of Stability for an Empowered Voice

What is Grounding? On a spiritual level, grounding is what connects us to the Earth and keeps us fully in our bodies, versus in our minds or in the ether. As human beings, we need this full body presence in order to live out our purpose on Earth. It keeps our energy tethered and centered. And bringing physical awareness of our bodies’ connection to the Earth, helps with our physical presence and how we use our physical voice.

The reason this element is important is because in order to be fully present and empowered in how we communicate, we must be in our bodies mentally and energetically. This affects the physical voice in a very real way as well. Some people think of the focus of the voice as being the throat. However, vocal cord vibration is nearly the last step the body goes through in order to vocally express a sound.

In order to make a sound efficiently, you must first have proper alignment of your body before your take a deep breath. Then you must control the exhalation of the breath using all your core muscles…starting from the pelvic floor muscles at the base of your torso. A strong stance with feet firmly on the ground makes it easier for the core muscles to accomplish this efficiently. Focusing the creative energy low in the body also helps to create an open passageway for the breath and vocal sound to easily move unconstrained, by loosening tension in the neck and shoulders.

While I’m speaking of the physical voice here, it also applies to the energetic body and how you express yourself energetically. If you are breathing shallowly, or not fully present in your body when you’re creating, your work will lack depth and power. Your brain and the cells in your body will literally lack the oxygen and blood flow needed to allow energy to flow.

There are many ways to practice grounding, depending on your particular body’s needs. One very basic way is to bring your awareness to how your body connects to the earth. Even if you’re inside, place your feet flat on the floor, and imagine the connection to the earth through the floor, through the basement, through the building’s foundation and into the earth. If you can, go outside barefoot in the grass. The key is that you need to bring conscious awareness to your connection to the earth in the same way. Going barefoot and being distracted isn’t going to be as deep a grounding practice as using conscious presence. I personally find water very grounding (perhaps because I have barely any water in my astrology). Taking a shower or bath, being near a body of water, or even just consciously washing my hands up to my elbows can help me ground and rid myself of excess energy.

So you can see why grounding is literally foundational for a healthy and empowered voice.

I also have a free grounding exercise you can view on YouTube, where I demonstrate the foundational technique I teach all my Your Empowered Voice clients.

Tell me in the comments…how grounded do you feel when you express yourself? What helps you feel grounded?

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