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Honoring your voice
Learn about the common blocks to honoring your authenticity, a simple exercise to unblock and enter the flow state, and the deeper work to stay in the flow consistently.
We often feel afraid to express our real voice, dismissing it in favor of the voices in our head. Inspiration follows those who lead with power and honor their authenticity.
Why should inspiration follow you and flow through you if you don’t fully show up? It may nudge you from time to time, but for it to become a consistent part of your life, you have to stop playing safe, stop conforming to the expectations of others, prioritize your feelings and voice over the opinions and feelings of others, and HONOR YOUR REAL VOICE.
You may think you do that. It’s easy to believe you are being authentic, but let me push you a bit and challenge that notion.
There is something you really want to say.
It’s burning to burst out of you.
But you have been ignoring it.
Dismissing it as silly and stupid and weird and unimportant and unnecessary.
Close your eyes for a moment and just allow it to flow. Be bold enough to think it, express it to yourself, without shutting it off, judging it, or moving on to the next thought and action. Sit here with it. I sit with you in it.
And if you feel like it, put it out to the world. Write a post, blog article, or story about it. Make a video, share it with loved ones, and activate your courage to put it out there. If nothing more, just share it in a comment below.
Putting it out in the world will lighten you, it will unburden the restraint you have been exercising forever. It will unblock the flow you have been desperately seeking, either consciously or unconsciously.
Expressing it today will allow your voice to show up more. Because you are giving yourself permission to express yourself, breaking the restriction the world placed on you at some point in your life. Showing up with courage will beckon more of it.
Only you can break this barrier for yourself, no one can nor will do it for you. People may try to save you, heal you, overprotect you, empathize with you, but none of that will change what you need to do to unblock.
If you don’t want it enough to do it yourself, nothing will really work.
But why not do it yourself? Why keep holding back?
Who are you protecting? Pause here and answer that question.
If your instant answer is “no one”, go deeper. There is always some we don’t want to hurt with our words. Someone who silences us — and we allow it. We tell ourselves it’s our choice, but really, it’s not.
We feel it is our responsibility to protect our family, our loved ones, those who cannot handle our truth. You know what?
It’s your responsibility to protect yourself from such people.
Protect yourself from the guilt and shame they inject into you.
This is how you begin to honor your voice. If they feel hurt, that is a choice. It’s their choice to feel offended instead of accepting you and supporting you. Their unwillingness to accept you is a clear sign that you need to honor and protect yourself.
I never believed there were people out there who would accept me and support me 100%. So I decided to do that for myself. I accepted and supported myself. And I distanced myself from those who did not. Slowly I started finding people who accepted and supported me fully.
The important lesson:
“I created space for the right people”.
I deeply wish you create that space for yourself and share your real voice with the world.
You can begin now by sharing your thoughts in the comments below.
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