Exploring, and Singing with, my True Voice

I have found my true voice again! It all started with my singing along with some songs of Emmalee and Michael Benhayon from the Glorious Music album ‘The Glory of This Life’.

Suddenly I noticed my voice was very soft and nice but it just did not seem to fit with me anymore, so I decided to try singing with my ‘everyday talking voice’ instead of using my ‘singing voice’. What I began to notice is that when I sing with my ‘special singing voice’ I don’t feel I have very much volume and resonance, and the sound feels to just come from my throat; previously when I used my talking voice I did not like it because it sounded too loud and raw.

However, when I tried it this time I enjoyed the sound of my true voice, which was in fact simply my ‘talking voice’ singing. It felt good in my body, it resonated in my throat and after a while also in my chest. I then felt such love for myself and that my true voice was amazing just the way it was.

It was at that moment that I realised:

  • I had from a very young age an idea of what a perfect female voice should sound like.
  • I never liked the sound of my true voice and because of that, I had invented a special voice to sing with.
  • That this ‘special’ singing voice was very artificial.
  • That my special singing voice was only coming from my throat and not from my whole body. It was like I was being cautious so that if it came out wrong nobody would hear it.
  • My real and true singing voice comes not only from my throat but also from my heart and whole body and with that, if I open my mouth wide enough, I can create a lot of volume.
  • Singing with my real and true voice is a bit scary because it really shows all of me; it says here I am!

I have realised what a difference it makes to sing with MY TRUE VOICE – and where I feel this in my body, especially in my chest area. My chest feels more expanded and warm. I also feel my eyes are more open and when I sing like this I feel much more open to people. And that was only after maybe 20 minutes of experimenting with singing with my true voice along with the songs of Michael Benhayon, Emmalee Benhayon and Miranda Benhayon!

This is beautiful work in progress and I have yet to fully explore this new true voice of mine; how to sing with it and also how to talk with it. I often feel when I talk that my voice is soft, a little too nice and not very loud, even if I want it to be strong. So I am becoming aware that I am probably not always speaking with my true voice! I love singing and if I explore my true voice more with singing, it will help me speak more consistently with my true voice as well.

I am inspired by the beautiful music from Michael Benhayon and Glorious Music and the workshops of Chris James and Sounds Wonderful to explore and sing with my naturally beautiful and true voice.

By Lieke van Haastrecht, Student dentistry, Belgium

494 thoughts on “Exploring, and Singing with, my True Voice

  1. Thank you Lieke, how wonderful you are claiming more truth through your voice and feeling the different. Everything about us and everything we do offers opportunity to re-connect more deeply to what is true and within this healing happens. The voice can be very revealing especially when we hear children’s voices change depending on what they want. Is it possible that we all still have elements in our voice that reflect where we are at also? As we deep our quality so to does our voice.

  2. I love the resonance and depth felt when you hear someone sing from the connection to their bodies. it is a beautiful quality we all hold and one that when shared is super inspiring to behold. Thank you Lieke.

  3. I hadn’t paid much attention to this but true – sometimes my voice feels hollow and my throat feels too tight for anything to flow with no effort, and I may even be talking faster than I want. This is very inspiring, Lieke. I would like to explore a bit more.

  4. It’s funny how we have a talking voice and then a “a special voice reserved for singing”, its great that you are discovering the difference and finding a true voice that comes from all of you. I find that depending on what I am singing, my voice can change, some songs just don’t let you sing with your true voice, Glorious Music songs all seem to support peoples true voice to come out of hiding.

  5. When we express from our hearts the vibration of love is felt in our bodies and infuses our surroundings with harmony.

  6. Great blog Lieke, it is true, we have really just one true voice that is apparent through any vocal expression. I can tell where I am at no matter whether I am speaking to one, to a hundred or whether l’m singing just through the quality of sound I am making when I speak or sing.

  7. Gorgeous blog about claiming back your true voice, and how to speak and talk with the world from that exact place.. Supporting yourself by picking up that which you notice about that true voice of yours, give it full credit and claim it as yours back again – by living it. Thank you Lieke. Appreciation is a forever living way.

  8. ‘Singing with my real and true voice is a bit scary because it really shows all of me; it says here I am!’ I have been working on my vocal expression for quite a while and this, of course, involves singing. I used to be one of those people who would come out in a cold sweat if asked to sing in public (i would just mime at school so as to not get into trouble) and would never sing at home, even by myself. This suppression of expression came from inhibitions and hurts rather than for the fact that I couldn’t sing, (I felt I couldn’t hold a tune and the sound I made was not good – no wonder with that much holding back!) , but the not being able to sing was simply a contraction around my being seen. My singing voice will never be one of the strongest in the world but I am realising that when my body feels clear the sound that can come out is beautifully pure.

    1. Yes Michelle, when we are fully connected to our bodies, the differnece in the quality in our voice, whether it is speaking or singing, is quite amazing.

  9. I notice the stronger I feel in myself, the stronger and deeper my voice gets. It’s definitely true that when we contract or make ourselves small or even project false confidence our voices do not represent the truth of who we are.

  10. The voice we use is not necessarily our true voice. Shocking as this may be for some is true. The way we speak is a tool we have forged to help us to walk in life. Yet, how true are our movements anyway? What does this tell us?

  11. I find that when I am totally with myself and in full authority I have a very different voice, it is stronger and comes from a deeper place in my body. This is something i am still mastering as most of the time I don’t speak fully in command of my voice, and this is also reflected in my singing….

  12. What you touch on here Lieke is a massive subject and one that affects us all every single day. We all express through word of mouth in one way or another and basically if we are expressing through contraction we are harming our body just as you noticed in your singing. Singing and expressing from ALL of you is great medicine!

  13. So many of us don’t express in our true voice because we are not in connection with ourselves, learning to speak and sing from our bodies is a totally different experience and we get to feel how truly healing this can be for ourselves and others.

  14. Why is it through singing we discover more our true expression? Is it simple because when we sing there is a natural way we want to be with it? We want to sing. We should take this into all our expressions.

  15. I love how friends will say when my speaking voice goes a bit off when I’m not fully connected with me. Everything about our voice communicates so much – how much we are controlling of ourselves or how free we are being.

  16. The way we communicate through our voice is very interesting.
    When we give it our full awareness we can read the other person in full. We can feel the energy, the intend behind the words.

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