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

504 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.

  17. If we only listen to the sound of our voice we can easily be fooled into thinking it is either a ‘good’ voice or a ‘bad’ voice, too hard, too soft, out of tune, or pitch perfect. Either way we are completely missing the truth that our voice disconnected from our whole body ie. coming just from our throat/head, is harming and can be nothing but harming, whereas our voice coming from connection to our body, ie. from the whole of our body so we feel all of us as we express, is healing and absolutely always beautiful whatever our judgemental head might think.

  18. When we sing and speak from our whole body and let go of how we ‘think’ anyone else will react we can express through every movement and sound who we truly are.

  19. There’s so many different tones and differentiation in the way we talk, and I find my voice (speaking not singing – that’s brave!) tells me a lot about how I’m feeling and if I’m feeling strong or not, or if I’ve been acting like a child rather than a woman, or if I’ve been expressing the truth, all these factors influence my voice making it a great indicator of how I’ve been living and what I may need to work a little more.

  20. When we make a choice to no longer ‘hold back the volume’, we may be a little surprised at the depth of the beauty that comes through us that has been waiting a very long time to do so! We live in an ocean of energy and how we choose to occupy space, be that in our fullness or in contraction to this, will determine the note we sound out that will affect all others who share this space with us.

  21. “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 kept my voice soft throughout my life so as not to be noticed, since I have been exploring my singing voice lately I am noticing the difference when I sing from my throat or from my body, most of my past singing has been from my throat with the checking it as to whether it is right or not. I know I have a true voice which comes out at times and it sounds beautiful, just as it is, without any judgment.

  22. Lieke it is inspiring to read discovering your singing voice from a different perspective – I’d like to experiment this with my own voice. I would love to sing and I know my voice sounds rough and my it affects my ear drums – I had never considered singing from my heart and body before – thank you.

  23. I love singing to the songs of GM Records too, knowing and feeling the depth of love in them and the configuration of the lyrics. Every new album from them feels like a deeper level of truth and fullness that asks us to claim both in our voice and in life.

  24. When I feel really connected with myself I just love the sound that comes out of me, whether that is with speak or with singing. The more we are connected with our body the more beautiful the sound that is produced.

  25. Interesting blog Lieke, I have to start experimenting with my own voice as although I have been singing for years I still haven’t found my true voice,or I have at times but it like me is not consistent.

  26. So gorgeously shared Lieke. I go through stages where I feel ashamed of my singing voice and stages where I love the way I sound when I sing. When I’m down on myself it’s often because I’ve compared myself to another. I love the way I sound when I’m in love with being me.

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