Finding Your Voice

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I loved The King’s Speech. What woman writer, singer or artist wouldn’t? The message is clear. Finding one’s voice is hard and takes courage, but it inspires. For those who don’t know the story, the future king of England has a speech impediment. He needs to overcome it in order to assume and successfully accomplish the role he is destined to play. He is ridiculed and mocked and it seems he will never succeed. It demands great effort before he begins to find some satisfaction and he needs help from a guide along the way.

A part of the process of writing and of life is to find one’s voice, role and way of expression that is unique to you. Finding that voice means expressing yourself with authenticity and sincerity. It means speaking from the heart. As in this inspiring film, when the end is achieved, the result encourages and inspires others to also find their voices and express themselves with elegance and grace.

In life, as in the life of the future king, the path throws up challenges. We sometimes want to give up and see no reason to continue. Then someone, maybe someone we love dearly, tries to help us and sometimes we shun them. If we’re lucky and our inner wisdom guides us, we awaken and return to the friend or mate with gratitude and appreciation. Their aid has helped us to become bigger than what we ever imagined we could be alone. That one guide, friend or spouse who believes in us and lights our way can make all the difference and help us to grow.

In the end, the king’s courage enabled him to persist and grow into someone who could speak to a troubled nation and inspire people despite great challenges. And didn’t we roar with encouragement when he succeeded! Finding one’s voice is a parallel to living an authentic life that connects deeply with a heart’s yearnings. We can get there by listening to the deep yearnings of the soul and acting on those inner promptings that guide us in the direction of our dreams.

Sometimes taking steps towards fulfilling those yearnings may seem oh so challenging. But if there were no challenges and the path remained always smooth then life would be pretty boring. Keep seeking for the right note, the right tone, the right word and the right life. Few joys are greater than finding your voice and singing out to share it with others. Happy writing!

Bio: Author, teacher and visionary, Debra Moffitt, leads workshops on spiritual practices at the Sophia Institute and other venues in the U.S. and Europe. Her mind/body/spirit articles, essays and stories appear in publications around the globe and were broadcast by BBC World Services Radio. Visit her on line at: and

Writing Retreat at Sophia Institute, March 5, 10-4 pm.
About this time every year, the itch for spring grows.Join Debra Moffitt for the Rediscovering Your Secret Garden workshop at the Sophia Institute in Charleston, SC to reconnect with your creativity and grow. Go here to register.

Dream On, March 14th, Charlotte, NC
If you want to connect with your dreams for creativity join Debra at The Bag Lady, March 14th from 7 – 9pm in Charlotte, NC for her Dream On workshop. Call 704 557 0323 for details.

Also the Path & Pen Conference in Nashville, TN, Sept. 9-10, 2011, focuses on writing as a spiritual practice. Debra will be keynote speaker for this event. Read here about past conferences.



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