When I study and train with someone and learn their teachings, I like to know some background. Here’s a brief summary of the philosophical cornerstones of the Find Your Voice Programs.
#1 Consciousness: We are Consciousness, and the sooner we realize this, the happier we shall be. Consciousness is all that you think, feel, and believe to be true. Consciousness includes the superconscious, subconscious and conscious aspects of Mind. The Find Your Voice Journey guides you to understand and realize all three of these levels of your Being. As a result, you experience a heightened sense of your Presence and how to harness the power of your beliefs to manifest your heart’s desires. I’ve spent over two decades immersed in the study and practices of New Thought, Ancient Wisdom, Buddhist teachings, and Science of Mind. Specifically, in the works of John Randolph Price, Neville Goddard, Joseph Murphy, and Ernest Holmes—all mystics, metaphysicians and teachers of how to heal Consciousness. Although these fields of thought are vital to understanding Universal Laws and the power of Consciousness, they do not include the next 3 Cornerstones of the Find Your Voice Journey, which are essential to a woman’s life. Lastly, in addition to my study, practice and immersion in the study of consciousness— and probably most importantly— is that I knew as a little girl that I was a Being of consciousness. (See: The Life That Woke Me Up Was My Own: A Memoir).
#2 Feminism: I woke up to feminism in 1972 when I read an essay by Adrienne Rich while sitting inside the periodical room at my university library. I discovered the word patriarchy in that essay. I had never come across the word or its meaning before. “Until we can understand the assumptions in which we are drenched we cannot know ourselves,” says Rich. Each woman I work with in the Club and Mentorship wakes up to these assumptions. It is a beautiful thing to witness. Additionally, the way a feminist context contributes to the Find Your Voice Journey is that women’s voices have been intentionally silenced for thousands of years. We have been trained to disappear, to be nice, to smile, to fit into the existing structure of patriarchy. We’ve taken on roles that do not fully express who we are. They are comfortable but not authentic. Without acknowledging this, it’s very easy to feel oneself to be deficient, lacking, not good enough or worthy enough to speak up. Inside the Find Your Voice Women’s Club we are building a community. You will find other women who have experienced what you have and together we speak up, connect, validate and listen and see one another, and bring forth our voices, each one equally valuable and unique. One by one each voice makes less room for the existing patriarchal structures.
# 3 Healing: Healing is accepting all parts of our self. The word heal and the word whole have the same root meaning. Healing requires us to create a direct relationship with those parts, and many times requires feeling the unfelt pain and shame they carry. Healing happens when we view ourselves as human— living on the psychological or horizontal plane. What’s unique about the Find Your Voice Journey over and above any other such process for healing is that you don’t get stuck looking at the past. You don’t get stuck there because you realize that the Spiritual Being that you are is not and never was limited by anything that happened to you. Without the teachings of Consciousness and the personal realization of who you are on the vertical plane, you will continue to see everything from a psychological perspective, to identify with your conditioned beliefs. The healing work is essential, but can be a trap as well because of the human resistance to going beyond our comfort zone. I began my inner parts healing in 1991 and have trained extensively in the field.
# 4 Creativity: The depth psychologist Ira Progoff, who I was fortunate to spend a weekend studying with in Atlanta in 1979, teaches that all neurosis comes from a lack of creative expression. He’s not the only one who says this. Brené Brown says, “unexpressed creativity is not benign” and Ursula Le Guin says, “the creative adult is the child who has survived.” All in all, we see how essential creative expression is for a healthy, whole individual life. If we circle back to the Consciousness cornerstone, we realize that the Universe itself wants to express through us. It is our responsibility, however, to keep the channel open. We do this by letting go of false beliefs. Then, your Voice expresses itself and becomes real in your world. I began to use language as my primary form for my voice in 1971, when I wrote the first sentence in my first journal.
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