Monday, October 23rd 2017

How to find your voice

A Danish pop star turned-spiritual-teacher spreads the word of speaking consciously

voicemicGUEST COLUMN: SUZANN RYE — I believe that anything is possible. . . that anything you set your heart and mind to achieve, you can. And I believe that we are all born with infinite wisdom. If we don’t get too distracted, if we don’t forget what we know and intuitively feel to be true, we will instinctively understand what to do with our lives, which way to go, and how to fulfill our dreams. Our heart will tell us.

The above is taken from “Little Voice”, a story that I wrote  as part of the best-selling inspirational book, Living in Clarity.

I’m Suzann Rye, author, inspirational speaker, spiritual coach, artist, and voice performance coach, and this is my story. . .

I grew up with my Danish grandma, who was a jazz singer, an actress, and a children’s book writer. She was also an extraordinary, vivacious lady.

As a young child I promised my grandma that I would always listen to my heart and follow my dreams, for only this, she said, would truly fulfill me and make me the best that I could be.

“Follow your heart, Love, and you can do anything you want to do in this world.”  And so I did what grandma told me because, to me, she was the wisest and most amazing person that I knew.

album-coversmallThis took me to many remarkable places and led to an unusual order of events that doesn’t read like an average biography. From worldwide recording artist to best-selling author, speaker, teacher and coach I have come a long way from the tiny town in the tiny country where I grew up.

It has indeed been an inspiring journey, and although I was guided onto my particular path very early on, I feel like I’m just getting started. There are still lots of books to write and plenty of songs to sing.

When I think about my childhood and early youth, it is very clear to me why I chose the path that I did or rather why it chose me. I had a very free upbringing. My family was very artistic and whereas in our home it was considered a virtue to express yourself and be creative in any way your heart desired, I noticed that for most of my friends, it was not quite the same.

Needless to say, our house became the favorite hang-out for the entire county.  It frustrated me to hear some of my friends relaying arguments that they’d had with their parents about what they wanted to do with their lives and why. Since I was allowed total freedom to make my own choices it made it even harder for me to understand why on earth these parents would want anything else for their kids than for them to fulfill their dreams and be happy.

To me, happy meant being free to be myself.  So I became a strong advocate for personal freedom: the freedom to live, be, and do what’s right for you — the freedom to express yourself and believe that you have something worthwhile to share with the world.  I find it fascinating how we are often able to pinpoint certain themes or defining moments in life and absolutely know that these were the lights that lit up our path. We also tend to recognize the people who carried those lights.

I still remember the day, thirty-five years ago, when my second-grade music teacher came knocking on my grandma’s door. She wanted grandma to know that I had a special gift that she felt needed nurturing — my voice. Since then the voice has been a main focus in my life.  Now, when I talk about “voice,” it has really has come to mean two things for me.

What is your Little Voice and how can you use it?

There is your physical voice that is operated by your body and is clearly audible to everyone – and then there is your voice, as in who you are, what you stand for, and what your life purpose is.  The “second” voice or Little Voice as I prefer to call it, sometimes gets disorientated and then it starts sending out mixed messages. This is when we go off track. We get confused – and the people around us get confused too because whatever this voice is thinking, it will immediately transmit energetically.

What kind of energy is behind your words? Do you get in your own way? Do you speak with a balanced, clear and strong energy or do you sometimes communicate mixed messages when you speak? Is the message behind the message telling a different story than the one you are attempting to communicate? Basically, how do you show up? This will determine if people “get you,” and if you get through to them or not.

You are always thinking something, thus so you are always transmitting something. This means that you are always communicating, even when you don’t mean to, and even when you are not aware of it. It is not just important what you say – it is also how you say it. But even more importantly it’s who is saying it and what the energy is behind those words?

Whether consciously or subconsciously, we all want to be seen – and heard. We all have a need for recognition, we all want to be loved and appreciated for who we are. And rightfully so!

That’s why I’m passionate about helping people to be free and to find and nurture their own unique voice, showing them how to unravel its full potential and use it to be creative and express themselves. For I believe that only those who honor their purpose truly live fully.

Now it’s your turn: Share your message

confidenceMost people have a message, something that they feel passionate about that they would like to share. But many are afraid they don’t have the confidence to speak their heart and mind. They freeze up at the thought of speaking to a crowd or even to a small group of people.

Perhaps they don’t trust themselves and their message to be “important” enough. As a result they never get the chance to truly shine and share their gifts and inspiration with the world.

This is a great shame. It is important to make those people aware that they too have a true, unique, powerful voice, and one that can speak from the deepest core of their being enabling them to offer true value and contribution – if they let it.

If you are one of those people, please know that your voice is a gift – all you need to do is unwrap it. Share your wisdom, knowledge, and inspiration with the people that are waiting for your words. By doing so you are offering a great and valuable service and you are contributing to the lives of others, inspiring them to do the same.

There, I’ve said my piece and it felt GREAT! Now it’s your turn.

jumpUse your voice to make a difference in the world. It’s easier than you think and it will make you feel wonderful knowing that you too can touch people’s hearts, impact their lives and make a profound difference – just by being you. What could possibly be more fulfilling than that?

Your voice is your “calling card;” it reflects who you are, what you are, and how you are at any time.  Make your voice your strongest ally. Use it to inspire, to teach, to motivate or compel others into action. Speak from your heart to the hearts of others.

Be a powerful voice and others will listen.

suzannryeSuzann Rye is an internationally renowned expert on voice, performance and communications training for speakers, coaches, teachers, authors, managers, entrepreneurs and performing artists. She works holistically with an emphasis on authentic self expression and personal fulfillment.  Her book, Your Voice is Your Calling Card: How to Power-charge Your Voice, is available through

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3 Comments on “How to find your voice”

  1. I love it when something I read clicks in with what I've been thinking about. Just this morning I was writing in my blog ( about the "hijacking" of our voices for the purpose of furthering the aims of others. In addition to finding our own voices and using them to good purpose, I think we need to learn to protect them from exploitation once we've found them. A further point to ponder....

  2. Great post. Like Ellen I too was looking at my path. I had been reminded in a video about numerology and my purpose which lead me to re-read something I had written about my life purpose and ability to help others so this was great to read.
    Amazing article

    thank you


  3. women, in particular, need to be reminded of the power of "using our voices." one of the aspects that i like about getting older is that i'm not afraid to voice my opinions and to be myself. we all need to stand up for what we believe in. for instance when we see ad after ad for anti-aging and weight-loss products in the mainstream media we need to raise our voices against this form of control.

    as women we are conditioned to think that it's our mission to make everything "right" and to avoid confrontation at all costs, but as we get older we realize that while this may be the easier road to take, it's ultimately soul destroying.

    thanks for a great article suzann...your message is one that we all need to be reminded of, and frequently!

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