The more I discover about myself and others the more I realise how much we are suppressing our deep authentic truth. Speaking up has been one of my hardest lessons in this lifetime and one that I am getting better and better with. It has taken me a lot of work with some amazing people to get to where I am now, but also a lot of going within and connecting with my deepest desires.
HEART'S TRUTH NO 2 | ORIGINAL ART
I was looking over my notes today from a workshop I recently attended with the amazing Lisa Schrader. I had a deep guttural response to just the notes I had written, and immediately know I had to follow that up. Lisa read us this amazing speech (or part of it) that Audrey Lorde gave in 1978 and it instantly resonated with me. I wanted to share an excerpt for you and I suggest linking to the full speech for maximin impact!
THE TRANSFORMATION OF SILENCE INTO ACTION - AUDREY LORDE
“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect.”
“I was going to die, if not sooner then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences. And it was the concern and caring of all those women which gave me strength and enabled me to scrutinize the essentials of my living.”
“What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and at, tempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?”
“And of course I am afraid, because the transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self~revelation, and that always seems fraught with danger. But my daughter, when I told her of our topic and my difficulty with it, said, "Tell them about how you're never really a whole person if you remain silent because there's always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, i; gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don t speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside.”
BUT WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Why do we need to speak up? Why do we need to change?
Because when we don’t speak up we are not living authentically.
Because we have been silenced for too long.
Because there are words and feelings that need to be expressed and when they are not you are not living YOUR MOST AUTHENTIC LIFE.
And when you are not expressing how you desire, all that blocked energy gets stored in the body. We want to keep the energy flowing freely, so we can be the healthiest version of ourselves possible. Are you with me?
Who do you think you will become when you speak your truth?
The possibilites are endless.