E021 - Tapping for Blocked Voices (Heal Your Voice)Jul 06, 2020
Welcome to the tapping for blocked voices tapping meditation. Vocal blocks are experienced not just in the mind, but in the body too. If you pay attention, you might feel a closing of your throat. Or you could have a lot of intensity in your solar plexus below your ribs, or a clenching stomach. Some describe pressure on the chest, or all of these symptoms and more.
Tapping helps us integrate the mind and body, and when used more deeply, can help us release long-held trauma.
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Blocked voices become this way, because at some point when they were little, children discover it’s very unsafe to speak. They may also discover that it’s unsafe to express their feelings, or to make a noise, or many find that being in front of crowds of people is very scary.
Tapping on these issues helps us be really present with the reactions that come up in mind and body, and give us an opportunity to create new possibilities. It even helps us to create new neural pathways using our brain’s amazing neuro-plasticity.
So I’d like you to connect with a situation in which you experience vocal blocks. Imagine yourself there, and feel it in your body. Try and really access the feeling. Notice where the feelings show up in your body, in maybe your solar plexus, throat, stomach, chest or head.
Now – on a scale from zero to 10, how intense is the feeling? Please make a mental note of that number before we begin.
OK, let's begin by taking a long, conscious, loving breath in, and then out. In this process we start by focusing on the block, contraction, or negative feeling, and honor the truth of how we feel. And now we’ll work on the intensity of that feeling with tapping, and see if we can make you feel safer and more accepting.
- Tapping on the side of hand at the karate point. Repeat after me, either in your mind, or out loud. Even though my voice is feeling blocked. I honor how I feel. And I give my body permission to relax. Even though I feel this constriction in my body. I honor how I feel. And I am open to letting go. Even though I feel this tension in my body. I accept how I feel. And I relax more with every tap
- Eyebrow. All these vocal blocks.
- Side of the eye. I notice how it feels, in my body.
- Under the eye. I noticed the emotions.
- Under the nose. All this constriction, noticing where it is in my body.
- Above the chin. It's hard to let my voice be free.
- Collarbone. It’s hard to trust my voice.
- Under the arm. And sometimes I get overwhelmed.
- Top of the head. And I feel it in my body.
- Tapping on the eyebrow point. Think about a scenario where your voice lets you down. I'll guide you through the tapping points. You don't need to repeat what I say now. At the eyebrow point, remembering a situation in which your voice gets blocked.
- Now move to the side of the eye. Notice that you are safe wherever you are right now, in this moment. Ground into your body. Remembering the situation that makes your voice close up.
- Under the eye, ask yourself, what is this shutting down all about? Where else does this happen? Keep tapping under the eye and see if anything comes up. There’s no pressure, just trust yourself, you’re doing great. Maybe it's just in one area of your life, or many. All you have to do here is be keep breathing, tapping, and being present with your feelings as your body continues to relax.
- Under your nose. Really letting yourself be present, here and now. Feeling your feet and lower body too as you tap, and allowing any feelings to arise.
- Above the chin. Feeling the tension or blocks, you can now begin to let them go. Breathing deeply, letting the tension patterns go.
- Collarbone. Remembering what causes these blocks… speaking or singing, groups of people or specific people… And you can see that you can remember the blocks, feel the tension, but also bring more relaxation into the body.
- Tapping under the arm. See what else is arising about these blocks, just let it happen and trust your body, you’re really doing great.
- Moving to the top of the head. And now I’d like you to imagine the same situation without the blocks. Imagine being confident and secure. Imagine your voice sounding clear, purposeful and beautiful. Imagine how your body would feel. Imagine how your breath would feel.
- Moving back to the eyebrow point. Repeat after me. It's safe for me to love my voice. It’s safe for me to trust my voice. It’s safe for me to release these vocal blocks.
- Side of the eye. It is safe for me to speak. It is safe for me to sing.
- Under the eye. I love my voice. I am safe.
- Under the nose. I don’t have to be perfect.
- Under the mouth. Even as I am, I allow this change.
- Collarbone. Little by little I release these blocks.
- Under the arm. I accept my humanity.
- Top of the head. I choose to have a voice in the world.
- Eyebrow. I step into my power.
- Side of the eye. I can do this in lots of safe little steps.
- Under the eye. I trust my body and I am patient with myself.
- Under the nose... I allow my voice to heal.
- Under the mouth. I release the tension in my throat.
- Collarbone. It is safe for me to express myself.
- Under the arm. I'm here, grounded in my body.
- Top of the head. I'm here, present in this moment. I am grateful.
- So. Pausing for a moment. Take a long deep breath. Notice how you feel inside. Remember our intensity scale from zero to 10? Let’s rate the intensity of how that vocal block feels now from zero to 10. Make a note of that.
We tapped together for a short time, and I hope you began to feel some letting go. The process of freeing your voice is made of lots of little steps just like this. Any shift toward vocal freedom is to be celebrated, and is part of the process of rewiring your brain into confidence. Your nervous system is built to learn new ways of being. The more you do this process, the deeper it goes. And as you use it more, think of all the scenarios in which your voice shuts down or lets you down. Keep tapping, and be kind to yourself. Until the next time we tap together. Take care, and keep tapping.