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Share Your Gifts With The World!

I have a confession to make. For many years I have held back on sharing one of my greatest gifts with the world, mainly because I wasn’t able to see it as a gift. I’m talking about my singing voice. Since I was a teenager, I’ve considered my ability to sing as more of a burden than a blessing. During a recent trip to New York City, a dear friend and soul sister of mine helped me break free from the shackles that held my voice in captivity. For the first time in over a decade, I was able to truly embrace my voice as a gift.

As a child, I loved to sing and I always had a powerful, melodious voice. At age 13, I enrolled in voice training lessons. My dream was to have the confidence to share my singing with more people. Every week I would go to my singing lessons and learn different techniques to make my voice project louder and stronger. I was training to compete in a music festival and was excited to share my voice and sing in front of many people. But the real reason I was taking these voice lessons was because singing brought so much joy to my life. Freedom has always been my number-one value and when I sing I feel truly liberated from all internal and external boundaries and limitations.

But when it was time to get up on stage at that festival, I was extremely nervous and uncomfortable. I got all caught up in having to win the competition and be validated by others for my singing voice. I handed my power over to the judges and let them determine whether my voice was a gift or not. Unfortunately, I was not ready for their judgment. I came in fourth out of five participants, and the judges’ feedback was that my voice sounded too nasal and forced. I pretended I didn’t care and that it didn’t bother me, but deep down it really hurt. I was already in a pretty fragile state as my confidence and self-esteem were quite low from being picked on for many years leading up to this. I didn’t want to create any more reasons to be treated differently and feel even more isolated. So I dismissed how amazing singing made me feel and listened to the judges, instead of my own heart. From that point onward I stopped singing altogether.

More than a decade later, I couldn’t stand the suppression anymore. As a compromise, I decided that I would only sing to myself. That way, I wouldn’t have to worry about facing any judgment from others. At first, I started singing in the shower, then around my apartment, in the kitchen while I was cooking, and sometimes I would even print out some lyrics and sing to myself in the mirror. Being able to express myself in that way lifted my spirits and brought so much more energy back into my life. But I still could not get myself to sing in front of other people.

After spending so much time over the past few years working through other blocks in many areas of my life, I recently came to the conclusion that it was time to liberate myself once and for all. I had to walk the talk. If I was teaching youth how to change their limiting beliefs, how to love, honour and value themselves, and how to overcome their fears – then I needed to continue to face the fire myself!

A couple of months ago I got an amazing astrology reading from my dear friend and soul sister, Ophira Edut, one of the AstroTwins. In this reading I was told that it was incredibly important for me to find different ways to express myself other than speaking and writing, and one of the examples she gave was singing. Apparently, my North Node (the destiny point in the chart) is in Taurus, ruler of the throat. Ophira suggested that singing would unblock stuck karma around my self-expression that was actually an important part of my spiritual growth. Without telling her anything, it was as if she knew I had been hiding my singing voice from the world. She suggested that a great first step would be to go do karaoke and even offered to take me to her favourite karaoke spot in NYC during my next visit to the city.

When the moment finally arrived two weeks ago, I felt more nerves than when I got up in front of 3,000 people to speak at the Hay House “I Can Do It” conference in March. Pretty amazing, considering that the small Japanese karaoke bar was half-empty, and my “audience” was a group of friendly, but tone-deaf, dudes out on the town for a night of bachelor party drinking. Still, I was intimidated—but I didn’t allow it to faze me this time around. When my name came up on the screen, I grabbed the microphone, legs shaking and all, and belted out a tune from the depths of my soul. I felt every note move through my body. Every word that came out of my mouth was a massive release of energy. I felt passion deeper than ever before. I was truly FREE!

To face down my fears even more, I had Ophira record my performance on her iPhone.

After I finished, I sat down, checked in with myself and realized something very profound. All this time I thought that my greatest gifts were only what others defined as valuable. I stopped singing in front of people because a few judges didn’t value my voice. That night at karaoke I learned that our greatest gifts are not what others value at all; instead they are the things that we do in our lives that make us feel over the moon happy. In fact, the beer-chugging crowd at karaoke barely paid attention to my “performance”—but in the end, that didn’t matter. When we set ourselves free from the judgement of others and do the things that make our hearts sing, bodies bounce and spirits soar – our self-expression becomes a beautiful offering that we can share with this world.

I deprived myself and others of sharing one of my greatest gifts for more than a decade. So my plea to you is simple: find the things in life that truly uplift you – the things that make you feel overjoyed and fully FREE. And do them as often as you can! Don’t worry about doing them “perfectly” or get hung up on “performing” for others. The greatest gift that you can ever share with this world is the positive feelings and energy that emanate from you when you do the things that you truly love!

Now go on and share your gifts with the world! :)

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Michael Eisen is the founder of the Youth Wellness Network, an organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth across the globe to live happier and more positive lives. To learn more about Michael and the Youth Wellness Network, visit: www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca, connect with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter: @youthwellnet

  • Lynne

    Love the song…love your voice!

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       Thank you Lynne!

  • emabaksa

    Thank you for sharing this. You have no idea how much I needed this right now. I had my dance performance yesterday and was so much worried will people who will watch me like it. Thank you for remembering me that I just have to enjoy my biggest passion in life, which is dance and just be FREE. Thank you.

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       You are SO welcome! Just continue to share what makes you happy and what you love and that self-expression is the greatest gift of all! Thank you for sharing your gifts with this world! I believe the more we all share our gifts with the world, the happier this planet will be :)

  • L D Dickerson

    I felt like I was reading an excerpt from my life story…I sing, too! Thank you for sharing this post AND video! Both made me smile :)

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       Thanks LD! Happy to meet another singer – I hope you share your voice with the world too! Now that I have liberated myself, it brings such joy to my life to belt out a tune :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ophira.edut Ophira Edut

    Encore, encore! Can’t wait to do it again!

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       Me neither! Thank you again for holding the space for me to break free my dearest soul sister!!!

  • Erika

    Awesome!! Thank you thank you for the last bit – about finding the things that uplift you. It’s funny how we get so caught up in how we are perceived and what our talent will GET us that we lose sight of the love we have for it in the process and the way the doing of it makes us feel more connected to life.
    Ah perfect timing to read this. Thank you Michael!

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       You are welcome Erika – SO glad that it resonated with you! You are totally right, we do get caught up so often in how the things we do are perceived by others – when the most important thing is how it makes us feel when doing it! I hope you continue to do the things that uplift you and make you feel over the moon happy – and share those feelings with the world!

  • April

    You have a great voice Michael. Keep on singing.

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       Thank you April! :)

  • Sheri

    Great job! :)

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       Thanks Sheri!!

  • Nitika

    Love this post – great job Michael!!

    Love, 

    Nitika
    http://www.YourBellaLife.com 

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       Thank you my friend! Next time you are coming with :)

  • http://www.terricole.com/ Terri Cole

    What a beautiful post, a beautiful voice and a beautiful soul!
    love love love
    terri

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       Thank you my dear friend! So much love to you! :)

  • MargaritaHueniken

    Cool!  I love singing too, but have kept it very private. This is great inspiration!

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       Awesome! Let your voice out my friend :)

  • Kendra

    Your voice is amazing and your story actually made me cry! It’s so hard to believe that we let others push us down and keep our gifts from the world. Let your light shine Michael! So proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone, which is where life begins.

    Sending love and light. :-)

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       Thank you SO much Kendra!! I really appreciate your support :)

  • Karen

    I’m a singer as well, I have sung in a choir for 12 years and  have been doing musical theatre for a few years now and I have to say – I love your voice!!!  It was really hard for me to get through auditions at first, my knees would literally shake but now I am getting more and more solos and singing roles so all I can say is, holding ourselves back from something we love because of someone elses opinion can rob us of so much joy and spiritual growth.

    • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

       YES you are totally right on that one Karen! Here is to letting go of others opinions, and loving ourselves deeply so we can truly share our greatest gifts with the world! Thanks for the support and encouragement :)

  • Melissa

    Very uplifting & beaming!!! Kudos to you, reach farther & farther-theres no limit to the happiness that will shine upon you my friend.