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Can Someone Steal Your Voice?

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The short answer: Sort of – but not really.

It’s like people “throwing bad medicine” or “putting a curse” on you. Nobody can affect you or your energy unless some part of you is somehow open to it. But I’m not saying you or anyone has been just sitting around inviting people to come and take away your voice.

What I am saying is that when we are told to be quiet, forcibly silenced, disempowered, hurt or told negative messages about ourselves or our voice, many of us respond by becoming silent. Not only silent, but angry, fearful and depressed.

So many of us have been silenced in some way or another before we were old enough to recognize what was going on, or do anything about it. And that suppression – plus years of similar experiences added on – has become a heavy weight holding down our spirit – and our voice. BUT…

Nobody can take away your voice.

And nobody can give your voice back to you except You.

By the way, I’m speaking from personal experience here. I grew up feeling like nobody cared what I had to say. My voice was so quiet and small for half my life that just to get someone to hear me, I felt like I was practically yelling.

Many of us have had abusive or traumatic experiences that involved being silenced or told we are not good enough. And we have learned to stifle our own voices to get by in a society that has historically punished us for being truthful or authentic. Talk about mixed messages! We were expected to “tell the truth,” and yet we were not allowed to express the truth that really mattered – our own.

BUT… you still have your voice. You may not think so, but it is there, hidden underneath layers of emotions and truths that we didn’t – and maybe still don’t – feel free to express. And you CAN recover it!!

Believe me, I’ve been there. And you’ve heard my voice – can you imagine me being so quiet that you couldn’t hear me? Didn’t think so!

And I’ve had people throw bad medicine at me. You know what that is? Negative thoughts, beliefs or words said about you PLUS your own beliefs about yourself and how the universe works PLUS your reaction.

Here are some truths for you:

  1. The more you are in your element, doing something you love, or hanging out with people who support you and feel good to be around, the less anyone’s “bad medicine” can affect you.
  2. Your voice can not be taken from you.
  3. Nobody can give your voice back to you except You.
  4. Our thoughts and beliefs are incredibly powerful and so in order to shift our mindset, we need to flood ourselves with new, positive thoughts and beliefs, and allow ourselves to feel good.

I can’t bring your voice back for you.

But if you want me to help you find your voice and access that true power within you that is *already there*, I can help you do that. Your voice is precious and so are you, no matter what anyone else has told you.

Our voices are needed, every single one, and as we wake up to our own mystery and the sacred truth – the spirit – within each of us, we become more and more empowered, to the point where we will wonder how we ever believed anything other than the real truth – that we are all part of a forgotten song singing itself alive.

You deserve to have your voice heard, your true power expressed, and your love shared. Have a beautiful week!

Love & Blessings,

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman



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  1. Robin

    Thank you, I did not think I would find anything relevant by searching for this topic, but this is exactly the message I needed right now!

    • Brenda MacIntyre

      I’m so glad you got what you needed, Robin. Big Blessings to you.


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About Brenda MacIntyre

About Brenda MacIntyre

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her album “Picking Up the Pieces,” released in September 2019.

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