Expression Could Save Lives

“How often do we consider the importance of our expression, and that expression is not only a natural part of who we are, but that ‘Expression is everything’?” (Serge Benhayon , 2011)

Whether we express ourselves, or not, or the way we express ourselves, has a consequence in our daily lives.

The BBC published an article entitled: ‘How speaking up can save lives.’ (BBC News 2015)

Pretty sobering given the article discusses two industries – aviation and medicine – and in both industries examples were given where lives were lost. In both cases the member of staff (co-pilot/junior doctor) did initially speak up, but did not make themselves heard. The Aviation industry has since been undertaking training for aviation staff and found in the simulations that “Co-pilots would rather die than contradict a captain.” (BBC News 2015)

This training is now being undertaken in the National Health Service (NHS) in England too.

These examples show that “Expression is everything,” right down to the matter of life and death, and yet these examples also show that the people here didn’t ensure, no matter what, that they were heard.

How many of us express what we feel in full, or ensure that we are absolutely clear in our expression during our daily lives – whether it is a matter of life or death, or a simple matter of communication within our homes or at work? And what gets in the way of us expressing?

In children there is a freshness and an openness in the way they say things out loud when they see something, and sometimes parents or ‘grown ups’ tell children to ‘be quiet’ because they may feel uncomfortable with what the child said as it exposes or unearths a truth. And whilst there may be occasion when ‘piping down’ is appropriate, telling our younger generations to ‘be quiet’ may be dampening down their innate, natural expression to say things as they are, to speak up, to say how they feel, or to talk about what they see in their lives.

During our education and in our modern day workplaces we have communication and presentation skills’ training which teaches ‘respect, politeness, courtesy and how to be polished, smooth, entertaining’, or how to tell the listeners/audience ‘what they want to hear’ and how to not ‘ruffle feathers’. And when we do speak up in the rawness of a situation, or give our feedback at work or in life, we can be seen as ‘negative’ or ‘out of line’… to the extent that we can fear for our jobs if we do speak up.

Yet in our lives today there are many ills and atrocities in society where we need to speak up, sign a petition, write a letter etc. There are many daily situations where we need to express clearly, whether in matters of urgency or simply in every interaction we have, as misunderstanding, error or conflict amongst people has arisen from unclear communication, or from something that is partially expressed or watered down.

Is it not our responsibility to express? If we expressed with the openness of children and allowed our innate, natural true expression to come out and we learnt together in our workplaces and in our daily lives that “Expression is everything,” our expression may just save lives.

Otherwise, as the BBC news article highlighted, we may be culpable (directly, or indirectly as bystanders) for many things that happen that could have been handled differently, where communication plays a key role – take for example the ‘never-events’ in the NHS:

“In 2012/2013 in England there were nearly 300 “never-events” – incidents that can cause serious harm or death and are wholly preventable.” (BBC News 2015)

The ripple effect when we re-awaken our expression in full, and when we speak up in our daily life, not only has the potential to save lives, it has the potential to change our world today.

Reference Sources:

  1. Serge Benhayon (2011:117), Esoteric Teachings & Revelations: A new study for mankind, Unimed Publishing
  2. BBC News (2015), How speaking up can save lives, 26th July – Health.

By Jane Keep

Further reading:
The responsibility of Expressing Truth
“Expression Is Everything” – How I Feel About Myself, The World, And Other People

Recognition is Nothing, Expression is Everything

756 thoughts on “Expression Could Save Lives

  1. The other day I noticed how I was moving before I expressed, and there was a definite pattern of moving more rigidly and with no true body focus when I spoke from my mind. Whereas when I chose to feel my body and move before I spoke, I became more animated and my expression slowed down, leaving me to feel the spaciousness in that moment.

    1. I agree Julie. Expression is movement – and the way we express is a choice of the way we move. I know the more solid I feel in myself, and the more relaxed and steady I feel, the simpler I express what I am feeling.

  2. Workplaces are full of people not expressing out of fear of what might come back at them. So what happens is, people play a game of saying what they think they need to say or do. No wonder so many people are exhausted, depressed or don’t want to be at work because they’re not being themselves. It takes a lot of energy to be who you are.

    1. and no wonder much of work is complicated, confused in a hazy fog – when if we said what was needed, expressed as needed the clarity would be there.

  3. So true Jane, as I am re-learning to express more, the value I now place on words and my expression has turned my whole world upside down. In the past I would shove what I thought down your throat with bluster and being bombastic and today I feel when and where my contributing to a situation is needed and express it lovingly to the best of my ability.

    1. and thats a great point Greg as we can simply give these things a go – learn to express, give it our best shot and keep learning. I know in the past when I tried to ‘get it right’ I actually made my expression worse, or false.I love knowing that I can experiment.

  4. Thank you Jane – we all have the capacity to change the world around by living our own lives simple and from a true understanding of how and why we become what we have become.. So that we can see (observe) our choices and change them if we like. It simply needs a clarity in mind and a let go of attachement to see what is truly going on. And so we are free, chosen ourselves.

  5. Stifling the expression of others can set a pattern well into motion to quash our natural living way.
    Why is it that adults adopt such reactions to the Truth presented by children – have we not remembered how this felt as children to be silenced and disempowered when we were alive with the connection to the world around us with wisdom to share?

    1. Great point- we know how it hurt when we were young and our voice or expression was surpressed and we have taken that as normal and continued to perpetuate it rather than enable and honour all expression of all around us.

  6. In day-to-day life we don’t often consider the importance of expression and yet in this blog it is very apparent what the extreme version of this can lead to. Learning to feel the difference from expressing from the mind and with reaction, or from the heart with love is also a fascinating study. The difference in quality is quite something!

  7. ‘The ripple effect when we re-awaken our expression in full, and when we speak up in our daily life, not only has the potential to save lives, it has the potential to change our world today’. What a powerful line of truth. If we express in full not only can we change ourselves we can change the many, awesome.

  8. Making the space that is needed to express more from the body, is a self loving choice and well worth the time to allow ourselves to feel what is there to express and then to relay it from our body and not from our heads, as this can then bring in personalities and beliefs systems.

  9. There at many times in the past where I failed to speak up and lived to regret it. The fear of stepping on someone’s toes or being wrong has held me back. As I gain confidence and take responsibility for my life and my part in it, I find I speak out more than I ever have before.

    1. Im with you there Roslyn – I feel physically unwell now when Ive not expressed – I love how the body shows the way we are living and the choices we are making, and it knows when something needed to be expressed – or not.

  10. “Whether we express ourselves, or not, or the way we express ourselves, has a consequence in our daily lives.” Even when we are so called not expressing we are in fact expressing as an expression is not just speaking but is, in fact, all our movements, which portray a lot.

    1. True Elizabeth – there is never a time when we are not expressing – whether verbally, energetically, in our movements, even in our sleep.

  11. I recently had an experience where someone did something that I felt was inconsiderate and disrespectful and I could feel there was going to be a strong tension in my body until I expressed the truth of what had occurred. This I see is what we get from children, an ability to express truthfully and honestly and they only lose it over time as they feel the strength of the reactions in adults and other children. I can particularly remember being exposed by a child who made a comment that made me squirm, as I knew what they were seeing was a direct result of how I had been living unhealthily and how I looked as a consequence. Expression is innate in us and we only lose it as we prefer not to rock the boat.

  12. Expression would certainly save lives as the vast majority of social issues present in the world today could be avoided just by people expressing from truth.

    1. Great point Joe – I work in organisations at times on difficult mediations where there is conflict amongst teams and staff – always the seed or the root of it is where something was not expressed way back – e.g. weeks, days or even years before – and that sets off a chain of events that can lead to resentment, bitterness, bullying and all manner of ill behaviours.

  13. You mean fostering true expression as opposed to teaching our children to hide behind the facade of being polite and saying the right thing so as to ensure they do not rock the boat. And that is not to say good manners are not important, but only in the sense that they are done so out of a true sense of decency, and not merely as a way to tick the box, for it is the latter that actually assists society to bury things that should otherwise be brought to the surface in order to be resolved.

    1. Well said Adam – ‘nice’ or ‘polite’ or sayings like ‘children should be seen and not heard’ put a ‘cap’ on children to stay in a box and not express what they feel, for if they did not only would they expose the way we (adults) are living, we would also have to accept that children are simply people in small bodies, and they have as much wisdom and insight to offer as adults do – if not more as a child can feel the world in an untainted, and open way.

  14. Expression is in every single thing that we do. Our bodies are ever-emitting points of expression. But we put a huge amount of energy into limiting that expression, and stemming its flow. I know this firsthand from a lifetime of holding back what I have had to express for fear of the discomfort I might feel by making someone else feel awkward. It is an important point to realise that our lack of expression is never about someone else, but always about us and our own feelings.

  15. Great call and needed. Even though I know how hard it can seem to speak up when we feel something is wrong we need to do it for the sake of our humanity, for our own wellbeing. And put that way saving the world doesn’t now seem to be such a over whelming task after all. All we need to do is to be aware of the instances in our lives where we feel we could speak up and then share what we feel and we will have helped the whole globe to also speak up.

  16. When someone expresses a truth, a body cannot but surrender to it. The fact of hierarchies make this harder. If you made it to the top, how in the world can you admit as a truth something stated by someone that is somewhere below you? This reveals how much we tend to believe that where we are gives us special rights regarding truth or expression when this is not the case. If anything these situations reveal the poverty of human relationships and how much we tend to buy into this image of how things truly are.

  17. Expression really is everything and that means more than just speaking, it is how we move, how we relate to others, our body language and tone of voice. There is so much that is going on when people are in an exchange with one another, and yes it is our responsibility to speak up and express with all, not to hold back, this does not serve anyone.

  18. For me it’s also saying how we feel to ourselves, watching we don’t express lots of pent up things or ideals and beliefs and dump them on other people. Being very aware of where our words come from and do they need to be said in that moment or not.

    1. True Gyl and when we hold back – when we do finally express what we say comes with all the stuff we held back too – like a cork that was taken out of a bottle – so its great to learn to express as we feel and not bottle it all up.

  19. There is so much to be said about how we express and the harm that comes with holding back what we know is a moment to bring the conversation to a point where everyone has the opportunity to ponder at a deeper level and leave with another way of viewing the situation without imposing or pushing an ideal or belief.

  20. What a different world we would live in if we all expressed in full, when we hold back our expression we are not only hurting ourselves, but everyone around us too, no matter how hard it may be to express we have a responsibility to ourselves and the rest of humanity not to hold back our expression.

  21. We are always expressing: every movement we make and even when we are standing still we are expressing a certain quality. Many of us do not want to know this, as it highlights the responsibility that we need to live with, given we’re all connected and our every movement effects the all

    1. Great point Mary-Louise – we are never not expressing – but the quality of the way we are expressing is always a choice.

  22. True expression is what is called for, where we have the courage to express what we feel is true, rather than allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the forces that ensure corruption prospers all around us. And I talk here not just about the corrupt politician, but the simple act of someone abusing another verbally, which we all know is wrong, but rarely call the person to account.

    1. Well said Adam. There are so many societal ills that we can ‘grin and bear’ or feel it is ‘just the way life is’ or we deny or bury what we see rather than realising it is up to all of us to change things – every word expressed has the potential to change our world today and that is at the heart of our daily living responsibility.

  23. Thank you Jane, what catched my eye in this blog was the sense of responsibility *(*living in a way that is considerative of everybody and everything). Probably many of us would say that this responsibility is not always lived or at times maybe even lack. What I sense from this , from own experience of own taken and not responsibility, that we make ourselves small in energy by this lack of responsibility. Because we have power-inside-out. And there was a time I was unnaware of this fact, but now I know I must tell that once we leave responsibility for this way of living behind we actually harm not only ourselves (inclusive our body) but everbody else.. And that sitting alone in our room, surely does not make less visable or palpable (oeps!). Thanks to the work of Serge Benhayon, and my own willingness and choice I have re-connected to responsibility and what it actually means for me in this life. I found out that I had not lived that, but maybe even at times the opposite force, oeps! (again).. But that made me even realize and understand now that I can not continue.. there my change has begun. And now it is up to me , and also everyone around who had searched or is searching for truth to choose theirs and commit on their path to equal sons of God.

  24. I remember when I used to think that my voice will not change anything after all I am just one voice right out of billions of other voices who may be saying something different? But is this just not a cop out from expressing truth and being responsible with what we know is true. Comfort of not saying anything may feel safer than the wrath of what others may think or say, but it can never be of any true benefit to anyone if this is embraced.

    1. I too had the same feeling Joshua, and, Ive had many leaders say the same thing in workplaces too – but I know now from the presentations by Serge Benhayon that it only takes one to make a change, – there is a ripple effect far greater than we realise.

  25. Not wanting to ‘ruffle any feathers’ oh yes thats a good one – I have totally abide by this belief so not to have to deal with any reactions for pre-conceived reactions. For me to get over this I have been working on it and still to this day will side step on something that I feel because I play the lesser card or don’t want to disrupt anything. In doing so I am letting that play out and more often than not by not speaking up I am creating more harm than good. Avoid responsibility to speak the truth is one to master in my books and possibly others as well.

  26. This highlights the importance we have as parents to not dull down the expression of our children; but at the same time – as a parent we are a reflection to our children so it starts with us – our full expression which is then observed by our children. Expression is everything, it is medicine in fact to express in full what we feel.

  27. When we combine these two statements…
    “We all have a body, which very clearly shows us the result of what we choose.” From a similar article I was reviewing,
    “Is it not our responsibility to express?”
    then we have an extraordinarily potent combination of awareness that has the power to change the path of evolution of each and everyone of us

  28. Expressing in full should be the most natural thing to do and I have come to feel physically, how damaging it can be if we don’t. It is what we are all crying out for, for everyone to express in truth, it would end so much chaos that is in the world today. Knowing exactly where we stand with each other universally, would be a gift beyond compare.

    1. I agree Kev – nowadays when I don’t express I actually notice physically a change in me where I have bottled something up – and I get sore throats and a sore jaw too when I don’t express. One thing about expression I am learning is that it’s okay to ‘give it a go’ – and I’d rather say something, or speak up even if it comes out a little clumsy than hold back and bottle it up. It is an ongoing daily learning for me.

  29. This shows us how powerfull and important expression is, if we choose to hold back we are not being responsible for what is at hand. All our expression matters, we should see this importance and not be afraid.

    1. That is an important aspect Benkt, to not be afraid. As a child I was not afraid, but now in my adult life I regularly experience to fear in my life. So the question is now what made becoming fearful, who has told me to become such?

  30. Communication is a major part of interacting with others, as well as ourselves. Only recently I realised I was not communicating as much as I needed to and because of this reactions happened. I wondered why, and after a conversation with a friend came to understand that I assumed people knew what was needed and when this wasn’t the case I got hurt. It comes back to not really taking full responsibility by asking someone else to read our minds or just ‘know’, when this is not generally the case. Therefore, communicating what is needed and when, as well as what we are feeling, is important. And as you say, Jane, “The ripple effect when we re-awaken our expression in full, and when we speak up in our daily life, not only has the potential to save lives, it has the potential to change our world today.”

    1. Good point Robyn, I often assume things too – assume others know something or assume someone else has said something so I don’t need to bother but that is not always the case – and better to speak up than not and then find out everyone had been thinking it but no one said anything.

  31. It was so common when I grew up that what I had to say was not appreciated and listened to so I learned to reduce and adjust my expression for gaining attention from the people I loved. What came with that is that I also myself started to not appreciate that what I saw, experienced and was aware of could be of any importance for somebody else let stand for the world, so I kept it all inside and labelled it as being not important and with that reducing my worth of self too. When I look to it now I can see it as a set-up, a set up to keep everything as it is and in special for the companies, organisations and institutions that continue to tell us how we should live our lives in order to keep them in their power so they can continue their comfortable lives.

  32. “In children there is a freshness and an openness in the way they say things out loud when they see something, and sometimes parents or ‘grown ups’ tell children to ‘be quiet’ because they may feel uncomfortable with what the child said as it exposes or unearths a truth. ” This is so true, parents stop the children from speaking in fear of being exposed. But children are amazing how the express the truth as it is, so much to learn from them.

  33. Allowing ourselves to express in full will not only save lives but will eventually make an end to all that is going on in in our societies that is not serving the people who are part of it. It is then the power of the many against the dictation from a few.

  34. Expression definitely saves lives. I know it from my work as a nurse and I know it from my own life. The more that I express in full the lighter, healthier and more joyful that I become.

    1. I agree Elizabeth, and sometimes what is to be said isn’t actually ‘ours’ – it may occur to us to say something and it may be important for others to hear it as it is actually something to be said for us all. So when we hold back we hold back on our own expression but we also hold back our colleagues, or families, or societies when we don’t speak up.

  35. This is great Jane, such a valuable and important blog and one I know I have been learning to walk for many years now. It is extraordinary how ingrained the belief is that our voice doesn’t matter or we get met by the expression “who do you think you are”. The more we can encourage the next generation to value their voices and expression the less this will be accepted as OK.

    1. I was talking about this yesterday with someone who works for a political party over here. She said that in a recent election the difference between one candidate winning the seat and the other was initially 2 votes, as it was so close they did a recount and it was actually 6 votes. That is 6 people tipped the balance between one candidate and another – that shows that our voice counts, if it only takes 6 people out of thousands to tip a vote then every ‘vote’ or expression does make a difference.

  36. What a great title Jane Keep and thank you for bringing this important stuff to us in a blog. The bit that really stuck out for me was “Co-pilots would rather die than contradict a captain.” (BBC News 2015)
    This is serious and well worth taking a stop moment. So what is the fear and WHY?
    WHY are so many of us really bothered if we lose our jobs in the name of Truth?
    WHY do we swallow what we truly want to say?
    WHY do we think it is ok to hold back when it ‘could save lives’?
    WHY do we feel so uncomfortable when we do not express what we feel?
    WHY does our body react when we make a choice to not express the Truth?

    EXPRESSION IS EVERYTHING – is something I heard Serge Benhayon talk about and it made sense.
    It then took a few more years to actually ‘get it’. By that I mean that I needed to LIVE those words and not honk my horn and say what I want, whenever I want. It was about building a life that had meaning and purpose in every area. So cleaning the toilet is expression and so is writing this comment. This living way then supported me in the real world where I am fearless when it comes to expressing the Truth. It is like you have a strong steady foundation because you are seeing and feeling that EVERYTHING IS EXPRESSION.
    You do not become popular but you do get a great nights sleep as you said what needed to be said and its not sticking around unexpressed inside your body.

    1. Awesome, Bina Pattel! There is a saying ‘better out than your elbow’ which I was reminded of in your comment, ‘You do not become popular but you do get a great nights sleep as you said what needed to be said and its not sticking around unexpressed inside your body.’ A dislocated elbow is much more painful in the end than expressing truth. When I still fear the reprisal of speaking truth, I am not living it myself…

    2. well said Bina Pattel – I get sick nowadays when I dont speak up or express what Im feeling – and I know to some that may seem extreme – but I can get sore throats, painful jaw and a lot of unsettlement in my body – to the point that I have had an abscess in my jaw from not expressing. So not only does not expressing have a personal consequence on our body, the ripple effect of not expressing as is shared in this blog is often far greater than we realise.

  37. not being able to express in certain situations does affect us all… There will be somewhere in our lives where our full expression is not heard… And it always has an effect upon us… And is always worth looking at and exploring.

  38. I am often with groups of people facilitating discussion. It is a joy to feel the light shone on the many angles of expression and the alchemy occurs when everyone realises how important each one angle is. In fact I would go as far as saying that tension in teams is often because of the lack of true expression by all. This can cause the ‘death’ of the group’.

    1. I would agree Bernadette – I have mediated many teams who are experiencing tension, or conflict, or disharmony in some way – and in that often they have lost touch with simple daily conversation, where everyone is involved, practical, and real and honest. When teams make that a fundamental part of their daily work together there is more potential for flow, engagement, participation, and it also nips things in the bud before they become ‘mountains out of molehills’.

  39. Many of us use expression to shut down or control expression in others and therefore end of hurting ourselves as well in the process. We can do this with body posture such a little slump to show we are disappointed or displeased, a withdrawal of energy or an angry look. We are all very sensitive to the movements of each other and often adjust our expression to avoid the displeasure or reaction of others. All this happens almost instantly and often quicker than we choose to feel. The consequences of this controlled, reduced and untrue expression is harmful for everyone concerned.

    1. Great observation Nicola of how expression is everything – not just words, and how we can feel other’s expressions in every way – whether we choose to be aware of that or not. I know I can see a facial expression or feel a movement in someone else’s body and I can react to that e.g. not speak up or say something. There is much about expression for us to learn in our world today – and so much we dont talk about amongst one another.

      1. Great point Jane – so very often we don’t talk about these things and yet we ALL know it, live it and experience it.

  40. I am experiencing more and more the importance of expression. Yesterday when I expressed what I was feeling, what the tension was in my body, I could feel it literally leave my body. I had been carrying this tension for days and the simple expression released it like opening a door and a blowfly flew away – no more buzzing in my body! A great lesson and confirmation that ‘expression is everything’ to quote Serge Benhayon.

  41. Great reminder and great examples. When the impulse is there to express we need to let ourselves be the tool for serving others rather than grasping for excuses why we shouldn’t speak up.

  42. I have seen many situation for myself where this is a fact and one in particular stands out where I sat back and could see something wasn’t spot on or I didn’t understand but bit my tongue and didn’t say what I felt in that moment. Instead I sat back with a wait and see what happens approach only to see everything blow up literally in my face. It’s not the details of this incident that’s important because it could be changed by all of us. What I did want to highlight is the fact of what this blog is saying is true, I know it because I have seen it myself. What I have found is not speaking up or being able to clearly feel what is going on comes from how we live. We often think of big situations or large events where we didn’t do what was needed., like I did but in fact it’s the little moments that lead to the big trip up. If we were to dedicate more time to being aware of how we are truly feeling in each moment, not perfectly but to the best of our ability then this would support us to have the same there when the perceived bigger moments arrive.

    1. Great point Ray – “What I have found is not speaking up or being able to clearly feel what is going on comes from how we live.” – I know in the past I have wanted to say something and because I have not been living a fullness of expression – in that I have not spoken up and I too had ‘bit my tongue’ when I did try and speak up it came out in a muddle. The more I speak up nowadays the more I learn more clarity in expression.

      1. That is the point isn’t it, “The more I speak up nowadays the more I learn more clarity in expression.” that this is an ongoing learning and not something to achieve or bring a perfect picture too. The openness in the ‘ongoing learning’ has you forever reflecting and flexible to unfold the next level of how you are feeling. The expectation of being someone or being something also takes you away from the feeling. In any moment you are in, the key is to be as deep in feeling with that moment as you can be. There is nowhere you need to be or nothing you need to bring in any moment, the call is just be yourself and be with what you feel and from there everything else comes.

  43. And what happens to the body when we do not express? It really is about life and death. The body records everything and if we are silencing what needs to be said or what we feel, this festers in the body and creates disharmony. I’ve had lots of stomach and digestive issues because I never expressed what I felt, and now that I do, my body allows me to know I’m doing a good job!

    1. Im with you there Rachael – I have had problems with my body when I don’t express to the extent that I had an infection in my jaw and surgery. When I have a build up of something that hasn’t been expressed the tension in my body grows. Our body is naturally made to express and I love how it shows when there is something unsaid/left unexpressed.

  44. Why is it that I can walk into a room and feel open to share and express how I am feeling and then walk into another room and instantly feel shut down and not welcomed to speak? It is interesting and something I am becoming aware of, the difference in how I feel from one place to another and to register how I respond to the feelings within my body… certainly work in progress.

  45. A very true examination of the power of expression and expressing our truth. There is much to learn about ourselves and others and in the communication we have. There is so much miscommunication in the world as we have forgotten to express what we truly feel and know and have contented ourselves with interpretation, opinions and views.

    1. I agree Esther, and more so we are not encouraged to express/speak up and say what we are feeling – it is not the norm – so we are all under this ‘norm’ where we don’t speak up – yet our bodies are crying out to speak up.

  46. Absolutely agee Jane and for sure on the last saying, as it exposes that the more care we give to expressing ourselves to more we are able to change our world – simply by one person who expresses his or herself. Beautifully and truthfully expressed, and so things are starting to change already!

  47. I am gradually learning to speak up more and express how I feel whether it proved to be right or wrong in the end, it feels more painful and harmful to everyone if I hold it in and deny the world of my expression.

  48. Its vital we take every opportunity to practice our expression, I know for me I used to lack the confidence in what I was saying and doubts would creep in. It was easy for others to override and ignore and so what I was feeling became irrelevant. However, as I’ve said more, written more, and acted more based on what I feel a vast library has opened up to me… and is also available to others. We are all incredibly sensitive if we allow ourselves to feel, and what we feel is an important consideration for others who may not see things in that way, or their judgement might be clouded, so to hear a different point of view is absolutely essential.

    1. Indeed Simon, it is really important that our voices are heard as together we know the truth and in doing so we will change the world into a place that will support people to evolve instead of supporting them in their abusive existence.

  49. It is so important to allow expression in full, not only from our selves but for all of society. Many of the mistakes, accidents, corruption, fraud, greed, bullying to name a few are there because we, the public do not express en mass how we feel about it. As we all feel that these human expression do not belong in our societies and we all know what is acceptable or not, but we resist in giving expression to that inner turmoil that our societies are imposing on us.

    1. I agree Nico – we do not express as a society, but we often don’t express in our daily lives – and everything matters – every seemingly small moment of speaking up, saying something that needs to be said, can move mountains.

      1. Indeed Jane, as we live in a sea of energy where everything matters, even the smallest gesture or thought, either healing or harming, will be felt by all, so too how we express in our daily life will affect the grander whole.

  50. Yes it really is our responsibility to express, from someone who held back their expression most of their life, to then feel the ramification of having done so in my body, there has been a huge turnaround within myself to express. But to understand expression isn’t just about verbal expression, it is everything.

  51. Expression – when expressing in full and allowing that to be our daily way, we can really feel that we are simply vehicles of expression, we are moving energy, and when we choose the quality of our expression to be soulful we become part of the universal flow.

  52. If we hold back from expressing the truth over a lifetime, it robs those around us of all the wisdom we all have to offer… and that can be a missed opportunity for them in helping them evolve or stop a way of living that is harming them. It can save their life.

  53. Something for us all to learn, that everything we do or not do has always an effect on everyone and everything and how, then, very important it is to learn to speak our truth and not hold back what we feel to express.

  54. Learning to express more freely what I feel is interesting. When I suppress what I feel to say it sits like a heavy weight within my body but when I express what I feel there is a lightness within me and I sometimes surprise myself when I realise the power of claiming my true expression.

  55. Since i comment a lot on blogs, read and express myself on social media about topics of the world and the way we love i feel more and more empowered to be me in my whole way of being. And i can feel how this way of living also supports everybody too.

  56. Speaking up is one thing, but it is worth considering that expression is everything, and everything is expression, and that it is all related. So, if you do not consider the quality of your movements as a way of expression, then you will be blind to the fact that the quality of your vocal expression is actually governed by the quality of your expression in movement. Want to try it out? Cross your arms, walk aggressively, and try to think loving thoughts about those close to you. Hard to do…

  57. I have recently been considering the saying “expression is everything”. If we in essence are divine beings and there are thousands of divine sparks or energy centers within us, then true expression is allowing that spark to shine out . Therefore restricting or holding back sharing our essence is one of the most potent ways we can limit the divinity that is expressed and felt in life. It would seem from our current state of humanity that we have all been choosing this restriction for way too long!

  58. It feels very different when I express from my mind as opposed from my body. Speaking from my mind feels empty, saying something for the sake of it because of discomfort in my body, pleasing another, to be good, polite etc. Speaking from my body is real, genuine, tangible, honest and certainly felt by others. Expressing from the body in whatever way I have found to be what true expression is. It is indeed work in progress as I have been so shut down in my past but with patience, consistency and commitment I am beginning to see and feel glimpses of joy as I re-awaken what it feels like to express from my body.

  59. I can feel clearly in my body when there is something to be expressed now and if I don’t I clearly feel the negative effect it has on my body, sore throat, tightness around my neck, my voice changes, goes higher, and my body feels heavier. As I learn to express more, from my body, my energy levels come up, I make mistakes there’s no perfection but having a go I am learning and am seeing the wider effect it has.

  60. We do express anyway! We express our way of taking responsibility – be it with speaking up or holding back. There is something to be expressed, needed to be expressed in every moment – be it as a lived emanation or really spoken out loud word. This expression does support us all to evolve – or not.

  61. True equality is what is called for here, to let go of the roles and power we give to others based on the hierarchical systems we live in, and simply say what is there to be said.

  62. Expressing in full completely changes how we feel in our body – there’s a solidness, expansion and strength that comes with it. It also allows other people to express.

    1. I agree Gyl. I was presenting today at a large event. Someone said to me ‘when you are on the stage you fill the room and beyond’ and it reminded me again that expression is so much more than our voice, it is our movements, and our quality. People know when we are expressing a fullness – and we are inspired by others when we feel it.

      1. They also know when we are expressing from our lived experience rather from our heads, knowledge or a book. There is vast difference between the two feeling in the room. For example I remember two people presenting at an event, one person was super passionate about what she had seen and spoke from her heart, the other, no judgement here, spoke about facts, from textbook knowledge, there was a flatness and emptiness to this presentation. Whereas the person before connected to everyone in the room, inspired them and made them remember why they were doing the jobs that they did.

  63. The world has suffered from an overwhelming apathy in standing up and expressing what is not true or loving in this world and as a result we live in the repercussions of that silence. Things will only ever change if people are willing to express the truth and then live what they have expressed.

    1. I agree Samantha – how different the world would be if there was no more bystanding and we each realised anything going on in our world is all our responsibility.

      1. Yes a very different world. I am struck by the possibility that even now I have much to learn in this area. It is a constant deepening of awareness of the harm the bystander does.

  64. When we think that a captain is more important than a co-pilot we are bound to come unstuck. Appreciating every one equally and appreciating ourselves for who we are rather than the roles we have created and define ourselves by allows us the freedom where true responsibility -response-ability – is born in our expression.

  65. Speaking up is important and I feel that this communication when it comes from the heart has an ongoing healing effect, often far greater than we realise. Your point Jane in relation to how we were raised as children and how we go on to raise our children is where the foundation of true communication begins – it can be so simple when we choose not to make it complicated.

  66. I learned once how powerful my expression is. A women how once heard me sing on stage shared with me how much observing me – how I did go on stage, the performance, how I did come back to my seat – did change her life. And she was one of many people in the audience…. Made me ponder on how effective my expression is – not only when I go on stage, but always. I have an impress on people, inspire them and it is my choice ‘to what’ or ‘in what’ I am inspire.

  67. Serge Benhayon teaches ‘Expression is Everything’ , I only began to understand what this meant when I started to express more in my life and I could then feel the expansion and clarity in my body – this was a such a healing experience for me and how others also get blessed and inspired when we make these simple and powerful choices.

  68. ‘Whether we express ourselves, or not, or the way we express ourselves, has a consequence in our daily lives’. Yes it does and I am learning and observing that the more I express the less I go into reaction because I no longer ‘hold back my truth’, (an old habit of mine) in other words I express what I feel is there to be expressed…. this feels so freeing and brings me deeper in connection with my body and the wisdom of knowing when to express and when not to, as in a lot can be expressed in the silence!

  69. One way to express ourselves is with words And when we do so iT is important to See the difference in just letting go emotions or given words what comes from our heart. Which Can be confronting but always in service for all.

  70. Expressing allows us to deepen our relationships or our understanding of other people, that is of course we express holding another as our equal.

  71. Expression is true medicine when we don’t speak up we are harming ourselves and others, holding back is the worse we can do.

    1. Yes Amita, and how would our world be if we all expressed what we felt, we all spoke up when needed, we all learnt and experimented with expression, with speaking up, with conversation, with all around us. Perhaps if we did so the rates of illness and disease would stop sky rocketing – as I for one know that when I dont express what I feel, when I hold back rather than speaking up and when I bystand rather than saying it as it is I feel very unwell very quickly. Maybe speaking up is one of the keys to life that could change the face of this planet.

  72. I feel it is our responsibility to fully express and communicate to each other because when we hold back or water down our expression, this is when complications can be created. Whereas when someone is not afraid to fully express themselves it offers healing and inspiration to people, and like you shared Jane, it has the potential to change the world.

  73. As you say Jane, all we can do is give expression a go, and if we make mistakes be open to learning from them, ‘How many of us express what we feel in full, or ensure that we are absolutely clear in our expression during our daily lives’?

  74. It’s no exaggeration that expression does save lives. We slowly diminish every time we keep our mouths shut to avoid rocking the boat or to avoid accepting that we are worth being heard. What is the point or purpose of our existence when we remain silent?

  75. In recent years I have come to the understanding to ask for clarity if I am not a 100% of what has been communicated to me, and that it is ok to make sure about something, and that there is no shame in not fully understanding what someone has told me. Having learnt through many years of not speaking up and causing myself undue stress by being worried about everything it keeps things simple, and it is healthier to do so.

  76. I have had situations where I have said something and felt like I haven’t been heard only to have someone else say it and then it be heard. I have learnt that the energy and intention behind the words spoken is more powerful that the words themselves.

  77. We are always contributing something. The question becomes what quality are we reflecting or expressing and what affect is that having?

  78. For sure we have to speak up, each and everyone of us as that will eventually free us from the imprisonment we are currently living in. Although you might not experience your life as an imprisonment, I do mean that we do not live in a world that is fully supportive to our being and to be who we truly are. The way we are raised is to adhere to the rules that are laid down, although there is a reason for these rules to exist, we must not forget that we can feel imprisoned because of these and that this is forcing us to accept certain ways in life to be normal while in truth they may be not, as can be clearly felt in the body. When adherent to the rule we tend to neglect these uncomfortable feelings but in fact we should honor these and start to express what is so actively living in each of us. Only then, when we unite as one, we can make the world change into a better place, a place where we all can prosper and grow and live lives which are respectful for our being.

  79. The by-stander effect is shocking and I am growing more and more convinced is the reason we have the level of abuse on and offline that we do today. Fear of standing out, being targetted, it is right back to school where everyone is afraid of the bullies, all agreeing they are wrong but being afraid to be the one who says it out loud. It is vital we speak up when we see abuse, from the small to the large, if it is too hard, find someone who can speak on your behalf and build a way of living that means you cannot BUT speak up next time round.

    1. Eliminating the by-standard effect is the responsibility of every single person. Every time someone speaks up it is an inspiration for another and the ripple effect of this then becomes a mass movement.

    2. Eliminating the by-stander effect is the responsibility of every single person. Every time someone speaks up it is an inspiration for another and the ripple effect of this then becomes a mass movement.

  80. Speaking up and being heard are equally important. When we speak up about something and we feel we are not being heard then it is important to explore if we have spoken up in a way that carries the authority of what is being shared. If we have spoken with authority, then perhaps those around us are turning deaf ears and do not want to connect to what we are saying. Alternatively it can be that we have not expressed fully – in other words there are parts of us that have held back sharing what is really going on, how we are truly feeling and how we have experienced something. If the authority is not there then there is a part of us that is hiding and hence as a result, it will be as if we are not being heard. Hence this is a great reminder to speak up in full and not hold back, and at the same time always keep feeling how it is being received. And this is no judgement or criticism of not speaking up, as there are reasons to why we might hold back our full expression – such as a past experience of being shut down or criticised or put down for what we might have shared. As such we may have learned that it was safer to hold back and not speak up. However, this does water down our expression and in the end allows a domination of an imposing way of being over an otherwise natural and divine expression. The key is to hold steady and express no matter what – some will receive this and we will be heard, whilst others will not want to hear it and so be it, and of course it is about being respectful of others choices whilst never water down an expression that comes from Truth.

  81. You make a very good case here Jane for the importance of speaking up and expressing.I feel that as a child I was told to be quiet or made to feel that my opinion didn’t matter so much that I stopped expressing. This has been something that I have struggled to get back as an adult, but with all that is wrong in the world today we can no longer sit back in our own comfort and not express truth.

  82. What pops to mind immediately after seeing “expression could save lives” is that fostering true expression from young would prevent so many people from suiciding, because it would be seen as so un-natural to bottle things up. Wouldn’t people get on and work more efficiently in the workplace, on the building site and in the supermarket if we were not always at odds with how we have been taught to express politeness and ‘rightness’ before what is truth.

  83. I am beginning to speak up when I feel something is not right. My previous stance was to stay quiet if it didn’t affect me, but I have realised this makes me complicit. Together we are stronger and by looking after each other we are also looking after ourselves.

  84. Simple and profound; we do not have to go into great feats and efforts to change the world. What we just have to do is no longer hold back the expression of who we are. When we let ourselves out in full, we heal All.

    1. Well said Katerina, and a beautiful appreciation of the power we all hold and bring forth when we express the truth of who we are in essence through our everyday lives.

  85. And it is not just in moments that matter as in the hospital at emergencies and in a plane in an urgent situation, it is in everyday things. Like this morning in class I did not give an answer to a teachers question to the whole class because nobody else did and I would stand out. Now is this not a life and death situation but the point is if I don’t do it in this uncomfortable situation, will I do it in a life of death situation where I could stand out too? It is about consistency so there is no doubt.

    1. Good point Lieke, and it makes you wonder why we dont speak up even in the simplest of normal day to day situations like the one you raise here. What do we feel might happen if we say what we feel? And how supportive are we of each other wherever we are when another does speak up or share their feelings?

  86. I know that sometimes I have held back my expression because I feared it would complicate things and ironically by not speaking up it has led to complications.

  87. A life lived expressing truth is a life truly and fully lived. Less than this and we are existing in a way that compromises and corrupts our true way of being, as such our freedom to live all that we are. In holding back expressing the truth we feel we are essentially capping our lives, selling ourselves short, shutting down our emanation of the light of our Soul in order to fit in and play it safe. Is this truly living? In observing the harm that comes through not expressing what I feel, I can see harm is not only what I feel in my own body but also the ramifications that has on everyone around me, as I then move in a way that does not reflect the truth permitting what is not true to continue to be considered normal. This is where our power lies to have a great effect on the world we live in, as it begins with the everyday life we all live and our willingness to speak up about what is true and what is not, in order for us to truly live the fullness of the life we all deserve to live.

  88. Jane, what you are sharing is really interesting, I notice with my young son how it is very natural for him to simply say what he is feeling, without him thinking that it may offend someone, he doesn’t try and sound nice or polite, he simply shares what he is feeling, I have been noticing how as adults we often do not do this, that we can go into our heads and often do not say things or we change what we want to say to say to make it ‘nicer’ or less likely to upset someone, this feels very different to the natural and true expression of children.

  89. The more we put into practise speaking from our full expression the more we begin to peel back the many layers of holding back, self judgement and or pictures of how we think we should be, instead of allowing our authentic selves to speak from the heart.

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