Have you ever tried to sing when you were sick. Most of you have, and you know that when you open your mouth to sing, your voice can get caught in your throat. The phlegm and irritation of a passing bronchial infection is evident. Your voice was is strained from several days of coughing. And the process of singing isn't much fun. The sound coming from your body didn't sound like you. You cleared your throat a couple of times, but it was still rough.
Instead of pushing, you lessened the pressure on your throat and kept singing lightly, watching and waiting for your sound to show up. You breathed deeply, imagining the sound coming up from your center. Gradually, the sound smoothed out until you were singing with the connected sound you knew.
Standing there, experimenting with finding your voice, one time or another you have probably started thinking about the parallels between finding your singing or speaking voice and finding your symbolic or metaphorical voice. Even if you don't sing, you more than likely was trying to find your voice in life, generally speaking.
The physical voice flows from a connection between breath and vocal chords. The metaphorical voice is a unique relationship between a person's values and vision and how they are expressed in action. When you "find your voice," You find a sense of purpose. You know what you are expressing and do it with much more ease.
When you lose your voice, you can find it again in ways similar to the process you use to regain your singing voice: Don't push it but understand that obstacles are a signal to lessen the pressure, dig deeper, and reconnect with what is important.
Breathe deeply and speak from your center. When you speak from your center, both your literal and figurative voices are strong, clear, and more easily heard.
Focus and practice. When you find your voice, you will have found your heart. If your heart is their, then your treasure will be present. Then your purpose wil become clear just like your voice.
Find the vitality, the life force, and the energy that is your voice. With practice, it will become powerful and effortless.