Finding Your Authentic Voice–Song Memes For Your Rainforest Mind

I think I was about seven when I decided I wanted to be a singer when I grew up. When I was in high school, college, and in my 20’s, that morphed into community musical theatre. Not with professional aspirations, but as a creative outlet and occasionally frustrating hobby. My favorite role was the tragic queen Guinevere in Camelot but I also had many smaller roles (Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets!) and dabbled in some Shakespeare. On my career path, I went toward practical over artistic and became a teacher. Or, as I think about it now, you could say, I combined practical and artistic to become a teacher of gifted children! Then, in my early 40’s I earned my counseling degree and started a private practice working with gifted adults. (That would be you.) Blogging and books came later. (And are still coming.) Argentine tango came later, too.

And now. I am exploring a new adventure. Not totally new. I’ve been doing it undercover for years. But I am sharing it with you, with the world, for the first time. You may have seen the page I just added to this blog. If you have, that explains it. But, in case you haven’t, let me introduce you to the story behind Song Memes for your rainforest mind. (Note: I first mentioned this in a post in February 2023. The page and offering are new so I’m writing this version now.)

I don’t actually remember when it all started (maybe around 1992) but I know it was an intuitive push that got me to buy a hand drum and start singing for friends, spontaneous tunes that seemed to come through me. The songs were melodic, other worldly, indigenous, funny, or soothing, and listeners reported relaxation, images, visions, personal messages, and a spiritual quality. I wasn’t singing, really. I was just the instrument for the sounds to come through, similar to what people call channeling. As you can imagine, it felt quite odd to me but I was encouraged to keep allowing it to develop.

More recently, I have felt a stronger push. I think it’s because I feel some urgency around stepping up to do my part to influence events here on Planet Earth. And, to encourage you to do the same, in whatever way fits your particular personhood. You have heard this from me many times. What is your authenticity wanting to express? What does your voice have to say? If I can do it, so can you!

Back to me. 🙂

Here is one person’s recent experience: Paula’s sound channeling is mysterious, potent, and powerful. I’ve been working in the spiritual field for ten years and I’ve never encountered anything like it. What blew me away was the immediacy of the ‘result’ of the experience. The first session prompted an instantaneous personal revelation about my relationship to masculinity and a cleansing emotional release simultaneously. I had not wept like that in quite a while. Naturally, I was prepared for a similar experience the second time, but to my delight I was met with a strong and invigorating sense of inspiration regarding the transmutation of anger into creative force. It is absolutely remarkable to me how quickly and how deeply I recognized ‘the message’ when Paula began using what I could only describe as her innate and organic sonic technology. I asked Paula if I could send some clients her way as the thought of not sharing her work felt criminal!  I know it will touch so many in miraculous ways.” Nyoka

If you are curious and want to find out more, go to this page for a video explanation, sample songs, more testimonials, and steps to follow if you want a session. I would love to meet you this way and sing you your love song, which is really what this is, if you want to know the truth!

So, my dearest intrepid rainforesters, what is it that you are afraid to share with the world? What abilities or talents do you have that you have been hiding that are now ready to be expressed?

Find your own version of “innate and organic sonic technology” and let’s be miraculous.

(Here is a song I channeled and then put into Garage Band on two tracks. Take a listen!)


To my bloggEEs: Let me know your questions and thoughts in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you. It may take a little while for me to get back to you if many of you respond. As you may know, I have a 2-3 month wait list for consultations, but may be able to fit these sessions around those consultations so I could see you sooner. Much love and gratitude to you all.

Author: Paula Prober

I’m a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice based in Eugene, Oregon. I specialize in international consulting with gifted adults and parents of gifted children. I’ve been a teacher and an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon and a frequent guest presenter at Oregon State University and Pacific University. I’ve written articles on giftedness for the Eugene Register-Guard, the Psychotherapy Networker, Advanced Development Journal and online for psychotherapy dot net, Rebelle Society, Thrive, Introvert Dear, and Highly Sensitive Refuge. My first book, Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth, is a collection of case studies of gifted clients along with many strategies and resources for gifted adults and teens. My second book, Journey Into Your Rainforest Mind: A Field Guide for Gifted Adults and Teens, Book Lovers, Overthinkers, Geeks, Sensitives, Brainiacs, Intuitives, Procrastinators, and Perfectionists is a collection of my most popular blog posts along with writing exercises for self-exploration and insight.

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  1. itssue42 Avatar

    Wowzer! Had no idea of something so wonderful as this concept. Makes a person feel buoyant to discover. Listening feels like tuning into the universe around us; akin to being as one with the natural world.

    1. pprober Avatar

      Oh, thank you for sharing your experience, Sue. So glad you feel buoyant!

    2. Rochelle lalala Avatar
      Rochelle lalala

      Yay for the official rollout! Looks like it’s already going quite well – I hope it just keeps a-growin’!🌱💚

      1. pprober Avatar

        Thanks, Rochelle. And thank you for your help!! <3

  2. Nimue Brown Avatar
    Nimue Brown

    One of the questions I keep coming back to is whether it is enough to share the things I am inspired to do. I know you speak to this a lot, and I’m very glad that you do. It’s that constant feeling that I should be doing something else, something more useful, more lucrative, more important. What I want to do is sing songs and write stories.

    1. pprober Avatar

      I could be wrong about this, of course, but I believe that following your heart, your intuition, your calling is what we are meant to do. And, in my opinion, songs and stories are useful, important, and more, anyway! Being lucrative may be over-rated. It also seems to me that people grappling with depression, anxiety, and trauma, are doing quite a lot when they are choosing to heal from all that rather than pass it on in subtle or not so subtle ways. Always good to hear from you, Nimue.

  3. Ciera Avatar

    Yes!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful part of you with us all dear Paula, especially after “doing it undercover for years”. It is a big step to make something creative and personal like this publicly known.
    Thanks as well for the reminder for us to acknowledge that we can and should share our skills and talents with the world, especially those that we are hiding. For me, I hope to share some of my writing, but I’m still actively working on writing more frequently, improving the organization of what I write (so that I can go back and find bits and pieces of what I write and add to or use it in something else) and figuring out the different reasons that compell me to pour out words on paper and on my keyboard, and determine who the external audience ‘would’ be, or if it is just writing for myself to process life experiences, the state of the world, the beauty of walking down the street to a favourite café and taking in the seemingly mundane life I encounter, etc. It is inspiring to see you doing so many new activities in what would typically be considered years of rest for ‘retirement’. In many ways it seems that you are just getting things underway and I find that comforting. Your wisdom and skills are now multiplying to bring you (and the world) all sorts of delicious fruits.
    It is also impressive how long your waitlist is…a sign that your awesome work is being recognized more and more. Hurray!
    Sending much love and intuitive musical vibes your way. I’m literally off to teach my little musicians now 🙂

    1. pprober Avatar

      I love how you are talking about your writing, Ciera. I have found writing to be a powerful process whether it is shared or not. And, yes, I am hoping to be a role model for folks who are worried they are “too old” to create something new or to contribute. (my next book is coming out soon!) In some ways, it does feel like I am “just getting things underway.” Glad that is comforting for you! Sending love back to you.

      1. Ciera Avatar

        I’m looking forward to your new book, Paula! And yes, you certainly are a role model. So you don’t have to hope to be; you already are one for many. The fact that your musical creations generate so much peace is also very comforting. The increase in violence in so many places is very hard to process lately. It is challenging to see the world keep functioning basically as per usual, as if human and other species’ lives and dignity never mattered, as if justice were just some lofty, politically correct promise that was never an actual end goal. My heart is very heavy, sometimes to the point where I can’t bear to pull out my violin. If I can get in a good flow state, then it is magical and time seems to evaporate, but I need a head space that isn’t too polluted by the state of the world (though this can sometimes make some powerful sounds come out. It is tricky to describe the ‘balance’ that is needed to enter into a creative space).
        That said, I do feel so lucky to have multiple musical outlets (playing and appreciating others’ music) as well as languages to write in (if someone ever finds my journals they will surely think I’m crazy, though that beats being ‘normal’). More languages mean more ways of seeing, understanding, processing and writing about the beautiful world and life around and in us. You’re right that writing is a powerful process, even when not shared. I’m inching closer to sharing my writing starting with friends, my chosen family, as it would be the best way to explain or express certain experiences and feelings.

        1. pprober Avatar

          Sending you hugs, Ciera, for your heavy heart. These are very difficult times. Times that need your music and your many languages! <3