Hello and Welcome!
I’ve been writing about personal growth with Voice Dialogue for a long time, both in my original email newsletter Daily Voice Dialogue and in a later blog titled Baby Dialogue which I started writing after I had my first child (19 years ago).
I created this website more recently as a place to make available to everyone some of the timeless content from those earlier publications. And I’m also adding new material as time goes on.
You’ll find both explanatory material about key concepts in Voice Dialogue here, including techniques and exercises you can use in your everyday life, and more personal posts.
My aim with this site is to share information that can help with the challenges that we all face in our lives, such as finding the ability to express and balance opposite aspects of ourselves, becoming ‘unstuck’ and finding new ways forward, separating from the need to behave in a particular way, such as to please, to overwork, to not work enough, to always be right, to worry too much.
Hopefully the information here will help you to accept and understand yourself better, communicate better, and improve your relationships.
My experience with Voice Dialogue
I was first introduced to Voice Dialogue in my early 20s. I went to workshops – including some presented by Voice Dialogue’s creators Drs Hal and Sidra Stone, both in the United States and in Australia – and I had sessions with facilitators.
I practised doing Voice Dialogue with my partner, who later became my husband, and we still use this work in our relationship and to help with raising our children. (If you’d like to know how to create a fulfilling relationship that lasts, where both you and your partner can continue to grow, check out my book The Perfect Relationship.)
I’ve worked as a Voice Dialogue facilitator and I’ve presented workshops. I’ve written newsletters, articles, blogs and books on personal growth with Voice Dialogue, and I’ve written a book on motherhood (Enlightenment Through Motherhood).
As a facilitator I’ve used Voice Dialogue to help clients with all kinds of personal and relationship issues, and for general personal and consciousness growth.
I’m particularly interested in helping women to grow more fully into who they are, and in helping both men and women to become conscious of the patriarchal conditioning we’ve all been subjected to so that all people can become whole and live more fulfilling lives. (See my post on the Inner Patriarch regarding this.)
Parenting my three daughters has probably provided the greatest lessons for me, and Voice Dialogue has helped me to gain more value from those lessons and to be a better parent. (See my parenting posts here.)
What you’ll find on this website
You’ll find information on how relationships work, decision-making, parenting, mastering your energy field to set healthy boundaries and have more choice in how you connect with others, dealing with perfectionism and stress, accessing creativity, communicating better.
To learn more about what Voice Dialogue is read this explanatory page first.
If you’d like to try a Voice Dialogue session, check out this page with links to facilitators worldwide.
You can sign up for my newsletter if you’d like me to notify you about new material I publish. I won’t spam you with emails – I only send one out every few months or so.
You also get a free ebook when you subscribe to the newsletter!
After you fill in the form and submit it, you’ll receive an email with a code to download a complimentary copy of my ebook Me! Me! Me! Which Inner Self is Running Your Life?. This ebook introduces you to 20 inner selves and gives you a simple exercise to discover which selves are influencing you the most.
“We consider Astra Niedra to be an outstanding teacher, trainer and facilitator of the Voice Dialogue process and its attendant theoretical structure relating to the Psychology of the Aware Ego… You are fortunate to have her with you in Sydney.”Hal Stone PhD and Sidra Stone PhD
A more formal bio
Astra Niedra is a Voice Dialogue facilitator and teacher who writes about Voice Dialogue, the Psychology of Selves and the Aware Ego Process, and how to use Voice Dialogue in relationships, parenting and personal growth. Astra trained in Voice Dialogue with its creators Drs Hal and Sidra Stone and with other teachers, and has been facilitating and teaching since 1996.
Astra Niedra is author of the books The Perfect Relationship, Enlightenment Through Motherhood and Which Self Are You?. She has written articles for magazines and web sites, and she wrote the Daily Voice Dialogue newsletter and blog and the Baby Dialogue blog. She has edited the books of other personal growth teachers, she has worked as an editor in health, legal and education publishing, she has been Editor of WellBeing magazine (when she published the magazine’s first feature on Voice Dialogue), and she edited and project managed the beyondblue Research Summaries 2007-2010 book. (beyondblue is an Australian non-profit organisation which promotes awareness of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and related mental health disorders.)
Voice Dialogue in Daily Life is the successor to Astra’s first website and the Daily Voice Dialogue newsletter and blog, as well as the Baby Dialogue blog. Astra’s first Voice Dialogue site went live in 1998.
Astra has a BA in Philosophy and Education. She has also studied meditation and various types of yoga for almost three decades and has trained in the Japanese healing art Rei-ki I and II.
Astra wrote the script for Catarotti – The Cat Detective, an interactive musical show for young children about a jazz-singing cat detective who solves crimes against endangered species with a group of cat detectives known as SKAT by day and The Skat Kats band by night.
She is currently working on a book inspired by her grandmother’s secret WWII love letters.
Astra has recently moved from Sydney to the Gold Coast, Australia, with her husband, their three children, and their cheeky and adorable dog Puck.
(For more photos of Puck and of scenery around the Gold Coast, Northern NSW, Sydney and other favourite places, follow Astra on Instagram. You can also follow the Voice Dialogue in Daily Life Instagram page.)