I thought it was a good sign when, the morning after I had committed, in public, to this 30 Day Writing Challenge, I woke up singing “It Must Be Love” – the Madness version, not the original Labi Siffre version!
Now, you could say that, because Madness had sung that same song from the roof of Buckingham Palace, only a few days earlier, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, this was the reason why the song came to mind. But I know differently.
Certainly, that song was in my recent memory. But if it hadn’t been that particular song rattling round in my head, I’m convinced it would have been something similar. My unconscious mind was communicating with me – letting me know that, by taking up this writing challenge, I’m on the right track.
I don’t often have an open and honest dialogue with my unconscious mind, or my intuition, unfortunately. I think I used to, when I was younger and had fewer responsibilities. But somehow, over the years, I’ve lost the knack. My left brain – the rational, logical, sensible (heaven forbid!) side of me got in the way.
Lately, though (and by “lately”, I mean over the past 5-10 years), I’ve started to notice that my unconscious is communicating with me through song. I often have songs running through my head anyway – especially the more annoying ones with a catchy tune that I pick up in seconds and replay over and over until it nearly drives me crazy – and then I have to consciously think of another song that I can replace it with!
But the songs that come to me first thing in the morning, when I wake up, are different. These songs are affirmations. As I say, I’m not always that in tune with myself, so I imagine my unconscious must be thinking: “It’s no good – she’s still not paying attention. Let’s send her a song. She can’t ignore that!”
A good example was when I had been visiting a friend who lives in Hove, on the south coast of England. I love being by the sea, and her flat was just across the road from the beach. Each morning we would go for a power walk along the promenade, before breakfast. During the day we would meet up with other friends, and in the evening we would take deck chairs and a bottle of wine down to the pebble beach, and watch the sun set over the sea. It was magical.
When I woke up on the last morning, Freddie Mercury was practically screaming in my head:
“Don’t stop me
‘Cause I’m having a good time
Don’t want to stop at all…”
Message received, loud and clear!!
I was only there a couple of days, but I felt like it had changed my life. Shortly after that, I started walking into Kingston on a regular basis, along by the River Thames. It was the closest I could get to re-creating the walk along the promenade – for now, at least. And in the autumn and winter months, when the sun shone, I would sometimes stay long enough to watch the sun set – and still be able to get home to Paul by tea-time!
I wonder whether everyone’s unconscious communicates with them through song? I’ve only met one other person, so far, who has the same experience – and she said sometimes she only gets the tune, not the lyrics, so she has to ask people on Twitter to fill in the blanks for her!
However our unconscious / intuition communicates with us, we need to learn to be aware of it, so that we know we’re on the right path – our soul / heart path.
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