Singing love songs to yourself may sound like something strange to do but it actually is therapeutic and great for one's self-esteem. It's a great way to raise your energy and your "vibe".
The experience of singing love songs to myself first started when I was listening to the radio and hearing all those lovey-dovey songs. My "Self" started substituting in my mind the name of Creator, God, the Source, the Universe, Life Itself, etc. for the word 'you'. For example: 'You are so beautiful to me...' became 'Life is so Beautiful to me". It was a great feeling. Every time I heard a love song, it turned into a devotional song of praise and gratitude to Life Itself. It certainly gave a lot more depth to the songs I was hearing.
You may recall the title character in Sister Act (played by Whoopi Goldberg) doing the same thing... Turning everyday love songs into devotional songs to God, or the Universe (or however you wish to portray the Creative Force), is a wonderful way to connect with love and feelings of bliss.
Then I had a brain-wave. I wondered, 'how would it feel to sing those songs to myself?' Well, my mind really went to town on that one. You should have heard it! "Who do you think you are? The Queen of Sheba? Don't you think your ego is inflated enough as it is?" etcetera etcetera. Now I know that if my ego kicks into gear that strongly, it's scared about something.
What's So Scary About That?
When I reflected upon it, I realized that singing love songs to myself would upset all that old conditioning. You know the stuff about self-sacrifice and always putting the other one first. And of course, the "I'm not good enough, lovable enough" routine. Well, I bit the bullet and ignored the rude comments the old programming, via my mind/ego, was making.
At first it felt a little strange. "What if someone heard me? What would they think?" Oops, old programming again. I can hear my grandmother and my father worried about what the neighbors would say. Old programming! So, I kept affirming "I deserve the best in life, which includes loving myself completely and unconditionally".
How To Increase Your Self-Esteem and Your Energy
The more I substituted "me" for "you" in the lyrics, the better I felt. My self-esteem and my energy grew in leaps and bounds. I felt like I was in love. and I was as I really started loving myself. After all, hearing someone (especially a famous singer) tell you over and over that you are wonderful, that you are beautiful, that you are the most lovable person there is, it finally sinks in. So when I heard those words rather than direct them mentally to the person usually referred to as "my other half" in my life, I addressed them to me, to the whole me. So, "You are so wonderful to me, can't you see. You're everything I dreamed for, everything I need..." became addressed to me... re-affirming that I am wonderful, that I am love, that I deserve love unconditionally, always and forever.
I started to believe that, yes, I was lovable and beautiful and wonderful. After all, it worked with the multiplication tables, did it not? Repeating them over and over did sink them in to such an extent that we can multiply those simple numbers without giving it a second thought.
Repetition Is The Key
Repetition works not just for learning things by rote, but it works as well with building up self-love and self-esteem. Try it! Sing love songs to yourself. It may feel strange at first, but it definitely boosts your morale and makes you know that you are loved. After all, you can't lie to yourself. Your subconscious takes at face value everything you tell it, so your affirmations are taken as the ultimate truth... even if you don't really believe them yet.
"I am so beautiful to me... I'm everything I dreamed of, everything I need. I am so beautiful, to me..." Sing that often enough and your self-esteem and self-love will grow. And you'll find yourself full of energy as you "rise in love" with yourself and with Life Itself, which is expressing itself within you.
It's Always Make-Believe
Another step is to "pretend" that the Universe/God/All That Is/Life Itself is singing those love songs to you. That feels absolutely great! It makes you feel like you're on top of the world — which you are. You'll see that when you start using all those love songs you hear on the radio and apply them to your personal growth or to your spiritual growth, it will make an immense difference on how you see yourself, and how you view the world. Your vibe will raise to a whole new frequency as you tune in to a new channel... that of love, joy, and inner bliss.
After all, don't we feel great when we're in love? Well, what if we were in love all the time? In love with ourselves, with the Universe, and with Life Itself. One way to stay in that state of mind is to sing those love songs, t yourself and to Life Itself. You'll be amazed at what it will do... and the opportunities abound.
Co-Dependent or Co-Creator?
There are many songs that when applied to another are downright "codependent", such as "I'm nothing without you", but when you sing that to Life Itself or to yourself, it puts it in a whole other context, doesn't it? Of course, you're nothing without "you" (whether the "you" is yourself or Life Itself)... However, you are still yourself and a worthy loving and loveable human being even if your lover leaves you.
Many of the love songs when sung about a man (or woman) are downright depressing. Again, the best example is the "I'm nothing without you" cliché. Well, even if everyone in your life left you, you would still be "something/someone"... So turn those songs around, and start singing them for a higher purpose... that of raising your own self-esteem, self-love, and/or addressing them to the Life Itself as creator which indeed we would be nothing without. (If the Creator/Life Itself -- in whichever form you see it -- was not in existence, we really would be nothing...)
Go on, "sing, sing a song, sing it loud, sing it strong..." and you'll come out stronger yourself, more vibrant, more full of energy and zest for Life Itself. Don't worry about what others say... You don't have to tell them that you're singing those songs to yourself or to Life Itself... Just do it! It's a wonderful feeling and a game-changer, or rather a life-changer!
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