You’re going about your day and you catch yourself humming a little tune. Then you realize that the same phrase has been playing on a loop inside of your head for the past 10 minutes! You have what many of us call a song stuck in your head. The good news is that having a song stuck in your head can mean there’s a message waiting from your intuition. It’s like the old “You’ve Got Mail” sound except it’s going to continue to play until you open it up and read it.
It’s Not the Words, But How You Feel
So how do you open the message to get to the meaning? First, it requires some decoding. The most important thing to remember when decoding a song stuck in your head is that the message is found through feeling. Contrary to what you might think, it’s not the actual lyrics or music that contains the meaning, it’s how the song makes you feel.
Say you are hearing the following lines from the 1998 hit “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain:
They said, “I bet they’ll never make it”
But just look at us holding on
We’re still together still going strong
It would appear that the meaning is about staying together and beating all odds. And this may be the case if that’s how you truly feel about the song. But what if the song painfully reminds you of an epic breakup you went through in 1998? In that case, it’s probably not about staying together. What if that breakup ultimately taught you the importance of looking deep before taking a leap? Well, then that’s your message! It’s probably time to look deep before another leap. The secret to finding the true meaning of such an intuitive message is to stop and evaluate how the song feels to you, and to not simply take the lyrics at face value.
The Ego is a Skilled Naysayer
As with receiving any intuitive information, the ego will always try to supply a logical reason—a reason why “it’s not your intuition speaking and instead just this or that normal logical thing”. But the truth is, if a song is going round and round in your head, then it has a message for you. It doesn’t matter what type of song it is or when or where you last heard it; if it’s a Billboard chart-topper or a song you haven’t heard in 10 years. There is a reason that some songs stick and others don’t. You’ll notice that as soon as you stop, feel into the song and apply the message, the repeats will fade away and stop.
The Meaning is Yours Alone
When you have a song stuck in your head it can be tempting to ask someone else for help. But again, contrary to popular belief, this is the wrong thing to do. You see, nobody can interpret your signs for you. They’re your signs, not someone else’s. The songs, or bits of songs, that get stuck in your head are there to convey a particular feeling based on your own life experience and association. So, by involving someone else in this process you are inviting their experience and association, which has little to do with you.
Just think of the Shania Twain example. If you had asked a friend “What do you think this means?” or “How would you interpret this?” can you see that their interpretation would likely be the opposite of the deeper meaning you had uncovered?
Step by Step
Next time you have a song stuck in your head, try the following:
Stop what you are doing.
Notice what part of the song is stuck in your head.
Allow yourself to feel how this part of the song makes you feel.
But What If the Song Just Won’t Stop?
If you have tried and tried to find the meaning of a song stuck in your head, but keep coming up short, just be kind to yourself. You probably need to shift your energy. Try going for a walk, or practicing yoga or meditation. If your energy still won’t shift and you continue to have difficulty, try using the Pink Light tool, or practice a Body Scan to become present.
Now That You Are a Pro
Over time you may notice that certain songs will return to you. When this happens, don’t just assume that the message is the same. Take a moment to go through the steps and feel into it again. You may be surprised that the same song now holds a new message for you.