How to Make a Magic Mixtape

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I self identify as an enchantress, as in I use music and words to subtly shift reality (namely mine) in a positive way . Scientifically speaking music has a clinically observed ability to stimulate positive chemical release in our brains, changing our mood in a very real way.  My theory is that when we’re in the right mind set, we see opportunities to keep our internal narration going in that direction, so the better you feel the more you set yourself up to feel better.  When I have a specific intention, I use songs I've written as well as playlists to help shift myself into the mindset and life I desire. It's easier to interact with than a vision board and it's easy to change as my needs change.  Power Playlists are where it's at! So here's how to make one for yourself. 

 I’m focusing on a healthy relationship with money this moon cycle so I’ll use my own playlist as an example.

Start by naming whatever your intention is. I've named my playlist "Fear No Expense". To start off with, you want to use songs that reflect how you feel about ______ most of the time, like your most common feelings about whatever it is your trying to change. I’m starting my playlist off with Pink Floyd’s song Money. Getting down these base feelings often takes more than one song, since we’re complex creatures with a variety of influencing experiences. I added Aloe Blacc’s I need a Dollar and Barrett Strong’s Money, that’s what I want. I’m building from being disgusted by money, then being desperate for it, then admitting that there is an overwhelming need to improve the quality of my life and being frustrated that I don't have the money to do it. 

Now that I’ve got my “where I’m at now’ feelings covered, it’s time to climb up an emotional ladder, which I’m doing with New Radicals song You Get What You Give and Michael Franti & Spearhead’s song I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) I picked these songs as kind of my in between “I don’t have money yet, but I’m grateful and it’s going to come in eventually” songs. 

To wrap things up I added Kerli's Walking on Air as a success story, Lissie's Everywhere I go for a dose of always being looked out for,  and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's Can't Hold Us because feeling like no glass ceiling can hold me is the goal. 

Once you've got yourself a magical mix, all you need to do is listen to it when you find yourself slipping into habits, or before you go to bed, or right after you wake up. What are you going to make a playlist for?