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Music with a Message Series Episode 10: I Love You

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I love you, I see you, I feel you.

— Lyrics from “I Love You” by Brenda MacIntyre

This song comes from a sort of affirmation I created to help me have self-compassion and not be so hard on myself. It’s something I tell the parts of me that are hurting.

I love you. I see you. I feel you.

True empathy. Acceptance. Acknowledgement. Sometimes that’s all we need. As the structures of the world fall away so that our new way of being on Mother Earth can emerge, it’s important to have compassion and empathy for others, and at the same time if you are an empath or highly sensitive person, you also need to remember NOT to hold onto whatever feelings are flowing through you. Really we all need to do that for ourselves.

This reminder to love ourselves and to be able to acknowledge someone on a deep level from a place of love… When I’ve taken these words to heart fully, I’ve always been able to shift the energy in a space, and that always flows out to whoever is in that space. When we come from a place of feeling love and compassion for ourselves, other people can feel it, and even sometimes connect more deeply to who they really are. Powerful medicine.

You don’t have to know a person to allow the love that you are to flow out to them. That’s what I mean by “I love you” when it comes to empathy. What I really love in every person is that spark of life they really are, their spirit, soul, higher self, or like one of my mentors says, that thing that’s beating your heart. It’s like saying “the love that I am loves the love that you are.”

What also came through about this song was that it’s a callout from my soul to my son’s soul. If you have lost a loved one, this song is a beautiful way to acknowledge their presence in your life. My knowing is that we can call on those ones with a simple thought. They do show up. When I say “I see you”, I really do actually see my son in spirit form sometimes but what I’m really talking about here is truly seeing a person – alive or not – with the eyes of empathy and compassion.

TRY THIS: Use this song as an affirmation song. Say and sing the affirmation to yourself, and especially to those parts of you who feel hurt, afraid, judged, anxious or overwhelmed.

I love you. I see you. I feel you.

Final thoughts: What you’re really saying here is this..

  • I love you. I love ALL of who you are. I love all parts of you. I love the love that you are.
  • I see you. You don’t have to change a thing. I don’t need to change anything about you. I acknowledge your presence. I see you as you are.
  • I feel you. I have empathy for you. I am allowing whatever emotions and feelings want to show up in me, while witnessing you in the flowing and feeling of your own emotions and feelings.

Hope this helps. Please feel welcome to share it with friends you know who are experiencing grief, trauma, loss or chronic pain.

Love & Blessings,

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman



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About Brenda MacIntyre

About Brenda MacIntyre

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her album “Picking Up the Pieces,” released in September 2019.

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