You know that feeling when you're so happy or excited that you feel like your whole body is literally buzzing? Well, that's kind of exactly what's happening.
Dr David Hawkins, in his book 'Power vs Force', outlined the energetic frequencies of various emotional states. He suggested that anything below 200 would start to impact physically on the body and make us weak, whereas above 200, our bodies start to get stronger.
Everything in the Universe is made up of energetic matter which vibrates at different rates, and how we feel affects the rate at which we vibrate. The happier we are, the higher the frequency at which we vibrate. However, there are other things that we humans do which contribute to lowering our vibrational rate, which in turn sabotages our bodies' way of healing ourselves and functioning at peak performance.
Some of the points will prove a little unpopular, as society has been built in a way that doesn't necessarily have the wellbeing of its people in the forefront of its mind, and they have become part of normal, daily life. Sometimes the most harmful things are perfectly legal and glamourised, whereas other things that are virtually harmless, are illegal and subjected to awful propaganda. As such, this makes some of the following habits super difficult to kick, but the human mind is capable of anything with enough determination, and your soul will be nourished not only from quitting them, but also from the satisfaction of having overcome hurdles.
Whilst alcohol may make you feel elated and give you that buzzy sensation, it is merely a temporary illusion masking the reality of how it is affecting your body and your energy flow. The reality is that it is a depressant and it's not just your thoughts and inhibitions that go into disarray.
There is also a flurry of 'before and after' images going around on the internet showing the benefits of giving up alcohol. So it not only makes you vibe better to give up alcohol, but it'll make you hotter too! Win win!!
7 months sober. PHOTO: ghostbackwards/Reddit
Instead of reaching for the nearest bottle of vino to help unwind after a long day, try alternative relaxation techniques such as meditation. Try to limit your intake as much as possible, and leave it for special occasions.
A fantastic resource to help individuals wean off alcohol is at www.oneyearnobeer.com where a number of inspirational success stories can be read. You can almost feel the higher vibrations coming through the stories.
There was a famous experiment conducted by Dr Masaru Emoto, (a topic worthy of its own blog post!) that showed how unkind words had an impact on water, and was able to alter the structure of ice crystals. The experiment has been emulated in a number of different ways, but the result is always the same. The results consistently prove that negative words do, in fact, impact us more than we may care to believe. That old "sticks and stones" rhyme was a load of nonsense!
Now, I'm no prude when it comes to language, and have been known to be somewhat colourful in my expression, but it is worth reflecting on your relationship with swearing. Is every other word you utter a swearword for the sake of it, or do you only use the words for effect to express surprise, or emotion? In either case, it can be quite the challenge to try to go for a day without swearing and thinking of other ways to express your emotions or thoughts with other words.
If you find, upon reflection, that your swearing reveals a consistent feeling of anger, or bitterness, then this is an opportunity to address this underlying emotional imbalance with a suitable approach.
3. Eating meat, dairy and eggs
It seems that one cannot go anywhere much any more without the message "Go Vegan!" cropping up, and I'm afraid this is going to be another one!
Whilst there are a number of different reasons for ditching animal products (ethics, environment, health etc.), which I personally believe all have validity, I'm only going to focus on the vibrational effect.
On the Hawkins Scale, you see that fear and grief are pretty low down on that vibrational scale. As more light is being shed day after day on the practices of the animal agriculture industry, it becomes clearer to understand how the pain and suffering that animals are being subjected to is being transferred to humans through the consumption of their flesh, the milk that was biologically meant for the infant that they are grieving for, or the eggs produced when they are imprisoned, and suffering.
When we consume these foodstuffs, we are literally consuming pain, suffering and fear, which is not going to do anybody any good, let alone anybody trying to raise their vibrations.
Having a diet consisting of organic fruit and vegetables, and enjoying as much raw food as possible will boost your vibrations exponentially.
I urge anybody planning to change their diet drastically to educate themselves as much as they can about nutrition in order to make sure they receive all the nutrients the body requires out of a balanced vegan diet.
There is a whole internet out there filled with information about how carcinogenic smoking is, so I'm not going to go into it here, but what is worth noting is that vaping is no better for your vibrations.
I appreciate that it's super hard to quit smoking, so I applaud anybody who transitions from smoking to vaping as a stepping-stone on their quitting journey, but many seem to get too cosy sitting on that stepping stone instead of continuing the journey.
I told you some of these would be unpopular, and I bet some of you thought it was the "Go Vegan" point!
It's sad, but true, but that beloved cup of Java every morning is actually sabotaging your vibrational potential.
There is a fabulously detailed, and well written, blog post all about caffeine here. It's well worth a read and validates the inclusion of caffeine on this list far better than I could: https://www.becomingfullyhuman.ca/healthy-habits/2018/4/6/the-caffeine-cult
6. Being around negative people
I feel this is somewhat obvious, but it's amazing how many toxic people we retain in our social circle. These people are sometimes referred to as psychic vampires, and just like their blood-sucking cousins of lore, they suck the life force out of unsuspecting victims, only their taste is for your energy. Through stealing your energy, they lower your vibrations, leaving you feeling tired, and flat.
The key, when we cannot ditch them, is to create strong boundaries and to not allow these boundaries to be crossed. Learning to deal with those who cannot be dumped is challenging, especially when dealing with more complex situations involving narcissism and/or personality disorders.
7. Worry and Stress
Although it doesn't feature on the Hawkins Scale, it doesn't take much imagination to estimate where worry would fall on it. How can we possibly be full of good vibes when we're anxious or worried?
The effects of worry and stress on the human body are well documented. The chemical, cortisol, which is released when we experience stress is pure poison.
Whilst quitting stress isn't really an option for most people, given the structure of society, and everything going on around us, let alone pressures we may have in our personal lives, what we can do is learn to manage it in a way that is healthier. When we bring stress down a notch or two from "over-stress" to "mild pressure", then we can actually start to harness the positive side of it which spurs us into action.
There are so many techniques for helping to manage stress, such as meditation, exercise and reiki, so it is worth having a toolbox filled with them for when life deals a trickier hand.
Bob Marley said it best in his song "Three Little Birds":
Don't worry about a thing 'Cause every little thing gonna be alright
When somebody is unkind to us, it has the power to bring us down and lower our vibrations, but how is this point different to the one about negative people? Here, I'm talking about our own acts of unkindness towards any living thing.
Racism, sexism, ageism... all of those ~isms, they are vibrational suicide! Anybody who harbours this hatred towards their fellow human beings because they happen to be a little different somehow to them, is not doing themselves, or the world any favours.
But the unkindness that ruins good vibes isn't only the type that ends in ~ism. Pretending to not notice the pregnant lady standing on the bus, whilst you're engrossed in Instagram with your butt settled nicely into a seat - that's pretty unkind. Calling somebody names is unkind. Making a snide comment in the comments section on Facebook is unkind. Killing a spider is unkind. You get the gist.
Being kind doesn't cost a thing, yet the return on investment is incredible! The vibrational frequency of the words "thank you" are phenomenal, and when we are kind and prompt a genuine and heartfelt "thank you" from somebody, it's such a vibe boost.
Even if you won't get a "thank you" in words, because maybe you've been kind to a hungry, stray cat, or have moved a snail from inevitable trampling on a pavement, your soul is nourished by the high vibration of your kind thought and action.
Try deliberately doing a good deed a day, and reflect on how it makes you feel. It can get addictive, and in the most positive of ways!
So I'd like to think this one is also quite obvious, especially given the inclusion of alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine on our list. However, by chemicals, I mean the harmful stuff like pesticides, pollution, pharmaceuticals, fluoride, food additives, etc... it's a pretty wide net, and it's practically impossible to avoid all chemicals. For example, I would never suggest for somebody prescribed a pharmaceutical by their medical professional to simply ditch them in order to raise vibrational frequency, and nobody living in a city is chemical-free unless they permanently wear a gas mask to block out pollution.
What we can do is make small changes to minimise our exposure, such as switching to organic foods where at all possible and using fluoride-free toothpaste. Trying to minimise our dependence on things like over-the-counter sleeping aids, or painkillers, and switching them for herbal remedies or other alternative options is also a great step in the right direction.
From that list, it may seem to be impossible to raise your vibration whilst functioning in modern society, but there is no need to worry about achieving perfection. I have known energy workers who smoke and loved coffee, and they were very gifted. Some of the kindest and happiest people I have met, have struggled with toxic family members whom they were unable to simply abandon. And sometimes the most joyful person in the room has a potty mouth!
Raising your vibrations is a never-ending journey in which you can only ever do your best at achieving, whatever that may look like.
Take each challenge individually, and be kind to yourself, as well as to everyone else.