I have the pandemic to thank for leading me toward information on holistic concepts like “raising my vibration.” I came across the concept a few months ago and it really changed the way I view my life. Yeah, I know I’m super late to the game. The concept became popular during the Hippie era of the 1960s and has gained even more speed over the last ten years with the resurgence of holistic healing.
I’ve used phrases like, “I don’t like that vibe” or “he had a good vibe” for years now, but it wasn’t until recently that I truly understood what it meant and that the “vibe” of something or someone was a metaphysical thing that I was actually experiencing.
First, let’s get into the physics before we get into the metaphysics: “Vibrations refer to the oscillating and vibrating movement of atoms and particles caused by energy. Even solid objects like tables are actually made up of microscopic vibrating atoms that receive, store, and emit energy…Because of this, all humans and objects have an energy field that has its own vibrational frequency.”
It’s been life-changing for me to realize that everything we come into contact with can affect our vibrational frequency. I’ve talked about how fear and other emotions (internal or external) can affect our vibe. But even objects, colors, and food can affect us positively or negatively.
Vibrational frequency is also the idea behind holistic modalities like sound healing, which uses sounds at specific frequencies to shift our brainwaves from beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), theta (meditative state), and delta (sleep). Hearing different frequencies in each ear—binaural beats—can increase your focus, lower anxiety, and promote deeper sleep. (Check out Lindsay’s report after trying it.)
While this concept from a physical and metaphysical context is tricky to digest, it makes sense on an intuitive level. People who vibrate at higher frequencies, such as those generated in a state of happiness or peace, generally live a more enjoyable life. Thinking positive things, seeing the best in people, expecting good outcomes will change the way you experience life.
Sometimes I can get stuck in a low-vibe rut. (I’m not talking about toxic positivity, where you’re hiding your true feelings and forcing a “positive” mask. I’m talking about negative self-talk that you know, deep in your heart, that is not helpful to you or anyone around you.) If you’re having one of those days or just want to give yourself a little boost, here are 5 inventive and effective ideas to help!
Treating a friend to something unexpectedly not only raises your vibration, but theirs too. When you withhold anything—money, attention, time—it creates resistance in your life. Resistance (which is the opposite of flow, abundance—what we should aim for) feels bad and actually lowers your vibration. Sharing what you have with others, even in a small simple way can instantly increase your vibration.
Create Something Beautiful
I’ve experienced this recently as I just moved into a new apartment. I’ve started acquiring pieces for my home that make me feel good when I look at them and am around them. Try creating a piece of art with colors that make you happy. This article talks more about the power of color.
Prepare an Instagram-able Dish
This is any other idea that incorporates the power of color. Creating a meal or snack that includes a variety of colors is beneficial to raising your vibration visually but also physically (when you eat it). Colorful, organic plant foods have a high vibration and are important to keep in your diet. I mention Instagram-able here because taking the time to make your food look pretty (food styling) is fun. Plus cooking is relaxing (for most!). The more enjoyable a process is, the higher your vibe.
Barefoot Backyard Dance Party
Super specific, I know. But this idea is sure to raise your vibration and affect you positively in the following three ways. 1. By being barefoot in the grass and connecting physically with nature. 2. Listening to energetic music that you enjoy. 3. Moving freely.
Compliment a Stranger
The other day I walking down the street and I noticed a girl who had obviously put a lot of thought into her outfit for the day. I felt compelled to compliment her. “I really like your outfit” almost bubbled out of my mouth and I felt excited to say it. But I stopped myself. Negative thoughts crept in and prevented me from sharing a positive moment with someone else. You can be sure I won’t stop myself next time.
What do you do to raise your vibe?
Photo: Dumlao, Ruqiyaddin, Sebastian Coman Photography, Thought Catalog.