Today’s awesome question (and it is truly awesome) comes to us from Ismael. He asks “What does it mean to have a high vibration? Does it mean people with higher vibrations are superior or what?”
This question stopped me dead in my tracks. As I pondered it, I realized that it was a much bigger question than I’d first realized. In fact, it’s massive. And then I got really excited. Because I realized that this question was so gigantic, so basic to the laws of the Universe and so all-inclusive that through the process of answering it, I’d be discovering layer after layer of understanding (and I totally did). And I’m certain, that as you read the answer that this incredible and perfect question has evoked, that you’ll notice layer upon layer as well. Are you up for the challenge? Yeah, you are…
The nuts and bolts of it, which may confuse you. At first…
First of all, there’s really no such thing as an intrinsically high vibration or a low vibration. If we think of energy frequencies, sure, there’s going to be a scale. And some frequencies can be defined as high on that scale, while others are defined as low on that scale. Here’s the problem; actually, there are two problems:
- The frequency of activities, subjects and objects in your reality is not determined by them, but your perspective of them.
- The Universe doesn’t have one, big scale that applies to everyone. We each get our own scale. I can’t judge whether or not you are a low vibrational person as compared to me or anyone else for that matter. And you can’t either.
Confused yet? Let me explain. And please bear with me for just a second. It’s going to seem like I veer off topic for just a bit, but that’s not the case, I promise. It’ll all come together nicely in the end.
The top of the scale
YOU, Who You Really Are, is much, MUCH bigger than this human you that you see in the mirror. This BIG YOU also has a much bigger perspective than you do. It looks at everything through the eyes of love. The BIG YOU spends all his time in pure, unadulterated, shameless, don’t give a crap what others think about me, joy. The way that the BIG You is looking at something, this perspective, is what determines where it falls on the scale. So, the BIG YOU sets the bar for your personal scale at 100 – your BIG perspective is always at the top.
Is everyone’s inner being in the same place? In other words, if BIG ME is at 100 and BIG YOU is at 100, are they hanging out at the same frequency? Nope. Because my 100 and your 100 are different. How can that be? Isn’t all of non-physical floating about in a high frequency? Yes, relatively speaking. But again, there’s not ONE Universal scale that everyone gets measured by or compared to.
Whose vibration is higher?
Consider Bob. Bob loves to work on cars. He spends all of his weekends working on cars. Nothing gives him greater joy than to take a piece of junk and get it running again. So, for Bob, working on Cars evokes an emotion that equates to 100 on his scale. Nothing bothers him at that moment, he would forgive anything, he’s fully present in the moment and can’t even consider being angry or jealous or any other negative emotion. He’s just happy.
Bob’s wife Karen, couldn’t care less about Cars. She adores her grand children. When she’s with them, she sees life through their innocent, pure, playful eyes. She forgets herself and immerses herself completely in the NOW. All her troubles disappear and if she does consider them, they seem petty and unnecessary. For Karen, playing with her grandchildren, puts her at 100 on her personal scale.
Whose scale is higher, Bob’s or Karen’s? Before you answer, let me go further.
The sliding scale
So, Bob reaches 100, or pure joy, confidence, knowing and happiness while fixing up cars. So today, right this second, working on a ’69 Chevy rings his bells in a way that nothing else can. He waxes lyrical about that Chevy and spends hours and hours happily trolling internet sites, garage sales and junk yards in search for parts. Anything he doesn’t know about Chevys, he learns. By the time the car is finished, he’s a verifiable expert on the ’69 Chevy. Ask anyone.
But what do you think Bob will do when he’s finished that ’69 Chevy? Go out and get another one just like the first and fix that one up, too? Since most of Bob’s joy comes from the challenge of learning all the secrets of a particular model, finding the sources for the parts he needs and tinkering with the motor until it works, in short, since most of his joy comes from the process, the idea of simply buying another Chevy and repeating the exact experience he just had doesn’t appeal. In fact, it sounds boring. He’d be able to fix it up in a fraction of the time. It would be easy. He already knows the engine and parts are just a phone call away. But therein lies the rub.
Bob’s already had the experience of fixing up a ’69 Chevy. If he did it again, he wouldn’t have the same emotional experience. He’d be going through the motions, but the joy of figuring out how to tweak the carburetor just so, learning a new insider trick on how to eek just a little more power out of the engine, or that moment when he found that last, elusive, authentic part, would all be lost. Rebuilding a ’69 Chevy is no longer at 100. Bob’s been there and done that. Now, the idea of fixing up a 1972 Jaguar XK-E makes him light up like a Christmas tree.
What has a higher frequency? Fixing up a ’69 Chevy or a ’72 Jaguar? Do you see how that question is impossible to answer? That’s because you can’t tell which one is higher for Bob. Only Bob can tell. The actual activity of fixing up either car doesn’t have a certain vibration (at least not in Bob’s experience). It’s how Bob perceives those activities that determine the frequency of any given experience in his life. And since that perspective is always changing, so is Bob’s own personal scale.
It’s not better or worse to feel true joy for one experience rather than another. Oh, we (the little we) sure like to try to judge our world that way. It’s better to give than to receive (you can’t give if no one’s willing to receive); it’s better to want spiritual things than material things (everything is spirit); it’s better to want a nice, safe career than to want to be an artist (unless of course by “better” you mean “happier”). From a Universal point of view, no experience is intrinsically better or worse. But there are better and worse feeling perspectives for each and everyone one of us.
How your inner being chooses that 100
Let’s say that you are looking at an experience of something you don’t like. This will cause you to formulate a desire – generally the opposite of whatever you’re looking at. Your inner being, Who You Really Are, will find the purest form of that desire. This means that when your higher self focuses on a subject, it does so without fear, without limitation, without judgment, without a doubt that you can have what you want, without any thoughts of what could possibly go wrong, and with full confidence and knowledge that you can not only have that best version of your desire, but that you completely deserve it. And at that moment, that pure desire comes to represent your own personal 100 on that subject.
Now you, in your human form, generally don’t look at any subject with the perspective of your inner being. You may be nowhere near that 100. You’re wondering how you can have that thing that you want. You have all kinds of beliefs that contradict what you want. And the more contradictory thoughts and beliefs you have about that subject, the further away you are from the perspective of your inner being, the “lower” your frequency and the worse you feel.
The less resistance you have, the less you contradict what you want (on any subject), the closer you are to having the perspective of Who You Really Are, the “higher” your vibration and the better you feel.
So, what does it mean to have a high vibration?
When I refer to someone with a high vibration, I’m talking about someone with very little resistance, someone who is very close to sharing the perspective of Who They Really Are, someone who is close to their own, personal 100.
And because we never have any idea where someone’s 100 is, we can’t possibly know exactly where their vibration is at. Sure, we can observe their emotional state and get an indication, but we can’t really know where their own personal 100 is, exactly how close they are to it, or how they should go about getting there.
Nor can we ever make a statement that one person has a higher vibration than another. I can say with certainty that my own vibration has risen drastically over the years. I am much closer to seeing everything from the perspective of my inner being than I’ve ever been. I feel better than I ever have. I’m a happy shiny puppy now, but that wasn’t always the case. Have my interests changed? Yes. Are the things I’m interested in now more “spiritual” or “worthy” than those things I used to find joy in? Absolutely not. Just because I got bored with something at some point doesn’t make that subject “bad” somehow. It simply no longer rings my bells. And I’m certain that my interests will continue to change. They must. Because once I’ve had a certain experience, my perspective of it will be forever changed. I won’t be able to get the same kick out of repeating the exact same scenario over and over again. And as long as I allow myself to keep up with those changes and don’t try to hold on to old interests for the sake of nostalgia or whatever, as long as I keep focusing on whatever is giving me joy at that moment, I’ll continue to raise my vibration. I’ll continue to move closer and closer to achieving the perspective of my inner being.
People with “higher” vibrations are not superior to those with “lower” vibrations. They’re simply allowing themselves to enjoy the ride more. They’re not getting into their own way as much; they’re not contradicting the energy of what they want as much; they’re manifesting more of what they personally want than what they personally don’t want; they’re focusing more on things that give them joy rather than on things that don’t; they’re experiencing less frustration, less anger, less sadness and more joy, confidence, knowing and happiness.
It’s your vibration – deal with it
And here’s the beautiful thing: No matter what your vibration is, you have the power to figure out what your 100 is on any given subject and focus on that in a way that moves you closer to that pure desire. You have the power to raise your vibration on any given subject. If the majority of the subjects that you focus on carry a high vibration for you, your overall emotional state will be positive, hopeful and happy. If the majority of the subjects that you focus on carry a low vibration for you, your overall emotional state will be frustrated, angry, depressed. But again, you have the power to change that emotional state deliberately in every moment. It’s never too late and it’s never not possible. And all you have to do is to find a different perspective – one that feels better and therefore, has a higher vibration as defined by your very own, personal vibrational scale.
I told you this post was going to be a fun ride! Did I lie?
Now it’s time for you to share your thoughts. This post felt incredibly important to me and I had an absolute blast discovering the answers I presented here (layers and layers of them). What about you? Was the answer clear to you? Did you reach new levels of understanding? Share in the comments!
*If today’s image made no sense to you, then you are clearly not a rabid Neil Patrick Harris fan. Which is a shame. For you.