Last month we looked at seven different ways to find Joy in life, all of which mirrored how to find happiness. And since “Happiness is a guidepost on the road to joy,” all seven can be used to help lead you to finding and creating true joy in your life. However, there is an eighth major factor that differentiates true Joy from mere happiness. That factor is Finding Harmony with Your Higher Self. You can’t create true joy without working to find this harmony, nor can you find lasting happiness without it. We ended with the question, “How can we find Joy in our lives?” The simple answer to this question is to raise your vibration (i.e., find harmony with your Higher Self). The complicated part is the question of how to raise your vibration. The answer to this second question is that it is easier said than done. Spiritual development (raising your vibration) is a long, often tedious, and sometimes painful process as other writers for this newsletter have repeatedly testified. They have also written about different ways to raise your vibration.
But what is the most efficient way to raise your vibration? What will give you the greatest amount of progress the fastest? The answer is really very straightforward, and last month I gave you a hint: it’s all in the numbers. So why are we talking about this? Again, very simple: most people look for the easiest way to raise their vibration, but they often do not understand or accept what that means. For example, I have a friend who (like many “spiritual” people) is always looking for another class to take, another psychic reading, another healing modality to try. What she doesn’t understand is that these are just tools to assist her to raise her vibration. She has heard the message many times, but she still doesn’t “get it”. To raise your vibration, you have to do the work, you have to make changes in your life, and it isn’t about anything other than you.
So let’s look at this process of raising your vibration. First, we need to understand what is meant by the term “your vibration.” It isn’t a single frequency. Your vibration is a combination of all the vibrational frequencies that are you. In metaphysics we often talk about the chakra system. Every one of us has seven major chakras, but they don’t all vibrate at the same frequency. So how do you know what your “vibration” is? Which number do you choose? And what about the frequency of our thoughts? Our beliefs? Our habits? Our relationships? Etc., etc. etc.??? They are all a part of us, but they are all different. What is our “vibration”?
For simplicity, let’s take the case of “John” (see Table A). Let’s assume that John is somewhat of a beginner in metaphysics, but he has an interest in and is really trying to “raise his vibration.” In our example, John’s overall “vibration” is made up of a number of different frequencies (Column 1) ranging from Higher Self (at or near 100, for example compassion, unconditional love, tolerance, non-judgment, etc. at least for some kinds of people and some situations). At the same time, John harbors a great deal of anger, fear, intolerance, judgment, etc. for other people and different circumstances (lower, Self frequencies). In other words, John is just like most of us. The question is whether John will raise his vibration faster by trying to do more “good” things (closer to the frequency of Higher Self) or trying to eliminate “bad” things (closer to Self frequencies)?
Again, for simplicity, let’s average all the frequencies that make up John’s “vibration” (50.9 at the top of Column 1) to represent John’s “overall vibration”. What happens if John raises his 90 frequency to 100 (see Column 2)? His overall vibration goes up to 51.09, an improvement of 1.8%. That’s good! What happens if he also raises his 80 frequency to 100 (Column 3)? His overall vibration goes up to 52.82, an improvement of 5.2% over where he started. That’s even better! Suppose John progressively raises all of his frequencies that were originally at 50 or above to 100 (Hmmm. How many classes, readings, yoga postures, etc. would that take?) Column 6 shows that his average “vibration” has gone up to 63.73, an increase of 21.4% over where he started. Not bad!
Now let’s look at what happens to John’s “vibration” if he doesn’t increase any of his original frequencies but eliminates or “clears” the lowest frequencies (e.g., anger, fear, doubt, etc. which are closer to Self – see Table B). Just eliminating the lowest frequency raises his “vibration” from 50.09 (Column 1) to 55.0 (Column 2), an increase of 8.9%. Successively clearing the lowest frequencies below 50 raises John’s “vibration” to 75.00, a 33.2% increase over his original vibrational state. Wow! It seems pretty obvious that John will get “more bang for his metaphysical buck” by working on himself to eliminate fear, anger, doubt, judgment, etc. than by trying to be more kind, loving, compassionate, etc.
When I showed this example to a friend for feedback, he said, “But John is a pretty bad case in many ways, and I don’t think most “spiritual” people are nearly that bad or extreme. I know I’m not, so I don’t see how it applies to me.” (Some people are a hard sell!). OK, I’ll take the challenge. Next month we’ll look at “Jim”, a somewhat more highly evolved soul to begin with, and see what happens. It’s all in the numbers! Until then, think about whether there are implications for your own spiritual development. Have a great month!