How to Raise Your Vibration (Part 4: The Body)
Techniques to elevate your vibrational frequency and find a higher consciousness. Raise your vibration and align with higher realities.
*For your listening pleasure there is also an audio version of this article read by the author. It may include a few sidebars ;)
This article continues a multi-part series exploring layers of our body we can tune to raise vibration. Each layer is like a string on a guitar, contributing to the sound quality of our bodily instrument. Today we add a fourth string; the physical body. In previous articles we’ve also discussed how to raise your vibration by tuning your soul, mental patterns, and inner world.
With one string out of tune our instrument will sound off, but people will still sing along to the song. Get too many strings out of tune and people make excuses to leave the campfire. We personally experience this cacophony of vibrational frequency as a less than satisfying life. Probably dotted with catching too many colds, more frustration than feels necessary, digestive issues, looping thoughts- little signs the body isn’t in tune.
Vitamins & Working Out Can Lower Vibration [Mic Drop]
Take vitamin A. Whether it will raise vibration or not depends on the situation. Any substance we introduce to the body has a vibration that affects ours. If it’s a low quality synthetic vitamin from a country not known for quality control, it’s likely not going to raise vibration. If it’s high quality vitamin A, but the liver already has enough stored, it’s hurting vibration. A distressed liver can get a wonky vibration going. If it’s high quality but we don’t have enough fat in the diet to absorb much, it’s neutral. A multiple carotenoid formula for someone deficient can be a win. To increase our vibrational frequency and elevate to a higher consciousness we want to understand nuance, and question blanket rules.
Working out isn’t always a good thing. I know, it’s like I’ve told you to stop brushing your teeth. Yet if we are exhausted, as many of us find ourselves, continuing to expend physical energy to have our biceps flex in a s/medium T-shirt may not be a timely use of vitality. A fatigued body is less capable of casting a strong vibrational frequency.
There’s a difference between our body needing a break to repair itself, and being lazy. If we continually push out a tough workout the results can become diminishing over time. Especially if we are eating a diet lacking in nutrition, because we can exacerbate nutrient deficiencies. If we have excess energy or are trying to overcome stagnation, let’s get after it. If our body wants rest, we raise vibration by giving that voice a little credit.
We want to be able to feel our bodies, and notice the cues and wisdom being sent to us. This is so key if you want to know how to raise your vibration. This playbook the body offers is an ultimate guide to elevating vibrational frequency. Messages can be easily felt, but are often overridden by habits, routine and “logic” from the ego. Discard this logic, and we often end up creating resistance that assaults our vibration, and that may accelerate the aging process.
“I always work out at 6am before work” is a relatable example. Lives are so busy everything must be carefully slotted, but we tie up our own ability to flow under the body’s guidance. Our guidance leads us to higher vibration behaviors. Increasing frequency through the body is looking for these nuanced messages, and letting our life bend with our body. Dancing with it, not forcing it in to movements we think are best based on our rules, while completely disregarding the wisdom it’s offering us for how to tune it. To reach a higher vibration life we want to experience our body’s sensations, not let our ego and schedule dictate.
This is especially important for women, whose hormones run on a monthly clock, whereas men’s hormones run on a 24 hour clock. A woman’s capacity for certain types of exercise varies weekly. We are meant for yoga one week and spin another. If we override this internal communication because Pure Barre is the only place close to work, we cut off our inner guidance and risk diminishing our vibration. (Plus losing muscle mass and messing up hormones.) For anyone who wants more detail I highly recommend either of author, and FLO Living founder, Alisa Vitti's books on female hormones. She blew my mind. I digress.
“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” ~Dalai Lama
Expanding in to states of higher consciousness and vibration means giving up some control. Just because we were planning to write a song at 2pm doesn’t mean we’ll be creative then. We want enough flexibility to slot something else in that space, and try again later without feeling like a failure. Many flowing states of higher consciousness we desire like passion, creativity or inspired thinking resist schedules. The process of developing a higher consciousness is often guided by intuition, so we need time to act intuitively.
Stringent routines that don’t allow a seat at the table for the body to express what it wants to do, is akin to Amazon kicking down its famous empty chair for the customer’s voice in key meetings. Obviously, we all have varying degrees of how much we can implement this, but being aware there’s benefit to being guided by our body is where we all start.
Physical vibratory health challenges some black and white notions society operates under, such as green drinks are good for everyone. If we follow societal adages and rules it means we aren’t feeling in to what our body really wants. Without this wisdom vibrational frequency suffers.
Our intuition is the ultimate orchestra conductor for creating additional ideas on how to raise vibration in our physical body. Following rules from fitness magazines instead of checking in with ourselves is like having butter flavored spray instead of butter. Ultimately, it’s a stand in for the rich experience of the real thing.
Lastly, dehydrated cells can’t do their job. The part of the body they are in will start to dance to the wrong song. Otherwise known as vibrating incorrectly; a base note of illness. Cells are composed of water, inorganic ions, and carbon containing molecules. Even though cells only move nanometers at a time, they each contribute a tiny vibration to the vibrating whole that is our left kidney. Let’s drink up and give our cells a shot at raising their tiny vibrations.
“Bridging physics, engineering, and microbiology, researchers at MIT have measured the frequency at which red blood cells vibrate and have shown that those frequencies reflect the health of the cells. The research could lead to better medical diagnostics.” ~MIT Technology Review
Revving Up & Revving Down
If life is rushed and frenzied, our cells are rushed and frenzied. I spent some time studying the work of Dr. Gabor Maté. In one of his books, When the Body Says No, he details how what happens to us emotionally also happens physiologically. There is no separation inside the body.
Suppress emotions and we suppress the immune system. Say yes to things we want to say no to, and our internal messaging gets scrambled as well, creating issues like autoimmune disorders. The micro acts as the macro. The hormonal system is literally confused when we say yes to a birthday party invite for someone we dislike. (You may find Dr. Maté especially interesting if you’re struggling with any kind of addiction.)
Our hormonal, immune, nervous, and emotional systems are connected by nerve fibers. There is no hiding from the body we felt version to an activity and did it anyway. Our bodies are like toddlers copying our behavior. The example we set partially determines our frequency- because what that toddler does will lower or raise vibration.
I like to imagine we’re all born with a theme song to our life. The speed our body wants to digest life. What’s the pace for you? Are you laying in the cerulean tinged glow of the Woodstock stage listening to Joan Baez sing Sweet Chariot in ‘69? Are you spilling beer on brown shag carpet in 1987 Raymond, WA when Nirvana played their first show at a house party? Does your life look like a dance choreographed to your song?
When most of us answer we’ll sheepishly admit finishing our ballet solo far before the last strains of Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers died out. We’d be left having ripped through our life. Standing frozen on stage, music still playing. A bit ill at ease, realizing we went way too fast. In what most of us would consider a sigh-inducing truth, expanding in to a higher consciousness often means slowing down. Way down. (Believe me, I’m sighing with you. Why is it so damn hard to pace ourselves?)
This revving up and revving down of our life is key for tuning the physical body. If we are listening to podcasts at 1.5x speed, pumping rap music to amp our run, and dashing off half-baked email replies that annoy people, we can check in with our song and see if we’ve got the right cadence.
We want time to digest the experiences of our life so they don’t lead to future frequency fails, engage with people around us, take more than six minutes to eat a rainbow roll. Similarly, if we’re laying around listening to Norah Jones, moving so slow our circulation is suffering, and working a job with repetitive tasks, rap music and a run may be just what we need. It’s about knowing our song.
How to Allocate Vitality to Raise Your Vibration
Raising vibration and finding a higher consciousness also comes from how we allocate vitality within ourselves. When I worked in tech I was constantly in my head. Metaphorically my brain was overheating, using a tremendous amount of energy that couldn’t go to the rest of my body.
In an ideal many of us, (including myself) will struggle to achieve, we want to distribute vitality around our body. I suspect this is why people were so in love with the idea of early startup office culture. An office with a ping pong table! The ability to think with our brain, and calculate hand-eye coordination in the same day feels like a treat. Higher consciousness demands more than just our brain being used.
If we can listen to something we like, have energy for digestion, work on coordinating our legs with a sport, cry our tears, paint something beautiful, solve a problem- that’s balance of vitality. We’re moving our life force around our skill sets and lighting them all up. This balance in the body leads to a well tuned instrument readied to cast a robust frequency. When we overheat our mind, as society is prone to putting us in position to do, we let the other parts of us wither…and our vibrational frequency withers as well.
I suspect office ping pong actually does raise vibration; a precursor to traits like innovativeness. When we circulate vitality in our bodies it’s far more invigorating than staring at a screen. Our society’s collective decision to devalue leisure time likely has costs that aren’t being fully calculated. Sure, companies get more working hours if no one is “wasting” time playing ping pong, but what’s the quality of those hours?
When we work past our capacity we often make mistakes that diminish our overall productivity when we have to fix them later. (As well as run damage control on the other parts of our life or business the mistakes spread to.) There’s not only a frequency lift listening to our body when it tells us to rest, but a bump in efficiency.
We can work extended periods in bursts, followed by increased rest, but continually working past our capacity costs us more than it helps us. This is why Henry Ford suggested the 40 hour work week in the early 1900s when many large factories, like Carnegie’s Steel Mills, ran 80 hour weeks. Ford was seen as benevolent. Yet he was observing the high rate of errors, injuries and deaths occurring in factories because men were overworked. He realized he’d get better results with less hours.
The intrepid leaps that carry us forward often hide right beneath the surface, running counterintuitive to widely accepted societal beliefs. It takes someone breaking away from the pack and valuing the contrary to expose them.
High Vibration Food. The Captain Obvious Discussion.
High vibration foods are something I’m sure you’re all expecting to hear about. However, it’s not just if we eat foods with a high vibration that affects us. It’s equally about the companies and ecosystems we link ourselves with to attain food. Plus, we tend to feel better in our bodies when we eat high vibration foods, and it’s easier to feel intuitive sensations that guide us to a higher consciousness.
We don’t want the person fixing our burrito bowl sneezing on the guac we paid extra for. We want them masked up, hair back, sanitized hands. Yet, we’ll often have them put chicken in our bowl that was so sick its entire lifetime it was pumped full of antibiotics on the regular to keep it alive. We don’t want someone sick touching our food, but we will consume food that lived its whole life sick. Ultimately, the vibration of our food becomes our frequency. The same way members of a team create the team’s collective vibrational frequency.
I imagine it feels intuitive to anyone that the quality of what we consume influences the quality of our vibrational frequency. Qualifying which beings on this planet are valuable enough for kind treatment is a slippery slope. There’s a frequency difference for us when we consume animals given a life with some kindness, or even the ability to move.
Imagine we want eggs. We link ourselves to the company or farm’s frequency we buy eggs from when we exchange money and support them. How an entity treats their hens and workers partially rubs off on us. Like watercolors blending together. The more we give money to an entity, the more the colors permeate each other. The future I see is one where we are quite mindful which companies we blend our vibration with- lest we turn ourselves in to a grubby brown shade many don’t want to mix with.
The respect and empathy offered to other beings on this planet is a pretty big piece of how to raise your vibration. Most beings, no matter how dumb we may perceive them, can sense kindness to varying degrees. Aligning ourselves with ecosystems that support all members puts us in a different frequency bandwidth than joining ecosystems mostly supporting a centralized entity, or us as the consumer. I’ll let you guess which one is higher vibration.
When we find ourselves in systems with us as the primary beneficiary it means others are losing, even suffering, equal to the extent we are winning. Systems like this can feel like wins, but are losses in disguise. Many of our food systems are set up this way. Peanut butter with palm oil in it is often cheaper, but it’s kicking the rain forest in the shins. Our society is so financially motivated we’re almost programmed to instantly assume cheaper is better. If we add frequency to this equation it shakes the whole snow globe of how we’re trained to perceive value.
“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want to suffer. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others.” ~Dalai Lama
Everything has externalities- silent consequences paid without notice until the point we realize the cost.
With vibrational frequency influencing our ability to unleash ourselves as powerful creator beings, and assist in reaching a higher consciousness, I’m doubtful people of the future will trade that power for a few dollars savings. This isn’t to judge what someone should do. Just to acknowledge as we shift around entities we align with we simultaneously lower or raise vibration. I write to help people start to think about when we may be making low vibration tradeoffs we aren’t aware of. If you’d like to continue diving deeper I have an article on how the four layers of vibrational frequency we’ve studied work together.
If you want to go deeper on raising your vibration I’m setting aside a few hours a week to work with a handful of people like you. One of the options will be helping people raise the vibration of their physical body. Check out my new consulting page if you’re interested!
Thank you for reading. I’d love to see you next time.