By Brian Luke Seaward
Forty years ago I met the renowned energy healer, Olga Worrall, and the experience changed my life. It was nothing she did, she was just an amazing presence – so authentic, so sincere, so serene. The day after meeting her, I had an extraordinary spiritual experience that is best described as something between a full Kundalini awakening and seeing the kind of brilliant light that is often part of a near-death event. Those of you who know me well know that I’ve had several mystical experiences – beginning when I was a child. On that day, after encountering Olga Worrall’s healing presence, so many dangling pieces fell into place that I no longer felt like an outsider. Moreover, it drove the curiosity and passion to learn more about subtle energies and the mind-body-spirit connection that have charted my life and work ever since.
In advanced high school science classes, I was taught some of Einstein’s wisdom about relativity. Everything is energy. I heard this concept described again decades later by Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of LOVE, MEDICINE, AND MIRACLES, who said, “All thoughts are energy, they can kill or cure.” From the study of the chakras to quantum physics and mystery school secrets, my journey in energy medicine has taken many twists and turns, all of which are culminating now in these precarious times. Simply stated: everything is energy and we need to entrain ourselves to good vibrations.
In the past several years, a popular term, “the ascension process,” has been used in various circles. Some people refer to it as the rise of kundalini energy up the spine to the crown of the head. Others describe it as a shift in consciousness, from fear to love and compassion. Though I don’t believe Carl Jung ever used those exact words, he often described a similar concept as a bridging of the conscious and unconscious minds for what he called “psychic equilibrium.” One of my favorite Jung quotes goes like this: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, you will see everything in your life as fate.”
Keep in mind that everything – from thoughts to emotions to heartbeats – everything is energy. Mystics remind us to gravitate toward the higher vibrations of energy as this is where love and compassion reside. They also remind us that high vibrations include positive thoughts, happy thoughts, uplifting feelings or what mind-body-spirit expert, Dr. Joe Dispenza calls “elevated emotions.” Fear-based thoughts and feelings (such as anxiety, aggression, frustration, scorn, and greed) are low vibrations that fall along the continuum of survival emotions. While not bad, (in fact, at times they are essential), they become problematic when they become the predominant mindset or heartset and pave the way for a fear-based existence and become a precursor for “victim consciousness.”
Resiliency skills and good stress management strategies are essential assets in troubled times. We find ourselves now in a time that is not only unique, it is unprecedented. But if you want to take it up a notch and do some advanced stress management skills, read on…
Those of you who are familiar with the work of Eckhart Tolle (THE POWER OF NOW), may also know of his book, THE NEW EARTH. In what he describes as his seminal work, Tolle describes the formation of a “new world” where people awaken from an unconscious slumber to reach their highest potential. In this new world there is no hierarchy – there is respect for all life. There is compassion expressed to all living things. Tolle is not alone in his belief that the human race is crossing the threshold to a new earth. The message I hear from many other sources is that we need to resonate (match) the harmonic vibrations of love and compassion. It’s not a onetime experience: it is a personal philosophy, a whole way of life and the cornerstone of how to see and live in this new world. You become the butterfly that the caterpillar had contained.
I am often asked for tips on managing stress from a mind-body-spirit perspective. Here are some of the more common suggestions, but these are not uncommon practices for a number of people.
Tips for Raising Your Vibration (from fear to love):
- Meditate Daily: Learning to “domesticate the ego” is essential to discern fear-based thoughts and let them go. Dedicate quality distraction-free time each day. Join the coherence of consciousness that uplifts the spirit and humanity as a whole.
- Listen to Uplifting Music: Sound is energy made audible (everything is energy). Music entrains the heart and mind, so find some uplifting music and use music to keep your vibrations high. Make a play list (perhaps several) and listen to it everyday. Laughter and music may not seem like obvious partners, but when it comes to raising your vibrations, humor is essential too. Keep on the lookout for things to make you smile.
- Eat Good Quality Food: Choose fresh whole foods and include fruits and veggies. Try to avoid processed foods and junk food. Minimize sugar and caffeine when possible. Nutrition is essential for good health, particularly the health of your microbiome which constitutes about 70% of your immune system. Consider eating one meal each day just for your immune system.
- Minimize your Exposure to the News: Most news (from all media sources) is fear-based. While it is important to know what is going on in the world, minimize your diet of news to a few minutes each day. (If something really important is going on, trust that someone you know will tell you.) Avoid the usual adrenaline rush that accompanies headline news.
- Practice an Attitude of Gratitude: Begin or end each day by listing 3 to 5 things that you are grateful for. Julie Andrews sang the song, “My Favorite Things” in The Sound of Music. What is on your list?
- Practice the Art of Forgiveness: Stressful times bring out a lot of rude behavior. Let it go. And if you find yourself exhibiting fear-based bad behavior, ask forgiveness, make amends, and move on. Consider practicing the Polynesian forgiveness mantra – Ho’ Opono Pono: “I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you.” This does wonders for the soul, and the community at large.
- Get Out in Nature: Recalibrate your circadian rhythms to match the natural world. “Earthing” is a practice of entraining to the Earth’s energies – allow your feet to touch the ground, barefoot if possible. As we move into spring, get outside more (even to your own back yard). If nothing more, sit on the grass, sit under a tree, and breathe. Feel the sun on your skin, and the wind in your hair. Breathe. While outside make a habit of reconnecting with your body. Appreciate the simple act of walking and breathing. Then do a regular body scan to search out and reduce tension in areas of your body such as your facial muscles, your neck and shoulders. Breathe.
- Practice Random Acts of Kindness: Be a good neighbor and practice the golden rule. If you are thinking or acting to help others, you will spend less time fretting about your own situation. Don’t seek acknowledgement for your “random acts.” Be kind and just help others.
- Surround Yourself in Beauty: Make a regular habit of noticing all things that you consider beautiful, from artwork and photography to live (Facebook live) musical concerts to the marvels of a sunrise or sunset. Like a child, see the world through the eyes of awe and wonder.
- Clean Your Chakras: Spend time each day addressing the issues associated with each of the body’s power centers (known as chakras, also called energy centers). Each chakra is associated with a color, spanning the colors of the rainbow (base of spine – red; navel area – orange; upper stomach – yellow; heart center – green; throat – aqua-blue; third eye – indigo; and crown – purple). If nothing more, meditate on each color in its most vibrant shade – this is often called the rainbow meditation. End this meditation with a visual image of surrounding yourself in golden white light.
Raising your vibration and keeping it raised is a skill, and the more you do it the better you will become. This is not about a delusional mindset filled with rainbows and unicorns. It’s a constant choice to focus on the positive amidst difficult ongoing events. Let go of focusing on the negative. Raising your vibration (because YOU are energy, too) is just another way of keeping above the fray. Moreover, by honoring the mind-body-spirit connection, we offer good vibrations to share with others and in doing so, we can join a coherence of consciousness to help shift the new world into existence.
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Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is the author of the bestselling book, STAND LIKE MOUNTAIN, FLOW LIKE WATER and MANAGING STRESS 10E. He is the executive Director of the Paramount Wellness Institute in Boulder, CO and can be reached via his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
The photograph of the butterfly that accompanies this post (www.WINNpost.org) was created by Brian Luke Seaward.