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A friend asked me once what a “vibration” is. I discovered my understanding of the concept was more an intangible, intuitive “knowing” than a material, concrete idea that could be expressed in words. So I had to give the question some thought before I was able to give her an explanation of what I mean when I talk about vibrations.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language includes one definition of vibration as “A distinctive emotional aura or atmosphere regarded as being instinctively sensed or experienced.” A more technical definition comes from the American Heritage® Science Dictionary as “A rapid oscillation of a particle, particles, or elastic solid or surface, back and forth across a central position.” My Microsoft Word thesaurus lists a vibration as a rhythm, pulsing, or quivering. And, according to WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection online thesaurus, variations of the word “vibration” include:

  • Motion: a state of change
  • Natural philosophy and/or physics: the science of matter and energy and their interactions
  • Ripple: (electronics) an oscillation of small amplitude imposed on top of a steady value
  • Transient: (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current
  • Vibration: a distinctive emotional aura experienced instinctively
  • Air, aura, atmosphere: a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

To me, a vibration is the ethereal energy created when you think any thought. More specifically, a vibration is the energetic relationship between that thought and the Universal Mind, or Spirit.

It makes no difference to the Universal Mind if the focus of your thought is something you believe is beneficial (such as, “I desire an abundance of money” or “I want to lose weight”) or something you do not want (“I don’t want to gain weight” or “I am afraid of getting the flu”). Whenever you create any thought, that thought in turn creates an energetic vibration.

Each vibration is only as strong as the amount of energy given to it. In other words, the more you focus on a thought the stronger its vibration; the less you focus on it the weaker the thought is, no matter whether you focus on something you want, or something you do not want. And, because the nature of the Universe is to keep all energy in balance, it responds to your vibration in direct proportion to what it receives.

Once you create this energy, your thought process intensifies or weakens the vibration, and correspondingly, intensifies or weakens the Universe’s response. This process applies equally to what we consider positive thoughts (focusing on what we desire) and negative thoughts (what we do not want).

For example, if you begin to imagine yourself actually experiencing the results of whatever you are thinking about, the vibration changes (oscillates) in proportion to the energy you invest in your image. Moreover, if you attach feeling to your image, the vibration will be strengthened in direct proportion to the strength of the emotion. For example, if you are trying to loose weight and you think to yourself “I’d really like to loose a few pounds,” you create a simple vibration that goes out to the Universe. But this is an unfocused thought with no real power that the Universe may have heard from you many times, and so nothing much happens. However, when you begin to focus your thought and imagine  yourself a few pounds lighter, you send out a vibration that is slightly more concrete.  The Universe pays a little more attention to the energy it feels coming from you, and  you consequently loose a few pounds. Next, you add emotion to the image you  create–in other words, in your mind you actually experience how much lighter your body is,  you see yourself wearing your “skinny” clothes, you feel confident and attractive,  you hear the compliments you receive from others and savor the pleasure you derive from their words. By attaching imagination and emotion to your simple thought, you have created a vibration that is even more powerful. You send out an energy that is so compelling that the Universe cannot help but respond in kind! In order to keep itself in balance, the Universe transforms the energy of your vibrations (your thoughts strengthened by your imagination and emotions) into physical matter. It creates the circumstances you need to realize the manifestation of your desire.

Conversely, if you give no conscious focus to thoughts you believe are beneficial to you, you release the energy attached to those thoughts. Their vibrations diminish and eventually evaporate because you have not invested enough energy to keep them alive. So, if wishing you could lose weight is as far as you take that thought, you will not lose weight.

On the other hand, if you dismiss any thoughts you deem unbeneficial to you and give them no conscious focus, those vibrations will fade away as well. Your thoughts, and therefore what you create, have no vibrations without your conscious focus to give them energy. If an unwanted thought comes to the surface of your mind, simply distract your mind with another thought, an image to which you have attached strong emotion and desire. It is important to refuse to let your mind dwell on unwanted thoughts. Be aware of what you think about, and consciously choose your thoughts in order to direct their energy into vibrations that will create the results you desire. In other words, think only thoughts that make you feel good.

When you consciously choose your thoughts, you will begin to choose only those thoughts and feelings that are beneficial to you and make you feel good, and ignore those that are not. In addition, you must have faith that the Universe always responds to every vibration. Be persistent in your belief that Universe will manifest your desire, and support that belief by developing a conscious plan of action.

This thought process requires conscious effort on both the spiritual and physical planes. Fortunately, there are many ways to help yourself develop the strength of mind and spirit necessary to focus your thoughts on what you want. Meditation and/or centered prayer, autosuggestion (the repetition of aspirations designed specifically to create your desire), and visualization are great self-help tools. Moreover, there are a multitude of books, cd’s, workshops, and seminars available–you just have to keep reading and listening until one of them strikes a chord with you.

I also believe it is imperative to surround yourself with others who believe as you do. Coming together with like-minded people generates spiritual energy–what Napoleon Hill (in his book Think and Grow Rich) calls a coordinated spirit of harmony. This, in turn, creates an affinity between the human mind and the Universal Mind and makes possible the transformation of energy into matter.

Most importantly, pay attention to your heart. Do not listen to the negative thoughts of other people, or let others tell you what is right for you. Heed your own intuition, as your inner self already knows the answer to every question. And finally, choose your thoughts carefully, allowing in only thoughts that make you feel good. As Napoleon says: “All individuals have become what they are because of their DOMINATING THOUGHTS AND DESIRES.”

Blessings,

This Old Crone

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Mary Engelbreit

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”  Mary Engelbreit, author, illustrator, and founder of The Mary Engelbreit Studios

Change!  What a scary word. Most of us claim to want it, but so few of us seem to be able to affect it. “I want to change my life!” we cry, only to fall back into the same old habits. They are comfortable, these old habits; they lull us into a sense of security. But change happens. (Does that remind you of another, similar phrase?) It goes on around us every moment of every day.

Change is often amazing and unbelievable to our senses. I remember one October, right about this time of year on Halloween weekend, I was living in Wisconsin not too far from Lake Superior. It was very cool—even cold—but with no snow yet. Then a huge storm blew in unexpectedly, and—overnight,while nobody was watching—there were several feet of snow on the ground, and the small but deep lake where we lived froze overnight. To me, this was a mind-boggling event. To have the whole lake frozen hard enough in just a few hours for the ice fishermen to be out the next day was practically unheard of. Yet, there they were! I guess it is true that seeing is believing.

Sometimes change gives the impression of being so quick that it seems instantaneous. Have you ever watched a flower open in slow motion photography? The changes the flower undergoes as it progresses from the tiniest sprout to a mature blossom are incredible to observe. Yet, when we see a flower in our garden we can only marvel at how just this morning that bud was hardly noticeable, and this evening it is in full bloom. To our eyes, because the flower’s transformation is so gradual, it’s blooming seems almost instantaneous, while in reality, it was a measured sequence of minuscule changes that resulted in total transformation.

“Change” and “time” seem to go together. I was discussing the concept of time the other day with a young woman in the dentist’s office. She mentioned that she was thinking “It’s only Wednesday!”, while I was thinking “It’s already Wednesday!” It seems like our perception of time itself can change, depending on our particular perspective.

For instance, do you remember an occasion when you ran into someone you had not seen for a long time? I attended a family reunion recently, and nieces and nephews who were just children the last time I saw them are now grown and have children of their own! How did this happen? How could these tiny tots have turned into adults overnight? My eyes could see the growth that occurred over time, but my mind found it hard to comprehend. It seemed like time had stopped for me when those children left my sight, and resumed the moment I saw them again.

Change comes hard to many people. I think it may be because change denotes a departure from the tried and true as well as the passing of time. Change can force you out of a particular comfort level into an area of uncertainty, and when it comes upon us unexpectedly, it can be all the more shocking, difficult, and even devastating.

Yet not all change is dreadful or unwanted. Sometimes we need change to make things better, like making little additions to a recipe, or getting a new hair cut. To me, though, the changes that seems the hardest are the changes we want immediately but that of necessity take a long time, like our economic recovery, or overhauling the health care system—or losing weight.

How change affect us is, after all, a matter of how we think about it, and how we think about anything is a matter of choice. The key to accepting or implementing change is to take it slow. Take the time to apply little changes rather than quick, drastic alterations so that change does not seem so overwhelming. Personally, I try to focus only on what makes me feel good from minute to minute—impossible as that seems. This way, I am better able to handle challenges as they come along by breaking them down to one moment at a time and focusing on what is good about a changing situation instead of what is troublesome, sad, or difficult.

We are always in control of our thoughts, so this is not an unreachable goal, just sometimes a difficult one.

Blessings,

This Old Crone

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
Gail Sheehy, best-selling author of 16 books, including Passages and The Silent Passage.

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