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“Vibrational Healing”

Vibrational Healing is the trend of the future for humans to overcome illness and disease and attain/maintain a state of optimal health. Technological advances are now beginning to provide a means that is sure to allow scientific testing to validate the positive effects of these natural vibratory forces. Energy centers including the entire energy field surrounding the body can now be seen using Kirlian and other special photographic equipment.

Vibrational Healing may be described as a process where vibrations are introduced or transferred into a human being’s physical and energy body. The vibrations which have become unbalanced in the physical or etheric/auric body can be adjusted to reach a state of equilibrium. This form of natural healing is based on the concept that illnesses or diseases in the physical and etheric/auric body are characterized by blockages and imbalances. These blockages and imbalances can cause cells, organs, bodily systems, and/or the energetic body itself to slow its vibratory state. When vibrations slow below a certain level disease (dis-ease) or illness is the result. The process of Vibrational Healing adjusts (resets) these unbalanced vibrations.

To experience health and wellbeing, an individual needs to reach a relatively high rate of vibration and sustain it. This vibration is fed in numerous ways, including positive thinking, feeling, believing, seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, eating, drinking, breathing, and any environmental conditions we expose ourselves to. Whenever an individual becomes sick or ill their rate of vibration lowers. As the rate of vibration drops the individual starts to become more and more susceptible to other negative energies and invaders and a self-perpetuating cycle of deteriorating health develops.

Many internal factors affect the rate of vibration of a human body. Every cell, organ and bodily system has its own unique vibration. Every emotion that we feel creates a separate vibration in our body; each thought we have produces a unique vibration; each color has its own vibration; every sound carries its own vibration; each smell has its own vibration.

Many external conditions and situations also affect the vibration of the human body. We are constantly bombarded with electromagnetic frequencies that can influence the vibratory rate of our physical and etheric bodies. Household appliances, television sets, cell phones, microwave ovens are all sending out these vibrations. Our Mother Earth is surrounded by various electromagnetic grids that will also affect our vibrations. Even underground water can, and often does, disrupt the healthy vibration of the human system without our sensing it. And finally, our homes, offices and private spaces can seriously affect our rate of vibration.

The relationship between our bodies, emotions, mind and spirit is not always apparent. Additionally, the mystery of the relationship of our Mother Earth and the much vaster Universe is also never ending. It’s truly amazing to realize that the human body is capable of automatically balancing the complex world of internal and external vibrations and finding its own state of equilibrium. A host of afflictions and diseases can occur when our vibrations become unbalanced and this equilibrium is disturbed.

Vibrational Healing is not some “new age” fad; it has been used for thousands of years throughout many ancient civilizations. Ancient Indian texts accurately describe the human energy systems. Yoga systems provide information and diagrams that not only detail where the main energy centers (chakras) are located but also, what part of the endocrine system each energy center works with and how imbalances in the energy center affect the physical, mental, and emotional state of the person. Specific vibrational tools, including breathing techniques (pranayama) and poses (asanas), are recommended for correcting imbalances depending on the particular energy center involved.

Ancient Egyptians have used sound and color for healing and many of their healing centers had special rooms devoted specifically to healing with color and sound. The Chinese have used acupuncture and acupressure, two other forms of Vibrational Healing, for centuries. In the U. S. today, acupuncture/acupressure are becoming common methods for dealing with illness. Reiki, another form of Vibrational Healing is being practiced by many energy practitioners throughout North America and Europe today. Homeopathy is yet another form of Vibrational Healing. Homeopathy uses the principle of “like cures like” and introduces minute amounts of certain substances at varying energy levels to activate the vital healing force inherent in the human body. A simple technique of the “laying on of hands” is another form of Vibrational Healing, imparting blessing, authority and healing since Biblical times. A simple form of “hands on healing” where an individual places their hands so that their vibration (which is stronger), is intentionally transferred to an individual who has been weakened or fatigued. These are only a few of the many examples of Vibrational Healing which work effectively.

With a bit of research and practice we can all learn how to raise our vibration in order to stay healthy and happy.

Next: “Yogic Techniques for Raising your Vibration and Expanding your Awareness.” So, check back soon…

Rae Indigo is ERYT 500

Our Vibratory Patterns – What They Mean (pt. 3)

Part 3 will be continuing this series of discussions examining the extensive world of vibrations; how and what they manifest, interact with each other and perhaps most of all, how they affect us as humans. To review Part 1, follow this link: http://www.raeindigoyoga.com/our-vibratory-patterns-what-they-mean-pt-1/

Part 2: http://www.raeindigoyoga.com/our-vibratory-patterns-what-they-mean-pt-2/

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”…Nikola Tesla

Shifting your vibration…Creating a temporary shift in your vibration is easier than you think. Such a change can be made in just a few seconds. Dance, jump around and/or move your body. Sing, chant or hum. Hold a smile for a minute or two. Assume a yoga asana (pose). Take a cold shower. Each and every one of these will change your state. However, this won’t create much of a lasting change and you will likely return to your old vibratory pattern afterwards. If your dominant pattern persists, your equilibrium won’t shift.

In order to shift your vibration and maintain the new vibration’s equilibrium, you need to break the habit of the old vibratory pattern. In other words you need to create a lasting disconnect between your current vibration and all the associated environmental vibrations that are compatible with it. There are basically two ways to accomplish this:

1. Shift your own vibration to one you can hold long enough to create a lasting disconnect with your current vibratory pattern. When you start transmitting a new vibration, you’ll find you can quickly repel whatever there is in your environment that is incompatible with your new signal. Simultaneously, you’ll also begin attracting new people, events, and experiences that are compatible with your new signal. Hold the new vibration long enough, and you’ll see your whole physical reality change all around you. You can begin to apply this approach by visualizing your goals as vividly as possible and holding that visualization for at least 20 minutes, repeating this every day. Visualize in such a way that you start to feel strong emotions arise. Whenever an emotional shift becomes stable, it indicates that you’re transmitting a new signal. The longer you can hold on to this new vibration, the faster your reality will shift.

2. Use the power of intention to replace as many of your environmental signals with new ones as you can. Then hold yourself in that newly created environment. This may feel uncomfortable initially because you probably won’t be compatible with those new signals. Give them time and allow them to recalibrate and reset your own vibration until you become completely compatible with them.

You can also apply a shift to your vibration by changing your environmental landscape; physically, socially, etc. For example, stop spending time with friends that are stuck or lazy, get rid of your TV, and start hanging regularly with the most productive, inspirational people you know. This may also feel uncomfortable at first, but with patience, you’ll be able to integrate those new signals, and your own vibratory pattern will soon shift and come into resonance with this new environment.

Summary of the above: You can either change the transmission you’re emitting, or you can change the signal “sea” you’re immersed in. Either one method can be very effective at creating a lasting change in your vibratory pattern.

Creating and manifesting your desires: To create what you really want in your life, you must shift your vibratory pattern so that you’re emitting a signal that’s vibrationally compatible with your goals and desires.

Identifying that new vibration can be done by vividly visualizing your goals until you feel a different emotion or emotions, and then work to stabilize those emotions at a certain point. Take note of how your vibrational inner being feels, not only emotionally but also energetically. Then you can return to your old state and observe the vibrational difference between the two states by comparing and contrast the old vibration with the new one.

Each vibration has a different energy “signature.” If I temporarily shift my default vibration to another state (by just imagining it’s real) then I can feel my vibrational self shifting its frequency too. If I hold that vibration long enough, I’ll soon find that my physical reality follows suit.

It should then be obvious that if you want to shift your vibration, it’s a not a good idea to consistently expose yourself to incompatible signals. The latest news on TV is a good example; it might be a perfect time to read a high-quality book or article instead.

Learning to sense, observe and control the vibrational frequencies you’re emitting is powerful stuff. Once you really get the hang of this, you can intentionally choose to shift your frequency at will to experience what you want to desire and manifest.

This is not to say that it’ll be easy for you to accomplish all of these things, especially in the beginning. It takes patience and practice to adjust your vibratory frequency correctly, so be patient with yourself. After all Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Next: “Our Vibratory Patterns – Vibrational Healing.” So come back soon!

Rae Indigo is ERYT 500

Our Vibratory Patterns – What They Mean (pt. 2)

Part 2 will be continuing this series of discussions examining the extensive world of vibrations; how and what they manifest, interact with each other and perhaps most of all, how they affect us as humans. To review Part 1, follow this link: http://www.raeindigoyoga.com/our-vibratory-patterns-what-they-mean-pt-1/

“We live in an ocean of motion”… Bob Proctor

Each of our thoughts is on a certain vibratory frequency and therefore it is part of the entire “vibrating” universe. As each thought is sent out, the Law of Attraction is set in motion and this works because of the Law of Vibration attracts whatever we are sending out. In other words, positive thoughts (energies) attract positive energies and negative (thoughts) energies attract negative energies. Persistent thoughts enable to these two laws (vibration & attraction) to work their magic, which will tend to result in creating a situation or a manifestation depending on the nature, intensity and duration of that thought.

We are taught to think of ourselves simply as physicals beings inhabiting a physical universe. But, in truth, we are also energetic/vibratory beings in an energetic/vibratory universe. We are all simultaneously both transmitting and receiving energy. As human beings one of our greatest challenges is to learn how to live as a vibratory being in a vibratory universe. Part of this challenge is to learn to shift your vibration, and resist falling into the trap of conditioned vibratory patterns.

We have learned to live as physical bodies so we can learn to live as energetic/vibratory bodies as well. When we realize the energetic/vibratory aspects of ourselves we begin to witness ourselves as a transmitter of vibrations. We’re constantly sending out signals telling the universe just who we are (and what we are being) in this present moment. Other vibratory beings and events will either be attracted or repelled by the vibrations sent out by us.

Our energetic/vibratory self will naturally attract that which is in harmony with its current state of being, and it’ll repel that which is out of sync with that state. If we radiate wealth and abundance; our physical reality will begin to reflect wealth and abundance. Radiate anger and frustration and our physical reality will reflect that as well.

When the signals we’re sending out tend to be fairly complex, our experience of physical reality will be equally complex. We attract what we’re signaling, it’s that simple.

Once we can accept that our energetic/vibratory self will attract compatible patterns, it should become clear that if we want to experience something different in our life, we must find a way change the signals (transmissions) we’re sending out.

One thing we can do is to learn to listen to the vibratory “tone” of our thoughts. First it is good to quiet our minds and tune in to our inner being, this enables us to watch (witness) our thoughts and the constant noise or hum going on in our heads. What types of signals are being transmitted in this particular moment?

But remember, these are all thoughts, and the true signal being emitted isn’t exactly a thought. It’s a frequency generated by the thought. Our vibratory being and our environment will gradually adjust to a state of equilibrium over time. When we sense that our current life situation appears fairly stable, it’s safe to assume that we’re in a state equilibrium. If we continue to attract and surround ourselves with vibrations that reinforce our current state, then that state can be maintained indefinitely. Even if we stray from it for a while, we’ll find it easy to keep coming back to that state of equilibrium.

Next: Continuing with “Our Vibratory Patterns – What They Mean (pt. 3),” so check back soon…

Rae Indigo is ERYT 500

Our Vibratory Patterns – What They Mean (pt. 1)

This article will be an introduction to a series of discussions examining the extensive world of vibrations; how and what they manifest, interact with each other and perhaps most of all, how they affect us as humans.

“Everything in Life is Vibration” – Albert Einstein

The universal law of nature states everything has its own vibration. Anyone who has taken a basic chemistry class probably remembers learning about atoms, and that everything is made up of atoms. These atoms are constantly in a state of motion and when the temperature increases, the speed of the atoms increases and depending on their speed, things will appear as a solid, liquid, or gas.

Although many things tend to convince us that they’re “solid,” there is no solidity to be found in the universe. Any form that appears solid is actually created by an underlying (or concealed) vibration. Even things that don’t appear as being solid have their source in vibrations; every sound is a vibration, as are all thoughts and feelings. All that manifests itself in everyone’s life is there because it matches the vibration from their thoughts and/or their feelings.

The Law of Vibration serves as the foundation for the Law of Attraction. To understand either of these laws it is crucial to know that everything is energy. Science, because of quantum physics, is now able to conclusively show us that everything in our universe is energy.

Beyond even the atom, down to a sub-atomic level, we do not find matter, but pure energy alone. Called by some this pure energy is known as the unified field and by others, the matrix. Still others refer to this field as pure potentiality; entirely comprised by energy

These universal laws also state that everything in the Universe is constantly moving and vibrating at one speed or another. Nothing is ever completely at rest. Everything you can observe all around you is vibrating at one frequency or another, including you. However, your frequency is quite different from other people and things in the universe and because of this it seems like you are separated from everything; people, animals, plants, trees, etc. But, in reality, you are not separated; instead you are living in an ocean of energy, as we all are.

The Law of Vibration is real. Even if you can’t see it, that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Many people live by the old adage, “seeing is believing;” which is probably why we don’t learn from history, thus realizing that something might be true even though we don’t (or can’t) see it.

That saying is deceptive, it should be the other way around; “believing – you will see.” Most people will choose to look at what they presently know based on what they can see. They rely too much on their five senses and are all too often not willing to keep an open mind. Hence, they are not willing to accept the basic fact that everything vibrates and that the law of vibration is real. It time for us to realize that we are vibrating sending instruments, transmitting our thoughts and feelings into the universe all the time.

People only rely on their 5 senses to tell them what their reality is; using their sensory level to establish their frame of knowledge based on the time in which we are living. But, our frame of knowledge should, and is, constantly changing since science is showing us “new” truths every day. Keep in mind that our frame of knowledge has been changing as long as we have lived on this planet. A good example is how science has shown us that the world is round when before we believed it was flat. So, it’s about time we realize that something may well be a reality even though we can’t verify it with our 5 senses.

Next: Continuing with “Our Vibratory Patterns – What They Mean (pt. 2),” so check back soon…

Rae Indigo is ERYT 500

The Kleshas (afflictions of the mind)

From the perspective of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras it is important to understand that emotional pain and all its varied expressions, such as depression, stem from the desire, attachment, fear and certain unconscious universal constructs (Kleshas) that exist in all un-liberated human minds. These constructs (sometimes referred to as “colorings”) form a basis on which all other more individualized neuroses are woven and re-woven through a complex association of desires, attachments, fears and other human experiences. Thus these Kleshas are basic motivational forces which underpin our ability to act, think, and feel. It is these Kleshas which are responsible for the fluctuations (modifications or agitations) of consciousness and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are primarily concerned with the elimination or stilling of these fluctuations.

If and when they are removed through yoga practices, all of the individual neuroses which they support will crumble and fall away. These Kleshas (afflictions or colorings) are comprised of five basic constructs or crystallized thought-forms and are described by Patanjali at the beginning of Book 2 of the Yoga Sutras (1, 2, 3 & 4).

Once the Kleshas are seen in a clear light and recognized for what they are, they will disappear. The intellectual mind is not enough to bring about this recognition. Patanjali, insists the “8 limbs of yoga” are necessary to lead the mind toward the required purification and these are:

  • Yama (Sanskrit for “moral discipline”)
  • Niyama (Sanskrit for “moral observance”)
  • Asana (Sanskrit for “body posture”)
  • Pranayama (Sanskrit for “breath control”)
  • Prathyara (Sanskrit for “withdrawal of the senses”)
  • Dharana (Sanskrit for “concentration”)
  • Dhyana (Sanskrit for “meditation”)

We all have heard that every journey starts with the first step. So it stands to reason that recognizing the Kleshas is a good way to quench the desire of the intellect. Here is a list of the 5 Klishas and their attributes:

  1. 1.Avidya: a Sanskrit word whose literal meaning is “ignorance”, “delusion”, “unlearned” or “unwise” This is the primal ignorance which pervades all of creation. This ignorance is experiential, not conceptual, in nature. To individuals, avidya means that while the non-dual source of all existence and awareness is pure, all pervasive, immanent, and transcendent, radiating from the core of our being, we do not automatically perceive that this is the case. Our individualized and unpurified sensory mind and the sense organs, because they are relatively crude instruments compared to the subtlety of pure awareness, are incapable of directly perceiving it. Our mind’s higher nature (buddhi) is capable of perceiving the radiant and blissful reflection of the Divine Self, but only when it has been sufficiently purified through persistent practice. For most of us, such purification requires many years of meditation practice, as well as the help of our teachers. Although the non-dual source of all existence and awareness is pure, all pervasive, immanent, and transcendent and radiating from the core of our being, avidya prevents us, as separate individuals, from automatically perceiving that this is the case. Our ego-centered, individualized and unpurified sensory mind and the sense organs are relatively crude instruments compared to the subtlety of pure awareness; therefore we are incapable of directly perceiving it. Our mind’s higher nature (buddhi) is capable of perceiving the radiant and blissful reflection of the Divine Self, but only after it has been sufficiently purified through persistent practice. For most of us, such purification may require years of meditation practice, along with the help of compassionate teachers.
  1. 2.Asmita: Translated from Sanskrit asmita means false identification or ego. Also as individuals, we have what is called ahamkara or “self-sense” (egoic self). It is a single vritti, or thought form, the idea of separate individualized existence. This single thought of a limited self is enormously convincing because it pervades the entire body-mind complex. It is the nature of this individual “I-am” sense, or ego, to identify itself with something and become attached to it. And because we do not easily perceive the existence of the Self (Atman), the ahamkara indentifies with some sort of a limited self-concept, generally our body-mind complex, our social identity, our individual attributes of personality, experience, etc. We are born into this world convinced of only one notion: this body is mine. But we don’t even know who the one is that’s claiming the body. The result of this ignorance of our true nature is our misidentification with some limited aspect of existence, which is typically painful because of its incompleteness. Once this misidentification occurs, our whole perception of reality is altered, so that the entire universe is divided into “me” versus “not-me” or “us” vs “them” and the objects of our experience are divided into “mine” and “not-mine”. This is asmita, or “self-sense”.
  2. 3.Raga: In Sanskrit Raga literally means attraction, drawing to or addiction, and because the identification of ahamkara was false to begin with, and because what is “me” is infinitely small compared to the vast surrounding universe which is mostly composed on “not me”, a sort of existential terror and insecurity results. Since we don’t want to confront this overwhelming sense of terror, we develop various strategies for distracting ourselves from it. By enlarging or inflating this “me” and by bolstering and preserving our individual sense we feel less threatened by our relatively insignificant existence. This leads to raga, or attraction, which creates in us a pattern of acquisition. We begin to pursue human relationships, knowledge, wealth, status, power and we amass possessions which might be reinforce the idea that we’re enlarging and protecting our fragile individualized existence. But because change is the very nature of creation, all objects within it are impermanent, and in reality they’re subject to loss at any given moment.
  3. 4.Dvesha: This is the Sanskrit word for aversion (literally “hate”, “dislike”, or “distaste”) is the avoidance of all those things that we don’t want to experience. When experiencing an object which gives us pleasure, we become attached to that pleasure, and desire to experience it again. We may identify that object with the pleasure and when the object or experience of pleasure is denied us, we feel pain. For instance, if our spouse or partner, whom we loved and cherished, would leave us for another, we’d probably try to persuade them to come back, or maybe we try to find another to replace them. If these attempts were not successful, and our attachment remains strong, our pain and anger turns to depression, helplessness, and finally hatred of ourselves and the world. This is dvesha, “the hate which follows after experiencing the pain.”
  4. 5.Abhinivesha: The Sanskrit word for fear is abhinivesah, also translated as “clinging to life” or “self-preservation.” Because of raga and dvesha; a powerful, persistent and habitual “out-flowing” of our energy and attention through our senses toward pleasurable objects of the external world has been created. This “out-flowing” of our attention and energy only increases and reinforces our identification with our physical existence, making it even harder for us to realize or identify with our inherent spiritual nature. Not only do we fear death because our ability to fulfill our desires ceases, but we also have emotionally identified with our body-mind and (at least subconsciously) fear that our entire existence will terminate with the death of our physical body. This klesha, is said to “dominate even the wise.”

The kleshas are imprinted on  chitta (the “stuff” of the mind); and the individual consciousness from time immemorial then tends to create and perpetuate the illusions that existence is limited to the mind-body complex. Even after death the chitta retains the kleshas in seed form and they sprout to full fruition in the next incarnation. As long as any individual thinks that consciousness is limited to their present bodily existence, they are forever at the mercy of forces beyond their control, but they always remain somewhat aware (even if it’s on a subconscious level), that sooner or later the body will die and all experience will cease along with it.

Are You Addicted to Food – Think Again

The silent epidemic of food addiction has become a worldwide problem, and if you answered the title question “yes” and are indeed addicted to food, (as most of us are, or were at one time), the blame does not rest entirely on your shoulders but there is still much you can do about it.

A little research shows that food addiction is similar to drug and alcohol addiction.  Very often for a food addict, processed foods, refined sugars, factory farmed meats and saturated/trans fats become what alcohol is to the alcoholic, or cocaine to the cocaine addict.

When eating food in these groups, the addict sets the phenomenon of “craving” into motion.  Like the drug addict, the food addict experiences withdrawal when attempting to cut down on the foods that trigger cravings.  They can experience both physical and emotional withdrawal such as tremors, cramps, depression, teary periods and even self-hatred.

Food manufacturers have done an exquisite job of recognizing and tapping into our cravings, using persuasive ads and alluring packaging to keep their products tumbling into our shopping carts. These foods contain chemical compounds that stimulate the brain’s secretion of opiate-like, “feel-good” chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which drive our cravings for them.

One way to end the dependence on these trigger foods is to complete a good Detox Program. Once the addictive substances are out of the body, the physical cravings leave and the struggle isn’t as bad as it once was. These physical cravings do subside and you will have a second chance; and a choice whether to reintroduce the foods that caused the problems in the first place back into your diet. The emotional and mental cravings will still be lurking in the background, but with the establishment of a healthy diet and a lifestyle committed to changing old habits they will eventually be overcome.

Food addiction is hard to break, and in addition to the lack of cooperation from the commercial food industry and our elected officials we have other issues to deal with. For one, food is socially acceptable and people reward themselves for almost every imaginable occasion by indulging. We are encouraged (at least here in the US) to show how much we appreciate a meal by the amount we eat. We are taught to “clean up our plates” at every meal. Fast foods are all too convenient in this busy world, but even if we go to a decent sit down restaurant, we can almost guarantee we will be over served; with the average main course totaling  1000 calories or more; and that does not count drinks, salad, appetizers or desert.

Just watch the movie “Woodstock” or any of the music videos from the early 70’s and it’s amazing, – you can’t find any obese people in the audiences; check out the average concert audience today! This is what is happening to America. Let’s get ourselves right, keep ourselves right and then help others to get a grip!

In conclusion: Habitual eating patterns are hard to break and like almost all addictions they’re based on some sort of association and this is often below the radar of our conscious attention. Food frequently reinforces our comfort zones and makes us feel good, so when we want to relax or break free of stress we often grab a bite to eat.

One of the best practices to break this trend is the Buddhist practice of “Mindfullness” or conscious attention. Bringing “Mindfulness” into play before we put anything in our mouths helps us to learn to attune to our bodies and distinguish between real physical hunger (where your stomach is rumbling and you physically need to eat) and psychological hunger (where cues such as emotions, settings, social occasions and sights and smells of food encourage you to eat). Physical hunger is a useful and appropriate cue to eat – psychological hunger is not.

“Mindfulness” also enables us to eat much slower, actually savoring and thoroughly enjoying each bite of food. Eating in this manner gives our brain time to register the sense of fullness. It is a proven fact that it takes about 20 – 30 minutes for our brains to register this sense of fullness, no matter how much we put in our stomachs during that time. People who eat slowly and mindfully are much less likely to overeat.