We talk a lot about vibrations and energy on this blog. It's fun to bring the awareness of the energy world into our everyday discussions, it kind of makes you feel like you're living in the wizarding world of Harry Potter (if only I could figure out how to get my wand to work...)
As interesting as all of the metaphysical and energetic discussions are they really all come down to consciousness. The way to raise your vibration is really to work directly on your consciousness. Consciousness raising typically happens over the course of a lifetime, but as human beings in the "modern age" we want results and we want them now. So below are 5 quick ways to raise your consciousness right now. These tips will help bring your consciousness out of the lower egoic states that many people function within on a daily basis and into the higher vibrational states of presence, and they don't require a lot of effort.
Breathing truly is fundamental, so it's incredibly odd that many people forget to do it. We tend to breathe shallowly when we are stressed, but some people make shallow breathing a way of life. Usually this happens due to prolonged stress or anxiety, but the result is that we don't physically nourish our bodies with enough oxygen to rejuvenate our cells. We become tired and our brains have a more difficult time functioning and sorting information because it is being starved of an important part of its survival. So let's stop starving our brains.
On a spiritual level when we bring our awareness back to the breath we can no longer pay attention to mental streams of thought. By consciously taking 3 long deep breaths you create a break in mental or emotional chatter. Our nervous systems calm down because our brain gets saturated with renewing oxygen and we feel more centered. It's not an accident that Buddhist monks and yogi's spend hours a day practicing breathing. it's because they know the peace and power that comes from this simple exercise.
2. Watch an Animal or Baby.
I know this sounds weird, but when you watch an animal or baby going about its daily life you are taken out of your mental story. You have to really watch it without ascribing a story to what it's doing. Watch it as though you are a child and you've never seen anything like it before. Watch it like an animal or child might watch you. Animals are, due to their evolutionary state, always present because they haven't developed an ego in the human sense of the word. Babies simply haven't fully developed their ego yet. As a result They are primarily functioning in instinctual mode which means they have yet to discover the fun of mental constructions.
Animals, as far as we know, don't have a cogent story of the past or future and in this way can be wonderful reminders of the state of presence. Babies don't begin to develop mental constructions of past or future until about 3-4 months old. By watching them you get back to basics and can access your memory of what it was like to be fully present in what you are doing, and also what it was like to be in a state of wonder.
If you don't live with an animal or baby (or baby animal), look outside and find a bird or an ant, there's always some kind of life nearby to observe, unless you're in a prison then you may need to find a gnat or a fly. Although typically mammals are "cuter" to us. I don't recommend watching a spider if you're terrified of them, although it may be good aversion therapy (and let me know how that works out because I won't be trying it...)
3. Imagine Light.
This may sound pretty hippy dippy but it truly works and you can do it anywhere, it only takes a minute or so. If we remember the universal law of "energy follows thought" this is where it can be directly useful to us. This is a form of meditation but you don't have to be an expert or go to 50 hours of yoga classes to reap the benefits. If you imagine a bright white light filtering down the top of your head all the way to your feet and filling your body you will fill with a sense of inner peace and be working to raise your vibration.
White light has the highest vibration on the color spectrum (next to clear light) and as such transmits a high frequency into whatever environment it's introduced to. This isn't crazy new age speak, it's plain science. Now while you may think you need an actual light shining down your body this is not the case. Scientists have found that visualization techniques have a direct effect on a persons physiological and emotional responses (this is why meditation works).
If you imagine a light, that is warming, brilliant and clear coming into your body you are essentially allowing your imagination to heal any gritty energy that may be lingering in your energetic space. If you feel ungrounded after doing this, next time imagine tree roots going into the ground rooting you into the earth before imagining the light.
4. Repeat a Mantra.
Typically a mantra was given to spiritual aesthetics in the Hindu tradition because it allowed the student to override mental dialogue and focus on a word or phrase that held high energetic or spiritual significance. The mantra was only given once the student was ready to begin seriously working on raising their level of consciousness. Now, if you want to go all the way with this you can get a mantra from a spiritual master or yogi, but that's not necessary.
You can make any positive, high frequency word, name or phrase your mantra, even something as simple as repeating the word "light" or "love" which have wide spread collective positive meaning can raise your vibration. Some people may want to repeat the name of a spiritual figure (Jesus, Mohammed, Durga, Ganesha, Hasheem, God, etc.) or perhaps a phrase that you find comforting or relaxing ("I am peaceful and light" is a good one). The act of mentally repeating a mantra will take you out of the egoic mind and into higher mind and allows you access to your higher self. You can repeat it out loud or whisper it, but if you're at your desk at work you may look a little cray and might want to go the internal repetition route.
5. Feel Your Inner Body.
No I'm not trying to be sexy with this one. I mean feel, with your awareness, inside your body. For example, take your awareness down to your feet and really feel your feet from the inside out. Or see if you can sense the life force in your hands or nose or legs. When we move our awareness around and truly feel our bodies from the inside out we are strengthening our sensitivity to noticing life energy. Through strengthening our sensitivity we are raising our consciousness because sensitivity (and I mean this in the higher sense of the word) is the gateway to greater compassion and awareness.
Feeling the inner body requires concentration and as such doesn't allow for a lot of other dialogue to enter. Sometimes when you begin feeling into your inner body you may notice emotions or even physical pain. That's normal, just don't attach a story to it like, "oh my gosh my foot really hurts" or "my shoulders are tense because I'm overworked", just notice the sensations without the story about what those sensations mean.
When you do this and become good at it you may begin to project that awareness outward, extending the same sensitivity and consciousness to others or the environment at large. This opens you to greater compassion because you begin to sense the consciousness of others and as such deepen your capacity for empathy. When we start with our own inner body we become aware of energy in a whole new way, and as such become aware of the energy behind the whole universe and see that they are one and the same. You find that the energy you felt in your hands is the same energy you sensed in the baby, animal, flower or your even your worst enemy, and the world becomes a lot more friendly because on one level everything truly is you.