Raise Your Vibes: What it means and How to do it

I recently wrote about How to Manifest your Best Life by giving you 5 key reminders for manifesting. One of those tips was to focus on raising your vibrations. Today, I’m going to dive deeper into what exactly it means to raise our vibes, why it even matters, and 3 tips for how to do it.

Before I get started, just know that I am going to refer to the Law of Attraction to explain much of what and why and how to raise our vibes. If you’re skeptical or maybe even a downright disbeliever, I get it. The thing is, you don’t have to be a believer in order to benefit from living your life in accordance with it. (Here’s a really great article from one of my newer favorite authors, Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net about how he believes the Law of Attraction isn’t real but how you can benefit from following it anyway.)

Here we go…

What it means to raise your vibes and why it matters.

Have you ever had a morning where you’ve woken up in a mood and then a string of bad events tie your morning together and all you can think is of course this would happen to me? On the flipside, have you ever had a morning where you’ve woken up in the best mood and a string of really lucky events tie your morning together and you think what an awesome morning, nothing could shake this feeling?! If you’re human, you’ve probably experienced both of these mornings a time or two.

According to The Law of Attraction, each of our thoughts and feelings have a vibration and those vibrations attract like vibrations. If you start your day with a low vibration and make no effort to raise your vibration then you’re bound to keep attracting lower vibrations throughout the day. If after starting your day with a low vibration, you can work on changing your mindset and raising your vibration (even if you only raise it a notch) you’re more likely to attract those higher vibrations and turn your day around.

Of course, this is a really easy example to focus on turning a not so great day into a good day. In reality, we raise our vibes to manifest better lives - not just better days, right? If we want to manifest our best life we have to work on not just changing our mood day to day, but changing our overall thought patterns and mindsets  - our vibes (some that we may not even realize our impacting us negatively!) to attract the bigger life goals that we are looking for: a life change,  relationship, a career, better habits, etc.

So...what does it mean to raise our vibes and why does it matter? Well, it simply means working our way to better mindsets and thought patterns and it matters because we want to attract more of what we want vs. more of what we don’t want. Got it?

How to raise your vibes.

A lot of times, changing our mindsets and thought patterns is so much easier said than done but that is exactly what we can’t do: just say it. We have to believe it and feel it and sure, it comes with little blind trust but the alternative is to stay stuck wanting to raise our vibes but unsure how.

A lot of people think that the Law of Attraction is magic and that we can literally speak things into existence. Maybe it is and maybe we can! I don’t know for sure but until it’s proven, when I talk about raising our vibrations, I mean that we have to do this naturally and authentically while honoring our true feelings that we are experiencing in each moment. What I mean is that, we can’t pretend to be positive if we’re just not feeling positive. We can’t be in a horrible mood or in the midst of a bad day, put on a fake smiling face and then try to turn it around by going from zero-to-positive in a few seconds. We don’t fool anyone when trying this - not ourselves, and not the universe and remember that our thoughts and feelings are vibrations - so we need to feel what we want to attract and not just think it or say it.

Try these 3 Steps to work on raising your vibes:

1. Honor what we’re truly feeling in the moment.

I say honor because there is nothing “wrong” with being angry about something, sad about something, frustrated, etc. We are human and we are absolutely designed to experience negative emotions. We can’t ignore them, we can’t brush over them in life - not successfully, at least. So what I am saying is… just start by acknowledging where you are and then recognize that it won’t serve you to stay there. It starts with awareness. That’s all.

 2. Try on a different feeling.

Now that we’ve recognized where we are emotionally and we’ve acknowledged that it won’t help or serve us to stay there, we can work on climbing to a higher emotion. One of my favorite takeaways from Gabby Bernstein’s manifesting workshop last month was when she introduced us to the “Abraham-Hicks Emotional Guidance Scale.” According to the scale, there are a number of emotions that we feel - 1 being the highest energetic feeling possible and 22 being the lowest energetic feeling possible. Here’s the whole list of example emotions for reference:

  1. Joy/Appreciation/Empowered/Freedom/Love

  2. Passion

  3. Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness

  4. Positive Expectation/Belief

  5. Optimism

  6.  Hopefulness

  7. Contentment

  8. Boredom

  9.  Pessimism

  10.  Frustration/Irritation/Impatience

  11. Overwhelm

  12.  Disappointment

  13. Doubt

  14. Worry

  15. Blame

  16. Discouragement

  17. Anger

  18. Revenge

  19. Hatred/Rage

  20. Jealousy

  21.  Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness

  22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

The goal is to ultimately get to the feeling of joy because if you remember from my last article, the ultimate reason for us manifesting anything at all is to experience joy. With that being said, we can’t fake it so we must in someway shape or form allow ourselves to climb the emotional ladder. You can see on the scale that anger is a higher feeling than jealously so if we’re feeling envious or jealous, maybe we can get angry about it instead? In the Abraham-Hicks book, Ask and It Is Given, Abraham explains that the goal is to try experiencing a different emotion and see if it gives you relief from the previous one. If so, go with it. If not, try on another emotion until you experience some relief.

3. Meditate.

When people ask me why I meditate or what benefit I’ve seen the most I usually lead with a Viktor Frankl quote: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” I meditate because it flexes my muscle between stimulus and response and helps me choose my reactions - not always and not perfectly but I’ve seen a huge improvement since I started meditating. So meditate or try doing whatever thing helps you in your ability to see your choice of response in any given situation. 

I love hearing from you. Please share your thoughts, comments, questions, and additional tips for raising your vibes in the comments, below!