"Let someone love you just the way you are - as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room."
- Marc Chernoff
I instantly fell in love with it and contacted the seller to learn more about it. It turned out to be originally made in Brisbane, but had been used in an old shop in Childers - so it was local. It's history drew me in even more. I decided I had to have it and arranged to pick it up from town in a few days.
I purchased my beautiful antique cash box and turned to leave saying "Thankyou so much" as I did. To my surprise, the lady said, "I actually need to thank you." "Why?" I asked.
She then told me that she had recently bought a painting of mine that seemed to speak to her from the Artisan shop where I had my work. She told me that her husband had recently passed away and that she was finding it very difficult to move forward. She had been unable to sort his things and change anything in her home - which she really wanted to do. My painting had drawn her in and so she had purchased it. She told me that it had been the catalyst for her to move on. She had put up the painting and set the wheels in motion.
The silky oak cash register pictured below is now a reminder to keep going, that what I do does make a difference - Oh and it is a wonderful place to store my labels, safety pins and other bits and bobs in my office.
It was such a beautiful reminder that I asked her permission to share it.
Anyone's Guide to Raising your vibration
At this time of the year, it is especially important to keep your energy and vibration strong. There are lots of emotions, both positive and not so positive flying around. Keep yourself on top of everything by following these guidelines.
Become conscious of your thoughts.
Everything you think, say or feel becomes your reality. There is a saying, "Thoughts become things". Choose the good ones. Every single thought that you have has an impact on you. When you change those thoughts for the positive, your reality is likely to become positive too. The more you do this, the easier it becomes. Try using positive affirmations to turn your thoughts around.
Next time you find yourself having a negative thought, take the time to acknowledge it, thank it for showing up, and then say "Cancel clear and delete." and replace it with a positive affirmation.
Appreciate the beauty all around you
There is incredible beauty in this world of ours, yet so often we miss it in the hustle and bustle of life. Learn to appreciate art, colour, sounds and smells. Stop rushing for a moment and take the time to appreciate your surroundings wherever you are. Go one step further and actively look for the beauty in everything.
Spend some time in nature every day.
It’s easy to get caught up in today’s world of information and forget the natural world. Whether it’s a bush walk, a stroll along the beach or a quick half hour walk through the local park on your way home, getting out into nature each day will help you clear your mind, ground, become more present and remember you are part of a beautiful, living, interconnected planet.
Consciously choose what you put into your body
As well as containing important nutrients, food has an energetic vibration. Some foods vibrate at high frequencies, and some lower (broccoli has a high vibration as do blueberries; Big Macs barely vibrate at all ;-). Choosing healthy, fresh, whole foods over processed, frozen, stored or chemically altered will help you raise your vibration. Swap junk food snacks for healthier alternatives. Always read the labels and know what you’re putting into your body. If you are consuming packaged foods, chemicals and pesticides found within plastic packaging, will leave you vibrating lower.
Eat good quality organic produce, food as nature intended it, and feel the high vibrations emanating throughout your body. If you can’t afford organic, at least buy free range. Most importantly, pay attention to how eating certain foods make your body feel.
Become aware of the vibrational level of your friends, acquaintances and extended family
You can raise your own vibration by spending time with people who vibrate at the same or higher rate than yourself. Choose to spend your time with people who are empowering, have the same morals as you. Remember your friends are a reflection of you.
Water is a form of energetic life force. It helps to keep your energy levels and vibration nice and high. Always drink plenty of water (filtered is best) to assist your body to flush out toxicity day to day. Toxicity has a significant impact on your vibration so we must do whatever it takes to reduce its impact within us and around us.
Even if you only have one minute, take time to be still and silent. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and breath in and out. Too often we rush through our days with a scattered brain leaving us in a state of anxiety and stress. Meditation helps to calm your spirit down and put you in a peaceful state of mind. It can help you become more conscious of your thoughts, which in turn helps you to break bad habits. It also creates space for inspiration and spiritual awareness to come through. Just 10 minutes of meditation a day can change your life forever.
Gratitude shifts your vibrations from focusing on what you don't have to what is already abundant in your life. Most of us don't recognize how much we have to be grateful for. There is more to be grateful for than you could possibly imagine.
Practice acts of kindness.
Kindness (as opposed to being mean) puts you at a higher vibration. Make a donation to a cause, send a thoughtful gift, or even a message. Giving to someone else (without expecting anything in return) shifts your thinking from “I don’t have enough" or "Woe is me", to "I have more than enough to give to others.” Abundance itself is a high vibration. Gossip or treat others badly and your vibration will suffer.
Practice forgiveness and compassion
This may seem like the most difficult thing on the list, but its one of the most important. Thoughts of being the victim or thoughts of revenge are both low vibration. Instead surround yourself and your abuser with unconditional love, and raise your vibration higher and higher
Exercise not only keeps you fit and toned but the movement gets chi circulating around your body. Vibration requires movement, the more you move the better your vibrations move. It also helps you to ground and gives you an opportunity to clear mind chatter. So Get Active! Dance, run, jump, climb! The happier you feel, the more you will draw happy experiences to yourself because you are operating at a different frequency.
Create a higher vibrational home or sanctuary-like space for yourself.
You are inside your home a lot! It will consequently affect your vibration. It’s important to have a space where you can feel serene and creative. Use salt lamps, candles, plants, prayers, paintings, books and crystals to decorate your space so it feels peaceful, inspirational and supportive. Even the colours on the wall and the way your furniture is arranged can affect your energy. You might even like to create an altar area that serves as a focal point for your spiritual awakening. Put some meaningful objects on it and light a candle now and then, setting an intention for what you want to create next upon your path. If you live with others and can’t change the whole house, just focus on making one room your higher vibrational zone. Learn how feng shui can help to increase the vibration in your home!
Actively develop your spiritual awareness.
Whether its learning how to communicate with your spirit guides, joining a spiritual development circle or simply taking time to reflect on the spiritual dimension more often, developing your spiritual awareness will remind you that you’re connected to an all-encompassing force and that.
Treat yourself to some form of energy healing and re-balancing every couple of months.
Reiki and shiatsu are both great modalities for healing, rebalancing and promoting vibrational change in your life. Find a good practitioner and commit to going every couple of months. You’ll always feel better afterwards and be glad you did.
Heal and let go of the past.
Most people go their whole lives without ever clearing out the cobwebs and as a consequence prevent themselves from living a happy and fulfilled life. If you feel you might have unresolved emotional patterns or negative belief systems from your past, find a good practitioner who can help you work through them over a number of sessions.
Reduce your drug and alcohol intake (or cut it out completely)
Alcohol, tobacco and all types of drugs vibrate at a low rate. Not only do the substances themselves vibrate low, but you will find yourself hanging out with people that vibrate at a low rate as well. You don't need alcohol or drugs to have fun, you need to be vibrating at a higher level.
Be aware of what you are watching, reading and listening to
Every form of media has a vibration. What you watch, listen to and read can either lift or lower your vibration. Much of our TV these days dramatises and glamourises a lower vibrational way of life. Become aware of how you feel whilst you are engaging with it. Watch love stories, or comedies, things that make you smile and laugh.
Become conscious of what your music is saying to you Lyrics that speak of heartache, pain, violence, drama or fear send messages to your subconscious. You want to listen to songs of peace, love and real passion.
Remember that everything is energy, so be mindful of the frequencies you’re submerging yourself in.
Do more of what you are passionate about
Expressing yourself through your art, music, writing, creativity, dancing, climbing, running etc. is vital for your well being and will raise your vibration tremendously.
Take at least one step towards your soul’s task every day.
Even if you just get some ideas down or do some planning. Working towards your soul’s task each day will help you feel happier, more fulfilled and content that you’re doing what you came here for. If you don’t know what your soul’s task is or want some direction and structure, find a good coach who can help you.
Set goals and consciously plan your week ahead.
Take time each week to consciously plan your week ahead. Set an overall intention and specific goals for each area of your life. Visualize yourself achieving your most important goals and play the images through your mind like a film. Then, break each goal down into doable steps and put the steps in your diary. Make sure you’re making the most of your life and doing the things that matter to you.
Don’t blame your circumstances for your vibrational shortcomings.
Sure, a home and job that supports and encourages a higher vibrational way of life is always preferable, but for a lot of people this just isn’t possible. You must therefore take full responsibility for your awakening and transformation in the face of lower vibrational energies and triggers, and put strategies in place that support you. If you can’t do this, what hope does the world have?
Transformation is a gradual process with a few intense shifts along the way. It’s inevitable there will be times when you slip back into your old ways and feel like you’re going two steps forwards and one step back. Go easy on yourself during these times, get the learnings, refocus and get back on your way again. Whether it’s in this lifetime or the next, you’ll get there eventually, and in the end it’s really about the journey anyway.
I'm Jane Marin, artist, illustrator, writer, self confessed eclectic bohemian. Follow me and my musings right here on my blog.