Vibration — Third of the Seven Hermetic Laws
by Bruce Rawles
(This article was excerpted and adapted from the upcoming book, "The Geometry Code: Symbolic Wisdom of Natural Laws Within Us" by Bruce Rawles, available soon from Elysian Publishing. This is the fourth of eight articles; you might want to first read the initial article in the series and the prior article on the Law of Mentalism and Law of Correspondence to get the context for this one.
"Listen-perhaps you catch a hint of an ancient state not quite forgotten; dim, perhaps, and yet not altogether unfamiliar, like a song whose name is long forgotten; and the circumstances in which you heard completely unremembered. Not the whole song has stayed with you, but just a little wisp of melody, attached not to a person or a place or anything particular. But you remember, from just this little part, how lovely was the song, how wonderful the setting where you heard it, and how you loved those who were there and listened with you."
— from The Forgotten Song (Chap. 21) from the text of A Course In Miracles
The Law of Vibration (Light, Sound, and other Senses … and Stillness) — Keyword: Strength
The third of the seven laws or principles is given the name Vibration in the Kybalion, along with the phrase "Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates." — The Kybalion
Physics teaches us that all of our senses have a vibrational aspect in one way or another. Sound and light are the obvious examples as they correspond to the spectra of acoustical pressure and electromagnetic energy — we hear about 10 octaves and see about 1 octave respectively, out of what are probably infinite spectra. The other three senses of taste, smell and touch also (when analyzed in terms of the biochemistry involved) can be thought of in terms of vibratory phenomena, harmonics, overtones and phase relationships and amplitudes, just as our two primary senses are. We typically spend most of our time involved with our sensory world, in one form or another, yet the evidence from the biological and physical sciences tell us that all of our perceptions are quite limited (1 tiny octave or 10 out of an infinite number) and unreliable (just look at the wide assortment of optical illusions for example.) Perceptions also can vary widely from person to person — the classic story of the Blind Men and the Elephant comes to mind, where each describes a different portion, but no partial examination reveals the whole story. More importantly, the meaning and interpretations we give our perceptions literally fabricate our model of an external world. Perhaps trees falling in forests with no one around really don't make a sound!
The law of Vibration, combined with the laws of Mentalism and Correspondence covered in the previous chapters, brings us the understanding that the realm of mind — our thoughts, feelings and attitudes — all have a vibrational counterpart. Our outer vibratory state also can correspond to our inner vibratory state… but doesn't always necessarily. We may not get to choose what our external senses appear to deliver to us, but we certainly have a choice of whether we are the puppets of what impinges on our senses (the vibrations that seem to influence us) … or whether we proactively choose to recognize the dreamlike quality of our external experience and not make it our master.
Reacting to Stimuli — The Strength of Integrity with our Words and Thoughts
"Anger is only one letter short of Danger!" - (author unknown)
"… After all, what goes into your mouth will not defile you; rather, it's what comes out of your mouth that will reveal you." - Pursah's Gospel of Thomas (saying #6)
from Your Immortal Reality by Gary Renard
The typical knee-jerk reactions that keep us bound to space-time are founded on the underlying belief that we're based in form rather than spirit. The new age maxim that we're spiritual beings having a material experience (or non-local beings having a local experience) must go beyond being "a great theory" and become rooted in practice, practice, practice, for it to become an actual fact for us. One barometer of how well we're achieving that shift in emphasis from matter to spirit is in our words. The language we use with others verbally, as well as electronically (now that email may comprise much of a person's daily communication) is a great indicator of how we feel about our inner life. Try invoking the inner observer (or record yourself on audio and/or video for a reality check) to see what vibrations you are sending out to the cosmos! It can be pretty eye opening and hopefully amusing if you don't take your own personality-based self too seriously! If one is being entranced by the ephemeral, the words will reflect that consciousness; however when we allow ourselves to be guided by spirit (wholeness) the words will reflect a very different awareness. It's rather obvious which feels peaceful, joyous and fun, and which reflects the struggle of a paradigm based on separation, division and differences.
At times, we might not be saying (or typing) or otherwise communicating much to "others" during a day, but we certainly communicate plenty to ourselves during the course of a day! Being alert to our self-talk (whether we verbalize or not) is crucial to creating a habit of using the law of vibration for our optimal well being. If we are critical of others (whether it takes the form of full warfare or even mild irritation) we're overlooking the truth that: 1) if space and time are questionable assumptions, there might just not be an "other" to be critical of, and 2) our anger, judgment, fear or loathing, regardless of whether it "reaches the intended recipient" DOES reach us, and affects OUR vibratory system. Being annoyed with any aspect of creation is not sustainable, and one day will result in summoning the environmental thought police, so we might as well clean up our acts now! :-) Besides, it really chews up lots of time and wastes our effectiveness by being at odds with appearances; it is so much more fun to feel the integrity of unconditional acceptance of others; seeing our brothers and sisters (whether in human form or not) as our friends, allies and even our saviors from moment to moment can be very liberating! We're in alignment with the truth of all life — talk about omnipotent strength! — when we're in tune with the resonant field of our real selves.
The Sub-Law of Attraction
"With your practiced attention to any subject, the Law of Attraction delivers circumstances, conditions, experiences other people, and all manner of things that match your habitual dominant vibration. And as things begin to manifest around you that match the thoughts you have been holding, you now develop stronger and stronger vibrational habits or proclivities. And so, your once small and insignificant thought has now evolved into a powerful belief-and your powerful beliefs will always be played out in your experience." — Esther & Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham).
The Law of Attraction is a sort of sub-law of the Hermetic Laws, really incorporating aspects of all seven laws, but certainly including Vibration. However, one significant, crucial flaw in much of the popular literature about The Law of Attraction is the emphasis on outcomes (effect, a.k.a. illusion in many Eastern philosophical systems) rather than the importance and relevance of mind (cause). There's nothing wrong with having material affluence, radiant physical health, harmonious relationships and friends who share nothing but praise and lavish generosity upon you. However, any truly spiritual teaching will readily point out the "inconvenient (only to the ego) truth" that true happiness does not depend on external circumstances, but rather on what we internally resonate with … what we we're transmitting is vastly more important than what we're receiving. This doesn't mean that ignorance (or outer circumstantial sensory data) is bliss, but if we pay attention to our inner guidance, what seems to be transpiring around us begins to diminish in importance; it becomes merely a secondary feedback to gauge the cumulative effect of our choices.
Another frequently overlooked "elephant in the room" when the Law of Attraction is discussed is that the "vibrations" of our conscious thoughts and feelings are the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Our conscious mind is analogous to a droplet — the tiny, limited data our senses provide (and our responses or reactions to this data), whereas our UNCONSCIOUS mind is analogous to the oceanic rest of the Universe! If we focus our attention on the conscious part of our mind (a tiny point in space and time) that is all well and good (and important to do, of course.) But to assume that the law of attraction doesn't also operate on the cumulative choices of both conscious and unconscious thought throughout all dimensions of our existence (of which we have the tiniest glimmer of an idea about!) is folly indeed. That's where forgiving unconscious guilt, moment to moment, eventually frees us from attracting the illusory outcomes we don't want.
This can seem daunting until we realize that all we need do is ask for guidance from our transpersonal selves to forgive the misperceptions of our narrowly confined personal selves, realize that the fleeting and distorted experiences that our bodily sense machinery delivers are necessarily abridged (and warped!) versions of reality at best, and ideally laugh at the foolishness of trying to make sense of what must be incomplete by definition. This doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with enjoying what our senses provide, be it a beautiful sunset, painting, smile, song, the taste of freshly picked blackberries, the smell of a rose or whatever… it just means that noticing the illusory nature of all of our sensory experiences — the dreamlike quality of them — frees us to forgive the errors we've introduced into our minds by attempting to make them 'real' and helps to release us from the various attachments and aversions to specific forms in space-time that humans (I'm sure I'm not the only one who can relate to this! :-) tend to fixate on… Letting it all go is real freedom, and what understanding the laws of the cosmos is all about!
We'll talk much more about this when we cover the Law of Cause and Effect. Suffice it to say that our friendly inner wisdom patiently whispers an eternal suggestion to pay attention to cause, and not get too wrapped up in trying to change the effect. In his seminars, books and audio materials, author Gary Renard uses the useful metaphor of a screen being the effect and the projector being the cause, with the reminder that most of the time, we try to mess with the screen, thinking that will modify the outcome, yet only paying attention to the film going into the projector will ultimately produce the desired outcome. Fortunately, the projector IS inside us, where we really DO have choice of the vibrations of our mind — either inspired by our inner voice … or lied to by the tyrannical dictates of finite egoic perceptions/perspectives. Lying might seem a harsh word, yet if we believe a changing subset of all that is (which pretty much includes anything based on space or time), we're compromising the truth, since truth does not change, otherwise it would not be true!
Having said all that about the caveats of the popular material on the Law of Attraction… Sure, why not emphasize and focus on what you want, rather than what you don't want. However, ignoring the primary importance of cause by making the illusion real will keep one forever chasing a moving target… when the still peaceful point is always right here, right now, available to us at every moment. Ironically, releasing our attachments and aversions to particular outcomes frees to make the optimal choices within this dreamy world of things that appear to be outside our self.
Our Senses (Like our Bodies) are all in our Minds
"Don't forget, the images you see in what you think is your real life are no more real than the images you see on TV or at the movies."
"If you remember you're not a body, then you can step back and see that what you desire is valueless."
"… Anything that appears to take on form is symbolic."… — Pursah in Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard.
"Perception did not exist until the separation introduced degrees, aspects and intervals. Spirit has no levels, and all conflict arises from the concept of levels." — from Error and the Ego (Chap. 3) from the text of A Course In Miracles.
"You cannot, then, ask for the echo. It is the song that is the gift. Along with it come the overtones, the harmonics, the echoes, but these are secondary. In true prayer you hear only the song. All the rest is merely added. You have sought first the Kingdom of Heaven, and all else has indeed been given you." — from The Song of Prayer supplement to A Course In Miracles
Our bodies are inundated with sensory data even before we exit the birth canal, and after that it's one barrage of inputs after another! Even in sleep, we get a steady dose of perceptual input. There's nothing particularly wrong with any perception (whether it appears to be in a dreaming or so-called waking state), it's just that from the perspective of our true nature (beyond space, time and form) all perceptions are just variations on a theme of one big gigantic dream.
The crucial ingredient, as stated in the article that preceded this one, is the THOUGHT SYSTEM we use to assign meaning to the perceptions. The thought system of unconditional acceptance, forgiveness, compassion and just plain fun will create a vibratory spectrum of frequencies within us that is independent of what may or may not be going on around us. When we are experiencing what seems to be a challenging circumstance, the appropriate response is loving-kindness. When we are NOT experiencing what seems to be a challenging circumstance, the appropriate response is (still) loving-kindness. That makes it very simple, because there's just one response that is requested by our inner guidance in all situations!
When we become aware of who it is that is experiencing our sensory world, and let go of our white-knuckled grip on the idea that someone or something outside us can have any bearing on our peace of mind, suddenly we're free to enjoy our perceptions (and respond appropriately, if needed) without being the slave of the ego machine (which tries forever to convince us that what others think about us is more important than what we think about them.) Seeing the world as being a projection of our inner split mind, we can forgive ourselves for the mistake of thinking it's "out there" and bring the focus of our efforts back to where we CAN make a difference … in here.
Responding to Stillness — Feeling is Still the Secret
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." — Mahatma Gandhi
"Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Freedom often arises from reinterpreting what our senses seem to deliver with the transpersonal thought system that incorporates the best possible outcome for all. Seen from a perspective that embraces all perspectives (which can occur when we get our personal agendas and biases out of the way), the sights and sounds of the world can become feedback tools that keep us happily attuned to our inner guidance. The easiest barometer for checking the validity of our guidance BEFORE we make any decision is the feeling we have about it. Feelings, particularly those of a transpersonal, infinite integrity, no-compromise-because-where-they-come-from-compromise-isn't-even-a-concept nature constitute our best dashboard instrument for keeping on course with optimal vibes. Being honest with our feelings with reality check questions (such as "am I excluding anyone?" or "is this beneficial for all" or "if I turned this around, would I want to be the recipient of what I'm about to do, say or think?") can save worlds, perhaps lifetimes of needless grief. It's so simple, and rocket science degrees are not required, nor are there entrance requirements, minimum or maximum ages, dues or other limitations! 100% free with no bitter after taste! I heartily endorse paying attention to your feelings (transpersonal only, please!) as an ideal vibratory enhancement and optimization technology! There's a neat little classic by Neville called "Feeling is the Secret" that goes into detail about how paying attention to one's usually unconscious and sometimes subconscious feeling states can bring about great cohesiveness into one's life.
Years ago I made a big poster and put it on the wall that said, in big black block letters "I am choosing to feel this way." When I was in a happy state, it was easy to acknowledge the wisdom of this poster. However, over time, when I was in a less wonderful and occasionally downright funky state, and this poster stared me in the face, I had to admit that I was still choosing to feel the way I was feeling. By golly it worked! You may or may not need to resort to measures as extreme as this (the poster took up a good portion of the wall!) but the concept seemed to work well. Repetitive feedback from a gentle yet strong reminder of truth can work wonders, regardless of the form it appears to take.
The Strength of Stillness
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." — Mahatma Gandhi
We're NOT responsible for what others "send or receive", but we certainly are response-able for what we do (or don't do) in response to the "outer" world… A big part of the key to trouble-free living is "non-attachment to outcomes"; this applies to family belief systems, community interactions, and global and regional cultural belief systems. This non-attachment evolves as we practice relinquishing the belief that our "inputs" are more important than our "outputs." This is somewhat analogous to saying that steering your ship is not only more effective, but more fun than cursing the currents of wind or water that happen to be in evidence. When we respond to inspiration, feeling the complete-within-itself joy of integrity, our dreams become happier, and we move more swiftly to awakening altogether.
The stillness at the center of the circle, spiral, cyclone, galaxy, atom, or any other form is where the true power lies. This fulcrum of peace contains the seeds of vibration, yet does not vibrate. This is why when we let go of our desire to change the world to our liking, we realize that it already is optimally designed to bring us exactly what we need, moment to moment, to perfectly accept, forgive and release whatever appears to be in front of us. If we practice this often enough, we realize that we can afford to relax about our circumstances and that the peace of our Creator is truly what we're looking for, and it is always ever present within us.
The Sine Wave: The complement to stillness and wholeness; dynamic activity in the manifest realms
"There is geometry in the humming of strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres." — Pythagoras
The Sine Wave (also called a sinusoid) is the shape made by tracing the path of any point that is not the center of any rotating object. The rate of vibration (frequency) depends on how fast in time (cycles per second or Hertz) the object is rotating. The strength (or amplitude) of the vibration depends on how far away from the center the selected point is chosen. All vibrations (or frequencies) can trace their compositional source to a sine wave or combinations of sine waves; this is like saying that our perceptions all arise from vibrations caused by rotating around the source.
The next time you see (or hear!) color or sound (that should cover a rather inclusive territory!), it can be a memory trigger that you are seeing your inner world projected outwardly. Compassion is inevitable from this perspective. When one also incorporates the thought system of our real, metapersonal Self, this kindness can't help but reflect, mirror, echo and convey the unlimited loving generosity and forgiving whole-heartedness of who we truly are! Then we're using the Law of Vibration in the best possible way, by realizing your choice of frequencies is being guided by inspiration rather than by the desperation of trying to change the world from the outside. We return to the still central point, beyond vibration, beyond duality, perfect patient calm, at peace.
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