I’ve been teaching on the law of vibration this week and how everything in the Universe is constantly pulsing. In Sanskrit, we call this Spanda, and it happens to be one of the attributes of the Supreme. Since we are reflections of the Supreme, we also embody this pulse.
We see Spanda all over nature…in the rhythm of the tides, in the twinkling of stars, in the colors of the rainbow. Click here to watch a short and amazing video of the breathing and pulsing planet earth as seen from space.
It is helpful for us to remember that just like nature, we each have our own unique vibration. Our personal vibration is largely altered by the thoughts we think and the perspectives we chose. When we chose states of negativity, fear, jealousy, envy, cynicism, or doubt, we vibrate at a lower frequency. The lowest vibration of all is shame which directs negativity and judgment toward self.
Others can feel our vibration. Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained neuroscientist who suffered a cerebral stroke, wrote eloquently of how she could feel the energy of her health practitioners when they entered her hospital room even though she couldn’t communicate. When we chose positive states like joy, peace, and the highest vibration of all, love, we become a positive force in our family, workplace, and even those we just pass on the street.
We all have the potential to raise our personal vibration. Spend time with those who build you up not cut you down, get out in nature, chose love over fear, look for the good, and MEDITATE. In particular, the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” is thought to be the great redeeming mantra that most connects us to spanda. It means “I bow to the true teacher within.” Use this mantra in your meditation. It has been said that if this mantra vibrates continually in your heart, then you have no need to perform austerities, to meditate, or to practice yoga. It does it all.