I got an interesting question in a comment on an article I previously posted about how gratitude for the everyday miracles in life is the cornerstone practice for shifting vibrational energy to a higher level. Awesome Reader A. wondered why energy shifting takes so long and asked:
I wonder why sometimes it takes years to raise one’s vibration? You may want it and work at it, but it is something that happens by itself, in its own time, even if it does take years.
I think the main reason energy shifting and raising one’s vibration can take so long is that you can’t just make it happen; no matter how much you want that shift to come about, you can never force it to happen. You also can’t think your way into a shift using logic or facts. Something I was told very early on in my own journey is that this is an emotional exercise, not an intellectual one. And while an intellectual understanding of these concepts and the principles behind that can certainly help (because it can lower our resistance to these concepts when we understand the where and the why of them), we have to feel our way through it. But you cannot feel your way through something until you’re really and truly ready for it.
And I think that for a lot of us, this is one of the biggest challenges we face with all of this energy shifting stuff; we understand the concepts, we know why it works and how it’s supposed to happen, we see other people making their own shifts with seeming ease, and we get so frustrated when it’s not happening for us as quickly as we want it to. We have a problem with finding the patience to let this feeling process occur in its own time and in its own way. And this just creates more resistance.
Energy shifting requires total surrender
There’s a surrendering that has to happen with vibrational energy shifting and manifesting the things you want in life, almost a giving up of sorts. I think you need to surrender yourself completely to the process, to trust completely and without doubt that it will happen. And it’s that trust aspect that I believe is the hardest part of all of this. Most of us have really big issues when it comes to complete trust; in an effort to protect ourselves, we are innately wary and always on the lookout for signs of danger or betrayal. So that, of course, is what we attract into our lives, and why we have such a hard time achieving the energy shifts that we so desperately want.
We can’t quite edge ourselves over into that realm of unwavering, complete trust in our own power to create the things we want. There’s always that little kernel of doubt that whispers “What if it doesn’t work? What if I’m wrong and this stuff isn’t real? What if it’s real for everyone else but I’m just not good enough to be able to make it work for me?” These are strong doubts, and their energy is often stronger than the energy or vibe shift that we’re trying to create and this causes a lot of wavering and flickering in our energy patterns… sometimes we jump up to that higher level, and it’s exhilarating, but more often we find ourselves back at our baseline, or even dropping lower because we feel so badly about our inability to keep ourselves stable at that higher level.
I think that it’s this struggle that we contend with day in and day out that puts off our shift in vibration. I believe that if we could learn to just let go, to trust ourselves and trust the Universe, then the energy shifting process would likely happen much faster. We need to let go of the old programming and the old hurts that keep us on the lookout for new hurts. Let it all go. Look within. And return to the trust that we were all born with. Trust the process completely; surrender to it and believe that it will happen when you are ready, at the perfect time and in the perfect way.
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