By Carrie Currie
Hannah stood before the mirror and forcefully met her own gaze. “You can do it.”
As she went through her morning ritual she remembered the days when she was a young girl and her father would coach her on what to tell herself in the mirror. It was a family tradition that he’d started when she was 3 years old and made her continue through high school. He’d hold onto her shoulders and say, “Repeat this. You are strong. You work hard. You will be a force for good today…” and on and on.
Hannah had stopped the morning mantras when she went off to college. Soon she forgot all about that little ritual. Until this past year, when she found herself trapped in a downward spiral of stress and depression.
Depression. Hannah now knew how debilitating that was. It was a suffocating emotion that made everything worse than it was. It sort of snuck up on her as she struggled to meet various goals and overcome little challenges. And then she found it was nearly impossible to get out of bed each morning. Every little hiccup in her plans felt insurmountable and she felt like a failure.
When she went home for Thanksgiving she had no intention of letting her folks in on the dreary life she was trudging through. Had been trudging through for the better part of a year. But, somehow, her father knew.
“Hannah, what’s going on?” Direct and to the point. Eventually, he asked enough questions to get the picture that she was feeling sad, so very sad, every day all day, and for no apparent reason. He recommended she see a physician. Hannah scoffed at the notion.
“Fine. Then, let’s try changing up your morning mantras.”
Hannah blinked. She’d forgotten all about them. It had been years.
“You’re not doing them, are you?” She shook her head.
“Well, that’s a huge part of what’s wrong!” Her father got up from his leather chair and grabbed her hand. “Come with me.”
He led her to a large mirror in the living room and put his hands on her shoulders. “Repeat after me…”
“Dad…!” Hannah squirmed with discomfort. “This is silly.”
“Repeat after me…” He insisted.
So she did. Even though it felt awkward and ridiculous. But, then, when she started to hear the words, to say the words with intention, she started crying. She was overwhelmed by the surge of emotions she felt.
“I am a strong woman… I can do anything I work towards… I have the right to feel what I feel… I can also choose to be happy… I am grateful for who I am… I will find ways to use my special and unique talents every day… I will not let this sadness rule me… I have the power to change my life… I will let positive thoughts rule my mind…”
Once her father finished coaching Hannah, he turned her around to face him. “Hannah, I want you to repeat these statements, and any other mantras you feel you need, every morning for the next 30 days. And, then I want you to call me and let me know if it is helping. If it doesn’t work, then maybe you need some chemical intervention. And, there’s nothing wrong with that.
“You don’t have to be sad, you can overcome it. You are strong and determined, stubborn even, and I know you can take this bull by the horns and win.”
Today was the 30th day of returning to her morning ritual. Hannah was surprised, and yet not surprised, at the change she felt. Sure, sometimes she still felt the sadness creeping in, but as she recited with meaning what she was grateful for, what her strengths were, what was good in her life, and what her intentions for that day were, that sadness retreated. Instead, she felt powerful and optimistic.
Her dad was right. She could do this.
By Patricia Hawke
In part 1 of this article, I showed you that energy fields and vibrations of the human body are not only real things but have been proven by scientists. Now, let’s look at how you can raise your own joy vibration.
Raising Your Joy Vibration
Since the body’s energy vibrations are strongly related to your emotional state and you wish to try to remain in a higher vibration frequency, it stands to reason that to raise your joy vibration you need to indulge in what gives you joy and eliminate what does not.
Getting Rid of the Negative
Anything negative in your life is going to pull your joy vibration to a lower level. You should make a list of all things in your life that gives you joy and those things that don’t. Next to each thing that does not give you joy, make a note of what you can do to eliminate or at least lessen it, and how you can go about doing it and in what time frame.
For those items you can easily eliminate or lessen, do those first. Then, work on getting rid of the others – first prioritize by their effects on your mood and then by timeframe. Make a schedule with deadlines for doing each.
Past negatives plague many people. Yet, they can impact your emotions and mood on a regular basis. Many refer to these as programming, but that sounds like it would take forever to undo and defeats you before you begin.
I found that the quickest and best way to eliminate these negatives is to sincerely and intensely pray to God to disconnect you from all past negatives. Afterward, I felt like a heavy burden had been lifted from me. From that point on, whenever the past came back to mind, it was more of an observation without any emotional attachment.
Ramping Up the Positives
In his book The Blue Zones, Dan Buettner tells us that it is not enough to just think you have joy. That type of joy will not last. Instead, you have to change your life to give you joy on a constant basis. For instance, where you live or your lifestyle can affect your joy. Even the city where you live – is it neighborly? Your job and the people with whom you work can make a difference. Your friends and family, etc.
Here are some ideas to raise your joy vibration:
- Connect regularly with family and friends whom you enjoy being around and you have similar beliefs and societal positions – it relieves a lot of stress.
- Have a reason to wake up every morning – something about which you are passionate.
- Physical activity is a must – the endorphins lift your spirit.
- Simplify your life as much as possible, while still being active, happy and comfortable. Get rid of as much complication as you are able.
- Read up on how to do smudging, a Native American practice using the smoke from white sage to rid your home of negative spirits and energies.
- Limit your news and social media exposure – they thrive on negative energies.
- Limit your cell phone and Internet dependence – be with people in person instead.
- A simple but healthy diet – use as much home grown, farmer’s market or certified organic foods as possible. Drink plenty of water to help flush toxins from your body.
- Relax more; try meditation.
- Become more conscious of your thoughts. Change any negative thoughts to positives. Always find a positive in any situation.
- Practice acts of kindness without telling anyone. The joy is in knowing you did a good thing.
- Laugh as much as possible. Watch humorous television shows and movies; read humorous material; laugh with friends – sharing laughter raises joy vibrations more and faster than laughing alone.
- Be grateful to God and thank Him daily for all He has given or does for you. Keep a gratitude journal to recount those deeds daily, especially when feeling low.
- If you live alone, get a pet – a dog or cat, whichever fits your lifestyle best. Animals give and receive love unconditionally.
- Walk about in nature. It does not have to be in a park or woods. Walk around your block, paying attention to the nature God has given us – squirrels, birds, trees, and so on. Marvel at how unique and awesome nature is.
- Ensure you get plenty of sunshine – it is a life-giving source of positive energy.
- Raise your spirituality and your faith walk. Read, learn and put into practice actions and thoughts that raise these levels.
These are only a few ideas to get you started. Think positive. Think joy! Have a better life because of it!
— Research Footnotes —
 Dan Buettner. “The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World’s Happiest People”. Penguin Random House Publishing Services, copyright 2017.
by Patricia Hawke
There is a lot written today about the body’s energy and vibrations. Both are a very real part of being human; however, many readers may be a bit skeptical. Let me present the proof of energy field and vibrations of the human body.
The Proof of Vibrations Is In the Science
An adult human has around seven octillion atoms – that is a 7 with 27 zeroes behind it. To give you a better idea, a trillion has only 12 zeroes and a quadrillion has only 15. Each atom is a quantum particle.
Don Lincoln, Ph.D. (physics), is a senior experimental particle physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame. He divides his time between Fermilab and CERN, the laboratory that houses the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, just outside Geneva, Switzerland. CERN confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson, known as the “God Particle”.
Lincoln stated, “What we think of as a particle is simply a vibration of its associated field.” These fields and vibrations explain how the universe works at a fundamental and deep level, and span all of space (including the human body). He added, “Everything – and I mean everything – is just a consequence of many infinitely large fields vibrating.”
Additionally, scientists have measured the human energy field for several decades, going from no belief in it to complete certainty. They discovered that this energy field can affect a person’s health and disease, and it can be detected on the surface of the skin.
Gerhard Baule and Richard McFee at Syracuse University detected the biomagnetic field projected by the human heart . In 1970, David Cohen of MIT, confirmed this biomagnetic field; and in 1972, he measured a similar field around the head produced by the brain. Since then, it has been found that this field is produced by all human tissues and organs.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Harold S. Burr at Yale University was convinced that diseases could be found in these biomagnetic fields long before physical symptoms appear. He thought diseases could be altered before manifesting into the body by just altering the energy fields. This has since been confirmed by medical research laboratories around the world.
To feel this energy yourself, just do this easy exercise:
- Vigorously rub the palms of your hands together for about two minutes,
- Stop rubbing,
- Slowly pull the palms apart by about five inches and then back again but not touching.
- Do this movement several times.
You should feel the energy as a sensation between your palms.
Emotional Vibrations and Their Effects
The Huffington Post reported that particles vibrate on frequencies (think radio or electrical frequencies versus rate of occurrence) and affect not only your emotional mood but your life experiences, as well. The lower the vibration frequency, the denser the energy – thus, the more negative your mood and more troublesome your problems seem. The higher the frequency, the lighter the energy – thus, a more positive, lighter mood and a better perspective of your troubles.
The late David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., a psychiatrist and researcher in the fields of consciousness and spirituality, created a list of energy levels for the different emotions, which can be found at http://www.infinite-manifesting.org/VibrationFrequencyCode.html. Joy is the third from the top of positive frequencies – one frequency step above love, and easier to attain than peace and enlightenment that hold first and second place, respectively.
Now, that you see that vibrations and energy fields of the human body are real, part 2 of this article shows you how to raise your joy vibration.
— Research Footnotes —
 The Guardian. “20 amazing facts about the human body”. Accessed October 17, 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/jan/27/20-human-body-facts-science
 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). “The Good Vibrations of Quantum Field Theories”. Accessed October 17, 2017. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/physics/2013/08/the-good-vibrations-of-quantum-field-theories.
 The American Heart Journal. “The Magnetic Heart Victor”. Accessed October 18, 2017. http://www.ahjonline.com/article/0002-8703(70)90312-1/abstract.
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “Boston and the History of Biomagnetism”. Accessed October 18, 2017. http://davidcohen.mit.edu/sites/default/files/documents/NCNP_Hist9May28_1.pdf.
 World Research Foundation. “The Electrical Patterns of Life; The Work of Dr. Harold S. Burr”. Accessed October 18, 2017. http://www.wrf.org/men-women-medicine/dr-harold-s-burr.php.
 The Huffington Post. “The Benefits of Being in a Higher Vibration”. Accessed October 17, 2017. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/pamela-dussault/positive-energy_b_1715767.html.
 Infinite Manifesting. “Vibration Frequency Code”. Accessed October 17, 2017. http://www.infinite-manifesting.org/VibrationFrequencyCode.html.
by Carrie Currie
Her wrinkled hands caressed the lifetime award she’d just been given. Then the mic picked up her soft voice and carried it out to the audience before her.
“I’m not sure what to say. I didn’t do anything for the recognition. I simply wanted to LIVE.” She smiled wryly. “I wanted to live MY OWN life. I decided I would not let other people limit me.”
She looked up at a gigantic black and white photo on the wall to the left of the stage. It showed her as a vital young woman, with an old camera slung across her neck, surrounded by skinny children with distended bellies.
“In my day, women were expected to get married and pop out kids. Or, if they did need to work, they taught in schools, were nurses, or secretaries. When I attended school, they taught all of us girls shorthand to prepare us for the workforce. I hated every minute of it and vowed I’d never use shorthand after graduation.” As she spoke, her frail voice got stronger.
“I wanted to travel the world, meet new people, and document it all in photos. I loved the truth and beauty the camera shows.” She smiled. “My dad got me started when he handed me an old-second hand camera. I taught myself how to use it. I took photos of my brothers playing, my father reading, and my mother cooking… carefully, if she caught me taking photos of her, she’d have a fit. She viewed it as wasting time. There were chores to be done, food to prepare, other more appropriate womanly work to finish.”
She paused. “I had a naturally stubborn attitude, and if anyone told me I couldn’t do anything… well, then, by George, I was going to do it! As my mother disapproved of me wasting time with cameras, that’s what I did. I got pretty good at it. And, loved capturing candid moments in time.
“After graduating high school, I escaped my ho-hum future by traveling to Africa in 1958. I had an uncle and aunt working there as missionaries, which was the only reason my parents grudgingly let me go. They figured it was a worthy cause.” Her lips twisted wryly. “I had no interest in proselytizing. I wanted adventure. And, I got one.
“I met wonderfully generous people, people who had nothing. They were starving and lived in difficult conditions. But, these people found joy in the little things. So I looked for ways to capture that joy.” She waved her hand to another oversized image above the stage that depicted three African women laughing as they sat under a scraggly looking tree.
“I sent my photos in to the National Geographic and got my professional start as a freelance photojournalist.” Her eyes traveled across the people in front of her. “It was hard. There weren’t many women photojournalists at the time. Some. But not many. And, so many people thought it was too dangerous for a woman to travel alone. My family was among those. But, I found my passion. Capturing joy in the lives of regular people all over the world. I knew at a young age, if I could share the joy that we all experience regardless of race, gender, age, religion, nationality… if I could show the humanity of everyone, I could bring us together as a human family. My photos over my lifetime have done that, I believe, as evidenced by this award.”
She stopped talking, looked down at the award she’d rested on the podium, looked back up. “If anything can be taken from my life’s work… Perhaps it would be that ‘I thought I could and I did’.”
Her eyes squinted as she tried to push her conviction towards those listening. “Go and do likewise! Don’t let others, or yourself, limit you. Find your passion. Work your dream. You can do it!”
Inspire The Woman in Your Life!