There is an interesting phenomenon called sympathetic resonance, which is illustrated using tuning forks or stringed instruments tuned to the same frequency. If one is passive and the other is activated, the passive one will vibrate along with the active one without being directly activated externally (i.e. without someone plucking the string or striking the fork). Because they are both on the same frequency, they are literally "on the same vibe" and this causes them to activate each other.
This is interesting from a meditation standpoint because (as I keep going on about) everything is energy. Even things that appear to us as solid (like your body) are actually compressed energy. The vibratory movements which are causing that sympathetic resonance are also energy. So we as energetic beings also resonate with energy which is on our same frequency. You know this just by moving through your own life. There are people who just fit with you on a deep level, and there are those who you just don't want to be around. The former group would be people on your frequency; the latter those with a different vibration. And then are of course plenty of people in between.
As we develop and continue on with our meditation practice, our vibration gets higher. It's interesting to see how that can change the company we seek, as we adjust to a new frequency. As our vibration gets higher, we are drawn to others on that higher frequency. If those around us are also increasing their frequency, then we'll continue to have sympathetic resonance with them. If they are staying at the same frequency while our vibration is increasing, we may not feel as strong of a connection with them. Is this bad? No, it just is. It doesn't mean we have to intentionally cut anyone out of our lives because we have grown "beyond" them (that seems like a good recipe for difficult karma to build up), it just means that both parties may naturally begin to connect more deeply with people who are on their frequency. Space gets created from the former relationship as attention is directed toward those both parties feel a deeper connection with.
This has been a popular topic amongst my students as well as with meditators I know in other places. They are noticing changes within themselves and are lining up their lives outside of meditation to match that inner dwelling. They are changing behaviors such as how much time and energy they put into watching the news or social media, changing attitudes and behaviors around alcohol, turning their attention to the energy they are sending out through thoughts, words, and actions, and they are assessing if their relationships are aligned with the direction they are trying to move toward or if certain relationships are working against their efforts for personal growth. (Note: I don't mean to imply things are all sunshine as these relationships change - it can in fact be quite the opposite. Perhaps a good topic for a future blog post.)
Another interesting aspect of this vibrational lift is the impact which it has on our environment, including those around us who are not on that vibration. Raising your vibration positively influences the vibration of your environment, including the people around you. You've undoubtedly experienced this yourself, when you feel great when you are around someone, but it's not clearly understood why. It wasn't something they said or did - in fact, they may not have said anything to you at all. People who have spent time around saints attest to this curious experience of just feeling something in their presence. Holy and spiritual places also have a feel about them which is almost tangible, such as Assisi, Italy or Lourdes, France or Sedona, Arizona or many other special places. It is espoused by many great souls that meditation is a service an individual gifts to the world, because as they work to raise their vibration/frequency/consciousness, they are also working on elevating the vibration/frequency/consciousness of the world at large. So, get to work!
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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