I’ve written pretty extensively about the benefits of raising our vibration, releasing limiting beliefs, and working our way up the emotional scale. The idea is, that in order to align your energy with what you want, and therefore bring it into your reality, you have to find a way to think thoughts about that subject that feel good. If any resistance (negative beliefs and thoughts) still exist around the subject you’re trying to manifest, negative emotions will let you know. Negative emotion = resistance. So, in theory, all you have to do is change your thoughts to some that feel better. But that’s often easier said than done. Today, I’d like to offer a simple yet powerful technique on how to go from “Crap!” to “YAY!” in as little as a few minutes.
I’m calling this baby the Vibrational Ladder and I use it almost daily to release limiting thoughts or beliefs on one subject or another.
The basic concept
Imagine a ladder (didn’t see that coming, did you?) At the very bottom, is where you are right now on whatever subject you want to work on. You have some negative beliefs you’d like to release. Each rung on the ladder represents a slightly better feeling thought, evoking a slightly better feeling from you. And at the very top, you’ll find the goal: a thought about this subject that feels completely joyful. This is where total happiness lives.
The basic idea is to incrementally work your way up the ladder until you’ve completely released all negative emotion on any given subject.
Let’s look at an example
I’m going to use the example of weight loss here, because I know that many of you are eager for more information on this subject.
Jane Doe (cause I’m creative like that) wants to lose 20 pounds.
Step 1: Find your current place on the ladder.
Jane sits down and begins to evaluate her current thoughts and feelings around her weight and weight loss. There are generally many beliefs which need to be shifted when it comes to this issue, but it’s best to focus on one at a time.
One of her thoughts is: “I’m never going to lose weight. I’m going to be fat forever.” And she’s feeling fear.
Note: You don’t have to identify the exact emotion that your thoughts correspond to. This exercise only requires you to tell the difference between bad, better and good. In other words, it doesn’t matter where you’re at right now emotionally. Your only goal is to move upwards.
So Jane has identified her current thought and it feels awful. She draws a ladder on a piece of paper and writes “I’m afraid that I’ll be fat forever” at the bottom.
Step 2: Find a thought that feels a little bit better, regarding that same subject.
The problem with finding a better feeling thought is that we often try to make too big of a jump, or a quantum leap. In Jane’s case, if she tries to move from her current thought to “I love my thin and beautiful body”, or something along those lines, she’s going to get frustrated. Fast. This is what goes wrong with a lot of affirmations. If Jane stands in front of the mirror now, chanting “I’m thin! I’m thin!”, she’s going to feel like a fraud. It’s a fake statement that she’s nowhere near believing. The vibration of her current thought and the vibration of the joyful thought are too far apart.
We only have access to the frequencies that are somewhere in range of our current vibration. So, if Jane is currently vibrating at fear, she simply doesn’t have access to a thought that vibrates at enthusiasm or joy. If she tries, she’ll fail, and will then probably feel even worse for her efforts.
But Jane does have access to thoughts that feel a little bit better than her current ones, and this is exactly where the Vibrational Ladder comes in. We don’t want to try to jump from the bottom to the top rung. Instead, we’re going to move up one rung at a time.
So, Jane begins to feel around for a better feeling thought. Since she’s been focusing on this negative thought for a while, the Law of Attraction has been bringing her more thoughts like it. She’s going to have to extend a little bit of effort to find a more positive thought.
Attempt #1: “I hate my big fat body”. That feels worse. Next!
Attempt #2: “Lots of people are fat. I’m not alone.” That doesn’t really feel any better. While it’s always nice to know that we’re not suffering alone, this thought only underscores Jane’s fear. If all those people are struggling with weight loss issues, what chance has she got?” Next!
Attempt #3: “Lots of people have lost weight. Some people have figured this out, so a solution does exist.” Whew! That thought does feel a bit better. If a solution exists, then not all hope is lost.
Step 3: Recognize the better feeling
Once Jane has found a slightly better feeling thought, she’ll want to recognize that it does, in fact, feel a little bit better. She has deliberately focused her way to a slightly better feeling place – a new, higher vibration. And if she can make this small shift, she can make another and another, until she feels not only slightly, but A LOT better.
This is what the Law of Attraction work is really all about. It comes down to our ability to make one tiny shift after another. We can move mountains with one small shift at a time. Let’s keep going.
Step 4: Incrementally work your way up the ladder.
Now that Jane is feeling the relief of a slightly better feeling thought, she can reach for the next rung on the ladder – a thought that feels even better than the last one.
While everyone’s progression is going to be unique, I’m happy to provide you with an example of what Jane’s ladder might look like on this particular belief.
Remember to read from the bottom (starting point = negative belief) towards the top (better feeling beliefs).
Each time Jane shifts from one thought to a better feeling one, she’s actually raising her vibration on that subject. Now, she might be able to move from the bottom to the top in one go, or it could take several sessions over the course of a few days. It’s also quite possible that one “issue” could be tied to many different beliefs (the big, insidious issues generally are). But the beautiful thing is that as Jane does this exercise and begins to pay attention to how she feels, those other beliefs will become more apparent. She’ll notice them by the way they feel.
Also, as Jane works her way up the ladder on belief after belief, she’s going to raise her collective vibration, which will make it easier for her to access better feeling thoughts on any subject. And one by one, belief by belief, subject by subject, Jane can use the Vibrational Ladder to change her entire life in whichever way she wants.
Now, I have a question for you: Are these kinds of techniques helpful to you? What about the example ladder? Would you like to see more like this? Let me know in the comments! 🙂