Becoming Your Home

This evening, I had the pleasure of cooking a three-course meal for a friend of mine. I was invited into his beautiful home filled with outstanding artwork and an amazing energy. The moment I walked in I was transported from the noisy, haphazard streets of Manhattan into an oasis of tranquility and calm. I was enveloped in a cozy and comfortable sensation that beckoned my authentic self. There was no need to defend, no reason to hide. This sanctuary was made for acceptance. This was a home.

Living in small apartments and moving year after year has left its trace of stress. It is never anything permanent, nor too much to bear, but rather a discomfort or a strong unease. Uprooting one’s life is never an easy action. Sometimes it is exactly what is needed, other times it is more of an unnecessary hassle. Yet each time I have rerooted my life, I strive for the same sense of home that I grew up with; the same sensation I immediately gathered when walking into my friend’s apartment this evening.

Home.

It is like walking into a blanket that has just been pulled out of the dryer. Or maybe it’s like gliding into a warm body of water. I think I could even describe it as that feeling just moments before falling asleep. It is a perfect harmonious combination of ease and vibrancy. The encompassing nature of this energy is by definition soothing. It is the feeling of unconditional acceptance.

Many people live in a house, but not every house is a home. And that is the one thing that I make sure to bring with me every relocation I make. My life could never be complete without my home. Yet my home is not dependent on things. Beyond all my favorite decorations, homemade artwork and extremely sentimental items the essence of home is something I cultivate from within. Without this grounding anchor, my surroundings would never represent my idea of what home is.

I do love my incense.

Our environments reflect our state of being. I like to think of my home as a divine place, a sanctuary where all are welcome to relax, recuperate and enjoy. When I have guests over I notice they feel at ease the moment they walk in. I also notice that it is not the material things (or lack thereof) of my apartment but rather the energy I have been projecting. I like to think of the furniture, the walls, the colors and even the air of my home as an energetic ledger that is constantly recording vibration. Every thought I think, every song I play, every word I speak gets recorded into this invisible notebook. As these spaces gather specific vibrations, they build upon each other, developing relationships to their own surroundings. In this way, a commons is born.

Singing bowls, gongs, mantras and pleasant music will all support higher vibration.

The more I meditate, chant, pray and bless in my apartment, the more my apartment takes on those actions. Stored in their physical being, their very vibratory make-up (as we are all just the sum totals of sound vibration) takes on what I put out.

Have you ever been to a really crumby place? Maybe a hopeless hospital wing or a drugged out dealer’s pad (not that I would know). These places can be dark, unwelcoming and draining. It isn’t because the real estate itself is possessed, but rather its occupants are emitting a certain vibratory frequency which manifests its self in certain ways. Have you ever noticed a place that has been uplifted? Maybe an awesome yoga center moves into a town or a community garden is completed. When these types of frequencies enter into the energetic ledger, vibrations begin to rise and other results manifest.

This is not to say that one is better than the other. I will leave you to decide which vibration you choose. It is not the duality of the situation I would like to call attention to, but rather the mechanics of it. Our environment is an extension of our self. We are only a product of our surroundings and they one of us. This deep, intimate connection can never be severed, and although we cannot tangible see it (sometimes we can), this principle of existence is more concrete than the voice inside your head that is telling you it is not.

I was graced by great karma to spend just a few hours sharing the wonderful company of another’s spiritual abode. We are all graced by even greater karma that we can remain in that feeling where ever we go by just becoming aware of our vibration.

If you’d like a simple way to elevate your home’s vibration, try playing mantras. You don’t even need to hear them. Their vibratory effect will work just as long as they are playing at the slightest volume. Here are a few free ones you can download.

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Changing Vibrations

If any of you have wondered where I have been for the past week, the answer is Mammoth Lakes, California. This beautiful safe-haven of endless mountain-scapes, relaxed country folk, and champaign powder snow is a one-time-a-year stop for me and some old college buddies. I am fortunate to stay in contact with such great people and even more lucky that we get to rendezvous in such a gorgeous, breath-taking place.

One thing about Mammoth is its vibration. Peacefully lethargic like being trapped under a large, comfortable blanket, Mammoth is the epitome of homeyness. Each visit, my host introduces me to old friends who have never strayed from the comforting shadow of the mountain. There is always that awkward moment awaiting imposed judgement, but unlike anywhere else in the world, the locals could care less. They boast of extreme pride: their love for their town is undeniable. And I can see why.

Spending time in Mammoth is like recharging your spiritual batteries. What’s even more spellbinding is that you don’t need to know what spirituality is to benefit from the penetrating vibrations of the town. Nature and its beauty only need be experienced to gain its wisdom. Happiness, calm, peace, and reverence are almost unavoidable in Mammoth. You’d have to be a hard-pressed pessimist to miss these waves.

Writing an article on Mammoth could easily turn into a book, but what I’d like to do is to expand on my experience returning to Manhattan.

The beautiful intensity of the city

No more separate than night and day, my flight from California to New York brought me across the threshold of environmental duality. Like stepping out of fire and into ice, my experience, my being was thrust into a completely different vibration. Although I had experienced a similar change going West, my trip back East was much more jolting. Traversing down hill is always much easier than heading up. And going to New York from Mammoth was like scaling a the face of an inverted skyscraper.

Once in the city, everything felt faster. People’s eyes were the first things I noticed. No one let their eyes relax. Scanning, pulsing, and shooting in all directions, eyeballs were going insane! No one could keep my gaze and everyone was too busy to stop searching their surroundings. Even patrons awaiting their flight—with ample time on their hands—were struck with an incredible eyeball immediacy. The next experience I noticed was my lack of involvement with the vibration of NYC.

Kind of like being left behind, I was a fish swimming downstream against an entire city of fish heading upwards. Bustling was the word. Everything was moving at the fastest pace possible. The energy was overwhelming and for the past two days I have been crippled by the weight of a sloth-like laziness.  Just moments ago did I finally feel like I’ve begun to shake of the binds of extreme relaxation. It would be safe to say that the vibration of Mammoth and New York have little to do with each other aside from the fact that they are both vibrations.

Mammoth's Breath-Taking Mono Lake

I find myself asking, why do I live in New York. And I see my answer as a duty. My life, my writing, and my passion is to help others and only in such a productive place as New York will my lump of coal turn into a diamond. Living in Mammoth, Fiji, or Costa Rica may be very enticing, but my purpose of existence in this life is not relaxation—at least not yet. And the vibration of New York is the most upbeat, exhilarating vibration of any place I have ever been. Getting work done here happens in your sleep.

To each vibration their own

What I’ve taken away from this mini-vacation is an appreciation for the inherent qualities of different locations. Like the people that inhabit them, each place brings a different vibration to the scene of experience. Understanding their subtleties (and sometimes no-so-subtleties) is the extravagant offering of life. Experience is the game and life is where is it played.

Eating Live Food

As a vegan I am constantly trying to figure out ways of increasing the energy level of my diet.  In addition to sourcing protein, calcium and B12, I find that I am much more sensitive than I used to be to the energy levels of the food I eat.  I therefore have to find ways of eating food with a higher vibrational content.  Not always easy to do, this task is extremely important for overall health.  And with these few tips, anyone can start feeling the benefits of highly energetic food.

This may sound like an obscure concept, but the vibration of food is as scientific a concept as gravity.  Although much less understood, the energy a food carries is an important factor in what one chooses to eat.  Measured in a couple ways, the life force of food (prana in Vedic culture, chi in Chinese, mana in Hawaiian, and Lüng in Tibetan) can be quantified and visualized.

I was first shown how to quantify the life force of a vegetable on a spiritual farm in Fairfield, Iowa.  Using a refractometer, I was shown how to measure the Brix count of a vegetable.  The Brix count measures the sugar content of a solution and can determine the health, ripeness, and amount of minerals of a vegetable.  Through the refractometer, these results can be visualized.

Using Biophotonics, we were able to see the physical energy level of a fruit by measuring photons. By counting photo-emissions and measuring electrical conductivity, one can actually visualize the energetic activity of a plant, fruit, or even piece of food in the form of light.

A leader in alternative organic farming technologies, Nicola Lampkin affirms that, “This light energy is thought to be stored in the DNA during photosynthesis and is transmitted continuously by the cell.  It is thought that the higher the level of light energy a cell emits, the greater its vitality and the potential for the transfer of that energy to the individual which consumes it.”  This means the energy transferred from plant to person is extremely important to the energy levels of the person.

So how do we increase our daily energetic intake through our food? Well the answer is found on many levels.  The first level is buy organic.

Eating organic food is the best way to avoid low vibratory foods.  This is because organic food has no artificial pesticides, fertilizers, or other chemical/genetic manipulations that would alter natural development.  The best fruit is the toughest fruit, one that has endured a life of insects, disease, and nature, not one that has been shielded with harmful chemicals.  This means dont stray from fruit with blemishes.

Another way to increase energy is by buying local.  Eating local produce means getting fruit directly from the vine and into your body faster.  As brix count, photo emissions, and other image-forming techniques have shown, the longer a fruit is off its vine, the less energy it carries.  This means buy local or better yet, grow your own food.

Something I do to increase my food’s energy is buying live foods.  This includes fermented foods, sprouts, and growing plants.  Sprouts and other seedlings carry the most life force as they are creating massive amounts of energy (think of how fast babies grow).

This is a Kirlian photograph of a sprouting seed

Another great thing to do is sprout your food.  Last night I sprouted my quinoa by soaking it for 30 minutes, draining, then letting it sit for 12 hours.  Not only did this reduce cooking time, but it started their life cycle, increasing their energy.  This can be done for all grains.

Lastly, on an entirely different level, infuse your food with intention.  Before you eat, give thanks. And by this I mean really thank your food.  Imagine its entire life and see its journey to become part of you.  Its entire existence was created to support your life.  Honor it.  Infuse it with positive qualities of love, energy, life, whatever you want.  And be sure to enjoy it!  Savor every bite and eat slowly.  This will create a greater vibration of the food your ingesting.

Using these techniques and this knowledge, eating live foods can be something  readily attainable.  This is not just for vegans, it is for everyone who eats and the last time I checked, that was a lot of people.  We so often overlook the role food plays in our lives.  We need to understand the importance it holds and its relationship with our body – all of our bodies: spiritual, vibrational, biophysical, and I am sure plenty more.  So go out and eat the apples off of trees, plants in the ground and vegetables on the vine.  And don’t forget to say thank you!