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Everyday Vibration

Posted on | January 5, 2009 | 1 Comment

A good friend of mine (really, this is truly a friend story, not just a veiled self-examination) has recently started studying two of the most powerful books on the planet – The Kybalion, and The Tao Te Ching. I started him on this path, so I feel very proud that he has started this work. I believe these two books hold the core teaching of human spirituality between them. The Kybalion holds the Western spiritual teachings and the Tao holds the Eastern teachings.

I sum them up this way. The Kybalion (and Western tradition) teaches us how to “make it happen.” The Tao (and Eastern Tradition) teach us how to “let it happen.”  Both are profoundly powerful and perhaps more powerful when their seemingly conflicting approaches are reconciled and used together.

Back to my friend. We were chatting yesterday and it came up that he’s having a difficult time with a co-worker. This co-worker tends to block projects and impose his will without a lot of thought, usually based on protecting turf and weilding power in irresponsible ways. It’s very frustrating to my friend who feels like his integrity is being attacked by each outburst of the co-worker. My friend doesn’t want to back down from any of these potential conflicts, thinking that he would be thought of as weak, or worse, that the goals of fulfilling his job requirements would be in jeopoardy.

It’s not a fun position to be in. I had a hard time trying to give advise on this so I tried to just listen and let the issue sink in.  Of course I also said that he has the power to let these things pass around him without getting caught up in the petty issues, to pick his battles, and suck-up a bit if he has to because these are all elements of working for and with other people. I think that helped, but not much.

This morning I woke up thinking about the Tao and the Kybalion.  The Tao uses the symbolism of water very frequently. Chapter 8 of the Tao starts:

The supreme good is like water,

which nourishes all things without trying to.

It is content with the low places that people disclaim.

Thus it is like the Tao.

Water is powerful, but it seeks the low places. It runs from the top of the mountains to the deepest levels of the sea. The deeper it goes, the more strength it has. Humans have changed the course of rivers, but we’ve never moved an ocean. The depths of the ocean are dark and quiet, and very powerful.

Keep that image in your mind, and then think about the Kybalion‘s Principle of Vibration which states:

“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”

We’re all vibrating, everything is vibrating. My friend’s troublesome co-worker is vibrating at a high frequency, but low wavelength and amplitude state. Think of a little yippy dog. High pitched, frequent barks, but no power. Now, think of the ocean’s water. What waves have the most power? Answer: the waves that have long wavelengths and large amplitude. Little waves are just absorbed into the power of the bigger wave.

If my friend can center his power in the vibrations of long wavelengths of large amplitude, he should be more easily able to absorb the vibrational energy of the co-worker without getting upset. But how does one get into a state of long wavelength, high-amplitude vibration?

One word: “purpose.”

If my friend can keep his vision and attitude set on reaching the higher purpose, he will be like the powerful depths of the ocean. Sure, he’ll still be present, feel, and be effected by the vibrational energy of everyone around him, but he’ll be much better able to absorb those vibrations into and through hinself without losing direction or momentum toward his purpose. Low energy waves can’t hurt big energy waves. Purpose-inspired people may apear to be moving at a lower pace than people who are making a lot of noice, but purpose-inspired people are moving with a power like that of a mighty ocean wave. It may be almost impersecptable, but nothing is going to stop it.

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