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Quantum physics is very clear; everything in the universe is energy and resonating with it’s own vibrational frequency.   As strange as it may seem even we humans are energetic, vibrational beings.  So much goes on that we can’t see with our physical eyes.  According to Joe Dispenza, author of You Are the Placebo, “You and I are always broadcasting information as electromagnetic energy – based on our states of being.”  And studies show that our states of being affect others.  That means the people we surround ourselves with directly influence us just as our vibrations influence them.

Besides human contact, food might be one of the next biggest vibrational influences.  Depending upon what we choose to consume, food often helps us feel good (high vibration) or can make us feel bad (low vibration), influencing our moods, energy and physical well being.  Some higher vibrational foods include organic fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, coconut and pure clean water.  White sugar, genetically engineered and conventional, pesticide laden food are some of the low vibrational foods.

But there are other vibrational influences that many of us don’t think much about.  What about what we “consume” with our eyes and ears?  The average American adult now spends over 12 hours per day interacting with all forms of media and 4 hours of that is spent watching television according to Statista, a data-gathering website.  It seems many of us are enjoying “binge watching” shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Stranger Things and House of Cards.  This stuff can be entertaining for sure.  The shows can be so exciting and suspenseful that they have you on the edge of your seat.  Your heart races and adrenaline starts pumping.  Just watching the news and all of the negative, emotionally-charged stories can affect us in a similar fashion.

Supposedly, we are drawn to negative programming due to an inherent “negativity bias” resulting from evolution that has stayed with us from some 600 million years ago.  So although we are no longer in danger of saber-toothed tigers, our brains don’t realize it.  “The brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positives ones” says Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness.  “The brain has specialized circuits that register negative experiences immediately in emotional memory”, unlike positive experiences.  The media uses this bias to keep you watching.

According to Dr. Dharma Singh Kalsa, MD, “Panicky stories constantly trigger the limbic system and spur the release of cortisol. This deregulates the immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. These high levels of cortisol cause inflamed digestion, lack of cell growth, anxiety and susceptibility to illness and infections. He goes on to say that aggression, and lack of empathy towards others are other side effects.  Media violence can also cause stress, anxiety, depression and change a person’s mood. One study showed that just one hour of TV viewing was been linked to aggression and violent acts.  And studies show that violent video games increase aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure), and aggressive behavior.  Violent games also decrease helping behavior and feelings of empathy for others.  “The way that negative news affects your mood can also have a larger affect on how you interpret and interact with the world around you”, says British psychologist Dr. Graham Davey.  “Not only are negatively valenced news broadcasts likely to make you sadder and more anxious, they are also likely to exacerbate your own personal worries and anxieties.”  Dr. David Hawkins, author of Power vs Force, has mapped the energy patterns of human emotions or what he calls levels of consciousness. Emotions such as shame, grief, fear, and anger all resonate at lower frequencies and are “destructive of life in both the individual and society at large”, according to Dr. Hawkins.  Emotions such as courage, acceptance, joy, love and peace resonate at levels that affect us in a positive way.

Fortunately, things are changing because interest in watching traditional TV news is declining as well as network TV shows.  The younger generations don’t appear to be interested in traditional media at all.  And we now have more choices as to news programs and entertainment shows on the various channels competing with traditional media.  Although many of the new channels do continue to offer low vibrational shows there are other options as well such as Vlogs, Youtube, and channels like Hulu and Netflix that give us more uplifting options.

There are amazingly beautiful things that go on around us everyday; people fall in love, babies are born, the beauty of nature and millions more.   Unfortunately these things don’t usually make it on to television.  We are bombarded with unconscious, rare acts of insane violence and fear on the news and media. “The news you see most of the time is the deepest places of unconsciousness.  And if you are not careful you think that all the important things are whats on the news”, says Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth.  And in the end we are left with a false sense of reality making us more vulnerable to the issues we face in and the world.  We do have a choice in what we tune into and the vibrations we wish to incorporate.  What we take in can contribute to our wellbeing or add more stress to our already stress filled lives.  Whether it be shows we watch, music we listen to or games we play, the choice is ours.

Would you like to be more deliberate in your vibrations?  Does knowing that our own vibrational energy affects our interactions with others oblige us to pay attention them?  Could we change the world simply by changing what we engage in?  What do you think?