We all know that an effective wellness practice incorporates physical and emotional elements, such as getting enough sleep, and making the time to meditate. However, one area of wellbeing, which routinely slips under the radar is our spiritual health.
The relationship between spirituality and wellbeing has been well-researched, with many studies concluding that a connection between the two exists – yet it's often hard to pinpoint the exact science behind it. One such study, published in 2020, defined the spiritual dimension of well-being as "a sense of connection with others, sense of life, and relationship with a transcendent force."
The study also highlighted how living in a materialistic society, which emphasises individual achievement, has separated people from their natural desire to connect with the bigger issues of life: "In a postmodern culture mostly focused on fulfilling the material needs of individuals, it is worth investing in the development of resources associated with spirituality."
While the study was referring to resources on a structural level, it's worth considering how we can top-up our own spirituality resources too. But where do we begin? GLAMOUR chatted to Michael Bernard Beckwith – the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center – to learn how he incorporates spirituality into his life through a concept known as 'vibrational frequency'.
The basic concept of vibrational frequency – as a spiritual phenomenon – is that our body is made of molecules, which are vibrating constantly, and creating electromagnetic energy waves. Proponents of vibrational frequency suggest that it's possible to change the rate of these vibrations, at a cellular level, to improve overall wellbeing.
Michael Bernard Beckwith has written extensively about spirituality, also appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss vibrational frequency. Oprah later said that he "teaches that the vision we set for our lives begins a sacred process of unfolding that unlocks everything that is unique, mighty and magnificent inside each of us."
Here's GLAMOUR's interview with Michael Bernard Beckwith:
What's your definition of 'vibrational frequency'?
Everything is energy. Everything in existence is part of an interconnected web of electromagnetic vibrational frequencies. Spiritually this web of energy is known as a “life source” that connects all creation.
You told Oprah that humans are ‘vibrational beings’ – can you elaborate on what that means? Essentially, we are much more than flesh and blood, and more than what we can see with our physical eye. On a microscopic level we are made up of vibrating atoms that emit energy. This energy field has its own vibrational frequency influenced by our moods, attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions.
How does our vibrational frequency relate to our lives? Does it help us manifest goals? As spiritual beings having a human incarnation, we have an optimal frequency that occurs when our cells vibrate at the frequency they are designed to. When we are in alignment with our soul’s calling, vibrating optimally and our intentions are pure, our goals manifest more easily.
What else can high levels of vibrational frequency achieve?
When we are vibrating according to our Divine Design, we are more protected from disease, anxiety, have greater clarity, we are emotionally balanced, and we feel good.
How can we raise our levels of vibrational frequency?
For many years I have taught that in order to raise our vibrational frequency we must have a regular meditation practice and a way of life that includes practices such as the Life Visioning Process ™ [described as a spiritual technology Michael developed for "conscious evolution, authentic living, and living your life purpose"], yoga, associating with high-vibe people, bathing in mother nature (forests, bodies of water etc.), eating healthy foods, fasting from complaining, worrying, gossiping, self-judgment and living a life of service with a purpose that is larger than small self-gratification.
This was originally published on Glamour UK.