Doing the woo-woo stuff I do (affectionately known as BodyTalk) , people pass me stuff that stylistically, I really don’t appreciate. Even if they’re not factually incorrect or damagingly misleading, I look at it and say, “Jesus H. Christ. This is why my industry gets no respect.” I sympathize with marketers and lawyers for the same reason.
So, recently, this video landed in my inbox, and it’s a fairly generic, largely unoffending bit of glurge. So I thought, if y’all could stomach it, I would attempt to translate, and maybe it would stimulate some conversation. Because we all know I live for my comments section, right?
Here’s the transcript, which I have thoughtfully provided because I’m sure there are a few people out there who hate video like I do.
[Enya singing, otherwise, no audio. This is what dramatically unfurls over the screen:
Ascension: Raising your vibrational frequency.
Ascension is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual ascension
Raising the vibrational frequency of all lower bodies…
into a unified love-light field
We are ascending from one dimension of reality to another
Less concerned with physical survival and more…
with raising our vibratory forms to that of lightbody
When we consistently maintain a loving vibration….
we experience a rise in vibrational frequency
Activating and re-awakening our atomic cell structure
And begin to in-body 5th dimensional qualities….
of Love and Creativity
Ascension is being fully in-bodied
Yet vibrating at the highest possible frequency
We no longer need to leave our body in order to ascend
We can raise our vibration and step into the higher realms
Ascension – the journey home
Like all religious writings, there are certain metaphors you have to absorb to understand the context. The problem with the spiritual-not-religious set is that they’ve gone to great lengths to ‘secularize’ and divorce their imagery and dogma from any single religion.
Further clouding the subject matter is the fact that present-day spiritualists are simply reincorporating ancient concepts with imagery and spin that’s more palatable to modern people. Just like to translate the poems of Rumi you need a far bit of cultural context, you need to know a bit of spiritual-not-religious dogma.
Like I said, there’s nothing really horrible about this meditation. You can somewhat excuse the poor grammar and the general incomprehensibility by the fact that it is a meditation and is therefore supposed to provoke feelings, not thoughts.
So, actually, once you understand the metaphors, it’s not so bad.
This one is one of my personal pet peeves, so don’t take me as an unbiased source. It refers to the fact that all matter can also be conceived as a wave, and therefore, has a frequency, or a vibration. Or even, “a vibrational frequency.” Evaluative adjectives like “good” “positive” or even “higher” frequencies makes it a matter of metaphor, not actual quantitative data.
This is another bit over overdrawn metaphor. It’s drawing from the tradition that enlightenment is floating in transcendental bliss in the blinding light of contentment, compassion, and unconditional love. The field part refers to….
The higher realms
which are a comfortable mishmash of planes of enlightenment/reality and some perrennially misinterpreted quantum theory regarding dimensionality (if 3 dimensions is space and 4 dimensions is time, 5 dimensions is space-time travel. That’s not the actual physics, that’s the popular misinterpretation).
Atomic Cell Structure
This one had me puzzled. I mean, taken literally, the phrase has very little meaning; medicine does not treat the atoms of cells. Ok, fine, it does, but not in popular interpretation. What it put me in mind of was epigenetics, a very interesting field that explores the complex interplay between environment and genetics. And also the 2012 theory that the next step in our evolution is to develop 12 strands of DNA. Hopefully they’re referring to epigenetics, which is still a new enough discipline to be mysterious.
What I might call ‘transcendence’ or ‘enlightenment’. Probably transcendence got too overused and it stopped connoting quite what it used to. But I think that’s why they’re emphasizing that you don’t have to lose your body in order to ascend.
Ok, got all that? So here it is in less mystical terms.
Ascension is enlightenment. It makes you happy. It releases you from your suffering, by raising you above it. Because we are not suffering from material wants, we are free to focus more on enhancing our state of being. When we concentrate on compassion, we rise to a higher state of being. In this state of being, we transcend time and space, and live in an eternity of bliss. Even in our corporeal form, it is possible to achieve this transcendence, and so achieve Unity.
So, what do you think about these types of things? Do they show up in your inbox too? Most importantly, do they even make sense?