What Is Frequency And Why You Need To Know About It

“Frequency” is a word that gets tossed around quite often in the spiritual and metaphysical communities.

But, what is frequency? In essence, frequency is the rate of vibration and oscillation measured over a specific period of time (usually one second). In layman’s terms, it’s simply a repeating sequence. Take a heartbeat, for example – the average heart rate frequency is 60-100 beats per minute.

When we reach a high frequency in our personal energy signature, we attract more positive emotions and experiences. Love, for instance, is a very high frequency emotion. When we emit a low frequency, we drop into an ego-based mindset that can attract negativity, stress, anxiety, and depression into our experience. To break it down even further, consider the human body and what it’s made of. Everything breaks down to energy! The body itself is composed of different systems, which are made up of organs and tissues. The organs and tissues are made of cells, which are made of molecules, which are made up of atoms. Atoms are made of subatomic particles that are made of (you guessed it) energy! The idea that “everything is energy” is far from a woo-woo, unfounded claim. It’s a scientific fact.

The universe is impartial – it doesn’t judge or decide who should be punished. It simply responds to what we give out and express. Sometimes we fall into a victim mindset, believing that we’re chronically unlucky, or working through some accumulated karma. Mostly, however, we are simply dealing with the experiences, situations, and people that we’re attracting, like a magnet, through our own personal vibrational frequency. Thankfully, through mindfulness and strong intention, we have the power to bring into our lives positivity, beauty, happiness, and other joys.

Any great feat requires accumulating knowledge and information, of course, so it’s important to learn about the phenomena that shape our very existence.

The Difference Between Vibration and Frequency

The terms “frequency” and “vibration” are often used interchangeably. However, there’s a very important distinction to make here. We know now that frequency is the cycle of waves that are measured in a sequence. So, think of vibrations as the contraction of the energy within that frequency (oscillation would be the expansion of the energy). The vibrations per minute, for instance, make up the entire frequency sequence.

To answer the question of what is frequency? Let’s use a real-life example of frequency and vibration by considering the way guitar strings emit sound. The thicker, larger guitar strings move more slowly, and have a low frequency when plucked, while the thinner strings vibrate at a higher frequency. The vibratory waves of the thick strings move more slowly, giving the string’s natural frequency a lower frequency, and the vibratory waves of the thinner strings move quickly, emitting a higher overall frequency.

As frequency rate increases matter becomes lighter and lighter. Therefore, when we’re vibrating on a high frequency, our bodies can become lighter as a result. Energy frequency patterns affect our very makeup, raising our consciousness and allowing us to reach levels beyond our comprehension.

Redefining Reality

We are the masters of our domains – we literally define our own reality with each action, thought, and word. Consider the fact that our perceived physical world is more energy than it is material. Imagine that! Look at your hand, and wrap your head around the idea that most of it is composed of a void, rather than material makeup. Atoms are made up of quarks and photons, which have no physical structure.

Understanding this is key to realizing that we have the power to make radical, quantum-level shifts in our lives. Perceiving everything as immovable and material keeps us in the third dimension, which is rife with rules and laws. Moving outside of this mindset enables us to work with the void between the material in order to create what we desire. We are not casual observers, but active ones.

Every material thing that you use and touch started out as a concept within the mind, then expanded into an action, then took on a material shape. This is magic itself! This magic even exists in the mundane world – think about something that you recently created in your life, such as a meal. Let’s say you thought “I’d love a chicken salad for lunch.” What happens next? You inevitably take the action to make it a reality, buying the necessary ingredients, tossing it together using your hands and your mind, and manifested it on a material level.

As an observer, you create reality. You have the whole world in your hands. This concept helps us take responsibility for our lives, and enables us to take back the power that we never truly embraced. We must observe our thoughts, our hearts, and our surroundings to determine the frequency we’re emitting. So, what is frequency and why do you need to know about it?  Read the words of the famous inventor, engineer, and futurist, Nikola Tesla…“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

Recognizing Frequency in Your Life

The world of vibrational frequency and energy is often elusive to those who approach concepts solely with the mind. Energy must be felt and observed, completely and totally integrated into our awareness. Take a look around – what do you see?

      • How do you decorate your home?
      • What foods do you eat?
      • Who do you associate with?
      • Imagine attending a large party. Who do you find yourself gravitating to?

Beyond physical attractions, such as admiring a bright article of clothing, a pretty face, or welcoming body language, you will be drawn to certain people due to the feeling you get from them. This is the magnetic appeal we feel when someone vibrates at a similar resonance as us. After the party, we might remark, “I loved her vibe!” Although, once again, the word “vibe” gets thrown around without abandon, on a quantum level we’re recognizing a resonant energetic connection between ourselves and another person.

How often do you utter the words “I need” or “I can’t” or “I don’t?” Do you longingly sigh “I never” or “I wish”? Everything we think and voice turns out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we exclaim that we “never get a break”, then we never will get a leg up, and when we say that we “can’t make ends meet” then we will find it even more difficult to bring abundance into our lives.

All of these aspects are clues that help us determine our signature frequency and answer the question, what is frequency? Besides the scientific definition, frequency plays a huge roll in our everyday lives by attracting things and experiences into our field.  When our desks our cluttered, our frequency is typically cluttered, too. When our friends are judgmental and cynical, we tend to be, as well. And, whether we realize it or not, the words we choose can reflect our inner state and simultaneously shape our external world. We feel energy all of the time, but many people simply aren’t sensitive enough to identify the subtle nuances. The world of energy is powerful, yet elusive because we don’t see it. But, just like the powerful emotion of love, it must be felt to be experienced.

So, what is frequency?  It’s a big question and a powerful question and one that includes the very essence of who we are.  Use the great mantra “You are what you think” to remind yourself that we are far more than what we perceive with our five senses. The world is mutable, bending to our will and moving fluidly around us at each suggestion that we give it. Once we open our eyes to the true realities of the universe, we will never again be blind to our true potential and the powerful influence we have not only on our own lives but on the entire world.

Did you learn something new about frequency? How will you change your thinking today?

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  1. Michelle Lombardo

    Thank you for this, I gleaned a lot of insightful information! Love & light to you!!

    • Shanna

      Hey Michelle! So happy you enjoyed the article and got insight from it! Understanding energy frequency is powerful. I am publishing another article this month that will go deeper into how reality is formed. Pretty fascinating stuff! Many blessing and much love!!

  2. Shanna

    So glad you enjoyed the article!

  3. Megan Simpson

    It’s really mind boggling to think everything is void like we are nothing but at the same time energy! Moving and creating (:

    • Shanna

      Beautifully said! It is mind boggling for sure. The linear mind has a hard time expanding to fully understand the energy that we are. The mind can be limiting and we are so much more than just our mind!

  4. Shanna

    Happy to hear that it was helpful. Best wishes to you!

  5. Tony

    This article was soo deep! Do you have anymore written?

  6. Shanna

    Hi Amanda, Thank you and I am happy that you are interested in frequency. Understanding how energy flows and works is a game changer! My new book – The Soul Frequency is a great place to start. You can find the book on Amazon, also there are 4 book bonuses you can get at https://thesoulfrequencybook.com. I am also on IG @thesoulfrequency

  7. Peachlynne

    Ahh, positive thoughts equates to obtaining momentum. That is the frequency.

    Tune into the frequency. Maintain the alignment. That’s what I must do.

  8. Manoj upadhyay

    अदभुत विश्लेषण किया आप ने, मेरा भी मानना है कि ध्वनि और अणु के समायोजन के द्वारा ही सृष्टि बनी है. पोसिटिव आचरण आप के व्यक्तित्व को ,सोच को बदलने की ताक़त रखता है.

    • Shanna

      Hello Manoj, Yes, exactly! Positive behavior is often an access point to shifting your energy frequency. We make uplifting changes in life and in return, we feel uplifted! Sound is a powerful catalyst for an energetic shift.

  9. Shanna

    Hello Himdai, Glad you resonated with this information. My book is titled “The Soul Frequency: Your Healthy, Awakened and Authentic Life”. Blessings!

  10. Susan Saraf

    Hi! I have been feeling out energy for a few years now. Most of what you interpreted is correct but not all. I love that you used the guitar strings as an example of how to establish the concept of low and high frequency. Do you notice that low frequency guitar strings are not “lower” as in a lesser value, simply a slower vibration is heard within the frequency of that guitar. The emotion, (music) is felt by the musician playing that guitar. No matter who that is. Vibration is still high. Frequency high. The musician is the outlier not the strings. The strings like the Universe are neutral. Frequency is total bandwidth- vibration is what happens within that frequency band. Millions of vibrations occur within a frequency band. Some energy’s have larger bandwidth than others. Think of your favorite star- large bandwidth- “reach”. Affects more of the population – high or low vibe. Lindsay Lohan on a good day vs bad day. Either way she reaches many. We can be of the similar frequency but dissimilar vibrations and still connect like magnets every single time. It’s just not that catchy. The frequency decides your tribe. Not the vibe. I’d say based on my 30 years of experience as a social scientist- never trust the vibe- trust the action. Date rapists fool people that trust the vibe! All criminals do this- they can match your vibe but not your frequency. How? It’s a copy of your wave that they are riding in on to manipulate and harm you with. Low frequency- phony vibe- I call these energies fractals. That is an entire chapter meant to write at another time.

    I hope this made more sense of freq/vibration for you. Like you mentioned its nuance and practiced attention. You were very close- that was fun to read- spiritual-, biological evolution is a fascinating wild ride. And the wave of my future Thanks for doing your part soldier of love! 🤳👍❤Susie xx

  11. Robert Chauharjasingh

    How can we describe levels of consciousness with frequency when the base unit is seconds which only exists on earth? Second = 1⁄86400 of a day, a day is 24 hrs only on earth. Consciousness levels therefore applies to beings on earth? Can the vibrations be described without the term frequency?
    How can frequency be described without time in a universal aspect?

    • Shanna

      I love these questions and I intuit frequency in a non-linear way beyond the standard definition that is based on time. There is so much more than our 3D linear and logical perception or current understanding of the quantum world and consciousness.

  12. Priscilla Bernardino Leicht

    Shanna you have the best and most powerful explanation about energy frequency and vibration. Thanks

    • Shanna

      Thank you so much Priscilla! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.

    • Justine

      Hi Shanna, brilliant article and helped me tremendously today. I am embarking on a new path of being a vibrational healer using tunning forks and singing bowls. Such an easy concept to follow when you explain it the way you have.
      Kind regards

      • Shanna

        Thank you, Justine. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Sending lots of love to you on your journey!

  13. Jeffrey Crowell

    Finally! I understand what frequency and vibration means in my experience. I’m vibing now; and I understand every second of every day is interpreted by me ( thoughts, feelings and actions). I choose the interpretation of 💕 love. I am truly blessed. THANK YOU and GOD bless you 🙏….

    • Shanna

      Embracing your journey in love and blessings, may your vibrations continue to soar!

  14. Joey

    I am so happy that I came across your website. I totally resonated with you. Welcome to the 5th dimension I am a Reiki and Spiritual Life coach. (A Light Worker) My logo is L.O.V..E. (Love of Vibration and Energy). I also use frequency in my works. I am here to bring light of awareness of the Awaking of who you really are. I look forward to reading your book. 😇🙏🏻❤️

    • Shanna

      Thank you so much for your kind words and beautiful energy! I’m thrilled our paths have crossed. 🙏✨


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