How to Raise Your Vibe Using the Emotional Guidance Scale
Updated: May 17
The Emotional Guidance Scale is a powerful tool that places your feelings and emotions in sequence from love, joy, happiness, bliss (highest vibrational) to fear, grief, despair, powerlessness (lowest).
Our emotions serve as a guide to our current vibration. From there we can assess which direction we need to aim our focus. As we align our vibration with the higher frequencies we align with our desires.
As vibrational beings, we attract more of whatever we are vibrating at. If we are feeling joyful we will attract more joyful experiences. If we are feeling angry, we will attract more conflict.
This post will help you to understand where you are vibrating in any given moment and the steps you can take to raise your vibration.
"Your emotions are indicators of your vibrational frequency."
I was first introduced to the Emotional Guidance Scale and its concepts in the book Ask and It Is Given by Abraham Hicks.
The scale is broken down into 22 of the most common emotions, as shown, with #1, pink, being the highest vibration and #22, black, being the lowest.
This system is not meant to illustrate or represent that we should always and only be vibrating at a high vibe frequency and therefore belittle and shame ourselves when we are not.
In light it is a tool used to help us better understand our current state of thoughts, feelings and emotions by identifying where we currently lie on the scale and how that is directly affecting our external reality. Then, with this awareness of our current state, we can begin to take the necessary steps of ascension towards the higher vibrations.
Emotional Guidance Scale - Highest Vibration to Lowest
2 . Passion
3 . Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
4 . Positive Expectation/Belief
5 . Optimism
6 . Hopefulness
7 . Contentment
8 . Boredom
9 . Pessimism
The line between #7 and #8 indicates the beginning points of the upward and downward spirals.
Have you ever been feeling sad, disappointed or worried and had someone say to you "just be happy", " think positive thoughts" or “visualize a better outcome”?
And you're left thinking "ya, sure I'd love that, but I don't know how to get there", or worse, you end up shaming yourself because you can't seem to "just be happy" or "think positive thoughts".
That's because when you are in the lower vibrations it's nearly impossible to move all of the way up the scale to thinking positive thoughts.
It would be a quantum leap to jump from the lower vibrations into the higher, we have to take it step by step.
Learning this was life changing for me!
Let me explain. When you are in a state of grief or depression (number 22 on the emotional scale), you might want to move into a state of bliss and joy (number 1 on the emotional scale), but really getting angry (number 17) is actually a huge improvement in regards to your vibration. And although it might not feel like the most ideal way forward, it is; you're climbing the ladder towards the upward spiral.
The purpose of the Emotional Guidance Scale is to identify where you currently sit and then begin to transmute that energy into the higher vibrations, step by step as opposed to quantum leaps (which is not realistic and will only trap you in the shame cycle and self-sabotaging thoughts when you cannot attain it, thus fueling the lower vibrations- yuck).
Abraham Hicks teaches us to move up the scale at our own pace. We do not have to access emotions that are far from where we are currently vibrating, we climb the ladder one step at a time.
Referencing back to our example from earlier, by allowing yourself to get angry (and thinking thoughts that express that anger) you have already climbed several steps and improved your vibration.
Keep doing this until you feel joy, the highest creative energy.
Some emotions will require less time to move up the scale while others will take more.
For example, if you're experiencing something that was extremely serious or perhaps something you've been living with for a long time it may take more time to climb. Be gentle and patient with yourself. Each day deliberately choose an improved emotion just above the one you are currently feeling.
How to move up the scale
To move up the Emotional Guidance Scale all you have to do is consciously reach for a feeling that is improved from the one you are currently feeling.
Finding the perfect word for the emotion is not essential for this practice, but feeling the emotion is.
1. When you become aware that you're feeling a strong low frequency emotion try to identify it. Consciously think about what is bothering you until you can pinpoint the emotion and then feel into it.
2. Once you have found your place on the scale try to find thoughts that give you a slight relief from what you are feeling. Reach for the best-feeling thought that you have access to right now and as you continue to do that again and again and again, soon enough you will find yourself vibrating at a higher frequency. It is helpful to write it down as you move through the process. It might look something like this:
Scenario- Grieving the loss of a partner, the end of the relationship.
I am feeling so sad. I miss my partner. I can't believe he/she is gone. I feel so alone. I'm going to be alone forever.
(Grief & Fear))
I'll never meet anyone else. I am not worthy of a loving relationship. I'm not attractive.
(Insecurity and Unworthiness)
I should have been a better partner. I didn't show them my love and appreciation enough. It's all my fault.
He/she is going to meet someone better and move on before me.
I hate that I wasted all of this time in another failed relationship.
It's all his/her fault that this relationship did not work out. He/she didn't try hard enough to make things work between us.
I wonder what my future will be like. What if I never meet anyone else? What if I end up alone forever?
I really wish things could have been different. I'm really bummed we couldn't figure things out between us.
This always happens to me. When is it going to be my turn to meet the right person? Ugh, relationships are so hard. What's the point of dating?
(Frustration and Irritation)
I'm never going meet a compatible mate. I'm going to be alone forever.
I can see that this wasn't the right relationship for me. Being single allows me the freedom to explore hobbies and activities that interest me. I get to spend more time with my amazing friends.
There is someone great out there for me. I have plenty of time to meet him/her.
There are plenty of eligible and available partners out there just waiting to meet me. I just put my sunnies on because my future is so bright.
I will meet my perfect match. I will have the relationship of my dreams.
(Positive Expectation & Belief)
I'm excited about my future. I am so grateful for my past relationships as each has brought me one step closer to finding my person. I love being in-love.
(Joy, Love & Appreciation)
As you do this you release resistance and you will begin to move up the scale.
Remember that your thoughts, feelings and emotions are indicators of where your vibration is currently vibrating on the emotional guidance scale. Use these as a guide to see where you are and then work your way up from there.
For more on feeling into your emotions and transmuting them into joyous feelings visit this blog post- To Fully Experience Bliss is to Intimately Know Pain