The other day a phenomenon that had to do with vibrational alignment happened in my body and left me amazed. Many years ago, I was sitting in a sweat lodge with an excruciating headache asking for relief. The voice of spirit said loud and clear, "You cannot drink coffee or eat chocolate anymore." I discounted the voice. Later, in another highly activated spiritual experience, I had a migraine and again the voice of spirit said, "You must stop ingesting coffee and chocolate. They are in direct opposition to your vibration." Again, I didn't listen.

My argument was that some of my greatest physical spiritual mentors just about live on coffee. How come they can do it but not me? The answer I received was simple. That is them and not you. This is your vibrational truth. And, I still didn't listen. The next time I had a migraine, I literally thought I was having a stroke my head hurt so badly. I finally listened. I went off of coffee. That was about twelve years ago, but I still wasn't rigid about restricting chocolate because I'd never been a chocoholic.

I write this today because there is so much talk about vibrational alignment, raising vibration and what it means to live in a higher vibrational state of well being. AND there is also much conversation and information about food allergies, genetically engineered food, and processed food. All of these directly influence your well-being and your spiritual vibrational consciousness.

In the Level III class that I teach, students are required to merge with a spiritual ally and must hold the vibration of that ally for at least an hour. This often requires great shifts in their vibrational capacity to hold this energy. I often hear that students must change their diet as one of the requirements that their ally needs. The spiritual allies always vibrate at higher frequencies than humans and for humans to hold this energy they must build up to those particular vibrational frequencies. This is an amazing benefit to the human, because it realigns all facets of them, especially in their consciousness and their physical health. If the human doesn't make the changes that are suggested by the spiritual ally, there will be a resistance or a conflict that will happen in the body. This can be experienced as pain. The container, the human body, isn't capable of holding the higher vibration and so it hurts. It's like sticking your finger in a light socket, zing... too much energy too fast, much more than our body can handle without building up to it, and so it hurts!

However, it is in these higher states of vibration that our divine essence thrives. The spirits have continually said that you must raise your vibration to be healthy, conscious, and aware. The higher vibrations are above the densities of much of human experience --- the densities of doubt, fear, jealousy, revenge, sorrow, powerlessness, fear, disappointment, and judgment.

Humans have been reaching for higher consciousness since the beginning of time through meditation and spiritual methods of enlightenment. Egos were the prime resistance to the higher frequencies. Now, in 21st century spiritual consciousness, a new factor is brought in --- FOOD. So many people have food allergies. As our desire for spiritual enlightenment has escalated into the masses, our quality of food has diminished because of genetic engineering and the processing of foods. Our bodies are rejecting these lower frequency energies. From a vibrational stand point as we try to increase our vibration, if the food we ingest isn't a vibrational match, we will be in pain, the food will make us sick, and we will hurt. It's as if the body screams, "Warning! Warning! Warning! This is not a match for who you are. This cannot sustain your vibration!'

My original statement at the top of this newsletter was, "The other day a phenomenon happened in my body that left me in amazement." I finally "got" what the spirits have been telling me all this time at a very physical level. I was in a class running tremendous amounts of higher vibrational energy. There were pieces of chocolate on my altar and I decided to have a piece. I hadn't eaten in several hours. I put the chocolate in my mouth and within ten seconds had a surge of pain go through my neck and track up into my head, which resulted in a full migraine. I was in pain until the next day when I could get to the chiropractor. My neck was dramatically "OUT" (the advanced medical term that many chiropractors use). I explained what had happened and asked, "Can chocolate really move my bones?" The answer was emphatically, "Yes!" My chiropractor gave me the same answer that I have heard so many times before, "Chocolate is not a vibrational match for you. Your body responded immediately with a shot of resistance, followed by pain as it responded to the intrusion of unmatched energy." I finally got it. Thank you.

So all of you out there with food allergies and all of you that want to change your vibration, be more aware, more conscious, more open, and take a look at what you eat. As the spirits said, "We are all different." There will be different foods that affect us in different ways. No two people are alike. Some, like me, will not be able to tolerate chocolate or coffee; others will find it takes them to the divine. We are all different and we are all vibrational energy. What I do know is that as my vibration has increased, my need for "healthy" food has also increased. I must follow the clues of my body and not resist the pain by taking an aspirin or getting endless chiropractic adjustments.

If you are not getting to the levels of spiritual awareness that you desire, OR if you are on a spiritual path and find yourself getting sick all the time and not understanding why, investigate your food and drink. Ask your spiritual allies for guidance. Pay attention to the obvious. What are you eating? Processed foods and empty calories? A shift to organic can make a tremendous difference. There are many methods that guide a person to the higher vibrations and the expansion of the mind and heart, but if your body is sick, something is still out of alignment. I hope it doesn't take you as long as it did me to really understand.

I have spent the last 20 years of my life expanding my heart and holding higher levels of vibrations, yet my head would sometimes ache through these expansions. Since I didn't actually have "allergies" I wasn't looking at the obvious in myself. I know that I can be a hard sell at times to the spirits, but when I finally get something, I like to pass along the wisdom. Notice what you are ingesting as fuel for your spiritual growth.

Author's Bio: 

Jan Engels-Smith is a graduate of the Foundation of Shamanic Studies and has trained with individual shamans. She has had a thriving shamanic practice since 1994. She has performed over 3,000 soul retrievals and viewed as an expert in her field. She is an author, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Chemical Dependency Specialist, a Marriage and Family Counselor a Hypnotherapist and a Reconnection Healer.

Jan founded the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies, which has eight associate teachers and is the first of its kind to offer three accredited degrees in shamanism: Internship (IP), Licensed Master Practitioner (LMP) and Doctorate in Shamanism (ShD). You can learn more about these programs at

Jan also conducts individual and group healing seminars for intensive personal growth.

Her training and experiences have been extensive both in the traditional philosophies and metaphysical traditions. Her personal philosophy is to assist individuals in gaining their own personal empowerment, which will in turn, promotes self healing, better communities and a healthier world.

Contact Jan at or call 503-669-3013 (Portland, OR).

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