High Vibration vs Low Vibration: Understanding States of Consciousness

Daniel Hannah
6 min readOct 26, 2023

As a human being, the experience of consciousness can range dramatically. There are so many unique feelings that we experience, from the deepest forms of suffering to the highest states of bliss. So how can we make sense of this experience?

The quality of your life depends on your vibration. Your vibration refers to the quality of energy that you experience. Imagine every emotion on a spectrum with high vibrational energy

Whether you’re going through the absolute depths of hell, or you feel like you’re living in heaven on Earth depends on your vibration. This is something that is crucial to understand, as your vibration is the very foundation of your life experience, whether it be heavenly, hellish, or anything in between.

In this article, I’m going to really break down what vibration means and how it works without all the spiritual jargon so it’s easy to digest regardless of whether you’re far into your spiritual journey, or just beginning.

What is vibration?

Energy is the fundamental building block of all creation. Energy is vibratory in nature, and the rate of vibration of energy determines the quality and expression of that energy. Therefore, vibration refers to the quality of energy.

Even though all things are made from energy, there are many different energies, and each energy is unique. Your emotions, attitudes, and beliefs are all forms of energy. Every planet, object, and thing has its own energy. Every being has an energy. Then you have things like karmic energy, energies of places, energies of plant medicines and spirits, realms and dimensions.

For example, a hellish realm would be extremely dense where the experience of consciousness would be absolute misery. A heavenly realm would be extremely light where the experience of consciousness would be blissful.

Our plane of existence is somewhere in the middle. This means that it can be quite dense (where there are many expressions of suffering), and it can also be quite light (there are also many expressions of happiness).

Vibration is a spectrum

Look at vibration as a spectrum from a very low vibration (being the densest feeling that causes the most suffering) to a very high vibration (being the lightest feeling that causes the most happiness).

Even though the energy of any given thing is unique, all energies fit along a spectrum somewhere from being dense, neutral, or light.

Anything that resonates at a very low vibration is considered dark. Experiencing hellish states of consciousness (torture, torment, and tragedy) is the densest energy that we can experience.

On the other hand, anything that resonates as a very high vibration would be blissful. Think angelic, enlightenment, beauty, love, and everything of a nature that we consider amazing.

Understanding high vibrational energy

High-vibrational energy creates experiences that we understand as positive. This expression of energy is associated with light. This is because high vibrational energy is a very pure form of energy which is represented as white light.

Look at high vibrational energy as what you perceive to be good. This energy directly corresponds with happiness, as if you’re in a high vibrational state, you are happy (and experiencing feelings that make you happy).

As anyone who resonates at a high vibration experiences gratitude, love, and compassion, this frequency is benevolent, and it’s associated with healing and growth. This energy is seen to be the cream of the crop for spiritual seekers, as having and holding a high vibration simply is the trump card for life (and attracts everything good into it).

As your higher self resonates with high vibrational energy, when you’re in a high vibrational state, you also embody your higher self. This is where you feel like you’re living your best life. You feel amazing as you’re full of gratitude and love, and suddenly you start attracting good things into your life in the form of opportunities, experiences, and emotions.

Here are some associations of light energy:


The higher self




Health and wellbeing
Positive attitudes

Heavenly states: The highest vibration of consciousness

Take a moment to picture what your vision of heaven is like. If you’re like most people, you probably imagine a plane of love and light that’s filled with abundance. Everyone/thing is benevolent meaning there are no bad intentions. You’re only experiencing feelings like love and gratitude, while there’s no form of suffering or darkness.

Does it look something like this to you? This is how you should view high vibrational states of consciousness. You lump together everything good, and it creates a picture of a beautiful garden of Eden void of suffering. But that’s in the literal sense.

Heaven isn’t actually a place, it’s a state of consciousness, and a depiction of the highest vibrational states. Every religion depicts a place that resembles perfection. This place is called heaven, paradise, nirvana, and so forth. This place is actually a state of consciousness which is the highest vibration that can be experienced.

Understanding low vibrational energy

Low vibrational energy corresponds with experiences that we perceive to be negative. It’s a quality of energy that creates darkness, and is associated with an expression of suffering.

Low vibrational energy is associated with malevolence. This is an expression of energy that causes suffering. As high vibrational energy is associated with growth, low vibrational energy is associated with decay.

Negative attitudes and destructive behavior correspond with low-vibrational energy. Coincidently, these feelings cause pain, and make you suffer. Low vibrational feelings include fear, misery, jealousy, guilt, and resentment. These are all the emotions and sensations which are seen as unpleasant and undesirable to experience.

When your vibration is low, you begin shifting into your lower self as it resonates with low vibrational energy. This means that your shadow self comes out. You become petty, or the victim, or the loser. Suddenly you feel like your life sucks and you’re battling a mountain of problems because of your vibration.

Here are some associations of dense energy:


The lower self





Hellish states: The lowest vibration of consciousness

All religions believe in a state of absolute misery and suffering. This state of consciousness is usually referred to as hell, but goes by different names depending on the belief system. Even though hell is a state of consciousness, there may be manifestations of realms that coincide with this state of consciousness.

Hell is the lowest vibrational state of consciousness. In that sense, hell is not a physical place, universe, or dimension. But there are hellish planes of existence that the lowest vibration of consciousness creates an energetic match for. An example of a vibratory match for a soul that belongs in a hellish realm would be a malevolent spirit or demon.

How can you raise your vibration?

Now that you have a grasp on the difference between high vibrational energy and low vibrational energy, you might be wondering what you can actually do to raise your vibration.

To raise your vibration you essentially need to embody high vibrational energies such as love, gratitude, and compassion. Furthermore, you need to do the healing because unhealed wounds will cause you to experience low vibrational energy.

I won’t go into a whole lot of depth in this article, but I’ll link some useful resources below that can help.