Mantra, the use of sacred sound, is a tool for the mind, heart and soul, a vehicle for connecting us with our eternal nature, beyond the limitations and noise of the mind.
Throughout the ages across different traditions and varied cultures, people have connected through sound.
Sound, specifically music, can transcend class, language and social barriers, enliven the body and exalt the spirit.
The use of specific sounds, such as Sanskrit, a language of energy and vibration, perceived by ancient ‘seers’, attunes us, vibrational beings, to the qualities of nature and the cosmos.
We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned to the cosmos.’ – Albert Einstein
Chanting specific sounds such as bīja (seed) syllables can activate subtle parts of our unseen anatomy. They don’t translate into a literal meaning but can create peace and balance in the body and mind.
Emerging studies are showing the positive outcomes from the use of these sounds. Positive impacts include decreasing stress on psychological and physiological systems, improving social connection and reducing anxiety and depression.
A sound such as Oṁ, half vowel and half nasal, has the ‘feel good’ effect of releasing endorphins into the body, as well as activating delta waves that help to calm us. Delta waves are generated in deepest meditation and dreamless sleep and are important for healing and regeneration. So in one sound, there is the potential to manage the physical and mental body.
Reality consists of vibration, which in essence is sound. – Dr David Frawley
My own story has been an amazing journey of personal transformation through the use of sacred mantra and sound – nāda yoga . It is the sharing of a great ‘secret super power’ giving us the capacity to direct our energy and be more conscious in how we can actively engage in managing our vibration. Connect with me if you’d like find out more.
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