I've been listening to a lot of mantra lately and it's fair to say it's having an effect!
I started listening to mantra several years ago now, but as my yoga practice has developed, my love of mantra has too, in fact I'd go so far as to say I have found deep comfort in the vibrations of many of these mantras. I also discovered that I totally adore singing them as well, and that something in me really comes to life when I do.
Mantra is an ancient form of sound healing, and sound healing has been growing in popularity in recent years. People are really starting to recognise the power of sound vibration on the body, and therefore the mind and the psyche. Even mainstream healthcare has been adopting it for healing! So, how exactly does it work?
Cymatics is the science of sound and wave phenomena, pioneered by Swiss philosopher Dr Hans Jenny. He recognised that sound has an effect on the things that surround it, observing that the same effect occurred in the human body. You may have seen the incredible youtube videos of remarkable patterns forming in sand in response to different sound frequencies, they are pretty mind blowing! Simple sine wave frequencies create different patterns and response on not just sand, but water and other materials too, and so it makes sense that as human beings made up of over 60% water, we will similarly be affected by these sound waves.
Many cultures use sound to induce trance like states, think of the Shaman's Drum and Tibetan Bowls and Gongs, well, mantra is another of these ancient forms - in the beginning was sound. Sound has resonance, it creates effect in the listener, it's quantum physics in it's simplest and most honest form insofar as we are experiencing the way things affect our vibrational field and our energetic body; sound is one of the powerful impactors there is.
I know when I put my mantras on repeat, apart from it driving my teenage son mad, it makes me feel blissful after a while, and what's more, I really notice the change in my energy and inner peace when I do.
In the Vedic tradition, sound vibration is known as Nada. In the practice of Nada Yoga, sound is used not only to restore physical and mental well-being but also as a path to spiritual awakening. Nada Yoga divides sound into external sounds, Ahata, and internal sounds, Anahata, which is also the sanskrit name for the heart chakra - I love that!
I highly recommend you try this for yourself. Find a few great ones, you can always follow my public playlists on Spotify if you don't know where to start. Try listening to them for a few days at a time, on repeat if you find you can, and observe the effect they have. I also recommend you book a sound healing session or journey with a reputable practitioner. My friend Gavin offers beautiful journeys if you're in the North West of England, and you can discover more here.
My current favourites are listed here, and believe me I have many!
But don't stop there, explore! A wonderful world of sound awaits you! Meantime try this easy exercise for yourself and see how it feels:
Humming Bee Breath
I hope you enjoy the mantra below, it's pure bliss to me, my current favourite. A mantra to return you to pure consciousness and to remind us of our ones with the absolute. Enjoy xox
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