“We meditate so that our minds can be sharp and alert. We chant mantras so that your souls may be ignited like candles. We walk in the light of this beauty.” Yogi Bhajan
One of the most transformational times in my life started from the seed of a mantra. I was drifting through a life that vaguely resembled what I thought I was supposed to be doing…. but not really feeling connected or passionate about it. I decided to practice a powerful chanting mantra every day for 40 days. The decision was almost off-hand…. I had some friends who were doing this meditation and I figured I’d give it a shot. Shortly after completing the 40 days everything in my life started to fall apart. I was effectively kicked out of the stream of life that I had been drifting on. The Universe picked me up and plunked me down onto a new path. And while this transition was incredibly painful…. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I now feel like I am purposefully walking through and co-creating my life…rather than just being a passive and apathetic observer of life.
I credit this transformation to that chanting. Chanting mantra is like sending a particular radio frequency out to the Universe. You can have a profound effect on so many aspects of your life, just by aligning yourself with the vibration of a mantra. Mantra is one of the parts of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, that I love the most and one of the elements that sets it apart from other schools of yoga. Mantras are sets of sounds that we repeat to have a particular effect on our minds, bodies and/or spirits. Most of the mantras in Kundalini Yoga are in the Gurumukhi language (a derivative of Sanskrit) but we also chant in English occasionally. There are mantras tailor made for almost any situation: sending healing energy to yourself or someone else, mending a broken heart, grieving the loss of a loved one, inviting a new soul into our family, for even your unknown prayers to be answered…there are so many applications and varieties of mantras.
Mantra “works” in a few different ways:
- There are meridian points in your mouth that are stimulated by chanting. The precise repetition of sounds presses these points to create a precise effect in your body. Much like, dialing a telephone calls a particular person.
- The frequency, or vibration, of the sounds begins to change your vibration as a human being….which changes the way to relate to and attract from the Universe.
- The rhythmic repetition of sound has a soothing and healing effect on the body
- When we chant as a group we create a group energy that unifies us and elevates us beyond our own perspective.
Chanting is not signing so it doesn’t matter if you have a ”good” voice….give it a try. Chanting is a powerful transformational experience…give it a try. Mantras can have wide ranging effects from healing to prosperity etc…give it a try. You’ll never know the power of chanting if you don’t just give it a try.
This article is co-posted with the KundaliniCollective