You’ve probably heard mantras, possibly in a yoga class or in devotional music. Maybe ones such as Om Mani Padme Hum or Om Namah Shivaya.
But, what is a mantra exactly? And how are they beneficial to our health?
Mantras are the repetition of sacred words or phrases that have a deeper meaning or significance. All of the wisdom traditions have some form of mantra.
Mantras can be a way of focusing a sound within ourselves. Sound is a form of vibration and everything within the universe vibrates. Many wisdom traditions and creation myths share how the universe began with a sound – through speaking or singing.
By continuously repeating a mantra, we can introduce the vibrational frequency of that mantra into ourselves and sustain it for a period of time. After a little while, you begin to resonate with the vibration of the mantra and also the words. Since mantras have sacred and deeper meanings, you resonate at the vibrational frequency with the Divine, with healing power, with your Higher Self.
As you come to resonate at the same frequency as the mantra, over time, the mantra gains its own strength and momentum. At this point, you shift from chanting the mantra to the mantra having an effect upon you. This is the space in which a mantra can be deeply transformative.
Some say that mantras connect us to a universal archetypal energy field far greater than ourselves that reflects the nature and meaning of that mantra. We then vibrate with a higher level of consciousness that purifies the body and mind. These fields have been strengthened over many, many years by those who have repeated the mantra in the past, and they have tremendous potential for our healing and development. So, it’s important in choosing a mantra that you do so consciously, whether it’s for spiritual practice or healing.
Several mantras are used specifically for their healing properties. By connecting with the energetic level of the mantra, the area of the body that is holding stress, disease, or illness can experience a release and be filled with positive, healing energies.
Some mantras are specific to chakras, the energy centers in the body. These help to balance the chakras so that your energies will flow more smoothly and allow you to be your best possible self in the world.
I’ll share some guidance on how to use a mantra.
Mantras can be used anytime and anywhere when said internally. When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed with your emotions or your thoughts, using a mantra can calm and center you. Bringing you to a place of groundedness and peace.
Not sure what mantra to choose to get started? A good place to start is with OM. Read about this mantra in my post here. Then explore guided mantra chanting for the 7 chakras in my Free Healing Library.
Ready to dive in and bring this transformative practice into your spiritual practice? Check out my recently released program, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras.
I was born in London, England, educated in Switzerland, and am fluent in English, German, Spanish, and French. I hold a Doctorate in Ministry Degree and Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Education. Also, I am an accomplished artist and educator. I use all of this and much more when helping others heal their souls.