Last week, I encouraged you to discover how to access your own inner strength to support yourself in this unusual time. It’ll help you to step away from the chaos that exists out there in the world right now and find your own center and place of peace. Click here to access last weeks blog.
Even while this crisis in the world continues into the summer, you CAN find your center and inner peace — with the help of a spiritual practice!
I shared with you that chanting mantras is one of my favorite practices to support me in difficult times. Mantra chanting, practiced for centuries in wisdom traditions, has been used as a way for people to find a deeper presence. It helps you stay focused... and in the present moment - using the mantra as the place for focus. It supports you in letting go of your negative thoughts and emotions and what you cannot control in the world.
I’m sure you have noticed that many mantras are in Sanskrit. Have you wondered why?
Sanskrit is considered a divine language – a language of the gods. It’s possibly the oldest language on earth. Its spiritual light shines through its sound and form.
It’s said that Sanskrit was given to the ancient Rishis (sages) and spoken by the enlightened beings of that time who passed the language to their students.
The word, Sanskrit, actually means “well or completely formed, purified, refined, polished.” The meaning of each letter in the Sanskrit alphabet is created by its sound and is considered a bija, or seed mantra.
The language of Sanskrit itself has transformed or evolved over time. Many say that it has become illuminated. Because it has been used by many enlightened beings in spiritual practice, their joy and light penetrated the very essence of the language.
Sanskrit became luminous, a poetic and musical language where the sounds and words are flowing and dynamic. They allow for many meanings and possibilities.
For example, the root RAM has many meanings including (but not limited to) to be calm OR to delight in OR to rest OR to join OR to play.
Today, we can still use Sanskrit to connect with the Divine. The sound vibration of Sanskrit can bring balance, remove negativities from the mind, and bring healing to the physical body.
While chanting a Sanskrit mantra, your body relaxes and your mind becomes calm. Your head and your heart connect to your body. Energy flows to the process of restoring of your body, mind, and health back to wholeness. Back to balance which is our natural state.
When we select Sanskrit words to repeat in a mantra, we’re invoking its meaning within us to help shift patterns from negative to positive. The effect of the mantra depends on proper pronunciation of the sound.
Some linguists consider Sanskrit to be the perfect language as when its sounds are pronounced properly it evokes a unique vibration in the Universe that puts into motion whatever is trying to manifest through the mantra.
OM is a wonderful mantra in Sanskrit to include in a spiritual practice on a regular basis.
OM (ohm) is the representation of the totality of being, the sound of the universe. It’s the first, original vibration, representing birth, death, and rebirth. It’s everything. It’s saying yes to Divine presence in the now.
Another favorite of mine is OM GAM GANESHAYA NAMAHA (ohm gung gah-nay-shah-yah nah-mah-hah). I like to use this one whenever I’m facing a challenge or obstacle of some kind in my life.
Ganesha is the name of the Hindu deity and represents the power that’s present in everything, as the power behind all power, and all the masses of energy that it controls.
This mantra is saying, "Lord, God of hosts, I invoke you." Or "Ganesha, through whose power everything is possible, no obstacle can stand in Your way."
You can listen to an audio for this mantra here in my Free Healing Library to support you in learning the correct pronunciation. Interested in learning more Sanskrit mantras to support you in accessing your inner strength in this unusual time? Check out my guidebook, 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.