Meditation with the use of a mantra is a very powerful means of silencing the incessant chatter of the mind to offer an oasis of peace, union and creativity, and to raise the consciousness to expanded levels of awareness, it allows one to connect with the vibration of sound and to block other sounds or thoughts from interfering with the silent whisper of ones soul.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.”
Meditating with a mantra is a means by which one can utilize a sound, syllable, word or phrase to elevate or modify the consciousness, connect with the source of intuition and reduce stress. Mantras are sound currents that can be used in meditation to help to direct or to redirect our energy to higher levels of awareness, to eliminate duality, to help to clear negative thought patterns and to help to re-program the mind with more positive or creative patterns of thought.
Mantra literally means man – mind and trang – wave, vibration or projection.
Meditation with mantras forms an intrinsic part of Kundalini yoga, a technology thousands of years old designed to achieve optimum health through control of the body and mind and to elevate the consciousness.
In the beginning was the word…. and in the words of Yogi Bhajan, Ph d. , the Master who introduced Kundalini yoga into the west, “the universe is held together and kept in balance through the vibration of sound or the word.” The word uni â€“verse says it all, one single verse creating a union. Scientists from NASA have performed studies which seem to confirm the existence of primordial sounds which penetrate the Universe, the sound of the waves, the wind, a baby’s´ cry and the sounds emitted from planets in outer space all reduce electronically to form the same sound or vibration.
Normally a mantra is a sound taken from an ancient sacred language where by the vibration of the sound, or the rhythm or tone creates a physiological response in the mind or body. This physiological response helps to balance and integrate the nervous system with the endocrine system and leads to regeneration of all the cells of the body. It strengthens the immune system, and improves neurological functioning of the brain. Different sounds cause different centres of the body to vibrate or resonate. Primordial sounds can create a positive reaction in the subconscious mind. Even the way in which the tongue strikes the palate when chanting sacred mantras, can activate the 84 meridians in the roof of the mouth to create physiological changes in mind and body. When these points are stimulated they in turn activate the hypothalamus which in turn activates the pineal gland and the pituitary gland, also known as the master gland of the hormonal system and help to bring balance and optimum functioning to the entire system.
Scientific studies performed by the Kundalini Research Institute have shown that meditation with a mantra can help in the recovery of health on all levels, physical, mental and emotional. Meditation with mantras has also been shown to lower blood pressure, lower the heart rate and to reduce the production of the stress hormones or adrenalin, as well as numerous other benefits.
When we chant a particular sound, our body and energy field resonates with that frequency which thereby enables us to attract and connect to situations, people, events and opportunities vibrating at a similar frequency. We can help to create a change in the universe in which we live through the thoughts we think, the words we speak, and the mantras we chant. Without a doubt if more people were meditating everyday on a simple mantra such as peace to the universe, we would be creating a powerful positive transformation in the uni-verse in which we live and we would all thereby become co-creators in a new world based on love and peaceful co-existence.
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