“In the beginning was the word. And the word was….OM”
Never underestimate the power of sound, it may well have been responsible for the creation of the universe”
Mantras are words or phrases repeated over and over again until they become embedded in our minds. You may well have a “saying” that other people describe as your “mantra” because they associate it with you. Very often, these phrases are ones that we heard repeatedly as children and usually have their roots in family. This is not a coincidence. The phrase will have entered your unconscious mind simply through its repetition during an impressionable time for you.
This is how Mantras work, and Mantra therapy can be a life changing intervention when performed with intention and integrity. Mantras are like medicine for the soul and can be a powerful tool for transformation and change. You may choose to use a mantra in your own language, which you feel empowers or calms you in difficult situations. Alternatively you may use those childhood phrases almost unconsciously and find that they bring back affectionate memories of parents, or grandparents from a time when you were relatively free of stress and responsibilities.
This is the basic essence of Mantra, but of course it is far more than that. The use of the Rosary in Roman Catholicism is perhaps the most widely recognised instance of the use of mantra here in the West. The repetition of the prayers designated by the different coloured beads is intended to free the supplicant’s mind to focus on the true purpose of prayer.
In the same way, Yogis use Mantras widely in their daily practice. However, they often chant in the ancient, arguably sacred, language of Sanskrit. This is an ancient, elegant and highly mathematical language and is actually considered by some experts in Linguistics to be “perfect”. In addition, it is called the “Mother of all languages”, as so many of our modern language have their roots in Sanskrit. When pronounced correctly, the vibrations produced by the ancient sounds evoke a unique vibration in the Universe, sending out your intention and facilitating whatever you are trying to manifest through your mantra.
What to expect from Mantra Therapy
It is extremely difficult to get the correct pronunciation of Sanskrit from a book. Even the phonetic alphabet falls short in this respect. However we now have access to video and audio, which can be useful if you want to practise at home. Of course the best way to reap the benefits of Mantra therapy is to visit an expert therapist. Not only will you be certain of their pronunciation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your needs with them. They will be able to select the most pertinent mantra for you and ensure your treatment is of maximum benefit.
There are many groups offering Mantra Retreats, and there is no doubt that the collective vibration produced by many voices chanting the same syllables can have an almost overwhelmingly powerful effect. If you feel that this is something you would enjoy, ask your therapist about retreat or events using mantra. If you are completely new to this intervention you may feel more comfortable in a private therapy or healing session. The choice is yours, enjoy!