4. ELOHIM / HAMSA / SATNAM / TAO / SHIVA / RAM
Chanting the name of God/Consciousness/Source is also another powerful type of meditation mantra. Select any name that appeals to you the most and sit with it in silence. Repeat the name in your mind, or out loud. Let the syllables vibrate through you and infuse your mind, heart and soul with meaning, power and significance.
5. HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA, KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE, HARE RAMA HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE
This mantra, popularized by the Hare Krishna movement (ISKCON), is a form of transcendental vibration that is said to expand our consciousness by repeating the three names of Supreme Being; Hare, Krishna and Rama. When repeatedly chanted, this mantra helps us to taste something known as Krishna Consciousness (purity of being).
This ancient Hawaiian word translates to, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.” It is pronounced in the following way: ho-oh-pono-pono. This is an excellent mantra to use when you feel distressed, angry or ashamed. You might like to repeat the word “Ho’oponopono” or its literal translation, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you” as a mantra.
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Ham and Sa in Sanskrit translate to “I am that,” and thus reaffirms our conscious presence and infinite state of undivided Being. Do this mantra by breathing in and saying “ham” (thus affirming your “I am-ness”) and breathing out saying “sa” (thus bridging the gap between self and other, creating oneness).
8. CREATE YOUR OWN SACRED MEDITATION MANTRAS.
There is no rule that states you must use a word or idea from another language. Why not use a word or concept from English, Spanish, Indonesian, or whatever native language you have?
Here are some tips:
- Make the mantra short and sweet (no more than 10-15 words).
- Choose a word that is of great significance to you, or a sentence of deep meaning, e.g. “I am love, you are love,” “I forgive myself,” “Freedom, peace, resolve,” “I change my thoughts, I change my world” etc.
- Ensure that the mantra is framed in the positive (which the unconscious mind can process) rather than the negative (which it can’t). For example, instead of saying “I am not angry,” say “I am calm and accepting.” Or instead of “I’ve overcome my fear” say “I am courageous.”
- Repeat whatever mantra you have chosen or created for yourself many times over. Many people give up after 20 repeats expecting a miraculous change to suddenly materialize. No, mantras must be repeated thousands of times, even hundreds of thousands of times for their effects to be felt. But start slow. For example, dedicate 30 minutes every day to your mantra.
WHAT DOES YOUR MYSTICAL MANTRA SOUND LIKE?
What sacred meditation mantras do you love to incorporate into your day? Or if you don’t have one yet, which of the above mantras do you plan to use? If you are open to sharing, please comment below.