Benefits of Chanting
When we chant, we engage in a psycho-spiritual and physical exercise, altering our cells.
Physical changes: Reduces stress, improves cognition, lowers heart rate, and helps tune inward to become aware of distress in the physical body before it becomes an illness.
The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation has encouraged the use of the Kirtan Kriya to prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia stating, “clinical research has shown that practicing Kirtan Kriya for just 12 minutes a day can improve cognition and activate parts of the brain that are central to memory.”
Alleviates depression, reduces stress.
Moves us into unity consciousness, shifts us into co-creator mindset with the universe, and reprograms the subconscious mind.
While the health benefits are immense and are now being widely researched, the spiritual gifts are where I get giddy. By chanting these nonsense sounds with no attachment to meaning, we are subtly replacing the subconscious fears and self-judgment with tones of love, peace, and the sublime.
Mantras have power. They are the mind vibration in relationship to the cosmos.
Sound as the Frequency of the Universe
If we can recognize that human beings create sound, then we can recognize that a specific frequency is emitted from every living thing, including earth herself. The frequency of the earth is known to resonate at 7.83 Hz, as discovered by German physicist W.O. Schumann.
One of my favorite ways to connect with galactic energies is through the use of the sound of the planets. By entering a meditative state and listening to these sounds, we can easier connect with intelligent thought forms of the planets, thereby expanding our galactic reach and initiating a greater cosmic connection.
Try Chanting for Yourself
Experiencing these inner frequencies of vibration is the only true way to understand their power. Here are a few to try:
Om or Aum
Take long breaths, making the vowel sound of a long “o” until the lips close to hum the long “m.” Meaning: everything, the seed of all creation, beginning, and end.
Sa Ta Na Ma
Done as a song with specific hand movements. Touch the thumb and forefinger on Sa, thumb and middle finger on “Ta,” thumb and ring finger on “Na,” and thumb and pinky on “Ma”. It is traditionally sung, whispered, mouthed silently, whispered again, and finally sang for a total of 12 minutes. Meaning: “Sa”- beginning, “Ta”- life, Na- death, “Ma”- rebirth. It contains primal power to help us navigate through life.
Ong Sekhat As
Pronounced as it sounds, but “As” is pronounced Oz. Meaning: purity, freedom, inner knowingness, assurance, and confidence. Chant for the goddess Sekhmet.
An Invitation to Raise Your Voice
Understanding the innate power of chanting, the subtle use of words and power, we are being reminded it is time to use our voices and the full potency they contain. With a world rapidly changing around us, a simple practice can affect not only our present self but can also be directed to the healing of the planet at large. Be not ashamed, sweet love, by your froggy voice, but use it as an instrument of divine creation to birth a world you desire in your heart.