“Mantra is a powerful combination of words which, if recited, takes the vibratory effect of each of your molecules into the Infinity of the Cosmos.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
Mantra is a Sanskrit word, meaning “vehicle of the mind.” Any word or phrase can be chosen as a mantra, and they can help us in different ways.
In meditation, a mantra can help us to quieten our minds. By repetitively focusing on a single word or phrase, the mantra helps to temporarily block out other thoughts for long enough to allow our minds to slow down, even if only for brief moments.
Outside of meditation, a mantra can help us to impress our subconscious minds with new beliefs; to oust and replace beliefs we’ve identified that don’t serve us well. In this context, mantra is another word for “affirmation” and when constructing an affirmation there are a few guidelines we need to keep in mind:
Focus on our desired future outcome, but phrase it in the present.
Keep it as short and simple as possible.
Word it in a way that resonates deeply with our heart’s desire.
Working with a mantra requires repetition—this is where it gets its power. Chanting a mantra out loud is better than silent recitation, but silent also works. (So it’s still possible to invoke the power of mantra within earshot of others without appearing like a lunatic.)
Mantras are personal and there is an infinite selection of words and phrases that can help to shift our vibration in any given moment. Whenever inner turmoil strikes, choose a mantra to soothe and counteract, and recite, recite, recite.
A good mantra is one that just feels right. But there are a few tried and tested that, while simple and ubiquitous, can work for almost anyone.
Following are five of my favourites:
When feeling fearful, weak or insignificant: “I am more powerful than I think.”
When you need to dissipate feelings of loneliness, rejection, or anger: “I am love, loving, lovable and loved.”
When feeling a sense of lack, of any kind: “I am grateful for all the good in my life, and I am open to receiving everything I need.”
When feeling less than; not good enough; unworthy: “I am worthy of all I desire.”
When things are going totally belly up: “F*ck it! All is well, no matter what it looks like; it is all happening perfectly.”
Yep, a mantra can be gratuitous. Whatever meets the need is good. And sometimes only “F*ck it!” will do. It can bring an amazing sense of relief, which in turn can open our minds up to receive whatever inspiration we need to cope with the crisis in hand.
So, it’s important not to be too precious with our mantras. If none of the above resonate, play around with phrases until you find what works for you. A great starting point is simply: “I am”. Followed by whatever it is you wish to be or feel.
“The words ‘I am’, which you consistently use to define who you are and what you are capable of, are holy expressions for the name of God—the highest aspect of yourself.” ~ Wayne Dyer
So, use these words with conscious care. They can change your life.
If you have some favourite mantras of your own, please share in the comments below.
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Author: Hilda Carroll
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