Om: Percieve


It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Imagine, at the beginning of time hearing the first sound. What would that sound be? Well if you were a Rishi (sage), you would have an answer for that. The sound at the beginning of time according to Vedic and Post-Vedic religions was the primordial sound of Om. The Bija Mantra of the Third Eye Chakra, the Ajna Chakra. Ajna translates into to command or perceive.

The Ajna Chakra is located in the space between the eyes. It represents the witness, the objective observer, the clear-sighted. I often say “we don’t live in a vacuum we live on a see-saw.” By chanting Om, we can reset our systems and the see-saw will be neither up or down but in the middle.

Om is the sound of balance. The place and space beyond duality, where truth and balance resides. We, humans, love duality. Dark and light, good and bad. The truth is that life is far more nuanced than that. There is always a neutralizing moment. Whether it was a bang or a sound that began the world, both required homeostasis once the collision or sound was made.

It is said that chanting Om alone is ineffective without the direction of a guru. That Om should be chanted within other mantras. And perhaps on a metaphysical level that could be true. But as we have discussed over the past six weeks ad nauseam any sort of chanting stimulates the homeostasis systems (endocrine and nervous) and helps bring balance. Whether that’s listening to Gregorian Monks or Carmelite Nuns or Buddhist Monks or chanting yourself it stimulates the hypothalamus of which its primary function is to maintain homeostasis.

So find a comfortable seat, or lie down on the floor and chant Om 3x, and see if you feel more relaxed, centered and balanced.

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