There are some days that you can look back on and you know that something shifted and you would not be the same again. One of those days was the day I started listening to Thomas Ashley-Farrand. It changed the way I comprehended mantras and how I felt about them. TAF has a 12 part series on Healing Mantras and a book as well. I am more a reader but the tapes really were magical.
TAF talks about sound and how it precedes even light. First there was a ‘big bang’ and then the world was created. And ‘god SAID, let there be light’ – he had to say it, and therefore produced a sound before light. So our relationship with sound is at the primordial level, we feel the vibrations in the depths of our being. And change occurs at a deep cellular level. That is the power of mantras.
These are but a few that I have worked with and this is my experience with them. Rule of thumb for chanting matras is 108 times for 40 days. Seems like a lot but it takes all of 8 minutes to do a 108 round. A chanting meditation is best but I add on singing/chanting them through the day.
Root Chakra – We’re talking fears here and financial difficulties. Or even property related issues. All things related to safety, security, protection.
For all fears, if you fear for your safety, or worry about your safety, feel that you will be harmed in any way, then the Kali and/or Durga Mantra is the one for you. ‘Om dum durgaye namah’ & ‘Om kreem kalikaye namah’
I remember chanting the Durga Mantra while going through a dark hallway at night. I remember the wild beating of my heart and how I felt this amazing calmness as I chanted the mantra.
For difficulties, obstacles, things not materializing it’s the Ganesha mantra ‘Om gum ganapatiye namah’. One of my earlier posts gives the explanation of the Ganesha Mantra so I wont repeat it here.
I feel this one in my mind, like the unnecessary thoughts are going into the trash bin. Clearheaded and a lightness around the crown.
Sacral – for adding creativity, fertility, joy, embracing your femininity / masculinity.
Joy is the Durga mantra again. I feel this upliftment, like something is rising from deep inside and it always turns my lips upwards. Henry Marshall’s rendition of this mantra is my favourite.
Solar Plexus – this is about will, control, abundance, flowing with life.
If the attempt is to have more power and control. And to invite abundance to life then it’s the Laxmi mantra for you. ‘Om shreem maha laxmiye namah’
Also known as the great abundance mantra. Now is the time for Laxmi actually, it’s a great time to start chanting this manta
If you want to surrender control or surrender the ego, to flow with the flow of life, to be one with the will of the universe, then you do the Vishnu mantra. For anything that gives you power it will most likely be a feminine mantra, as power (shakti) is feminine. ‘Om namoh bhagwate vasudeva’
The difference in chanting both of them is astounding. With the Vishnu mantra you have this sense of peace and you don’t get troubled easily. With the Laxmi mantra, you have an opening up of possibilities, and of a positive outlook.
A combination of the Laxmi Mantra & the Ganesha Mantra is a sure shot recipe for success. The first opens up possibilities and the second gives you focus and clarity to achieve your goals.
Heart – for love, compassion, healing and kindness, there really isn’t anything like ‘Om mani padme hum’. The mantra actually clears all the chakras not just the heart. But it’s the heart where all healing starts from and it’s the first chakra it opens.
It is often the first mantra people start with and I highly recommend it. The most amazing thing about this mantra is the cool breeze that follows as you start chanting it. It is Quan Yin’s signature to let you know she’s with you. Keep watch for it, it’s quite quite incredible.
Throat – for creative expression (writing, singing, painting…), saying the right thing, sore throats. The simple saraswati mantra ‘Om aim saraswatiye namha’ works really well or the longer gayatri mantra ‘Om bhur bhuva swahah, tat savitur varenium, bhargo devasya dhimahi, diyo yo na prachodayat’. The gayatri mantra is also considered to be an ascension mantra.
Both these have the same energy signature for me. They are like butterfly mantras – you feel a little bit like skipping out in the sun.
Third Eye & Crown – For seeing, perceiving clearly and with compassion, for headaches, ear aches and eye troubles. And for energy clearance. The universal sound ‘Aum’ works, it also clears all the chakras not just the Crown and Third eye.
The other mantra that really works is ‘Om namah shivaah’. This is a love and pure consciousness mantra and works for all chakras. This one starts from the crown and moves downwards.
The Gayatri mantra works as well – would say it’s a throat to crown mantra.
My favourite energy clearance mantra is ‘ek on kar, satnam’, you can also say ‘ek OM kar, satnam’. This one really makes you feel like God!