Power of Chanting

In the beginning we hear the heart beat of our mother while in her uterus. In Eastern Indian traditions, it is said to all begin with sound…Om (AUM) …the seed syllable, the start of it all.  This is creation; even in the Bible first there was the word, a sound.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (1)

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” (2)

Here, even the creation of light was made with sound.  We are all familiar with the concept of the “Big Bang theory,” BANG, a sound; the universe was created by sound, that is to say Vibrational Wave Frequencies. Not in one ”Big explosion” but many and simultaneously, (3) just 30,000 years after the Big Bang, the universe started singing. Vast sound waves rang out and expanded through the primordial cosmos, their ripples determining the universe’s large-scale structure. (4)

When we are pushed from the womb, our first cries are the sign of health and breath, taking in this earthly plane, acknowledging the divine beings that we are.  It is our primordial scream, the sound of our first creation in this realm. In Greek, it is the concept of Logos, in Sanskrit Om, the underlying sounds of the creation of earth, the vibrations of creation, birth, and rebirth humming into existence.  These vibrations are the frequency, the cosmic vibration that is said to be The Great Creator in the form of sound. It is written that these letters each represent a universal concept:

A stands for Creation

U stands for Preservation

M stands for Destruction or dissolution

This is representative of the Trinity of God in Hindu dharma (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva).These are also the creator, the preserver and the destroyer. (5)

The idea of chanting and the concept of sound as a healing tool is also ancient and all powerful.  It has evidence of its effectiveness from the positive affirmation movement of modern psychology to early practices of chanting.  We see chanting as a spiritual practice in so many cultures and the use of sound in all of them, whether it is singing to the plants before making medicine in the Amazonian Rainforest to drumming, Native singing in the Southwest, or Tibetan Throat Chants in the Far East and everywhere in between, the power of sound is recognized.

It isn’t just some old way of doing things; scientific research has shown the effects of sound, music and specific practices like chanting on the brain.  It changes you on many levels.  It has calming and relaxing effects on the entire body, sound can be used to energetically cleanse a room, your being, other tools, it can be used to activate and charge crystals by raising the vibrations.  Chanting can shift brain waves into a meditative state so that the body responds physiologically by lowering blood pressure, reducing heart rates, and increasing the depth of breathing, increasing the overall oxygenation of the organs and cells in the body. It allows you to increase your focus and let go of the minutia of the modern world that so often clouds our minds. Group chanting is powerful and charges the entire room and all those within.

It has been shown to boost the immune system and improve over all wellness, strengthening your vocal cords which are a benefit especially as you age.  There are many older folks who struggle with swallowing other throat disorders connected with muscle weakness in the throat as they age.  The vibration of the cords through chanting also opens nasal and sinus passages allowing for better breathing. (6)

There are certain sounds that do certain things, they can strengthen or impact certain body parts.  There are several very specific sounds to chant they activate the brain and aid in lucid dreaming, each chakra has a specific sound attached to it and you can balance your chakras by using these sounds.  These are called the bija sounds and the practice is called vocal toning.

Anyone practicing in the craft can attest to the power of chanting a spell or specific sounds or words during ritual or ceremony and the energy created when using these techniques.  This physical plane is about intention, action, and manifestation.  The act of chanting in spell work alone can be the action that moves the intention into manifestation.  We are creating through chant.

Using positive affirmations can re-wire the brain through the repetitious use of the sound of the phrase and the intention behind it.  I am worthy, I am smart, I am loved, I am beautiful, I am safe, I am happy, I am strong, and any others that you can create can and will shift your thinking, your perceptions, and your brain to those frequencies of intention all through the use of sound.

One of my favorite examples of a Litany or mantra, a chant is from the film Dune, which was adapted from Frank Herbert’s book of the same title.  The Litany was taught by the Bene Gesserit Mother for the Bene Gesserits to get through their many trials and it repeats through the film: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”  It originates from an actual ancient litany with similar language and intent.  This is a fantastic example of the use of chanting to overcome a negative attribute and re-wire one’s self to a positive state of being.  Certainly who in the film is doing it is irrelevant to this discussion, but you can see its effects and how characters able to overcome fear and carry out the deeds necessary to complete their tasks.

Water has tremendous programming properties and sound can be used to infuse energy into the water whether you use singing bowls with clear tones or words of positive intention.  Additionally, sound and words can have a negative impact on all living things as well as energy.  Visualize the impact of harsh tones on an animal, a child, another person whether they speak the same language or not.  Sound is very powerful.

Throughout history buildings and outdoor structures were built to amplify and enhance the effects of sound; recall the effects of sound in cathedrals, amphitheaters, and coliseums.  There have been tests done at Stonehenge and sound and it was discovered that the placement of the stones amplifies sound in such a way that when drumming and chanting are performed there, the reverberation creates a sound wave that has hypnotic effects on those listening.  These are powerful tools in spiritual practices.

Programming people with sound, chanting, repetition ingrains the thoughts, creates change in energy and eventually chemistry of the body.  Descartes said, “I think there fore I am.” Chanting in meditation, in spell work, in affirmations, in daily practice will have a profound effect of your life.  Give it a try for a week, a month and see the effects on your inner being and your overall perspective on life.  Be careful what you speak. I speak, there fore I create.

(1)John1:1, (2) Genesis 1:3, , (3) https://www.facebook.com/notes/robert-bigbob-jackson/how-the-universe-was-created-by-sound-vibrational-frequency-waves/452380754792593/ , (4) http://io9.gizmodo.com/5898846/dark-energy-confirmed-how-ancient-sound-waves-shaped-the-entire-universe,(5)http://intentblog.com/om-sound-creation/,(6) http://www.idealmantra.com/om-mantra.html

2016 copyright by Katie Pifer http://www.witchpetals.wordpress.com

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