Om Mani Padme Hum
by Mary Grace
During the winter cycle we are given the opportunity to look
inward, connect and celebrate the light that shines from within.
We are looking at our foundation and clearing away old thought
patterns and beliefs that are complete and shedding their energy
to make way for a new expression and experience of life. This
can set the tone for our New Year. The universe provides us a
bountiful array of gifts to support this cleaning and clearing
process. Chanting is one of these gifts. Chanting is a big part
of Karuna Reiki®. Those on a daily path of meditation find
the body naturally wanting to move and sing.
To incorporate chanting of a specific mantra you first pick an
aspect of your life you wish to improve. Then choose a mantra
that seems to apply to the situation. Bring your hands in Gassho
and offer a prayer to God. Ask for God's blessing. Draw the distant
symbol and send it to the relationship between you and the mantra.
Ask where and when you will say your mantra daily. Ask how many
times a day you will say it. You may want to use a rosary of some
kind to count the beads as you say the mantra. Mantras have a
cumulative action. Try chanting once a day for 40 days.
The mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" is practiced more than
any other in the world. It creates a state of compassion that
will manifest in subtle and obvious ways. The simple teaching
of this mantra is the concept that when the heart and mind become
united anything is possible. This is the compassion energy that
is found in our Usui emotional mental symbol and Karuna® symbol
Harth. The rough translation for Om Mani Padme Hum is: "Om
and salutations to the Jewel of the mind that has reached the
lotus of the heart". This mantra is used to change the world
for the better.
Om is a seed sound for the brow chakra. This is where our feminine
and masculine currents meet. You have seen energy currents represented
as serpents in the medical symbol the "Caduceus". The
central staff in that symbol represents the spine. The sound Om
activates the brow chakra. Om is the name of the state of being
where we unite with the spirit of God making our existence liberated
Notice any inner resistance or obstacles that may arise during
your 40 day practice. Come to your practice each day in a place
of joy. As always give a prayer of thanks for this experience.
Mary Grace is an ICRT Licensed Reiki Master teacher. She currently
resides in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She will be relocating
to New Zealand in 2002. Email Mary at Yeshua@aol.com