Whatever be your health challenge, whether sickness or injury, you will find a powerful syllable, word or phrase that soothes and revitalizes you. However, keep in mind, that your mantra is not just a simple word or sound. Every word should be chosen carefully because it comes with its own spiritual meaning, energy and harmony.
You can be of any religious, spiritual or philosophical tradition, or of none. You will find that one name, word or phrase will leap out to claim you as its own. You will fall in love with it.
You might even experience light goosebumps after saying it… and that’s the one that you should stick with. Use it daily and start tracking your transformation.
In ancient India, the sons of Brahmins went out into the forest to be raised by a guru who initiated them into the mysteries by giving them each a sacred name, or mantra. They would chant this out loud, and then continue to chant this silently within themselves. This was their way to invoke, or summon forth their chosen deity, their unique expression of God. This practice continues in contemporary ashrams in India, and around the world.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Beatles’ guru, systematized and popularized this around the world in the Transcendental Meditation or TM Movement. Each initiate is given a particular mantra based on the time and place of his birth, according to Jyotish, or Hindu astrology.
You are initiated with flowers and incense. The name is treated as sacred, and you are instructed to never tell it to anyone.
You follow the instructor in repeating it out loud, and then you slowly reduce your volume to a whisper before closing your eyes and silently repeating it for the requisite 20 minutes.
The Maharishi devoted his life to this and successfully induced million of people to do it daily, both morning and afternoon. The impressive health benefits, measured clinically, have been heavily documented in the medical research literature.
Today, our world culture is a lot more open and intercultural, incorporating elements from every major sacred and mystical tradition. Increasingly, the attitude is to choose an expression that uniquely appeals to you, and make it your own. In truth, you are appealing to the Sat Guru, the spiritual master within; you are praying to “I AM,” to your only true and ultimate Self, Creator of the Universe.
Mantras are closely related to affirmations, positive statements that are repeated to great effect. Affirmative, metaphysical or scientific prayer asserts that you are whole, complete and perfect, no matter what your perceived condition.
This can be combined with gratitude for the healing.
In the movie, The Secret, a lady diagnosed with cancer affirmed, “Thank you for healing me. Thank you for healing me. Thank you for healing me.” She did this all day long, day after day. Within a month, all evidence of cancer had completely disappeared.
In the 19th century, a French M.D., Emile Coue came up with a simple phrase, “Every day in every way, I am getting better and better.” It was credited with remarkable improvements in his patients.
You might try the affirmation:
“I am whole, complete and perfect. I am whole, complete and perfect.”
You might even try:
“I am surrounded by the Great White Light of Christ Consciousness.”
From this approach, you don’t necessarily have to repeat it for 20 minutes each time. I find three times optimal.
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The Abraham faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have a rich repository of names of God, and remarkable accounts of healing, especially the Christian tradition. Core to this is the profound realization that God loves me, and that His (Her) love is absolute. No one and nothing can separate me from that love.
Jesus of Nazareth, the Chosen One, is seen as Lord of Love, the Greatest Lover the world has ever known. The Gospel, or the story of His incarnation, death, burial, resurrection and ascension, is seen as the ultimate expression of divine love, particularly His sacrificial death on the cross, where it is believed that He once and for all took on our karma, that He died for you personally, and that if you were the only one alive, He would still die for you. History then, even life, itself, is seen as a divine love story.
If I invoke, or call forth the name of God, and God actually IS LOVE, then I am summoning the Lord of Life, the Creator, and calling forth the felt presence of that Love. Nothing is so healing as love.
Whatever remedy, medication or medical intervention you might undertake, it goes down a whole lot better with love. I am speaking from experience, having been on the hospital bed more than once in my life. That love made a huge difference in my experience of the surgeries, and their outcomes.
What name then, shall you use?
It depends on your own spiritual tradition, or what resonates most with you. For Jewish people, it might be “Adonai,” or even “YaWeH,” although the latter name is seldom spoken out of respect for the deity. Adonai is the Hebrew word for Lord. Jesus used it freely with his inner circle, as you can read in the Gospel of John, referred to as the Great I AM.
For Christians, it will most likely be the name of Christ, simply “Jesus” or “Yeshua,” or His Mother, the Blessed Virgin, “Ave Maria.” For Muslims, you can use THE name, which is “Allah,” which actually means THE God, i.e., the One and Only True God, as opposed to countless idols. Islam officially has 99 names for God, some of which are very beautiful. I would heartily recommend a study of those names for both Muslims and nonmuslims.
Hindus enjoy myriad options, at the last count, it is estimated to include 320 million gods (substitute devas, or angels), manifestations of “Atman,” at the nucleus of our being, or “Brahman,” the Infinite Expanse or Transcendent Mystery. “Ram,” the incarnation of “Vishnu,” the God of Preservation, is most frequently used, closely followed by “Krishna,” another incarnation of Vishnu.
Gandhi, when shot in the heart several times, uttered, “Ram” in passing. The yogic tradition gives specific sacred words for each chakra, or energy center within the body, starting from the root chakra and going to the crown chakra, as follows:
1. Root Chakra: LAM
2. Sacral Chakra: VAM
3. Solar Plexus Chakra: RAM
4. Heart Chakra: YAM
5. Throat Chakra: HAM
6. Third-Eye Chakra: AUM
7. Crown Chakra: AH (or silence).
These chakras are seen as vortices of energy in our subtle body, wheels of energy, which can be either closed, or opened up. The more open, the more they release their energy.
Samadhi, or enlightenment, is seen when the baseline energy at the Root Chakra, the Kundalini, goes all the way up to the Crown Chakra. It is as if it rings a bell, and suddenly the heavens open.
Of importance is that each chakra corresponds to a section of the nervous system with corresponding organs. For example, the Heart Chakra has a major impact on your emotional well-being.
You can calm and open up your chakras by doing a quick healing meditation through a deep sound of OM and nature… sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and play this video:
Moving forward, we would recommend an experimental attitude. Consider the examples above, and do some additional research. Do give consideration to your own spiritual tradition and orientation. Notice what uplifts your energy and gives you clarity.
Faith in the mantra, and the deity behind it, is crucial to the efficacy of the name or word. For example, in recent years, I improvised my own meditation using the Hebrew name of God and have Jesus Christ. “Yahweh” and “Meshiah Yeshua.” I have reason to suppose that if Jesus were to suddenly appear in my living room, He would instantly recognize His name.
In my experience, it is shockingly powerful. Since I had a childhood background as a charismatic and fundamentalist, I have developed an unshakeable faith in the Person of Christ, whatever is the relative truth of the various dogmas surrounding Him. I only had to call on Him three or four times when His presence was undeniable, and I shed many tears.
Interestingly enough, it is my experience that God comes from within, not without. If you see Jesus Christ physically right in front of you, that is a glorious bonus, but certainly not required. With that presence, I felt a powerful sense of love, which grew and grew over the years.
While I had originally thought of experimenting with many names of the deity, since I was already anchored in the Hindu tradition, the name of Jesus was like ultimate gravity to me. I just couldn’t move away from that sacred name.
I am not saying this to convert you, but rather as a powerful example. If you actually are looking at a name that has powerfully resonated with literally hundreds of millions of people down through the ages, I would recommend you try it. Just know that the Inner Christ is already within you.
Also, you may like to explore other spiritual healing methods.