In our Sound Therapy Training Programs we focus on the healing power of our voices. Mantras, or chants, are common throughout the world and have been used for thousands of years as a tool for sound therapy, transformation, to enter into altered states of consciousness and to connect with the Divine.
Mantras have amazing abilities to quieten the mind, heal and transform the body, mind, heart and soul.
Mantras are available to all people and are not limited by space, price, location or time and are flexible and fitting to all situations and circumstances.
This is why they are often called WORDS OF POWER….!!
Mantras can be sung, spoken, whispered or recited silently in your mind. So if you feel unconfident with singing out load, then you have other ways to work effectively with mantras. You don’t even need to make a sound!
I was fortunate as a teenager to be introduced to both Gregorian chanting, a Christian tradition which dates back to the 7th century AD, and also to chanting mantras in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition which took off in the 9th century. Since then I’ve worked with mantras from a number of other sources both ancient and modern and I’ve grown to love singing them, although I’m not the best singer by any standard!
To be most effective mantras need to be chanted or recited frequently – the most ardent people will do this every day and do thousands or even millions of repetitions over a period of years. We don’t need to do that to feel the profound effect of mantras in our lives.
I’ve recorded a mantra from Tibetan Buddhism that you can listen to. It’s connected with Green Tara, and by chanting this mantra we can activate the quality of active compassion in our lives. This is a quality that needs to be spread throughout the world, especially at this point in time, when there is so much hardship and suffering.
The best place to start is with yourself – to feel compassionate towards yourself. We often spend so much time and energy beating ourselves up for not being perfect in our eyes: believing we’re not good looking enough; not wealthy enough; not smart enough; not sensitive enough….the list goes on. By being compassionate towards ourselves, we allow ourselves to relax and heal; to live more easily with our imperfections and to be more open hearted towards others. This is core sound therapy….
Here’s the audio; to hear it, click on the link below:
TONY’S TOP TIPS:
Listen to the audio a few times, and as you do so, think of an occasion when someone was very loving and kind to you (it could also be a pet, instead of a human), and as you listen to the chant, allow the feeling of loving kindness towards yourself to grow inside as you keep thinking of that special event.
Do this a few times, and when you feel ready, find a place where you’re not likely to be disturbed. Play the audio and start to sing along with the chant, while also remembering that special event and allow the feelings of loving kindness towards yourself to grow stronger and more powerful inside you.
You can start by singing along silently in your mind. If you feel comfortable with that, then move onto humming along with the tune. If you’re OK with that, let go and join in with singing out load. You can stop wherever you want, or you can jump straight in and sing out load straight away!
The words of the mantra are: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
This is the Tibetan form: in Sanskrit soha is written and pronounced svaha. You can use either form, it doesn’t matter which one you choose.
It’s best to focus on the sounds and their effect on your feelings.
If you really want to know how the words translate into English – see below:
Om: pronounced ah..o…m… ah = essence of awakened body; o ( naro)= essence of awakened speech; m= essence of awakened mind
Tare: quickly with boldness
Tuttare: clearing away all fear, distress and suffering of all beings
Ture: complete victory of truth over all negativity
Soha/svaha: all accomplishments
So the meaning is something like:
You who embodies the essence of awakened body, speech and mind, quickly and with boldness, clear away all fear, distress and suffering of all beings, win complete victory of truth over all negativity, and accomplish this all.
Hmmm…quite a mouthful!
Enjoy the sounds!!