Om or Aum, is a sound created by humming. The sound that is created with Om while humming is considered sacred by many religions around the world. The sounds dates back to ancient times and can be found in its written form on many manuscripts within temples and monasteries across the globe. Om is a Sanskrit word meaning source or universal consciousness. The first appearance of Om is believed to be from the Upanishads text, but can also be found in other dated Hindu texts such as the Vedas. The Om sound is a sacred incantation that is often used during chanting, meditation, or when reciting advanced spiritual text. The actual sound created when chanting the word Om is believed to be the sound of creation or the sound of source.
“Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel…” Amit Ray
How to chant Om
We all have our own preferences when it comes to our meditation practices, and practicing the OM chanting with meditation is no different. What we are presenting here is an outline that can be followed until you become proficient in your own style of OM chant. Feel free to use this as a simple guide for now, while adding in your likes and taking out your dislikes as time goes on…
Begin by relaxing just as you would for a normal meditation session.
Be sure to relax the neck and jaw muscles before you begin practicing the chant.
The ooohhh sound originates in the belly, rises up through your vocal cords and out through the mouth.
The mmm sound should create a reverberation feeling throughout your head, mouth, and back of your throat.
When practiced properly, the mmm sounds should last twice as long as the ooohhh sound.
There is a pause on the final exhalation of Om followed by a slow deep breath back into the pit of the belly where the process can be repeated once again.
Do this for as long as you feel comfortable. It can be 2 minutes, 20 minutes, or 2 hours. Just remember to stay relaxed and let the sound flow naturally through you like the waves of the ocean. In and out, then out and back in again.
“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.” Amit Ray
My Experience with Om
When done correctly, chanting Om during meditation has been a tremendously euphoric experience for me. When I am able to let go of all that sourounds me and delve deep into the feeling of Om I feel my omnipresent connection with source. Everyone’s experience with Om is a personal one and you may or may not experience it in the way others have. That’s okay! You are meant to experience what is right for you at the time you are experiencing it. Chanting Om is not about experiencing what others have but about creating your own enriching experience. There is no need to worry or stress, just enjoy yourself through the process. Practicing with Om this should be a fun experience that teaches you how to be a better you. Om…the reverberation of source!
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Cymatics stands for wave, or the study of wave phenomena through visual representation. Galileo Galilei was among the first to experiment with cymatics around the year of 1630. However it wasn’t until later that the term “cymatics” would be created by a Swiss gentleman with the name of Hans Jenny.
If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Nikola Tesla
What is Cymatics and How Does it Work?
Cymatics is the visual representation of sound vibrations. Most often, fine sand particles or a liquid is placed upon a vibrating surface. The surface is then tuned to different frequqncies causing the sand / liquid to form different shapes based upon the specific frequqncy of vibration. When the frequency of vibration is shifted to a different range, the sand or liquid responds by forming the coresponding shape asociated with a specific sound frequency being played. The act of bringing matter to life visually… This is known as cymatics.
Divine sound is the cause of all manifestation. The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe. Hazrat Inayat Khan
Cymatics, What Does it All Mean?
Through the use of cymatics we are able to see certain patterns appear on the vibrating plate that are commonly see all around us on a daily basis. From the shape of microscopic cells and organisms, to the design of human anatomy, even certain species of animals and aquatic life. All the way up to planets, stars, solar systems, galaxies, the universe and more. There is a deep connection to matter and the vibration it accompanies.
The implications here are quiet astounding. With the visual representation of sound waves through the use of cymatics one can speculate that much more is going on that we are capable of experiencing with our five senses, specifically sight and sound. Could it be that this reality that we find ourselves engrossed in is just a specific frequency range? Could it be that there are other, possibly countless realities or “ranges of frequency” that exist just outside of our reality or frequency range?
These are some truly powerful ideas to consider, but I’ve said enough for now. I would love to hear your ideas on these matters. Feel free to spark the conversation and share your ideas below. As always, all the best to you and yours.
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As human beings, we know that there are certain laws that exist on this earth that we must all abide by. Such as the law of gravity, i.e. what goes up must come down. But what if I was to tell you there is another set of laws that affect us everyday of our lives that you probably know little to nothing about. A set of laws that nature abides by called universal laws. Well, these laws are exactly what we will be discussing today… The Power of the 12 Universal Laws!
Nature, when left to universal laws, tends to produce regularity out of chaos. Immanuel Kent
The 12 Universal Laws
The Law of Divine Oneness – The first law of the universal laws tells us that not only are we all separate, but we are also connected as all is of the one. We’re all created different yet equal as we are all part of the divine source. This means our thoughts, actions, and beliefs not only have an effect on our lives, but can and do affect the universe around us as well.
The Law of Vibration – Everything is moving (vibrating) in patterns, some noticeable, others not as much, yet the movement is still occurring. Our thoughts, dreams, feelings, and actions all carry a certain vibration with them. Everything at its core is vibration, similar to a sine wave. Moving up and then down, up again and then down again, completing the pattern. This is the law of vibration.
The Law of Action – The third law is the law of action. This law requires us to not only think the thoughts in our minds, but to follow through with physical action in order to complete the process. To put it more simply the law of action is all about manifesting your intentions. Bringing intangible thought into physical reality.
The Law of Correspondence – This one has to do with both the physical and immaterial worlds. That is to say principles in this world also have corresponding principles in the non-physical world. Much like your inner world (thoughts, feelings) have an effect on your outer world. The law of correspondence is no different.
The Law of Cause and Effect – We have all heard the saying what you put out is what you get back. What this means nothing happens by accident as there is always an effect created by the cause. Every action will bring you and equal and opposite reaction to complete the process. Some people consider this law to be connected with Karma.
The Law of Compensation – This law is closely tied in to the law of cause and effect and applies to abundance flowing into our lives. The law of compensation is the direct effect of our actions causing visible manifestation. It can also be seen as the positive benefits of karma, or simply good intentions causing positive feedback to flow into your life.
The Law of Attraction – Our thoughts have the power to affect our reality and this is what the law of attraction is all about. Negative energy brings negativity the same way positive energy brings positivity. The law of attraction is like 2 magnets clinging together, or more simply put…about like attracting like.
The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy – Energy can be transmuted or changed based upon your desire. Therefore you have the power to change your current circumstances and “transmute” them into what it is that you truly desire. If your intentions are focused and your desire is strong, you will eventually get what it is that you want. Higher vibrations can and will transmute lower energies. This is the law of transmutation.
The Law of Relativity – Refers to the challenges that we must face in our everyday lives. It is not about succumbing to these challenges but instead it is about overcoming them through our positive thoughts and actions. When your perspective is in the proper place you see life for what it is and everything becomes relative to the perspective you align with.
The Law of Polarity – Has to do with the duality we face in this reality. For everything that exists there is an opposite that also exists. This is known as the opposition to all things. Positive and negative, light and dark, male and female, etc. Polarity exists, but in most cases it can be transmuted. Therefore if you desire to move from negativity to positivity it is possible through the law of polarity.
The Law of Rhythm – In the same way rhythm is about movement, The law of rhythm is about vibration and the flow that this creates. Much like the cycle of changing seasons or the flow of the waves in the ocean there is a rhythm that exists to these occurrences. So too is there a rhythm to different stages that present themselves throughout our lives. Mastering the law of rhythm will facilitate in creating a continuous flow in the direction you so choose for your life.
The Law of Gender – The basis for all creation, the law of gender refers to the yin vs yang qualities that make up this reality. Believe it or not each male contains feminine qualities just as each female contains masculine qualities. The trick to the law of gender is to find a balance between these two qualities within yourself. One should strive to not be too far out of sync with the other. With the law of gender, balance is the key.
You’ll be happy to know that the universal law that created miracles hasn’t been repealed. Wayne Dyer
My Take: The 12 Universal Laws
Now that you know of the Universal Laws and have been given a guide to the meaning behind them, it is up to you to begin applying them to your life as you see fit. Each law teaches a specific lesson that can be applied to various aspects of your life. Take the list of 12 and begin reflecting upon the laws one at a time, until you receive your own personal realization. One per week is a great starting point when applying these laws to your self. I say one per week because it takes time to see how each law applies to you and your life as you live it. You can always go for longer but 7 days is generally enough time to clearly see the changes and experience how they can / will affect you. If you have any questions be sure to ask them in the comments below. All the best to you and your ongoing journey of progression in this life.
Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law. Immanuel Kant
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Developed in 1954 by John C Lilly, an isolation tank is a large pod or a small room that is both light proof and sound proof. The pod or room also known as a tank, is filled with epsom salt and warm water which creates buoyancy, allowing you to float on top of it. The water is very close to the temperature of your skin so it is relaxing and feels very comfortable. Floating on the water provides your body with the needed support while helping you to feel weightless, allowing you to relax more deeply than you normally would. The absence of light and sound also enhance your experience by giving you clarity of thought, something that can be hard to find from the over stimulation of senses in every day life. An Isolation Tank is also known as, flotation tank, sensory deprivation tank, sensory deprivation chamber, sensory deprivation flotation, or simply float therapy.
“It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.” Moises Arias
What to expect from an Isolation Tank
If it is your first time using an isolation tank be sure to arrive a few minutes early so that you can be given a proper orientation. This should include a breakdown of the tank, how it works, and the potential experience you will be having. To begin the flotation, you will need to undress and take a quick shower with the use of soap and shampoo before entering the tank. You can chose to float with a swim suit or naked as the flotation experience is private. Next you step inside and close the door behind you. This may be a little scary at first with no light or sound, but you will soon become acclimated to your surroundings and realize there is nothing to be afraid of as the experience is actually quiet enjoyable. Some people prefer using earbuds to prevent water from entering their ears and / or to completely shut out any potential noise occurring outside of the chamber. You float weightlessly for about an hour (longer if preferred) until you hear a knocking on the door acknowledging your float session has ended. Your finish the process by taking another shower to remove any epsom salt that may still be on your body and get dressed. You are given the option of ending the experience by drinking a cup of warm tea or water which can help to bring you fully back into your surroundings. The relaxed sensation you feel from the flotation should stay with you throughout the rest of the day, the mental benefits should last much longer.
Benefits of an Isolation Tank
There are many benefits associated with the experience of an isolation tank. Here are a few of the benefits that I have experienced from my several trips to the flotation tanks in my city.
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris
My Thoughts on Isolation Tanks
Floating has been a tremendously positive experience for me and can be for you too. Aside from all of the benefits listed above, I feel like a more complete person, ready to take on just about anything after a nice relaxing float. If I was to suggest some things for a first time floater, my recommendation would go something like this…
You will probably want to abstain from taking caffeine or alcohol the day before your float as doing so can help to enhance your flotation experience. Personally, I avoid eating breakfast that morning of a float because a heavy stomach is not the best feeling while floating in water. Instead, I choose to go out and each lunch after my flotation is complete. That’s not to say you can’t eat before a float, I just wouldn’t recommend doing so at least one hour before your session. Now, if you must eat before your float I recommend eating something light like fruit, or a small salad.
Ultimately, sensory deprivation tanks are a good way to relax and clear your mind. I recommend everyone give it a try at least once and decide for yourself if isolation tanks are right for you.
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