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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Discovered by H. W. Dove in 1839, it wasn’t until 1973 that Robert Monroe and his team introduced binural tones as a way to influence human consciousness. Binural beats are a unique form of music that uses separate tones to create a desired effect. It works like this… Through a set of stereo headphones, a tone of lets say 50 Hz is played into the left ear only. In the right ear a separate tone of lets say 60 Hz will be played at the same time. When listening to these two separate tones in each ear, a 3rd wavering tone will be created inside of your head. This wavering tone is not coming from the speakers but is in fact being created by you. The 3rd wavering sound is the binural beat and in the example given above, would be a sound of 10Hz which is the difference between the two original tones. A binural tone is a standing wave that is produced by the brain and is only possible due to binural hearing. Even after listening to these binural tones, your brain can still maintain the standing wave over a period of time.
“The greatest illusion is that mankind has limitations.” Robert A. Monroe
Hemi-Sync vs Holosync
The Hemi-sync technology was created in 1975 by Robert Monroe founder of the Monroe Institute located in Faber Virginia. Hemi-Sync stands for Hemispheric Synchronization which simply means a synchronization of the brains two hemispheres, the left side and right side of the brain. The Hemi-Sync tech is a powerful sound technology that consists of different combinations of binural beats, musical instruments, sound effects and / or verbal instructions. Each has a different effect, based upon the different programs and the way they are used. With Hemi-Sync you have the option to focus your brain to peak performance through brain synchronization, relax into a deep meditation or simply get a good restful night sleep. Today there are hundreds of different Hemi-Sync programs available to help people obtain many different states of consciousness, all available through the Monroe Institute and the Hemi-Sync website.
After many years of testing through the years of 1985 to 1989 Bill Harris and West Wait brought Holosync to the public through the Centerpoint Research Institute. Very similar to Hemisync, in that it is about hemispheric synchronization, Holosync increases the connection and function between the two sides of your brain. Holosync achieves this by using different combinations of binural beats, musical instruments, sound effects and / or verbal instructions. Holosync is said to give your nervous system stimulus in the same way a workout would for your physical body. Using Holosync can increase your mental and emotional threshold as well as your intelligence and creativity. Your brain creates new neural pathways as it adapts to the Holosync tech. More information on this technology can be found on the Centerpoint website.
Nerve cells in your brain generate electrical impulses that fluctuate in distinct patterns called brain wave patterns. These patterns include your thoughts, emotions, state of being, as well as bodily functions. There are 5 categories of brainwave patterns. Alpha, beta, delta, gamma and theta states.
Gamma (38 Hz – 42 Hz) Brainwaves are the quickest of all the brainwave states. Initially dismissed and extra brain noise, until it was discovered that Gamma waves are in fact active when in states of the higher consciousness like universal love. Gamma is above the frequency at which your neurons fire so how it is generated still remains a mystery to this day.
Beta (12 Hz – 32 Hz) Is seen as your normal waking state of consciousness, experienced during times of high mental and physical activity. Associated with concentration, arousal, alertness and engagement such as decision making and problem solving. While on the opposite end, the higher levels of beta can be associated with anxiety, disharmony, or unease.
Alpha (8 Hz – 12 Hz) As your brainwaves slow they enter an alpha state. Relaxed but alert, alpha is between the stages of being asleep and awake. The lower range of alpha is a state of deep relaxation, while the higher end of alpha is a more focused yet still a very relaxed state to be in. When you are calm but engaged, like watching a good movie at your local cinema, then you are probably in the alpha state. Alpha is most often associated with super learning.
Theta (3 Hz – 8 Hz) Waves are even slower than alpha. Trance, hypnosis, dreaming sleep and deep mediation are considered theta states. Associated with increased creativity, memory abilities, and forms of super learning. Those moments where a great idea or a flash of incite suddenly comes to you are theta states. the self sabotaging parts of the left brain are bypassed in the theta state. In the lower theta state the brain makes lots of relaxing endorphin’s that can bring mild visions or simply melt away any stress you may be experiencing.
Delta (.5 Hz – 3 Hz) The slowest brainwave pattern often associated with deep sleep. People are most often sleep while in this state but there is evidence that those highly skilled in meditation can obtain the delta state while staying awake. Healing and regeneration are stimulated in this state. And in certain delta frequencies the brain releases many highly beneficial substances, including human growth hormone which helps to fight age associated diseases and keep you younger.
As your brain slows from Beta to Alpha to Theta to Delta, the balance between the two hemispheres of your brain increases. This balanced state is called brain synchronization or hemispheric synchronization. Using your brain while in this state you begin to use whole brain thinking / functioning. This means you are now using both sides of your brain to think instead of just one side at a time as we normally do. It gives you increased creativity, learning abilities and enhances memory, helping you to become less self conscious and function on a more intuitive level. In some ways, even becoming the stuff of comic book legends. Somewhat of a super hero, with increased mental powers and abilities, tapping into remarkable potential that you never even knew existed.
“The depth of learning is in direct relation to the intensity of the experience.” Robert A. Monroe
The Many Benefits of Hemi-Sync / Holosync
Heightened self-esteem / confidence
Decreased hyperactivity / A.D.D.
Achieve serenity / bliss
Opening up to deeper feelings
Deepened meditative state
Enhanced perception / intuition
Uncover lost or hidden memories
Increase capacity for learning / productivity
Eliminates / decreases sleep problems
Improved mood / reduced anxiety
Increased dream memory and facilitates lucid dreaming
Support the out-of-body state / explore the non-physical realms
The most effective way to listen to Binaural Beats is through stereo headphones. Speakers work great as well if you are providing the binaural beats for a large group of people, but headphones are still the best option. This is because different sounds are sent through the left and right sides of the headphones, so with speakers there may be some overlap. Having separate speakers for each ear without interference is most beneficial and better facilitates hemispheric synchronization. If you are going to use speakers instead of headphones make sure to sit near the center of the speakers for the best results. And remember lower is usually better. You don’t need to blast the tones at full volume when you are trying to relax into different states of consciousness.
My Take on Binural Beats
Scientifically proven to work, binural beats are a fantastic option for self improvement and spiritual growth. Though they can be used anytime you prefer, I like to listen to them right after I wake up in the morning or right as I am going to sleep at night. This is because I am already in a relaxed state and more open to receive the max benefits from the program.
Remember to start slow and work your way up. Beta to alpha to theta to delta is the recommended way to go. Switching from beta to delta can be an uncomfortable experience as your brain may not be ready for that kind of leap. Much like riding a bike always start slow with the training wheels on and then work your way up. Allow your brain time it needs to build the new neural pathways you are creating. There is no need to rush as it is a process and the deeper states will be there when you are ready for them.
“Always know and remember that you are more than your physical body.” Robert A. Monroe
A final note… Even though we have discussed the many benefits of binural tones, one should be cautious when listening to and downloading these audio programs over the internet. You just don’t know how these sounds were mixed and they might even have an adverse affect on you. Unlike the Monroe Institute where all of their Hemi-Sync music has been tested and perfected over many years of trial and error. So please exercise caution when you are listening from unofficial sources.
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