Source: Kalee Brown
- The Facts:Om is an ancient chant used thousands of years ago, and still used today for multiple reasons. Like many other ancient practice, it turns out this type of chanting can have multiple physical and mental health benefits.
- Reflect On:Alternative medicine is becoming more popular every single year, and it goes and in hand with many ancient spiritual practices. Although they may not have been done to cultivate health, perhaps they go hand and hand with it.
When I first started practicing yoga, I was relatively surprised at how easy and natural it felt to participate in chanting. I had seen it in movies and heard of chanting within religious practices, but I’d never actually engaged in it until being in a yoga class. It’s a mantra that, without a doubt, holds a strong and high vibration, as you can literally feel it! There are numerous mental, physical, and spiritual benefits to chanting Om, and even some scientific studies have proven the health benefits.
According to the Vedas, typical sounds such as waves crashing against the shore, wind tossing leaves, etc., occur when they strike against each other, forming waves of air molecules that we then perceive as sound. However, the sound of Om evolves on its own, so it is seen as the sound of the universe, made up of all that is. As Yoganand put it, to chant Om is “to represent all of consciousness.” (source)
The Sanskrit word Om is pronounced like “Aum,” and is said to represent the threefold division of time (waking state, dreaming state, and deep sleep). Om also represents God, Source, or Universal Consciousness. It is considered the sound of creation, representing all that is in creation, and it allows for its practitioners to cultivate energy that flows upward through the chakras and then outward through the crown.
According to yogic texts, Hinduism, and Buddhism, Om is also the mantra related to the third eye chakra, as chanting Om can help to cleanse and balance your third eye. Om also relates to the crown chakra, which represents one’s connection to Source.