Thursday, March 16, 2017
5 Scientifically Backed Reasons to Chant ‘Om’
(Christina Sarich) Let’s get this straight right up front. ‘Om’ chanting is not religious. It may be practiced by Hindus, and even co-opted in yoga classes all over the U.S. and Europe, but every single religion in the world has its own version of Om chanting, which I’ll detail more completely in a moment.
by Christina Sarich, March 13th, 2017
The chanting of ‘Om,’ or more specifically, Au, Oh, and Mmm is a scientifically-backed system of becoming more in touch with the infinite creative energy of the Universe. This isn’t a metaphoric energy, but a real, grab-a-hold-of-it-and-look-it-in-the-eyes energy which is absolutely alive and pulsating through everything.
Om is really a transliteral way of writing and speaking ‘Aum’, as in Amen from the Christian bible. ‘Aum’ was also absorbed into the Buddhist tradition; however, Buddhists almost never transliterate the mantra as ‘Aum,’ but use ‘Om’ instead. Ek Onkar (another variation of Aum) is the root basis of all Sikh sacred thought, as well. You can additionally see Aum in the Jain tradition, and in the Hebrew āmēn, which means “certainty,” “truth,” and “verily.”
Om or Aum also shows up in ancient Egyptian mythology. Amen, or amun, was a deityrepresented by a ram, the god of life and reproduction, and those in scientific circles call Aum the God Particle or Higgs Boson.
It should be interesting for anyone to note, even more so for linguists, that the combination of Aaa, Ohh, and Mmm signifies the entire possible combinations of syllables, denoting the total, uncut range of words that can be uttered.
If you want to see what the sound Aum looks like on a quantum, energetic level, you can see it manifest as form in the following video. It is a resonance experiment that shows the geometric pattern, also known as divine geometry, which underlies all form. Though this experiment doesn’t reference Aum specifically, it shows the continually evolving complexity of sound at different Hz.
Aum contains that divine geometry, at the most complex levels, at frequencies which the human ear cannot even detect. As Nikola Tesla once advised us, “If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, you have to think in terms of energy, vibration, and sound.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “Architecture is frozen music.” The Sanskrit language is code for the patterns of form. Om is a sonic representations of the way nature works. This mantra holds within it the latent forms of the universe.
If you still aren’t convinced that the world was born of sound, you can look at our own language and how it developed. Neuroscientist Mark Changizi has posited that the major phonemes of speech have evolved to resemble these kinds of interactive events, in a sort of onomatopoeia, where the sounds of the words resemble the events themselves, such as in “screech” and “crash.” Speech, and even music as an ordered narrative of sounds, makes use of our brain’s evolved capacity to perceive natural sounds – but what Changizi doesn’t point out, is that the brain structure itself evolved from the sound, ‘Aum.’
Aum is said to represent the 3-fold division of time/space:
- The waking state – Ah
- The dream state – Oh
- The deep sleep state – Mmm
The symbol OM visually consists of three curves, one semicircle, and a dot.
The large bottom curve symbolizes the waking state, A.
The middle curve signifies the dream state, U.
The upper curve denotes the state of deep sleep, M.
The dot in the Om symbol has its own meaning, signifying the fourth state of consciousness, Turiya. This describes absolute, infinite consciousness.
The semi circle at the top represents Maya and separates the dot from the other three curves. It signals to us that we live in a world of illusion created by this cycle of subtle energy descending into form, or more gross energy.
Tons of qualitative analysis on many different mantras has been conducted, but above them all is Aum. Ranging from curiosity about the effect of certain sounds, including Aum, on the human form by Lord Rayleigh in the 19th century to the work of Uchida and Yamamoto which found that seeds germinated more quickly and profusely under the influence of the sound of Aum, there is so much evidence that Aum chanting is beneficial, it becomes kind of ridiculous for anyone to claim that this is simply a religious practice.
Without further delay here are five, scientifically backed reasons to chant Aum today:
- Aum chanting positively affects pulmonary health. In a study conducted involving ‘Aum’ chanting and pranayama (breathing exercises) participants experienced a measurable boost in their lung capacity, and pulmonary health. The lungs represent our ability to connect with others, and are tied to the heart chakra’s health.
- Aum chanting slows the heart rate. The capacity for Aum to give the heart a profound rest and relaxation is not relegated to the physical body. The heart’s energy in a more subtle form, as measured through kirlian photography and other methods, is enhanced. When the heart is open, we are able to accept Universal love and creative energy.
- Protects us from mobile phone and wi-fi radiation. In a study conducted recently, it was proven that Aum chanting could mitigate damage caused to the body (and brain) by the sea of wi-fi we live in.
- Aum chanting causes monumental changes in our brain chemistry. Every single area of the brain is positively affected by the chanting of Aum. From a single, 20-minute session, researchers have been able to map changes in how our neurons fire, and the subsequent emotions we feel. Aum induces calm, happiness, and peace with very little practice. The accumulative effects have been heralded for centuries.
- Aum chanting slows down the nervous system. As Carolyn Myss, the intuitive psychic and healer has described, our endocrine gland system works along with our limbic system in creating our personal realities and our states of consciousness. Aum chanting can effectively treat depression, anxiety, and even epilepsy because it profoundly effects this interface. The limbic system, specifically, is enhanced by chanting this single word.
Our DNA is more than only a data storage unit. It’s a quantum antenna, able to send and receive data. When we chant Aum, we give our DNA the primordial sound of all creation, thus purifying our form. The science has proven it.
About The Author
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and *See the Big Picture*. Her blog is Yoga for the New World . Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing The Body And Mind Through The Art Of Yoga.
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