Monday, 14 February 2011
The Power Of Om
Recently, I have been concentrating mainly on exploring Meditation, Yoga and various eastern techniques and philosophies.
Meditation to me is ultimately about interrupting the trance of daily life, and thoughts that take over our minds, often without us realising it. Our inner life is very important, and obviously thoughts both negative and positive can have a major influence on us, this is an essential thing to grasp for anyone beginning magical practice, and even seasoned magicians can often get carried away with the more advanced techniques and forget about the basics of meditation and control of the mind and Will.
One of the techniques I have been experimenting with (not for the first time in my practice) is the use of mantras. I decided to use a very simple and the most obvious one which of course is - "Om".
Om, is an ancient Sanskrit word, and if I remember correctly from reading Crowley's book "Magic In Theory And Practice", Crowley believed it, and it's derivatives to be a very powerful magical word.
So, I used this word during my meditation practice, first of all saying it silently in my mind, and then I found myself saying it out loud, softly at first. It then became louder, and I found different tones started to emanate and almost evolve. Eventually this became a vibration, rather than simply a word, or even a sound. It became a vibration that linked me with some kind of cosmic essence, and the vibration enlivened and empowered my body, filling it with energy. At this point all distracting thoughts also seemed to disappear.
I would be interested to hear from anyone else who has any similar experiences.
Om - read more (Wikipedia entry).