by Don Miguel Ruiz
the SPIRITUALITY place
Write a selected affirmation or mantra in a journal ~ the written word emphasizes the visual sense
for those understanding in this manner. Also the words can be chanted (good to do while you are walking) or use a prayer bead for counting discipline when doing a mantra. Repetition can permit a deeper level of interpretation of what is being chanted, written or counted. Here are suggestions:
THESE ARE ALL DISCIPLINES FOR THOUGHTS & "THOUGHTS ARE THINGS"
Choose an affirmation like, I AM HAPPY, and really try to understand the various levels of what this could mean. For instance, the "I AM" has significance based on reference to the Christ Consciousness as well as to the individual. Then, better define what happy means to you. What does happy feel like? Does it have a smell? A shape? Go through all the senses and see if happy can be further defined. You could write this affirmation in a journal for as many times as you care to write it. Then let yourself reflect on all that has been recently redefined. Or, you can mentally state the I AM HAPPY over and over again similar to a mantra. In addition to the above you can also write one or two lines about who you are or wish to become. Here is one example: I AM happy, I AM healthy, I AM an astrologer, I AM a healer, I AM aware, I AM successful.
The REIKI symbols naturally lend
themselves to chant. Those of you
who have taken Reiki I are aware of
the symbol Cho Ku Rei, also known
as the Power Symbol. Chanting this
with Reiki Intent can intensify this
power level and bring a renewed
sense of energy. It is very releasing.
Try varying your emphasis on each
word until you find the natural rhythm
that most matches your intent and purpose. Become aware of the
difference in intensities and other
telling signs that come to the fore
when chanting the various symbols
and how this complements their
Prayer Beads are wonderful tools to use to count mantras etc. Also called MALAs, traditionally there are 108 beads and when these are added together total 9, the number associated with completion.
gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the
Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; We
are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:
Be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his
mercy is everlasting; And his truth endureth to all generations.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with
St. Francis of Assisi
If you already have a word or phrase
that you are reciting regularly then
continue with that choice. You might
want to experiment with chanting and
see what variations bring to the current meaning for you. If there are some favorites that you would want listed here
for others to have as choices please
feel free to suggest via an email.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
OM MANI PEME HUNG
HARE, HARE RAMAKRISHNA
NAMHO KWAN YIN BODHISATTVA
OM MANI PADME HUM
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace
Where there is hatred, Let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy;
From Sanskrit: Man(root) - to think; Tra - tool
translates to a "tool for thinking"
OM AH HUNG
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
ANY books by Eknath Easwaran
particularly the 3 Vol. series on
THE BHAGAVAD GITA
The author gives clear examples that are extracted from his varied life experiences. His writing style is direct & easy to understand.
THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE READING!
Great example of how
to live your life by
following these four