When my spiritual "remembering" began several years ago, mantras and affirmations kept appearing in my life. When I was ready, I leaned into this practice as I felt drawn. I think it's important to follow your instincts and step out of your comfort zone as you feel guided. I began by repeating powerful affirmations (listed below) an eventually incorporated chanting sanskrit mantras for powerful healing, grounding and transformation.
'Mantra' is Sanskrit word meaning sacred syllables or sacred words. Mantras are described as vibrational formulas that can be recited silently, spoken, or sung aloud. They make a sound and a frequency directed into our sub-conscious mind. Mantras are intended for very specific results and are repeated a certain number of times. Some mantras may be prayer while others can be powerful and involve commands.
Traditionally, most mantras are chanted 108 times. That is why traditional japa malas have 108 beads. I don't always get to 108 depending on time allowed but I strive for at least 54. Here is the explanation I learned about the significance of the number 108.
The chakras, our energy centers, are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. In Vedic astrology there are 12 constellations, and 9 arc segments called namshas or chandrakalas. 9 times 12 equals 108. Chandra is moon, and kalas are the divisions within a whole. In 108, 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.
The stronger my faith and emotion attached with the mantra, the better it makes me feel and helps shift my mindset. It’s like charging my internal batteries, the more I repeat a mantra, the more I am energetically charged and connected to the divine. The power is subtle and really fast. I often feel an immediate effect but cannot accurately describe what it does. It feels totally natural and instinctive, as though I have been doing this for many lifetimes.
Mantras can be stated in your native language or you can chant ancient sanskrit mantas (very powerful!). I encourage you to find mantras that resonate with you for where you are now. They don't have to all be sacred and they don't have to be what others are doing. If it feels right for you then it is...
My affirmation mantra: I look at my reflection if I am able when repeating this. I find the practice to be most powerful for my self love when I am naked and looking at my reflection. I notice how my appearance changes as the love for myself and my gratitude shines.
I AM ENOUGH
I AM WORTHY
I AM WHOLE
I AM LOVE
I AM FREE
I AM INTUITIVE
I AM BEAUTIFUL
I AM WISE
I AM BRAVE
I AM PATIENT
I AM ADVENTUROUS
I AM DIVINE
My favorite Sanskrit Mantras:
These ancient, powerful mantras are best when chanted.
Why I chant it: Om is said to be the first sound heard at the creation of the universe. When each syllable is pronounced fully, you should feel the energy of the sound lifting from your pelvic floor all the way up through the crown of your head. The sound of the Om is said to unblock the throat chakra, which can lead to better communication with others
Pronunciation: Saaaaaaaat Nam or Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat Nam
Sat is extended eight times longer than Nam. If you really want the mantra to radiate from the base of your spine to the center of your head, make the Sat 35 times longer than the Nam.
Translation: "Truth is my name"
Why I chant it: Sat Nam can be a way to find your intuition.
"Om Mani Padme Hum"
Pronunciation: Om(ohm) Ma(mah) Ni(nee) Pad(pahd) Me(may) Hum(hum)
Why I chant it: Om Mani Padme Hum helps me to dissolve my ego, judgement and be more mindful. This is a powerful mantra with a lot of meaning behind it. A translated phrase that is is closest to sum it all up is this: “The jewel is in the lotus.”. This is to say that within all of us is the lotus flower, it’s just covered up by a lot of mud and muck. Reciting this mantra over and over again, with the right intention, is believed to get rid of the mud and muck until we are as pure, compassionate and wise as the lotus flower itself. I encourage you to research this mantra further to increase your intention while reciting it.