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What is mantra?
Mantra, or sacred sounds / phrases / chants, can be a very powerful tool in the healing process. Mantra is considered capable of “creating transformation” [from Wikipedia]. Also known as devanagari or ngak (in Tibetan), mantra is found in Hindu, Buddhist and other religious traditions. I am a Buddhist practitioner, so I know the potency of mantra within Buddhist practice and traditions, so that is what I am referring to here.
Are there examples of spiritual teachers using mantra to heal?
I have heard stories of many Tibetan Lamas (monks and teachers) who use mantra to help their students and families heal. There are stories of high Lamas chanting mantras and then blowing on butter, and having their sick students rub the butter on the sore parts of their bodies. And there are countless stories of Mani-Drupchen(s) where millions of mantras get chanted around the clock. Tiny little medicinal pills are created especially for this ceremony, and in some Drupchens, these pills actually multiply on their own (a miracle to be sure). That is why these pills, called Mani Ribu, are so sought after. And finally, Tibetan doctors use mantra to imbue their medicine with additional spiritual healing qualities.
Why does mantra work?
There are four inconceivable powers in Buddhism, that is, we as ordinary human beings cannot conceive of the complete possibilities of these four. These are 1) form, 2) mantra, 3) samadhi and 4) karma. We cannot conceive of all of the manifestations of any of these. When we chant a mantra with faith and conviction, then there is no end to the healing potential of it. And even better, if we have received a transmission of the mantra from an authentic lineage holder in a living lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, then the mantra may have more potency. I have heard that if we have faith in the Yidam, or Buddhist Deity, of whom we chant the mantra – for instance, if we chant Green Tara’s mantra with faith and reverence – then an actual Green Tara deity (wisdom being) goes out from us and performs benefit for others in the world. If you believe it, then that sounds pretty powerful indeed.
Do I personally use mantra for healing?
Personally, I use mantra in my practice of healing facilitation. When I work with someone, they will typically request a specific modality – either Craniosacral Biodynamic work or Somatic Processing or a combination of the two. But I will usually ask if it is okay to silently use mantra in the session. The client never knows I am doing it, but if I get a “Yes,” that it is okay to use it, then I quietly chant a few mantras and then blow on my hands, giving them additional potency and requesting for the wisdom beings to also benefit the client on the table. I find this to be a powerful supplement to my practice.
As seasoned readers hopefully know, I am not attempting the foolish attempt to compare myself to the individuals I mention above. I am just an ordinary human being, but I have been trained in legitimate (empirically based) healing facilitation modalities such as Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Somatic Processing. And if I include a tiny bit of mantra, perhaps it helps, perhaps not.
I have received multiple initiations into certain lineages of healing practices such as Medicine Buddha and White Tara (longevity), along with other practices. Therefore I hope I have received authentic transmissions of these mantras, which might benefit my clients that much more.
I just recently moved into a new office which is beautifully decorated with colorful and soothing abstract artwork. It is a soothing environment for healing and resting down. I offer sessions most weekday mornings and by appointment only.
If you want, come visit my new-to-me-office and receive a treatment, which can include the healing power of mantra. I offer Craniosacral Therapy (more biomechanical – good for more gross levels of healing), Craniosacral Biodynamics (for healing more subtle layers of trauma and stress) along with Somatic Processing (working with the Vagus system and helping the body to relax and release further trauma and tension).