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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).


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Hey!  Its time for yet another astrology post.  (Wow – when it rains it certainly pours!)  And while I am at it, why not debunk some lingering, residual thoughts that Saturn (the planet in a horoscope and its symbolism) represents guaranteed hard times.  Because that reasoning is simply in error.

We can break out of icy patterns and spread our many blessings

We can break out of icy patterns and spread our many blessings

Up until the 18th century, the furthest planet from the Sun (that we could see with the naked eye) was…  Saturn, the old devil whose name rings oddly synonymous with Satan, which has been associated with “Cold, Dry, Testing, Restricting, Contracting and Debilitating,”  at least this is how it was interpreted by medieval astrologers (along with astrologers dating back to the Greek and Babylonian periods).  There was much less choice about one’s life than there is today – in their time, social class, education and pedigree meant a lot and it was challenging to go about changing one’s situation.  Of course you could argue that not much has changed…

Fast forward to the 20th and 21st centuries, where we have American Idol, The Shark Tank and academic achievements being recognized and rewarded.  Some of our presidents come from little tiny states that many people never hear about (think Clinton) and others get elected due to their family’s name and / or fortune.  For the most part however, the amount of work, study, research and experience we have in a field gets rewarded.  There are those rare exceptions nowadays of people getting their PhD’s in religious studies or philosophy leaving many parents scratching their heads going, “Why would you major in that?”  And some of these people end up becoming food and beverage managers or carpenters.  But I digress, back to my argument about Saturn..

Saturn and moon (

Saturn and moon (

I want to present the argument, contrary to popular belief, that Saturn is actually the most rewarding planet of all.  Many astrologers would probably scoff at this premise, but hear me out.  Yes yes, I realize that Jupiter is considered the “Great Benefic.”  And Venus always rewards us through our friends and loved ones, especially when we practice generosity and unconditional loving-kindness.  Well, when it comes to doing the uncomfortable, nitty-gritty work, there is no greater benefic than Saturn.  Of course, you might say, “Who wants to do that?”  A friend of mine recently mentioned, that to attain enlightenment or to get on stage at Carnegie Hall is the same – it requires Practice, Practice, Practice.  Maybe I should refine my argument – when it comes to work done in this lifetime, Saturn provides the greatest reward.  If you want to talk about inheritance (whether from past lives’ merit or from trust funds), then go with Jupiter.

Saturn speaks of discipline, practicality and keeping up with the details.  Basically the little things in life matter – I love the saying that “life is 90% maintenance.”  What a great Saturnian quote!  Jupiter and Venus can lead to laziness and enjoyment of the luxuries and comforts of life.  While Saturn says, “Hey, you’ve been studying this subject diligently for the past nine years, now it is time to start teaching others (or get that dream professorship you have been wanting)!  And therefore be rewarded for your time in service.”

Saturn and rings (

Saturn and rings (

One way my argument might falter is in that Saturn tends to resonate with the purification of negative karma.  So we could be sailing along, doing everything “right” when all of a sudden, Bam!  We unexpectedly have to take care of an ailing parent (Saturn in the 4th, 6th houses) or sibling (Saturn in the 3rd) or in-law (Saturn in the 11th).  Well, I would counter with the fact that we have to cleanse the pallet as it were – clear the old to make space for the new.  There are times in life where we have to do that which is less than comfortable, and sometimes this work can be just as rewarding.  So sand down those rough spots in your psyche (and know it is going to work out in the end!).

I have heard Tibetan Lamas discussing the benefits which come from diligent spiritual practice.  Of course enlightenment is the utmost goal of spiritual practice, however, there are also residual affects.  [From my limited knowledge, I think we have to be practicing sincerely and humbly to acquire these perks.]  And this practice is neither easy nor comfortable.  For instance, one man met what might seem like the perfect mate – a strikingly beautiful, very intelligent yet modest young woman (I’m not trying to promote an opinion here, only to describe the situation).  They got married and currently have one of the cutest boys I have ever seen.  Well…  Prior to meeting this idyllic woman, this guy had done thousands of full prostrations in the past couple years – maybe even 108,000.  I have heard other stories of people practicing Dzambhala or Green Tara and being able to manifest many of their desires.  It makes sense, especially if we “believe” in Buddhist deities being real and being able to affect the lives of people who make a strong connection with them.

Well who’d have thought?  I just brought Green Tara and Dzambhala into the same conversation as Saturn…  I hope they do not mind!  However, Saturn is known as the great teacher and tester.  I would love to hear your comments about “time in service” equaling eventual promotion.

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Happy Holiday! Khenpo Tsultrim of the Tibetan Meditation Center recommends that we do as many ladakh-summer-2008-104OM MANI PADME HUNG mantras during this week.  Then dedicate the merit for all sentient beings, especially the turkeys.

If you have not seen my photos from Ladakh yet, they are in upcoming posts! Look ahead 🙂

This is a Green Tara picture taken from my summer trip to Ladakh India – our “center” in Charlottesville does not quite have the extra wall space for a painting of this elegance.  The Drikung Kagyu Ratnashri Sangha of Charlottesville does a discussion group on alternating Sunday evenings.  To learn more, leave a comment here on my blog and I will email you back.

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