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A calm, peaceful sense of oneness is critical to our evolution; otherwise, we volley back and forth from one state of consciousness to another without ever really knowing what is real and what is not. I experience this shifting consciousness when I don't meditate every day. The slippage is all too apparent to me, and unfortunately, to others around me as well.
When I do return to meditation, I am amazed at consistently gentle, loving voice of my heart, which does not complain when I skip my contemplative time, but waits patiently for me to return. Recently, while in deep meditation, I heard a quiet little voice say, "I am too hurried." Upon engaging in a pen-and-paper dialogue with my heart and mind, I learned that both want and need restful peace of meditation.
This makes sense, doesn't it? It is in Oneness that both are energized and made more vibrant and whole. In this blissful state, these three notes organize themselves into a chord made of proper co-creative partnership: mind serving heart, heart serving soul, and soul serving what I call Divine Harmonic.
4. The power of chanting and toning. To comprehend potential of sound, we have only to read Hebrew Bible, which tells us how powerful vibration of trumpets and drumbeat of marching feet toppled walls of Jericho. In modern times, we have seen this same harmonic phenomenon in a California bridge undulating in resonance with frequency of wind blowing all around it. The bridge eventually shattered. Equally unpleasant to many of us is deep, rumbling bass of automobile speakers passing by and thumping our beating hearts into palpitations.
Such "entrainment" sensations can be reversed by a meditative thought, word or rhythmic sound, all of which will rapidly shift any frequency pattern. People have always used chanting and toning to evoke altered states of consciousness and heal with power of sound.
I've recently read, but have not yet verified, that Egyptian hieroglyphics show adepts using vibrations of their voices to heal their patients' energy fields. It makes sense intuitively that if we fully understood capabilities of frequency and vibration, we would be able to heal anything.
The racial memory of these abilities, lost through ages, has been restored to us by Cayce and others. Researchers reading of Cayce's glimpses into distant past believe that mastery of sound technology is how Mayans, Aztecs and Egyptians moved 100-ton boulders hundreds of miles and up mountainsides to build megalithic temples and pyramids.
David Elkington's meticulously researched book, In Name of Gods, claims that Egypt's pyramids were not meant to be burial chambers, but were frequency modulators for spiritual ascension and for quickening mummified dead. Like sacred cairns and stone circles, pyramidal structures amplify resonance of chanting voices and may have been used to raise frequencies of crystalline human body into harmony with crystalline healing frequencies of Earth. We know today that this frequency, 7.8 hertz, is a fundamental brain wave frequency of meditation and spontaneous healing by hands-on practitioners.
Hindus, Buddhists and many Westerners harmonize body-mind by chanting familiar "Om" or singing word "Hu," Sufi and Eckankar seed sound for God. (Eckankar is present-day Religion of Light and Sound of God.) The vowel sounds in these words move energy through abdominal, cardio-pulmonary and cranial cavities of body when we focus on feeling this movement of loving, divine energy, rather than how we sound to others. The key to chanting and toning is being present to it.
Here's a powerful chant from ancient Egypt, resurrected in trance by Edgar Cayce and explained in a little book, Music as Bridge, published by Cayce's Association of Research and Enlightenment (edgarcayce.org) in Virginia Beach. I've asked people, during my talks and workshops, to sing this chant and always hear beautiful harmonic overtones that carry singers into deep meditative states. Cayce said this particular chant awakens our ability to draw ourselves into divine and divine into us. See if it works for you!
Surrounding yourself with a sacred circle of love, chant word ar-ar-r-r--e-e-e--o-o-o--mmm. Fill your pelvis and navel with this rich, resonant "ar-ar-r-r" (as in ah-r) and with your whole body sound "eeeeee" (as in eat) in your solar plexus, moving breath upward and directing "oooooo" (as in oh) to heart and throat, then uuuuuu (as in blue) to base and center of brain, and "mmmmm" (as in room) to forehead and frontal lobe of your brain. You will feel this last sound vibrating very bones of your head.
If you sit with this chant for awhile, you'll feel currents of spiritual love coursing through your body-mind, and a river of peace will carry you into Oneness of perfect love. Share your peace and healing by visualizing your loved ones and Earth's people basking in joy.
Joy is natural outcome of these pathways into Oneness, for here we feel perfection in all things and know ourselves to be one with Divine. All pain, loss and sorrow fall away in this journey toward Light and Sound of God. In beautiful music of this illuminated Oneness, we soar on wings of freedom and joy, at home in our place of true belonging, forever.
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Judith Pennington is a writer, workshop leader and author of a critically acclaimed book on the soul and consciousness: The Voice of the Soul: A Journey into Wisdom and the Physics of God. Visit her website, www.eaglelife.com, to read articles related to this one and to sign up for her free e-newsletter, The Still, Small Voice, and e-zine, OneWorld.