In this blog, we discuss our internal state of consciousness, specifically the domination of negative states and how we can transform them into lasting positive states.
Wouldn’t you like to be able to change your mental-emotional state when it is negative, such as, when sadness, fear or frustration dominates your consciousness? For these are what we can call “undesirable” states of consciousness. No one wants to live in them, not for long. Or do we?
Interestingly, undesirable states of consciousness have a way of self-perpetuation. The negative energy will feed back into itself in a loop that we might even accept as a type of normal. In these instances, we are unhappy but are resigned to that negative state. Not good!
There are, however, spiritual practices that wake us up from this state of apathy and resignation. Wouldn’t it be good to know that some of the states we accept as normal are not healthy for us? One of the most powerful ways to do this spiritually is through the practice of mantra.
Mantras are comprised of sound vibrations that are also spiritual vibrations. They act as catalysts for higher states of consciousness. They oscillate the vibrations of lower states and help “loosen” coagulated structures in our energy body. Sounds cool. It is so.
Once the sluggish vibrations within the self are broken up, we start to see through the gaps created by the disintegration of old structures of energy that caused us to “see” a certain way. This is the first phase of the process. And it is crucial.
Once gaps in routine modes of perception shift, we begin to transition into new and higher states of consciousness. During this phase, the practice of mantras can continue to help us, keeping our eye on the ball, so to speak, to sustain our movement toward better states.
In the final phase, our sustained transition facilitates the transformations we desire resulting in lasting states of higher consciousness. Wouldn’t you like to live more fully in higher states of consciousness that do not pull you down into anger, fear and depression?
So there are three distint phases when mantras are used for this purpose: disintegration, transition and transformation.
Phase 1: A shift in perception occurs as the mantra or mantras we use act on old structures and they start to disintegrate.
Phase 2: We begin to transition between two states: the old persists while we try and sustain the vision of the new, higher state.
Phase 3: We actively “transform” the old states and “translate” them into the new state so that it becomes the lasting, new normal.
The new state is just a word for living in an exalted state of consciousness in which there is a deeper joy, greater love and a palpable peace, all of which are not linked to external factors but originate within the very substance of our own self, our own being.
However, in order to engage this process, we need to know how to use mantras in a special way. Simply saying them any way we want to will not have such an effect. We must learn to use them a bit like spiritual archeologists, carefully working on an area to “reveal” ancient treasures.
There is a whole system to this process, a step-by-step learning, and then, a methodical application geared towards results. This is not meant to be a slip-shod, haphazard, let’s wing-it-and-see what happens! This is the Mastery of Mantra.
And you do not need to have any prior knowledge of Sanskrit or mantra or Indian spirituality in order to embark on this training. As a matter of fact, the method is specifically designed for westerners who have no previous knowledge of mantra.
If you are aware that you have “undesirable” states of consciousness that take over your life, hijack your happiness, or sabotage the quality time you spend with loved ones, you will want to explore the Mastery of Mantra so you can gain control of your interior states.
om shaanti, the word for peace is a simple mantra to use when you are agitated. See if you can use it regularly to calm yourself. om shakti, the word for power, can rouse you out of apathy and empower you when you are feeling disempowered. Try to use it in that specific situation.
But complex states of the ego can prevent simple mantras like this from having an effect when we are truly agitated or disempowered. Because this method requires a bit of time to understand and apply oneself, you are invited to our free webinar on the Mastery of Mantra. In the meantime, try to use whatever mantras you know to change your state when you are in a negative state. You can also experiment with using mantras when others are in a negative state, to help them return to a state of balance.