Sound Healing

Tapping the Power of OM
by Sherry Roberts

Aum (or as Westerners like to spell it: om) is a vital part of the science of yoga. It’s a tool, a phenomenon, a mystery. To many people, aum is just a word chanted in meditation or as a closing prayer in yoga practice. Aum is considered the all-connecting sound of the universe — one word interpreted as having three sounds representing creation, preservation, and destruction.

Aum became the sacred word hum of the Tibetans, amin of the Moslems, and amen of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Christians. Amen in Hebrew means “sure, faithful.” 

Chanting Aum

Aum is a way of deepening the concentration of the mind, which leads to realization of the divine. The mantra aum may be sounded aloud, whispered, or repeated mentally. The correct pronunciation of aum is to pronounce it om so it rhymes with home. In The Yoga Book, author Steven Sturgess offers a technique for chanting aum. He suggests beginning meditation by chanting aum aloud for ten minutes, then chant aum in a whisper for the next ten minutes, and then mentally chant aum for ten minutes. Finally, be still and meditate on the spiritual eye (the point between your eyebrows). Surrender into the vibrations of aum. “Feel your awareness expanding still further into the field of pure consciousness, become one with om,” Sturgess says. 

Healing with Aum

The Self-Realization Fellowship, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920, offers instructions on its Web site for using the Yogananda's aum healing technique. Yogananda noted that everything in the universe is composed of energy and that the apparent differentiation between solids, liquids, gases, sound, and light is merely a difference in their vibratory rates. He maintained that by chanting the aum, the divine vibration, we can increase the body’s supply of cosmic energy and even direct it as a healing force to any part of the body, mind, and soul. 

The Aum Symbol

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You will find more discussions about the power of aum in these references:


Tree of Light
Healing Center




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