Chant Progression: Om Mani Padme Hum

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The mantra of Avalokiteshvara, OM MANI PADME HUM,
in Tibetan script on the petals of a lotus with the
seed syllable HRI in the center. (Om Mani Padme Hum Hri).
© Christopher J. Fynn / Wikimedia Commons,
via Wikimedia Commons

This exercise is a series of inner transitions to make while you repeatedly chant/sing “Om Mani Padme Hum” out loud. It’s a journey from regular consciousness into expanded, higher consciousness. At the end, I’ve included a lovely video with the mantra (the verbalization is Tibetan, don’t be thrown off) that might be useful to guide your rhythm and focus.

This chant progression isn’t inline with standard practices or confined to one set of spiritual concepts. Purists might say the experience of the One referenced here is completely outside of the tradition the mantra comes from. Irrelevant.

Spirituality is adaptive- your best practices evolve as you do. Take what works for you and change the rest to suit yourself. Your intuition is, as always, the best guide. It is the whisper of the Beloved.

Blessings on your journey,

Sit in a comfortable posture. Be it a classic meditation pose or just sitting in a chair, your posture should be such that you are minimally distracted by your body. Dim the lights. Close your eyes and put your focus on your breath for a time.

Begin chanting or singing: Om Mani Padme Hum. Repeat it as many times as you feel you need to between steps of this chant progression.

Settle more deeply within yourself. Allow your body processes to slow. Allow your mind to slow. Sense, without efforts at visualization, that you are sitting by a cosmic river.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Move your attention from your breath into the mantra. If you begin to feel out of breath, stop the mantra and take slow, deep breaths until you can continue.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Split your awareness between the mantra and your posture for a moment. Straighten your back comfortably, without extending your chest forward or slumping backward. Relax while sitting upright. Return into the mantra, wholly into the mantra.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Split your awareness between the mantra and your thoughts for a moment. Disengage from the passing thoughts, letting them drift away as leaves on the cosmic river. They happen and might continue to happen, but they have nothing to do with you. Return into the mantra, wholly into the mantra.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Repeat the mantra with your voice and your mind. Think the mantra as you say it. Allow all body and mind awareness to fade away before the rhythm of this wave.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Feel the vibration of the mantra, your body and mind are purring with it. You are this vibration, sink into it so that the articulation of the mantra is simply the embodiment of this energy. Your energy.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Sense that you are being illuminated from above. Know and feel that you are yourself radiating light. If you waver, it is nothing more than the flickering of a candle. Light radiates into and out of you.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Sense that the trees and grasses are all singing this mantra with you. This is the sound of growing and rising. This is also a psalm and a prayer, for this kind of growth is the same as worship. Adoration wells up in your heart as you participate in the rippling wave of life.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Sense that all things are singing some version of this mantra with you. This is the sound of the upwelling of creation, of things coming into and going out of existence. Sing the mantra as a part of the chorus, adding your thread of light into the torrent. The river is bigger and stronger because of your contribution.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Let go of everything except for the river. You are the moving water, you are the gushing light.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Flow as compassion and healing to all things. Flow so that all creatures edge toward enlightenment and happiness. Flow.

Om Mani Padme Hum.

Sense the infinite expanse of all this creation, this flow of love. Feel this grace, this embrace of the Beloved.

Om Mani Padme Hum. Om Mani Padme Hum. Om Mani Padme Hum.

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