The Divine Name and Other Sacred Sounds
By Jonathan and Andi Goldman
Mantras are "words of power." They are sounds for personal and planetary healing. The
word "mantra" is Sanskrit and may be translated as the "thoughts that liberate from
samsara (the world of illusions)." Mantras are listened to or recited for many different
purposes; as a means of achieving different states of consciousness; to create resonance
with specific attributes of divine energy; and to manifest different qualities, from
resonating the chakras to embodying compassion. Mantras are found in all the different
sacred traditions including Judaism and Christianity—the "Hail Mary" or "Amen" in the
Christian tradition, or the "Shema" [pronounced sh’mah] or "Shalom" in the Hebrew
tradition are the equivalent of mantras, as is any repetition of prayer, chant, or sacred
sound. The prayers, chants, and sacred sounds of the Native American tradition or the
Islamic tradition may also be considered mantras. In fact, there is virtually no spiritual
tradition, including those of indigenous peoples, in which the recitation of sacred sound
as mantra does not occur.
While there are many mantras that are quite long and complex, people are often looking
for short mantras that may be easily sounded together in a group. Please note that it does
not seem to matter in what pitch, frequency, or keynote the mantra is chanted with regard
to the effect of the sound.
Of all the sacred sounds on this planet, the one that is most often chanted is the OM.
Undoubtedly, at any given moment, there is someone, somewhere, chanting this sacred
mantra. The OM is considered one of the oldest vocal sounds in existence—many
speculate that it has been chanted for untold thousands of years. It is considered to be the
"first of all mantras," the original, primordial sound—the mantra of creation.
OM is a mantra from the Hindu tradition, a Sanskrit word said to be the sound from
which the universe and all of creation first manifested. While pronounced OM, certain
Sanskrit scholars state that it is written as AUM. Many consider the two words to be
interchangeable. OM is said to be the sound that contains all sounds—it is the totality of
all other sounds. Swami Sivananda Radha says, "The cosmic sound AUM, or its
condensed form, OM, is the origin of all other sound. OM is everything. It is the name of
OM is a multi-dimensional sound and as such may be understood a number of different
ways. One understanding is that OM (or AUM) represents attributes of the major trinity
of Hindu gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Another understanding is that the A
represents the physical plane, the U the mental and astral planes and the M, all that is
beyond the reach of the intellect. AUM or OM is the initial syllable that begins almost all
mantras. Thus OM represents the Infinite, the One Mind, the all-embracing
Consciousness—that which is the very essence of existence.
THE DIVINE NAME
The Divine Name is a newly rediscovered sound that is universal in its origin and said to
be encoded within our DNA. This is not simply a word, but a vocalized sound that can
shift the vibratory rate of all who experience it. In addition, many sources believe that the
Divine Name was the most sacred of sounds found in the Old Testament—the
foundational book of the Abrahamic traditions, which is responsible for over half the
planet’s religions. The Divine Name was said to be so powerful that it became prohibited
from the Old Testament and then became lost for over 2,500 years. The Divine Name is
composed of a harmonically related series of vowel sounds that resonates all the chakras.
This sacred sound begins at the crown chakra at the top of the head, goes down to the
root chakra at the base of the spine, and then returns to the crown chakra.
The power of this sound is extraordinary. The Divine Name is composed of vowel sounds
with specific resonances that can be experienced by anyone, regardless of their spiritual
path, religion, or belief system. Because of the universality of this sound, knowledge of
this sacred sound has now been found in many different traditions throughout the world,
from Native American to ancient Egyptian.
The Divine Name puts the person chanting it into deep meditation with higher levels of
consciousness. Along with the powerful spiritual effects of this self-created sound, the
Divine Name can be used to create extraordinary health benefits for us on a personal
level, balancing our chakras and our electro-magnetic field. Through learning to create
this sound we’ll activate our innate God force; generating major positive changes and
transformational healing for ourselves and the world.
Contained within the Divine Name are the sounds of three mantras OM/AUM, AH, and
HU. Many perceive the Divine Name as not only a universal sound, but that it is also the
personal name of God.
Excerpt from the Jan-Mar 2016 issue of Venture Inward magazine, which is available
online to A.R.E. Members at EdgarCayce.org/members.
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Watch the Reflections: Wisdom of Edgar Cayce interview with Jonathan and Andi Goldman.
Jonathan Goldman, MA, an authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of
harmonics, is the author of several books including his recent release, The Divine Name.
His award-winning recordings include Chakra Chants" and "The Divine Name." He is
Founder and Director of the Sound Healers Association and CEO of Spirit Music.
Andi Goldman, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist specializing in holistic counseling and
sound therapy, Director of the Healing Sounds® Seminars and Co-Director of the Sound
Healers Association, and the wife and partner of Jonathan Goldman. Their website is
WANT TO BE HAPPY?
Then Stop Chasing After Happiness
By Josie Varga
If I asked you, do you want to be happy, you'd, of course, say yes. We all want to feel happiness, no exceptions. In fact, most of us spend a lifetime searching for meaning and happiness in our lives. Why do so many never get there? Why are so many unhappy?
We are all accustomed to the idea that happiness is something that we need to pursue but, ironically, the more we chase after happiness, the further we are from it. Happiness cannot be pursued or chased, because it comes from within and is all a matter of how we think.
True, money is important. Let's face it, we have to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. But according to a recent study, after about $75,000 a year, money does not increase or decrease your level of happiness.
We have all heard people say things like, "I'll be happy when I get a better job" or "I'll be happy when I buy a bigger house," etc. I call this the I'll Be Happy When scenario. But what happens when you get that job and you're still not happy? What happens when you finally get that dream house and feel no happier? "Stuff" does not make you happy. It might bring you pleasure for a while, but it can't bring you true happiness. True happiness is a choice and a state of mind. In other words, it can never be bought.
I can remember when I was a little girl growing up with a disability (I was born with cerebral palsy and suffer from bilateral hearing loss)—there were many times when I looked in the mirror and didn't like that girl with the kinky hair and overbite looking back at me.
It took me a long time to realize that the little girl I saw in the mirror was just a reflection of my mind. In other words, I was creating her by my own negative attitude. Life doesn't just happen. Life is a response to your way of thinking. Like Edgar Cayce said, our thoughts create our reality. Change your thinking; change your life.
Helen Keller with dog, Kamikaze
Author: Perkins School
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As many of you know, Helen Keller was both blind and deaf, and yet she went on to graduate from college and become one of the 20th century's leading humanitarians. Keller once wrote, "I have for many years endeavored to make this vital truth clear; and still people marvel when I tell them that I am happy. They imagine that my limitations weigh heavily upon my spirit, and chain me to the rock of despair. Yet, it seems to me, happiness has very little to do with the senses. If we make up our minds that this is a drab and purposeless universe, it will be that, and nothing else. On the other hand, if we believe that the earth is ours, and that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields because the artist in our souls glorifies creation. Surely, it gives dignity to life to believe that we are born into this world for noble ends, and that we have a higher destiny than can be accomplished within the narrow limits of this physical life."
Victor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor stated, "Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose." If you believe that life is defined by your circumstances, you will never rediscover the happiness within. Nothing will ever be enough, because you will always be searching for more.
I have both good and bad news. The bad news is our brains are actually prewired to pay more attention to negative experiences. It is part of our natural protective instinct or the body's fight or flight response. But the good news is positive thinking has been proved to literally change the makeup of the brain (a science called neuroplasticity).
One of the ways we do this is by repetition. We are how we think. Focusing on the positive stimulates the growth of nerve connections in the brain, which in turn leads to more positive thoughts.
As an author and motivational speaker, people always ask me, "How do you stay so positive?" Well, to be honest, being happy doesn't mean we are never unhappy. Let's face it, bad things happen. What it does mean, however, is that we acknowledge the bad but still choose the positive.
Josie Varga is a motivational speaker and the author of five books. Her most recent book, Divine Visits, highlights true angelic and divine interventions from around the world. For more information, please visit her website at JosieVarga.com.
Join Josie Varga online for the upcoming mentored eGroup Rediscover the Happiness Within: Train Your Mind to Think Positive, from Mar 25-Apr 21, 2015. The course reminds us that happiness lies within with topics including acceptance, appreciation, forgiveness, and action. To learn more, visit EdgarCayce.org/egroups.
Seeds for the Garden of Life
By Jerry Lazarus
The most important seeds ever planted are the ones that blossom in the garden of life. When these seeds are sown carefully and the plants tenderly nurtured, they produce a garden that beautifies and enriches life for family, friends, and others who may step onto your path.
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Here are some instructions for planting seeds in the garden of life:
Love: Perennial—evergreen—if planted with attentive care. Sow this seed anywhere year-round. Bears fruit first season, but the yield grows more prolific as the plant matures. Hardy, self-seeding.
Patience: Seeds will not germinate if sowed too early. Will bear large fruit if allowed to grow until the end of fruiting season. Easy to propagate in your home garden. Curbs impatiens overgrowth.
Faith: For best results, before seeding, improve the soil with hope. If properly cared for, this plant produces heavy clusters of fruits of the spirit. Support the fruits until harvest. For vigorous growth, plant alongside patience; doubt intolerant.
Kindness: Excellent when mixed in with Love. Germinates quickly. Make sure to water regularly and the yield will be plentiful. Attracts many beneficial creatures, including friends, neighbors, and strangers. Top seller!
Joy: Annual. Must seed each year for new growth.
Compassion: Best sown in areas where other seeds are hard to germinate. May take time to see results. Fruit is full of character. Drip irrigation recommended.
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Truthfulness: This is a natural deterrent for all types of pests and will keep a garden looking beautiful and healthy. Sow in between rows. Fragrant and attractive blooms. Self-pollinating.
Generosity: Prolific growth and fruiting year-round. Because of heavy fruiting, it’s a favorite to share with neighbors. Makes an excellent gift, especially during the holiday season.
Peace: Companion planting with Tolerance recommended. Once germinated, will grow with all combination of plants. Can endure any conditions. Regular picking provides a continuous supply of fresh Peace. Everyone seems to get along when peace is planted with Tolerance.
Cooperation: Will adapt to any conditions. For optimal yield, plant on common ground. Promotes cross-pollination among all. A favorite of community gardens.
Special Instructions: Do not use pesticides, such as hate, jealousy, haste, anger, fear, arrogance, blame, or belittling. Although they may provide short-term relief, in the end they are toxic to gardeners, soil and plants.
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Before planting, prepare soil with openness, willingness, and thoughtfulness. Fertilize the soil to help seeds to grow.
Enjoy the fruits of these seeds of the heart year-round!
These certified organic seeds can be grown in all zones. Call now, guidance is only a heartbeat away! The Master Gardener is standing by for all your prayers and questions!
Jerry Lazarus is a spiritual teacher, counselor, and author. He has a master’s degree in
religion and meditation, and has studied Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and
Christianity. Jerry is the dream columnist for Venture Inward magazine, a speaker for
A.R.E. conferences. He leads workshops and retreats on spiritual and mystical topics
across the United States. His book, Dreams: Listening to the Voice of God, is available
at his Web site: jerrylazarus.com. Jerry is the featured presenter in the new Soul Growth
Saturday workshop Edgar Cayce on the Wisdom of Dreams: Listening to the Voice of God Conference in Virginia Beach on Jun 20, 2015.
A Dimension of Consciousness
By John Van Auken
Edgar Cayce has a strange and fascinating perspective on patience. To him, patience is not just a virtue but also another dimension. “Time, space, and patience are those channels through which man as a finite mind may become aware of the infinite,” he explained. (Edgar Cayce Reading 3161-1) But then, in the same reading, he goes on to say, “There is no time, no space, when patience becomes manifested in love.” He explains, “Love unbounded is patience. Love manifested is patience.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-24)
When patience becomes an active principle in our lives, we rise above the boundaries of time and space. Our finite mind and our human side hold us in the dimensions of time and space but we have access to our infinite mind. Our Christ-like side can and will lift us beyond time and space. “Self in the physical grows weary, because you are only human, because you are finite; you have a beginning, you have an end of your patience, your love, your hope, your fear, your desire. But when these problems arise know you cannot walk the whole way alone, but He has promised in the Christ-Consciousness to give you strength, to give you life and that more abundant.” (3161-1) “In patience run the race that is set before you, looking to Him, the author, the giver of light, truth, and immortality. That should be the central theme in every individual.” (262-24)
Patience is not passive endurance and submissiveness. It is active, transforming, and filled with the power of God in action. “Taking or enduring hardships, or censure, or idiosyncrasies of others, is not necessarily patience at all.” (262-24) “Patience is active rather than passive.” (262-26) In one of his wonderful twists, Cayce asks us to consider the patience of God’s relationship with man. How has God manifested His/Her patience with us? Has He taken away free will? Has He crushed evildoers? Banned non-believers? Cayce notes “God is God of those who hate Him as well as of those who love Him. He is patient, He is kind, He is merciful.” (254-115) Again, Cayce expresses an active quality to patience:
“Love unbounded is patience. Love manifested is patience.... Remove self far from criticisms or fault-findings in others, and there comes then patience in word, deed, and act.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-24)
Actively trying to resist finding fault or criticizing others is patience. Actively trying to manifest love, when it hurts, is patience.
Cayce says, “Not in submissiveness alone, but in righteous wrath serve you the living God. Be mad, but sin not!” (262-24)
There’s an old Dutch proverb that seems to go straight to the point: “A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.”
Isaac Newton wrote: “If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.”
Leonardo da Vinci, a man who truly lived patience, taught:
“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.”
Patience requires that we loose the hold our finite mind and human side have upon us and open to our infinite mind, the Christ-Consciousness, and our spiritual, god-like side. We should actively run the race set before us—loving, not condemning, those around us and walking the daily path with God. When we do this, we live in another dimension, one beyond the limitations of time and space. A path that is eternal and filled with peace that passes all understanding.
St. Francis de Sales (French bishop of Geneva; 1567-1622) taught: “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them–every day begin the task anew.”
Jesus Christ: “In your patience possess you your souls.”
(Luke 21:19 KJV)
We need to begin using our godly faculties more frequently in order to become who we ultimately are: companions to, and co-creators with God. Active patience in our daily lives is a fruit that carries the seeds of the Spirit within us, and when applied daily these seeds grow into a tree of life.
John Van Auken
is a director at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., and is one of the organization’s most popular speakers, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad to address audiences on the body-mind-spirit topics found in the Edgar Cayce readings. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. John conducts seminars in the U.S. and abroad, and is a tour guide to the many sacred sites around the world. His latest book, Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You is now available for purchase at ARECatalog.com.
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