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by John Van Auken

Chanting is an excellent and ancient way to transform vibrations, energize chakras, and raise body, mind, and spirit into the Presence of God. It is a chief method of raising consciousness in Buddhism and Hinduism. Gregorian chanting has seen a revival in Western culture.

Good chanting is deep, inner sounding, not outward singing. The voice’s vibrations are directed inward. It is done with low monotones that have a rising movement and a resonance that attempts to vibrate the chakras along the kundalini pathway and move their energy upward.

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Each voice is so unique that we could make a lock on a door that only one voice could open. Therefore, the best chanting voice for your body is yours.

There are three chambers within the human body: abdominal, cardio-pulmonary, and cranial. A resonant sounding within these chambers vibrates the endocrine glands that correspond to the chakras. Changing the sounding as one progresses causes the vibration to rise up the body from the lower to the higher chakras through the kundalini pathway. This energizes the body, because the kundalini is the life-force of the body.

Sit comfortably with your back straight. Take a long, deep breath, filling the lungs completely. With slow, deep, resonant tones direct your voice into each of the chambers. Edgar Cayce gives an excellent chant for this purpose: aaaaaaa (“a” as in ah), eeeeeee (“e” as in eat), ooooooo (“o” as in oh), uuuuuuu (“u” as in blue), mmmmmmm (“m” as in room). Using your mind and imaginative forces, direct the aaaaaaa sounding to the lower area of your torso (pelvis and navel), the eeeeeee sounding to your solar plexus (mid-stomach area), the ooooooo to your heart area and on upward to your throat, the uuuuuuu to the base of your brain and over to the center of it, and the mmmmmmm sound to the frontal lobe of your brain and your forehead.

Balance your breath in order to have equal amounts of the sound at each of the areas of the body, leaving enough breath for sounding at your frontal lobe and forehead. As you move the sound with your imagination or mind’s eye, move the energy of the body up with it, until your brain is greatly stimulated and the frontal lobe and forehead are tingling. Feel this happening. See it. Imagine it. Know it is happening.

After each set of aaaaaaa, eeeeeee, ooooooo, uuuuuuu, mmmmmmm, abide in silence long enough to feel the strange but wonderful yang-yin relationship of the sounding (yang) and the silence (yin). This helps alter the consciousness and energy of the body and mind and move them inward and upward.

Repeat the chanting long enough to cause an altered state of consciousness to occur. This usually requires at least three sets of aaaaaaa, eeeeeee, ooooooo, uuuuuuu, mmmmmmm to upwards of seven or twelve sets. The goal is not chanting, but deep, stimulated silence in which your body, mind, and spirit feel high and receptive to the Spirit of the infinite, omnipotent, omniscient Presence of God. Then abide in this state until you are sufficiently imbued with the Presence to carry it with you through the whole day.

Allow oft the raising of self through the voice, through the music, that bespeaks of praise, as in the chant to the celestial forces that may make for an attuning of the inner self. 891-1

The entity developed that which later became the chant which to many would drive away what was called the evil eye, the evil influence. 949-12

Q: Did I ever sing? A: As the priestess; ever more the chant than the song. 823-1

Incant [chant] that which carries self deeper, deeper -- to the seeing, feeling, experiencing of that image in the creative forces of love. Then, enter into the Holy of Holies [the third eye]. As self feels or experiences the raising of this, see it disseminated through the inner eye (not the carnal eye) to that which will bring the greater understanding in meeting every condition in the experience of the body. Then listen to the music that is made as each center of thine own body responds to that new creative force. Little by little this entering in will enable self to renew all that is necessary, in Him. 281-13

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