Mantra meditation is often used to open and stimulate the chakras, the force centers in the human body. Chakras are places where the energy of the body exchanges. The mantra meditation uses mantras as objects of concentration to focus the mental energy and achieve spiritual transformation. Mantras originate from the Vedic tradition of India, but they are also practiced in Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Today, many spiritual movements use mantras in their meditations and prayers. Mantra is actually considered the only way to achieve spiritual advancement and high attainment, and release the mind from the body. These energy-based sounds are said to produce physical vibration.
How does mantra meditation work?
Mantras are usually described as sound symbols that evoke spiritual forces. At certain degree, the mechanism of their effect is quite unexplainable. In Sanskrit tradition, there is no real or rational explanation for the effect of mantras. The general tendency in eastern culture is to take things as they are, without any possible attempt to give a demonstrative proof for their efficiency. The best way to think of mantras is to think about them as pure spiritual entities, a mixture of poetry and magical incantations. One of the possible “western” explanations for the effects of mantras is that a pattern of words in them has a direct effect on the mind. Actually, the sounds of articulated words are the most important since many people benefit from mantras while knowing nothing about their literal meaning. Like any other object of concentration, mantra can help to soothe the mind, to develop mindfulness and to become more attentive and present.
Mantra meditation to open chakras
Mantras are easy to use in almost every situation. One can chant a mantra while walking, doing housework or sitting in meditative posture. In some cases, chanting is very much desired to regain focus and combat anxiety. Chanting can certainly help to open the seven primary chakras in the human body, removing the obstacles for undisturbed energy flow. During the mediation, one should focus on these energy centers in the body.
The first chakra, known as the root chakra, is located between the anus and the genitals. This chakra opens downward. The second chakra, Sacral or Spleen chakra is located near the spleen and opens towards the front. The third chakra, or the Solar Plexus, is the most important for emotional part of our being. This chakra is positioned two finger-breaths above the navel.
The Heart chakra is the central chakra in the human body, located in the center of the breast. This chakra connects the lower physical and emotional centers to higher mental and spiritual ones.
The Throat chakra starts at the cervical vertebra and opens towards the front. The sixth chakra is also known as the Third eye chakra, and located on the forehead. This chakra is associated with higher mental powers.
The seventh chakra is the crown chakra, located in the center of the head, and opens upwards. This chakra is usually the last to be opened, as it is the most spiritual one.