(This essay was inspired by an article at http://www.kundaliniyoga.org/mantra.html)
Consciousness has been scientifically described as “a supremely functional adaptation” (Bernard Baars). Our planned responses to the world as opposed to unplanned reactions of instinct or baseness.
Collectively, we therefore, have the ability to change/alter the world with our ability of response over habitual reaction.
Some feel that change can come about via conscientious objection, non-violence and peaceful means.
If our words are an extension of our thoughts, and our thoughts an extension of our consciousness, then it is of importance to ensure our thoughts and words carry the weight of Love, conscientious objection, non-violence and peace and nothing heavier.
In this light the three languages of consciousness are:
human: things of the world (normal or loud voice)
lovers: longing to belong (strong whisper)
divine: infinity (mentally or silently)
Our ancient brothers and sisters from the east have used words to influence, change and direct consciousness since the beginning of time in the form of what is called mantra.
A mantra is a syllable, word or phrase which elevates or modifies consciousness through its meaning, the sound itself, rhythm, tone and even the reflexology of the tongue on the palate.
I will give an example of one of my favorite mantras below, you can learn more by going to http://www.kundaliniyoga.org/mantra.html
My favorite mantra right now is Ong Namo. This mantra is sung so beautifully by Snatam Kaur. The first time i heard it i cried tears of joy and release/surrender. Here is a link to the mp3:
Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo
The ancient sanskrit words here will tune one in to the higher self. The higher self transcends the ego and is in tune with the higher vibrations of the collective consciousness.
Ong is the infinite creative energy field (God) in manifestation and activity
(as opposed to Om or Aum which is the infinite creative energy field (God) as absolute and yet unmanifest)
Namo is reverent greetings implying humility
Guru means teacher or wisdom
Dev means Divine or of God (the infinite field of potentiality)
Namo reaffirms humility and reverence.
In all it means “I call upon Divine Wisdom”