What is a Mudra?
A mudrā is a spiritual gesture and energetic seal that activates specific parts of the brain, yielding a specific result. The intention is to activate particular energies in the mind and body. In this fashion, we align ourselves with the wavelength of the Universe. For example, if we are looking to cultivate ease and peace, we perform a heart mudra at heart center (Anahata Chakra) to cultivate the energy of ease and peace of the Universe, within.
What is a Mantra?
A mantra is a word, phrase or sound repeated to cleanse the mind and align our frequency to a particular frequency of the universe. Mantra is also used to:
- strengthen heart-mind coherence
- train the subconscious mind
- generate positivity
- aid the mind during meditation
- generate new neural circuitry
- reprogram the mind
- rewire mental patterning
Japa means repetition. A mantra is repeated in japa, over and over again, so that it seeps deep into the subconscious mind ready for use when needed. For example, in a moment of frustration, instead of being overwhelmed with negativity, depression or anger, we hear a mantra seeping into our conscious mind, deep from within our subconscious mind. A tool that came to our in a time of need. Traditionally mantras are repeated 108 times.
The Mantra for this Mediation
The mantra forthis meditation is "Shanti Mantra:"
Om Asatomā Sadgamaya
Tamasomā Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityormā Amritam Gamaya
The Meaning of Shanti Mantra
Shanti means peace. Therefore, this mantra is a peace mantra, which means:
From ignorance to truth.
Whithin darkness and light.
From death to immortality.
A Deep Dissection of Shanti Mantra
The story in yoga is that we come from Consciousness and then return to Consciousness. If you buy into this story, then you most likely agree that if we come from and return to, we are part of a neverending cycle. An infintie cycle, which means beyond our human self we are "immortable" only becuase energy cannot be created or destroyed. It/we/energy can only be changed or transformed. Hence, when we leave our human form, we are simple changing and transforming into something else. Similarly, when we come into our human form, we are transfrorming from something else. Therefore, we are always changing and transformin. The only constant in our Universe: change. Everything is always changing, and when we come into this human form, we slowly over time change from Consciousness into matter. In the process, we are told what to see, how to see it and where to see it. The ignorance to truth "Asatomā Sadgamaya" tells us to remember where we came from and were we are going: from Consciousness to Consciousness. From darkness to light "Tamasomā Jyotir Gamaya" reminds us that the darkness and light are one until we label one, which is the only way to have the other. The light can only be seem with a black backdrop. Both are prt of existence and both are positive when balance, and both can be negative when imbalance. When we honor both without judgement, in truth, as what they are, we see yin and yang. Yin respresents the lunar, healing, dark, Divine Feminine aspects of the Universe, while yang respresents the solar, action, light, Divine Masculine aspects of the Universe. From death to immortality "Mrityormā Amritam Gamaya" is a reminder that our seperation of Source is am illusion, because everything is freuqncy and energy. Our experience is simply a manifestation pf the Divine. Therefore, we are a grain of the Divine, a grain of the Infitite, and a grain of immortality. As we came into this illusion as Consciousness, we will go beyond into and as Consciousness.
Shanti Mudra Flow
Below is a list of the mudras performed in today's mudra flow:
- Start in Anjali Mudra
- Move to Yin and Yang Mudra
- Bounce from Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra) into Chi Ball Mudra
- Gather more energy from Universe outwardly
- Draw back into Lotus Flower Mudra at heart center (Anahata Chakra)
- Reach Lotus Flower Mudra up, offering it to the Universe
- Draw it down, as a crown, ontop of Sahasrara Chakra (Crown Chakra)
- Flow into Heart Chakra Mudra 1 (Anahata Chakra Mudra 1)
- Flow into Ajna Chakra Mudra at the Third Eye
- Draw down to heart center and flow into Heart Chakra Mudra 2 (Anahata Chakra Mudra 2)
- Project Anahata Chakra Mudra 2 outward to Universe, moving into Agni (Fire) Mudra
- Draw your hands back to heart center (Anahata Chakra) into Dove Mudra
- Move your right hand out into Gyan Mudra with the fingers pointing up
- Keep the left hand at Anahata (Heart) Chakra
- Flowing the right hand into the receiving gesture of Gyan Mudra
- Then lower your right hand down to Svadisthana (Sacral) Chakra
- Move to Yin and Yang Mudra
- Repeat as many times as you see fit
- Close with Oms in Anjali Mudra
Meaning of Mudras
- Anjali Mudra: I am at ease and in peace. I am One with the Infinite.
- Ying and Yang Mudra: I am balanced. My Divine Feminine aspect and Divine Masculine aspect, dark and light are balanced.
- Chi Ball at Muladhara (root) Chakra: I feel strong, grounded, connected and graceful.
- Chi Ball at Anahata (heart) Chakra: I am One with the Infinite.
- Lotus Flower up to Universe: I surrender my actions to the Higher Good for All existence.
- Lotus Flower at Sahasrara (Crown) Chakra: I wear the crown of the Queen, and therefore I melt my ego into the soup of Consciousness.
- Anahata (heart) Chakra Mudra 1: I resonant strongly as One with the Universe.
- Ajna (third eye) Chakra Mudra: I receive the message of the heart and slow down my mind enough to see the messages of the Universe, delivered to my third eye from my heart center, clearly and specifically.
- Anahta (heart) Chakra Mudra 2: I act from my heart.
- Agni (Fire) mudra: I am determined, focused and persistent.
- Dove Mudra: I feel with me heart and perceive freedom as a bird perceives freedom.
- Gyan Mudra with right hand, left hand at heart center: My actions are of compassionate truth.
- Gyan Mudra with right hand in receiving gesture, left hand at heart center:I receive everything that I need from the Universe on my quest.
- Gyan Mudra with right hand in receiving gesture at Svadisthana (Sacral) Chakra, and left hand at heart center: I feel nourished and supported by the Universe.