In the book of James in the Bible chapter 4 and verse 8 it says to draw near to God and God will draw near to you, and herein is an important key that is also taught by the major religions. That is by repeating mantras and prayers slowly, softly, and silently you connect with and become one with what the sacred name, word or sound portrays. As you do this you will sense a deep love, light, beauty, peace, ecstasy and an expansion of consciousness into new awareness and wisdom.

Utilizing this practice along with centering in your heart is a way to discover the love and beauty which lives within you. The more deeply you allow yourself to feel the love, beauty and light that naturally resides within you, the more you will feel tremendously calm, complete, nurtured, supported, secure, connected, comforted, and loved. Do not underestimate the importance or profound nature of this practice. This is the establishment of your connection and awareness with whom you truly are which has been right there, present with you all the time. By not having paid attention to it you have missed it. Now by giving it some attention every day, you will discover some amazing truths about your real nature and deep divine truth.

Many have found that repeating specific words and sounds can help open and integrate a person with their deepest spiritual connections. You may find yourself drawn to come words or phrases more than others perhaps due to prior religious training and associations. I suggest you try several until you find those that have the most meaning and effect for you.

Mantras are words or phrases used to facilitate transformation and spiritual realizations. There is value to the vibrations the sounds produce as well as the meaning and intentions behind the words and sounds.

Suggestions for Using Mantras

1. Use only one or two mantras in any given meditation session.
2. Repeat the word or phrase out loud and few times and then begin repeating it silently.
3. Even though you are repeating the mantra silently you will find it helpful to move your lips.
4. This process is often found to be most effect when done in the middle of the night or early in the morning.
5. There are often shifts or breakthroughs at 20 minutes, 40 minutes and 60 minutes.
6. While repeating the mantra intend to connect more and more deeply with the intention behind the words or sounds.
7. Utilize one or at the most two mantras for a particular meditation session. Repeat it silently to yourself and be aware that the embodiment of the mantra lives within your heart.

The realization of your divine nature and the Supreme Self is the goal of the mantra practice. Listen and attune to the qualities that emerge within you as you repeat the mantra. A message will reveal itself to you as you continue with this practice. Here are a few common mantras from various traditions that are simple and effective.

Mantras from Mystical Jewish Tradition
Elohim – (The highest Creators. A powerful mantra.)
YHWH (Yod Hay, Vod Hay. The Divine Father aspect of God.)
Kadoish, Kadoish, Kadoish, Adonai Tzebayoth (Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God of Hosts.)

Western Mantras
I Am the I Am I Am
God Be Still, And Know I Am God
I feel deep love

Buddhist Mantras
Om Mani Padme Hum (The Jewel [of compassion] in the Lotus [of the heart]. This is considered one of the most powerful mantras in the world today.
Quan Yin

Christian Mantras
Jesus Christ
Ave Maria
Lord’s Prayer

Hindu Mantras
Aum or OM
So Ham (I Am He, or I Am the Self. This is said to be the sound as God listens to the breath of humans. When you breathe in say So, when you breath out say Ham. Let the breath lead the meditation and mantra.
Sai Ram
Om Shanti (mantra of peace)
Rama (Name of God. He who fills us with abiding joy)
Om Namah Shivaya. Salutations to Shiva. I bow (or surrender ) to Shiva. Shiva is the Consciousness dwelling in everyone and everything. His form consists of sat chit ananda – Existence, Consciousness, and Bliss. Shiva is also sometimes seen as the destroyer—the one who destroys sins and impurities of those who repeat the mantra. Each syllable of this mantra has meaning. Namah Shivaya has 5 syllables which are the form of the 5 elements. Na = earth; Ma = Water; Shi = fire; Va = air; Ya = ether.

A Concluding Word on Mantras

Of course there are hundreds of other mantras to choose from and you will likely feel the most comfortable in using ones that are based on traditions that are familiar to you, but you should experiment with others as well.

After you repeat the mantra for the designated time you have decided to do the mantra stop and remain in a peaceful state you can then rest in the quiet and still state or bring an inquiry to mind. Allow the consciousness of God to reveal itself to you in whatever form that emerges. Surrender to the stillness and allow yourself to receive.

Speak into the stillness and ask for more clarification or elaboration. Such questions as, “Is there anything important for me to know at this time?” Then be receptive to see or hear what arises. Periodically ask, “Is there anything else I need to know,” or “tell me more.” Allow the insights to bubble to the surface. They may come as flashes or glimpses. Sometimes they come as single words, sometimes as feelings, and at other times deeper insights unfold.