Today, more and more doctors are prescribing meditation to treat various physical ailments. Blood pressure, angina, asthma, sleep and psychosomatic disorders are few of the problems that can be easily cured with the right meditation techniques.
The use of meditation as a method of healing is not new. Meditative techniques are used by people from diverse cultures around the world. Meditation has its roots in the traditions of the world’s greatest religions. In fact, practically all religious groups practice meditation in one form or another.
Resonance meditation uses a combination of simple healing therapies to rest and rejuvenate. It concerns mainly with the chakras because they are the vital energy centres of our body. It suits the unique requirements of our modern way of life and help us improve our wellness.
A guide, accompanied by soothing music and powerful chanting, helps us meditate. The technique of healing uses the boundless power of the human voice, bija mantras, music, colour and visualisation to approach the desired state of wellness.
The uniqueness of the ‘Resonance meditation’ technique is the ease and joy with which it achieves what all meditations aim at but rarely succeed.
Resonance is divided into seven easy meditations of about 10 minutes each corresponding to each of the seven chakras. Each chakra has been dealt with as per the exact pitch, bija mantra and colour it responds to.
Concept of chakras
Most disciplines believe that the human body has seven main energy centres or chakras. Chakras control all our body functions and systems and much can be achieved by harmonising them. It is believed that each of these energy vortices vibrates at a different speed, with a different frequency and responds to a different colour and sound. The delicate balance of the chakra can be disturbed due to various physical and psychological conditions. And this disturbance in turn causes disease. When a chakra is out of harmony, the body undergoes disease and discomfort. Setting right the energy imbalance in the chakra aids healing. When all chakras are balanced and energised, the body glows with health and a sense of wellness. It becomes an instrument for higher realisations of life, mind and soul.
Colours influence our body and mind in many ways. In colour therapy, various colours are specifically applied to rejuvenate the organs and glands. Each colour has a unique effect, which can be used for healing and restoring the body’s natural balance and harmony. For example, green is generally calming; it revitalises our every level. Imagine a green forest, and in your thoughts totally luxuriate in the green of the leaves. This will refresh you inwardly. Such visualisations have long been used successfully and pictures of lush landscapes are specifically installed in many hospitals to support the healing process. Visualisation, imagination, auto-suggestion and constructive thought, have all been identified as extremely effective methods to bring about the desired healing results in body and mind.
The benefits of colour, through the subtle technique of visualisation, have been interwoven effectively to help heal and restore the body-mind balance.
An important aspect of colour therapy is to use it to balance chakras as each chakra responds to a different colour.
- The Sahasrara or the Crown Chakra responds to the colour violet
- The Ajna or the Third Eye Chakra responds to the colour indigo
- The Vishuddhi or the Throat Chakra responds to the colour blue
- The Anahat or the Heart Chakra responds to the colour green
- The Manipura Chakra or the Solar Plexus situated above the navel responds to the colour yellow
- The Svadhisthan Chakra or the Hara situated below the navel responds to the colour orange
- The Muladhar or Root Chakra situated at the base of the spine responds to the colour red.
Sound, as we all believe, is the source of all life. Without the sound that is the essence of all things, nothing can exist. In the Bible, St. John’s Gospel tells us, “In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God”.
The cosmic sound ‘Aum’ is described variously in the world’s scriptures. Hindus and Buddhists know it as Aum. Jews and Christians say Amen. Muslims call it Amin. Zoroastrians say Ahunavar. It is the sound of cosmic vibration. Those who are conscious of the sound becomes one with universal consciousness.
For thousands of years, the calming, healing and inspiring power of the human voice has been recognised by cultures throughout the world. Instinctively, mothers sang lullabies to soothe troubled babies, sages and monks chanted in meditation and people bonded with each other and the rhythm of the earth as they sang. The sound of the human voice is the most healing instrument of all, because it carries the heart energy.
This is the basis of resonance meditation.
It is believed that the Shakti, or the potent vibrational force that bija mantras [sound of chakras] contain, can be transmitted to the one who is chanting or listening to the chanting of the bija mantra. The bija mantra or seed sound of each chakra has a significant effect on various levels of our existence and becomes the prime focus of this meditation.
It is the resonance of the bija mantra that facilitates harmony. Long after the chanting has been heard, its resonance continues to work on the chakra and the cells of the body. The bija mantra should ideally be chanted in a specific pitch for each chakra.