Learning about Mantra Meditation
I first learned about mantras at a course on self-knowledge by Belsebuub some years ago. In retrospect, of course I was previously familiar with the classic mantra OM for instance, but being the typical Westerner that I am, I didn’t really understand what mantras were exactly or how they could be used.
I started practicing some basic mantras regularly. They became my favorite meditative exercise. Somehow through doing them I really enjoyed the experience of the different sensations I experienced, and the different outcomes.
For instance, being able to experience small elements of telepathy after doing a mantra or getting strong currents of intuitive hunches were all things that sort of fascinated me.
Also the differences between trying out different mantras were interesting — I wasn’t sure if what I was feeling was just the result of singing anything or if each sound did in fact have some kind of power. I found the latter to be true in many of my little meditation experiments.
Exploring Belsebuub’s Approach to Mantras and the Power of Sound
The first time I was able to experience telepathy as a result of doing a mantra was at a group retreat in 2007. We did an exercise / a mini-experiment suggested to the organizers of that retreat by Belsebuub to investigate the connection between mantras and higher faculties.
Everyone present chanted the mantra U for some time, focusing on the sounds and the vibrations of the mantra. I remember feeling this intense and peaceful concentration going around the room as we sang this mantra – it was so surprisingly pleasant and powerful that it was hard not to be focused.
Prior to the practice, one individual was asked to pick a shape and a colour and draw it on a piece of paper. When we finished chanting the mantra he began focusing on visualizing that shape and we had to remain still and silent and see if we could pick up on what he was visualizing. I recall clearly seeing a mental image of a colorful geometric shape. Then other mental images began to come in – particularly of another geometric shape of a different color.
When this exercise was over we were asked what the shape we had seen was — we were not expected to answer out loud, just to decide internally. I was a bit conflicted since I had seen two images, but I decided to go with the first one since it was more powerful and since it came to me first.
Then the person pulled out the piece of paper with the drawing — I was amazed to see the very shape and color that I had mentally seen upon completing the mantra. I was surprised though to then hear that there were at least 8-10 others present who had seen the same thing as a result of focusing on this mantra and then being able to pick up on the thoughts of the person visualizing.
What was even more interesting was that amongst the people that didn’t get the image right, many of them thought it was the second image I had seen, and I thought it was incredible how thoughts can fly around the room, and how easily they can influence us, such that the people thinking of the second shape were able to influence so many others in the room via their thoughts.
That experience made me ponder the power of collective thought in general, and how we are influenced by and in turn influence the thoughts of those around us in our daily lives.
Later on I was able to replicate this same experiment on several occasions with different groups of people, including some who learned the mantra for the first time. We would sing it together for some time and then I would visualize a shape I had pre-selected and drew on a card and see how many people could pick up on what the shape was. The experiment results were always impressive to me, with at least a third of those present being able to identify the shape correctly.
Another Experiment with Exploring Higher Faculties
On one occasion, inspired by the investigative approach with the previously described little experiment, we decided to try another angle to explore the effect of sound and mantra exercises and came up with an experiment of our own.
We practiced a different mantra related to telepathy and clairvoyance in a small group while on a small retreat. The practice was long, but somehow I felt very rejuvenated singing the mantra in that group environment and was able to concentrate on the meditation exercise more than usual.
After we finished singing the mantra, one person hid a mystery object (which turned out to be a tiny sea shell) in another room and we went into it with the aim of trying to figure out where the object was hidden. The person who hid it concentrated mentally on the location where they placed the object.
I didn’t know what the object was, only that it was something small, nor where it would be hidden obviously, but I remember vividly coming down the stairs into that room and turning to search in one location when I suddenly got a strong mental image of the tiny shell and where it was (hidden on a piano behind some books on the opposite side of the room), I did a 360 and walked straight to where I thought the object was and was able to locate it with ease to the person’s surprise.
While these types of experiments are obviously not the main objective of practising mantras or spiritual exercises in general, they were very helpful for me at the time in learning to “listen” to my inner faculties and identify how to tap into them or pay attention to them.
It was also great to conduct these mini experiments, which were physically verifiable in a group setting, so as to ascertain that there really was something to these higher senses and that it was not just a figment of my imagination or wishful thinking. It was a rare experience to have a bit of physical proof of something that is non-physical.