My new book requires research into the mantra ‘Om’. It’s not a subject that is entirely unfamiliar to me. I’ve been using it for a number of years, along with it’s associated visual representation from the Tibetan Uchen script in my practice of the Buddho meditation, a tantric practice emanating from the teachings of the Vajra Guru, Padmasambhava. But I have never explored this bija or seed syllable in any depth or worked with it on its own.
The more research I do, the more I feel the need to dig deeper into the meanings and mysteries of this enigmatic sound device. I want to know: does it do what it says on the tin?
Truth be told, when I first broached the subject of writing about the Om mantra to a friend in Cairo, his first comment was was that I should base my research and my writing around the experiences of those who had actually worked with it, rather than rely on textual evidence. Sound advice for sure, but I don’t actually know anyone who has worked with Om.
So there was really only one solution: be the guinea pig and generate evidence based on my own personal engagement with the mantra. So the Om Experiment was born. Here and now, on this page of my blog. Ground zero, somewhere down in the mud.
The plan: to work with the Om mantra on a daily basis (as much as I can), sounding it out loud and as an internal process. I’ll start with a 10-minute session each day, recording my observations, feelings, and insights and reporting back here, hopefully, a couple of times a week. Its sort of a rough plan with no fixed time limit. I’m just going to start and see where this journey takes me.
First session tomorrow.