The Om Experiment: Down in the Mud (Prelude) Day #1


Om in the Tibetan Uchen script

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.

About Steve Gooch

Steve Gooch was born in March 1962 in Rugby, Warwickshire in England and grew up there with his two brothers and sister. He moved to Corsham in Wiltshire and attended Bath Academy of Art, where he studied sculpture and printmaking, before going on to work on projects for the artists Joe Tilson and Nick Pope. He also helped with the publication of a limited edition folio of Paul Eluard’s poetry. Steve moved to London to study for a postgraduate teaching certificate and then worked as a teacher of art in the UK. He gained his MA in Education with the Open University and also studied the discipline of Reiki with his Reiki teachers in Newcastle upon Tyne. His daughter Marianne was born in 1994. For a period of time, Steve devoted himself to teaching Reiki in his hometown of Rugby, before moving to Egypt, where he resumed his career as an art teacher, becoming the Head of Art in a prestigious British International School in Cairo. He continued to teach Reiki, introducing the discipline for the first time to Egypt. He also wrote extensively on the subject for various Egyptian English-language magazines. Returning to the UK, Steve’s son Sam was born in 2004. Not wanting to go back into the teaching profession, Steve took a job as a chef in a vegetarian restaurant and wrote his first book ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do: The Way of Compassion & Wisdom’. It was the world’s first book on that particular tradition of Reiki and is still considered to be the standard reference work on the subject. Steve them moved to Sudan, where he was again Head of Art at the prestigious Unity High School, and built an online living history for the school, called 'The Unity High School Archive'. It was in the process of building this archive that Steve uncovered a major scandal involving senior members of the Anglican Church, local dignitaries, and members of the faith communities. As a consequence, he got to know the head of the Secret Police in Khartoum quite well and then promptly left the country. Steve moved back to Egypt and took up a post as Head of Art in a school in Alexandria. Very much involved in the Reiki community in the UK, however, he founded the national organisation ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do UK’ and became the editor of ‘Focus: The Journal of Reiki Jin Kei Do UK’, and then set up the global ‘Reiki Jin Kei Do International’. He also set up the global video-arts project '12seconds for Peace'. The concept grabbed the attention of a number of big names in the peace movement, including Nobel Peace Prize nominees, and threatened to go viral. Circumstances (revolutions and social unrest) put it on the back-burner. Likewise, a major peace initiative called the 'Global Concert for Peace', scheduled for the summer of 2013, which would have been the world's biggest musical event, also went on the back-burner. Steve moved to Saudi Arabia for a little over a year in 2014, before returning to Egypt to take up a senior management position in another British International School in Cairo. Finally, after a year of professional purgatory in which he realised that there is no such thing as a good British International School in Egypt, he decided ‘enough is enough’ and quit the teaching profession for good to focus on his writing, art and Reiki classes. He is currently living in Cairo and writing ‘The Temple of the Djinn’, which is loosely based on the events that he uncovered during his time in Sudan. He is also teaching Reiki and working freelance for a variety of Egyptian magazines. He misses the UK and is looking forward to spending more time in his home country with his children. He'd also like to find time to paint and make sculpture.
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