Wednesday, 15 May 2013

What Matters?

On Sunday, I chanted along with Deva Premal and Miten to day 14 of their 21 day Mantra Meditation Journey, which was a chant they called "Buddha Consciousness" - Om Muni Muni Maha Muni Swaha.  They described it as a mantra seeking enlightenment: starting with ourselves, and for the whole planet.  After chanting, I drew this line of five from the Mystical Lenormand (K√∂nigsfurt-Urania, 2004).  I shuffled and looked for the Sun, but it was right at the bottom of the pack, the first card I saw, so instead of having two cards to either side of it, I just took the next four cards after it.

Cards on my altar
My first interpretation was that enlightenment burns away the clouds of confusion, bringing us to a place where we can rationally choose to commit to what we believe in.  I saw this in terms of working this week on a project that matters a lot to me.

However, things haven't worked out that way.  My son has been having several different health issues, and so I've spent the whole week so far either caring for him, taking him to see various doctors, or ringing and emailing different hospitals and our GP's surgery, as well as collecting and administering prescriptions.  In that light, these cards seem far more to say that happiness has been clouded, and I have had to take a rational, scientific approach to issues.  It has also required me to commit my time and energy to things that feel very burdensome, and yet which I also recognise as being ethically the right thing to do.

Coming back to the chanting, the chant I did on Tuesday was one for healing - Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha (that's a link to youtube with Deva chanting it - lovely!).  Deva and Miten suggest that at the end of the 21 day Mantra journey we choose one mantra to chant for 21 days.  There were lots of mantras that appealed to me, and although I liked the idea, I felt unable to settle on one.  One I considered was Aham Prema - I am love.  Another was the Gayatri Mantra, or Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, or even the simple Om Shanti Om.  Now, though, I also see in these cards the idea of committing to a healing mantra - we could definitely all do with the energy here to blow away the clouds of ill health that have covered our son.  A rational choice, but a good one, I think :)

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