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Sound Healing and Sacred Speech

public - created 12/16/03
Sound healing is "healing with vibration". This is a very broad category with many approaches. In general it refers to world music, sacred music and chants and indigenous practices across many centuries. Here is one example:

Lakota Peyote Healing Song
www.youtube.com/watch

Healing, literally meaning to make whole, is "the process of the restoration of health" to an unbalanced, weakened, or damaged organism. And by extension, this can refer to more than the physical dimension.

Sacred speech is "esoteric language", such as mantra ( Sanskrit recitation ), which has special energetic or magical properties.

The focus of this tribe follows the original intent, which is healing. From an esoteric standpoint, healing can be for the levels of "body", "mind", or "spirit", that is the outer, inner, or subtle levels of being.

It explicitly includes "sacred speech", which refers to "words of power", words and phrases which carry spiritual power. These are found in different traditional cultures, e.g. Navaho, Hawaiian, Sanskrit ( Hindu and Buddhist ), Chinese, Japanese ( Shinto ), among others.

The anthropological term, typically applied to Native American culture, is "chantway". This term is little known and is very general, possibly including questionable or dangerous applications. Therefore here we use the term "sacred speech", meaning pure intention and pure expression.

From Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred

The word "sacred" descends from the Latin sacrum, which referred to the gods or anything in their power, and to sacerdos and sanctum, set apart. It was generally conceived spatially, as referring to the area around a temple.[citation needed]

The English word "holy" dates back to at least the 11th century with the Old English word hālig, an adjective derived from hāl meaning "whole" and used to mean "uninjured, sound, healthy, entire, complete". The Scottish hale ("health, happiness and wholeness") is the most complete modern form of this Old English root. The word "holy" in its modern form appears in Wycliffe's Bible of 1382.

In non-specialist contexts, the term "holy" is used in a more general way, to refer to someone or something that is associated with a divine power, such as water used for baptism.

Hierology (Greek ιερος, hieros, "sacred" or "holy", + -logy) is the study of sacred literature or lore.

There are a great many prayers, practices and chants in traditional Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Taoist Chinese cultural groups, and others in many traditions. And many traditional chants can be found on youtube.

Many sacred chants and texts in use today descend from Sanskrit sources.

See
Mantra
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantra

"Mantra (Sanskrit मंत्र) means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power. Mantra may or may not be syntactic or have literal meaning; the spiritual value of mantra comes when it is audible, visible, or present in thought.

"Earliest mantras were composed in Vedic times by Hindus in India, and those are at least 3000 years old. Mantras are now found in various schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism."

In both Hindu and Buddhist mantra practice, the visualizations of mantras and seed syllables are also of key importance.

The Heart Sutra ( Prajnaparamita Hridaya ) is one of the most famous and most practiced chants throughout classical Buddhist Asia. This teaching is central to the Great Way/ Mahayana Buddhist traditions and well known in the West.

The Heart Sūtra Mantra by Deva Premal
www.youtube.com/watch

See also
Prajñāpāramitā (Sanskrit: प्रज्ञापारमिता) means "the Perfection of (Transcendent) Wisdom" in Mahāyāna Buddhism. The word Prajñāpāramitā combines the Sanskrit words prajñā "wisdom" with pāramitā "perfection".
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prajnaparamita

Bibliography:

1. "Shakti Mantras: Tapping into the Great Goddess Energy Within" by Thomas Ashley-Farrand. ISBN-13: 978-0345443045

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