In addition to the free 40-days of free tips you can opt in for on my Free Resources page, here are some general guidelines for a 40-day mantra practice.
- Have a clear intention. You can write it on a piece of paper, fold it up, and place it on your altar for the duration of your discipline. Light a candle each day during your practice, if you like, to symbolize the fire of transformation.
- I don’t advise praying for specific things, or material outcomes. For instance, dedicating your mantra practice “so that so-and-so will fall in love with me” or to “win the lottery” will empower the illusion of separation between you and your true nature. To dedicate your mantra practice to “remove obstacles to a complete experience of self-love” or “connect with the universal source energy of abundance” will be more fruitful.
- It’s best to establish a routine. Practice at the same time, same place, if possible. Before sunrise, at sunrise or sunset, or late at night (but not if you are tired) are the best times of the day. In your home meditation corner/room is probably most practical. A beautiful quiet spot in nature by a body of water is also auspicious. That said, it’s better to just do it when and how you can rather than to wait for everything to be perfect.
- Commit to at least 108 rounds per day. 108 twice per day is more powerful. Or, dedicate yourself to as many rounds as you are comfortable with but that still represents a step up in intensity. You can do extra as “bonus” on days when you have more time, but don’t set the goal higher than you can commit to. You are your own witness, and the results will be in direct proportion to your efforts (coupled with a heavy dose of GRACE, elicited from your pure heart!).
- If you skip a day, you get to start again at day one. How lucky! 🙂
- It will probably (almost definitely) create some tāpas (inner heat, the fire of transformation). This is good. If you feel yourself getting edgy, note that it might be your nervous system adjusting to a more refined vibration. It might feel like purification. You might have tons of energy one day, and have a strong need to be inward another. Be aware that the mantra (fueled by your intention and devotion) is having an effect. Try to be patient and observe, rather than act or react.
- There will probably be a day when you really don’t want to do it. Or, you might just completely forget. Since you’re committing to a sādhana of certain length, be keenly aware that this might be your conscious or subconscious attachment to the comfort old habits, however dysfunctional those habits might be. A little (or a lot, depending on how intense your practice) of tension is to be expected, and again, this is good! It means you’re pressing against your conditioned tendencies and though they may resist change, if you galvanize your dedication for transformation you’ll probably experience an empowering breakthrough.
- Look out for new ideas, openings, change… Solutions and new opportunities often come when/where we least expect it. You’re creating new trajectories of possibility in your life with your spiritual practice. You’re literally increasing the rate of your personal vibration, which proportionally expands the potential of manifestation at an exponential level. Rock on!
- One of my favorite sayings is “Trust God, but tether your camel.” For example, if you’re doing a discipline dedicated to changing your financial karma, don’t neglect to put one foot in front of the other on the physical plane. Do what you’ve been putting off… revise your budget, balance your checkbook, assess your tax strategy, study investments, clarify your values, create a specific vision of your future, etc.
- Last and most importantly, remember the Source within the sound. After your practice, always take a few minutes to saturate in the silence, the home of the spacious freedom in your heart of hearts.The life of all mantras is solely the energy of God Consciousness.
When that energy is absent, all those collections of words are as useless as a mass of clouds in a rainless autumn sky.
Please do let me know your results. I love to collect mantra stories! Here are some other stories/thank you’s I’ve received over the years.
After 20+ years of coaching, I’m not regularly taking private sessions anymore, and am instead focused on teaching teachers. However, if you want dedicated support for your 40-day mantra practice, my Heart of Sound 200-hour RYT graduates are available for private sessions!
All the very best,