Om ॐ Symbolism

September 28, 2015 1:40 am Published by

Happy Monday friends! Did anyone start their day off with a yoga or meditation practice? For those of you who do practice yoga and meditation, you are probably familiar with the symbol I want to talk about today–the Om symbol. This special symbol has many meanings and could even mean something different to you personally but today I want to talk a little bit about its history.

The om symbol is a mystic syllable (pronounced like “aum”) and is considered to be the most sacred of all the mantras in Dharmic religions. It refers to the soul and yet also refers to the infinite, the essence of life and truth. The om symbol is part of the representation of the Crown Chakra: the thousand petal lotus with the om symbol in the center. If you are new to chakras, check out this blog post to learn more.

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When the om symbol is chanted, it is long and drawn out, with each letter being its own syllable, in a sense. The “ahhh” sound represents creation. The “ohhh” sound is a maintaining of energy and lastly, the “mmm” sound signifies transformative energy as you enter into a moment of silence before repeating. Many yoga practices begin and/or end with chanting om three times and it is definitely a wonderful experience that brings focus, intention, and awareness into daily life.

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About Cassie

Cassie Uhl is the author of five books and two card decks, an artist, intuitive energy healer, and death doula. Her lineage and practices are rooted in pagan earth-based spiritual practices of Northern Europe. She approaches her work and clients with trauma-informed support through all phases of life. She currently resides on the land of the Myaamia people in so-called Indiana of the US.