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.
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.
Cassie Uhl is a published author, artist, intuitive, and founder of Zenned Out. She created Zenned Out in 2012 with the mission to build a brand that normalizes spirituality. In 2018 she self-published her popular and interactive Goddess Discovery Book series. In 2020 her writing and art became more mainstream with Understanding Auras, Understanding Crystals, and Understanding Chakras, published by The Quarto Group. Her writing style and art combine to help marry accessibility with deep spiritual topics. It is her goal to help others understand and live spiritual practices that can change the world. Inspired by her open-minded grandmother, Cassie has been meditating and working with her energy since her teenage years. She received her 200hr YTT in 2012 with a focus on breathwork. Now, her work focuses on energy work, journeying, mediumship, death midwifery, and healing through traditional Celtic shamanic practices.