Sounds can hurt as well as heal. In medicine, ultra sounds are used to obtain visual images as well as heal tissues. While gentle sounds soothe the nervous system, loud, angry dissonant sounds agitate and stress it. The picture to the left was created by sounds and is the cover of a book about cymatics.
A mantra is word, a symbol, or a group of words that can bring spiritual transformation through their repetition. Scientist believe the cosmos was created with a big bang in other words a sound. The bible states that in the beginning there was the word. To some, the sound of creation is the word "Aum."
Tibetan prayer wheels have mantras inside that are sent out into the universe when the wheel is spun.
I use recycled tins, recycled copper flashing and bench scraps to make my prayer packages. The word sits next to the wearers heart and is activated by the breath or prana. This is much like spinning the wheel to send out the prayers.
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“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” ― Emily Dickinson