Thinking Magically™ | Humming Along Through Life

How would your life be different if you could instantly de-stress and unwind? How would your life improve if you could immediately summon more energy and alertness?

That’s what I thought . . .

Because the results of what I am about to show you are so dramatic, I couldn’t wait any longer to pass on this little, invisible secret – something that I use time and time, again, with extraordinary success! This article will show you a rare blending and adjustment of two esteemed meditative practices – Bhramari Pranayama (The Humming Bee Breath) and A-Japa Japa (Constant Awareness).

Simply, I am going to teach you a repeatable, distinct way of humming; a proven strategy for – not only being mindful – but literally finding your own vibration through life. This truly incredible solution is a technique that can be done anywhere, anytime, and (as I describe at the end of this discussion) something that can be done completely silently in your own mind. No one needs to know you are humming your way from one adventure to the next! Before I teach you how to do all this silently, let me show you how to do this audibly. You will be using the memory of the audible method to create the silent version.

To begin, I presume you already know how to hum; singing a tune or a note with your mouth closed. [Here’s a little shortcut to find out if you’re really humming or not: when you think you’re humming, pinch your nostrils shut. If the sound stops or is cut off , you’re humming.] So . . . take a slow, steady, and deep breath in through your nostrils, and then gently exhale hmmmmmmmm as long as possible. For those of you who already practice either the Ah or Om meditations, start with your normal open-mouthed technique, and merely close your mouth while keeping the sound.

Do this 5-6 times and notice if your hum is high pitched or low. Notice where the humming sound seems to resonate, or be located in you. Feel the vibration your humming sound is making in your body and in your mind.

There . . . you have the effortless basics down. Now, you can go to the next level. We will be taking this simple humming technique and adding some dynamic visualization to the mix.

After noticing the sound your humming is making (high pitched or low pitched), determine whether you want more energy at the moment, or whether you want to calm down. If you want to increase your liveliness, raise the pitch of your humming up until it feels like your internal engine is revving up. If you want a little more tranquility, lower the pitch of your humming until it feels like your whole essence is reaching a place of peace. This is all part of your imagination so there is no wrong way to do this. If it feels right, you’re doing it right!

Now, use this new humming tone (higher or lower) 5-6 more times. Notice the tone as it echoes through you. And when you are done, consider how you feel now as compared with how you felt before you started this technique.

Once you have found the perfect pitch for your hum, you are now going to choose one of two things to focus on – either the first 7 letters of the alphabet (a, b, c, d, e, f, and g) or the 7 chakras (base, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, brow, and crown).

TECHNIQUE USING THE ALPHABET

The letters of the Sanskrit alphabet are believed to be a conduit for basic eternal power. The Sanskrit letters, then, were naturally incorporated into Bija Mantras (using sacred vowels and mystic seed letters). Most of us are not familiar with the Sanskrit alphabet, however. So . . . let’s use what many others have written about . . . let’s apply the English alphabet to manifest your goal (you can easily substitute any alphabet or other sequence, for that matter, with which you are more comfortable). Read through these directions, first, so that you have a road map of where you will be headed with your breathing and humming.

Begin by finding the humming tone you want to use (as described, above). Now, with your eyes closed, and on your inhale breath, clearly visualize the letter A. Notice what happens to the letter A as you inhale to its image. Does it glow? Does the letter get bigger? Does it seem to grow stronger? Just notice what you are visualizing.

Hold your breath for a moment and make the letter A as visible in your mind’s eye as possible.

A little later, you will be moving to the letter B. But first . . . notice that there is a space just to the right of the letter A and just to the left of the letter B. Give this space elaborate characteristics. In other words, how would you describe this space to someone else? What adjectives would you use? How does the space feel? How does it smell? How does it look? The more detail you notice and envision the better.

This space is what you will be using on your exhale breath and your hum. On your exhale, simply use your chosen hum, and hum for as long as you are able to do so. Bring the center of all your attention to the humming sound, and notice that it is now filling the space between the letter A and letter B.

Repeat this inhale and exhale sequence one more time. In other words, you will be breathing in and visualizing the letter A, then exhaling and humming into the space next to the letter A, breathing in, again, while returning your attention to the letter A, and humming a second time back into the space next to the letter A. This is all done before you move on to the letter B.

Now, bring your inhale and your attention to the letter B. As you did with the letter A, make the letter B as visible in your mind’s eye as possible.

On the exhale, you will be humming to the space between the letter B and the letter C.

Repeat this, again, inhaling a second time, and returning to your visualization of the letter B, and then humming to the space between the letter B and the letter C.

You will continue with this twofold inhale and humming sequence all the way up through the letter G.

As you progress up through the alphabet, start noticing how the individual spaces between each of the letters is distinct and brings with them recognizable traits, aspects, and qualities. Remember to move not only your attention along the sequence of letters, but consciously move your breathing in to each letter, and your humming out into each of the empty spaces.

TECHNIQUE USING THE CHAKRAS

For those of you familiar with the energy locations in the body, you might enjoy this alternative technique.

Once again, find the humming tone you want to use. Now, with your eyes closed and on your inhale breath, clearly visualize the base or root chakra. As you inhale to this base chakra, notice that it is growing and glowing. You can even visualize the colors and symbols that are usually attributed to each of the chakra locations.

Hold your breath for a moment, making the base chakra as graphic, as possible.

On the next inhale, you will be moving to the sacral chakra. Before moving to the next energy center, you will be sending your humming tone into the sacral chakra. [Note: yes, this is different than concentrating on the space between letters.] You will be giving the sacral chakra a sound. On your exhale, simply use your chosen hum, imagine it being located in the sacral chakra, and hum for as long as you are able to do so. Bring the center of all your attention to the humming sound and notice that it is now filling the base chakra.

Repeat this inhale and exhale sequence one more time. In other words, you will be breathing in while visualizing the base chakra growing and glowing, exhaling and humming into the base chakra, breathing in, again, to the base chakra, and then humming a second time into that energy center. This is all done before you move on to the sacral chakra.

Now, bring your inhale and your attention to the sacral chakra. As you did with the base chakra, make this second energy center as real as possible in your imagination.

On the exhale, you will be humming to the base chakra.

Repeat this a second time; inhaling using the base chakra and then humming to that location.

You will continue with this inhale and humming sequence all the way up through the crown chakra.

TAKING THIS ALL TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Naturally, you can’t hum out loud anytime you want to without people looking at you a little strangely. So, for those times when you need to keep this technique to yourself, here’s another secret: once you know what your humming sounds and feels like using the audible method I just described, you can completely eliminate the humming noise, and just imagine the hum in your mind. That’s right . . . during your exhalation, you create a virtual or simulated hum and vibration. Once you know what the real hum sounds and feels like, your virtual hum will have the same force and effectiveness, and can be used without anyone even knowing you are using this technique.

If you want to expand your technique even further, the next time you’re around someone, imagine what their hum would sound like if they were doing this technique. Then, match that presumed hum, yourself, using the virtual hum I just described. Essentially, you are pairing your vibration with that of the person you are with. Once you do this, watch how your empathy and mutual understanding is enhanced. Of course, you can even go one step further: after you match the other person’s perceived hum/tone, you can then raise or lower the hum/tone to either calm things down or add more energy to the exchange.

Finally, now that we’ve explored how humming and tones affect you and other people, start to notice the tones and hums the world around you gives off. Everything has a vibration – from the people around us to the music we listen to. Start to take charge of the vibrations in your world, and put them to good use in constructing the life you want to achieve. Go ahead . . . change the heartbeat of your life so that it serves you well.

A word of warning: As with any exercise involving breathing and vivid imagery techniques, your experience and the physical sensations you feel can be very powerful and quite intense. This technique is not designed for use by people who might have OCD, or those who suffer from breathing and other physical limitations affected by deep breathing. If you believe you suffer from any such limitations, please check with your physician or therapist before attempting this method.

While this particular combination of techniques is something I hit upon and use, I wanted to share with you some alternate discussions by others in the event you want to explore further:

BHRAMARI PRANAYAMA

http://www.yogapranayama.net/breathing-technique/bhramari-pranayama.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_2279220_do-humming-bee-breathing-exercises.html

http://www.diy-stress-relief.com/humming-bee-breath.html

JAPA MEDITATION

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japa

http://www.livingwordsofwisdom.com/japa-meditation.html

http://www.meditationsguide.com/japa-meditations.html

 

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