People will often ask me, “what is your internal experience when you chant?” I often am unsure what to tell them, what I do is a little ambiguous, even to me I cant explain it! When I sing I release my thoughts and feelings and the stuff of the day, then I start to get quieter inside.
The whole idea to chant is to release ourselves from the obsessive thinking that holds us as prisoner, we should focus on what we are experiencing in the moment, it is simple to chant and to let the practice flow and work on us.
Sound is a very powerful medium, our body is vibrating making a sound, vibrating our molecules, the universe is vibrating making a sound. That is om or ah, this cuts through any kind of physiological drama, any kind of version of ourselves that we hold.
We are all moving in the same direction, we are all apart of that one, whether we realise it or not, anything that helps us relax into our true nature is a good path.
The structures of the four levels of sound
The four levels of sound came from linguists of the Vedic period in ancient india. It was handed down through the Vedas and the Kundalini Upanishads.
To apply these four levels more broadly to sound, we can move up form the gross level vaikhari to the most subtle para.