Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
“Maybe she was born with it. Maybe she became it.” – Catherine Grace O’Connell
It was early in 2015. I had survived a Near Death Experience but the battle wasn’t over. The battle wasn’t with the illness. The battle was with my mind.
A Mantra saved my life.
Our greatest challenges in life tend to become our greatest teachers, a blessing in disguise, an opportunity to alchemize suffering into gold.
What I found through life-threatening illness is that we don’t live in the world. We live in our minds.
The secret was connecting my body and my mind together on a positive track. The key was found in a beautiful mantra given to me by a Hawaiin healer while still bedridden with Lyme.
She told me the secret to healing was getting away from the negative thoughts I was holding, most of which weren’t conscious. When you’re dying, you tend to have a lot of negative thoughts…I sure did. What she taught me was so simple and yet life-changing. Every time I had a negative thought, she told me to say to myself over and over, “Om Namah Shivaya,” which means “I am consciousness.” It was so much easier than trying to continually change my thoughts to something more positive with a higher vibration.
Every time a negative thought entered my mind, I would say the mantra to myself over and over. With time, those pesky thoughts, the thoughts that were holding me back, keeping me trapped in illness or old stories, began to change. I began to change. Old beliefs began to unravel. The old stories began to lose power. I began to feel empowered and my life began to change.
I use the same mantra today. Every day. Everyone has a mantra … many of them unconscious. They’re those things we say to ourselves over and over. Be aware of whether your mantra is positive or negative. Many are things we’ve said for so long, we don’t realize we’re saying them. Yet they have power. Immense power.
My life didn’t change in an instant. It’s been a process, peeling those layers of the onion, the layers that took most of my life to accumulate…the layers I no longer need.
That simple little mantra has carried me through some tough times. It’s lifted me, my mind and my thoughts when I needed it most. Those 3 words, “Om Namah Shivaya,” changed my life or, more likely, saved my life.
Mantras have power. Mantras change lives. Mantras unleash a world of Moxie from within. What’s your Mantra?