Parvati Magazine March 2014 - Charm - Page 11

MEDITATION of being ‘sucked’ in to them, as this indicates a potential interaction that may not be beneficial. Throughout the ages, charms have been used by healers and by practitioners. Whether in the form of rattles, feathers, protective amulets or incantations, these symbolic talismans have brought hope and comfort to many. Understanding resonance enables us to perceive that the vibration of the healer can imbue an object with an energy that may be able to transfer to us, if we are prepared and open to it. Over time, objects can build up tremendous power; so too can places on the planet where others have come to pray or to meditate. In the 1960s and 70s, there was much ‘buzz’ about the ley lines or dragon lines of Europe. More recently crop circles have drawn the attention of many. Certain minerals in the ground, or types of tree growth can promote or detract from healing. Many New Age healers use crystals and stones as aids, they hope, to heal and protect their customers. At first, mantra was thought by many Westerners to be ‘merely’ a protective charm but deeper understanding of its use leads us to understand that mantra offers healing by vibration as well as visualization and mental cultivation. If studied over a period of time, a meditator comes to be able to skilfully invoke a particular vibration in order to help herself towards healing. A teacher whose study is deep enough can recommend a particular mantra to enable a student to unfold quickly. This is not thought of, in Buddhist terms, as a charm to protect but rather as a tool of healing and exploration. The ultimate protection of mantra lies in understanding that certain sounds invoke certain states of mind, activating certain principles of life and that these can form a protection around a person . In the 1960s, our Western cult of the individual predisposed us to being taken in by promises of being given a ‘special, secret and personal mantra.’ While such naivete is understandable, it can prevent maturation of a spiritual seeker, as the quality of the questioning mind is submerged by an over idealized and rather fantastical belief. It tends to reinforce the ego, giving us the idea that we are somehow extra ‘special’. Sometimes, large sums of money