OM is to me... November 02, 2013 12:05

In any yoga studio around the world you may see the symbol for Om, or even hear it chanted. You don’t even have to actually go to a yoga class, you are probably starting to see this symbol pop up more and more in mainstream Western culture. Since it is a symbol, and not a word you may recognize, you may have wondered “What the heck does that mean?”. Well, in my opinion, it means everything, and in Sankrit that literally is what it means - everything. Let’s start at the beginning.

The symbol for Om you are used to seeing is actually the word "Aum" in Sanskrit. Om represents the sound and vibration of the whole Universe.

Om IS the sound of the Universe.

In deep space, the cosmos has a constant vibration, and that vibration is Om. We are made of the same stuff as the cosmos, and therefore, the vibration of Om is also within us.

When chanting Aum, you start with the “ahh” sound with move open, move through to “ooo” slightly closing the lips, and end with “mmm” with the lips fully closed. The Sanskrit alphabet starts with "a", ends in "m", and "u" as the center point. So when "aum" is chanted, it contains the entire process of sound and ends in a vibration that continues in your being even after the sound ceases. And that is only natural, because that vibration is us.

Om is also the sound of and symbol for the Third Eye Chakra. The Third Eye is the gateway to our intuition, Divine wisdom, and Inner connection. When we focus on the Third Eye and Om, we are easily brought closer to the awareness of our inherent Divine nature.

Om is also the very first (and simplest) mantra given in a meditation practice. When focusing on this mantra, the meditator not only brings the Divine energy into their awareness, they also align themselves with the vibration of All That Is.

For me, Om is a representation of Divine energy in my life, and I want to be connect to it at all times.

I started using Om in my jewelry designs many years ago, because I feel so affected by its vibration. It’s funny because even before I ever stepped foot in a yoga class, I recognized the symbol, and was intrigued by it. I thought it looked cool, and somewhat exotic. Little did I know that it would one day represent ultimate peace, devotion, and love in my life. I even felt compelled for it to be the very first (and so far only) tattoo I have on my body. It is inside my left wrist, the side of receiving, where I can always see it, especially in prayer, and be reminded of what I want to connect with and bring forth in my life.

When I use Om in my designs, it really means something to me, and I hope to those who wear it. I want it to be a reminder to see and feel the sacred everywhere, in everything, and in everyone.