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I have shared mantras taught by Thomas Ashley-Ferrand in my Peaceful Way workshops and retreats.  Here is an article to share from a Deepak Chopra Newsletter.  #7 Mantra works well for me and my workshop participants have told me things cleared in their lives after practicing it.  Mantras calm our mind and take our focus within where we can reflect and find a place of peace.  Peacefully, Jane

7 Mantras for Creating the Life You Want

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Successful, happy, adventurous, safe—we’re all dreaming of an amazing life for ourselves! Whether you think that the grass is greener in a stable nine-to-five job or you find the freedom of roaming gypsy life more appealing, next time you ask yourself, What kind of life do I want?, remember that there’s a mantra for that!

What is A Mantra?

Mantra, or vehicle for the mind, is the ancient practice of repeating a word or phrase multiple times. You may unconsciously work with mantras on a daily basis. For example, do you ever catch yourself saying, “I hate my body” or “This is never going to work” or “I’m not good enough”? Those are indeed mantras, though negative ones, which only serve to feed the thousands of other Automatic Negative Thoughts in your mind. In fact, most of the thoughts you think are ones repeated from the day before, and the day before that. Each thought you think creates a little groove in the circuitry of the brain. Since that’s the case, you really ought to be more selective about which ones you’re polishing!

In Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Health, Happiness, and Wisdom, author Rick Hanson explains that you can change your mind … to change your brain … to change your mind! What luck! This means if you intentionally choose positive, more expansive thoughts, you can change your life for the better.

Since the thoughts you think create the reality you live in, singing, chanting, speaking, or repeating the following mantras silently can make a difference. As author Thomas Ashley-Farrand writes in Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing, mantras can be used by people of any religion or spiritual practice, or during any activity—of course during meditation, but they can also be used as you walk, clean, cook, and during other mindless tasks.

1. AUM or OM

AUM or OM is the universal vibration, with each sound (Aaa—Uoo—Mmm) said to represent creation, manifestation, and destruction. Consider what are you sending out into the world on the sound waves of your OM and focus on an intention. Dedicate your OM to your own well-being, to your family, to your community, or to the world. Like a pebble dropped into a still pond, allow your OM to ripple out.

Practice suggestions:

  • Chant one to three times before beginning your yoga asana practice
  • Chant one to three times to close a yoga asana practice
  • Chant before or after seated meditation
  • Chant anytime, anywhere

2. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

A sweet Sanskrit chant with a lovely translation: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free. May our thoughts, our words, and our actions, contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom.” This mantra may be chanted or sung as an offering of loving-kindness to all beings, including yourself.

Practice suggestions:

  • Chant before or after yoga asana practice
  • Chant before or after seated meditation
  • Sing it with kids as a lesson in compassion, inclusivity, and tolerance
  • Write it down in your journal after a challenging day

3. So Hum

Translated from Sanskrit, this mantra means “I am.” “I am” is a complete sentence! This mantra is great for balancing the Root Chakra, getting grounded in self-love, and connecting with your “enoughness.” Try taking on further affirmations if it feels right for you: I am here now. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I am safe. I am becoming. I am enough.

Practice suggestion:

  • Say it five times out loud before an interview
  • Say it while standing in a power pose
  • Do a journaling “free write” and fill three pages with add-ons to “I am …”

4. Asatao ma sadgamaya / Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya / Mrtyorma amrtam gamaya / Om shanti shanti shanti

This mantra comes from the Upanishads, one of the ancient philosophical yogic texts from India. It translates to “Lead me from the untruth to truth, lead me from darkness to light, lead me from death to immortality, Om peace, peace, peace.”

Practice suggestion:

  • Chant it in Kirtan with a group of people
  • Chant before embarking on a journey
  • Chant at the beginning of the year, change of the season, or birthday

5. LAM-VAM-RAM-YAM-HAM-OM-(silence)

Use the bija mantras, or one-syllable seed sounds, to stimulate and unblock each chakra. Respectively, each sound aligns with the seven major energy centers: Muladhara, Svadistana, Manipura, Anahata, Visshudha, Ajna, and Sahasrara. Chant these mantras when you’re feeling out of balance in any area of your life.

Practice suggestion:

  • Use this mantra as pranayama: inhale fully and then chant all the sounds on the exhale
  • Sing this mantra seven times, once for each chakra
  • Choose one sound that really resonates with you and repeat that one several times

6. Om Namoh Lakshmi, Om Namoh Lakshmi, Om Namoh Lakshmi, Prema Devi Mataji

This mantra calls on the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi for abundance, beauty, health, luminosity, and love. There are many chants for Lakshmi. This mantra translates to “Oh Mother Lakshmi! Goddess of good fortune, prosperity, and beauty. Goddess of love, I bow to you.” Call on Lakshmi when you’re feeling dull or preparing for a big change.

Practice suggestion:

  • Say before or after a heart-opening yoga asana practice
  • Say before or after meditation focused on abundance
  • Chant this mantra with a group of women
  • Sing when starting a new business

7. Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

This mantra summons the Hindu Deity Ganesha, the beloved elephant-headed trickster known as the remover of obstacles and master of knowledge. This mantra translates to “Salutations to Ganesha, the remover/breaker of obstacles, we call your name!” Call on Ganesha to clear your path when you feel stuck or creatively blocked, when you need a change of perspective, or when life feels especially challenging and you’re not sure why.

Practice suggestion:

  • Say before embarking on a journey
  • Say when you feel afraid
  • Say silently during a difficult work meeting
  • Say during a tense period in a close relationship

If you’d like, set up a dedicated time of day to practice mantra with an altar. Place items on your altar associated with the life you desire. Consider areas of change and areas that are already working. Move your fingers across a mala necklace or use your fingers to track the number of times you chant your chosen mantra.

These powerful sounds can be practiced just about anywhere. How about on a walk or a bike ride? What about in the shower or in the car? Or chant while you move through asana. It truly does not matter where or when you practice mantra, the question to ask is: What is the intention behind the chant? The act of repetition is meditative in itself. And if none of these are doing the trick, make up your own mantra to create the life you desire!


Get 21 days of powerful mantras to create a life of passion and purpose with Desire and Destiny, Oprah and Deepak’s free online meditation program starting July 17. Register for free.


 

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A Peaceful Way Gathering for Women

“Our Soul’s Calling”

With Jane Booth Robertson, USUI Reiki Master, Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Saturday, October 24, 2015 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 320 Aiken Street, Meaford, ON

I invite you to join me for this spiritual mini-retreat day where you can relax and de-stress through some of the programs that we love at our full weekend retreats – meditation, sound and music, creative and healing arts activities and discussion. Leave feeling relaxed, renewed, empowered and inspired.

Experience your growing spiritual connection that allows you to see your unique Soul’s Calling.

Where is your Soul calling you? How are you reacting to this calling? Do you know your life purpose? Are you experiencing anxiety? Are you seeking deeper meaning and clarity in your life?

Experience your Soul’s calling as it assists you to become aware of the legacy that you want to leave and to tap into your spiritual depths to bring your self mastery, your whole self into creation.

This is an exciting time is to step forward now to answer your Soul’s Calling.

Explore your vision
Embody your spirit
Engage the intuitive
Experience sacredness

It is time for you to take time for self care, soul care! Join me Saturday, October 24th in Meaford.

 To Register: E-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com

Fee: $65.00 – includes workshops and supplies – Lunch not included. Refreshments served. Payment by October 15, 2015.

Registration form will be mailed to you with registration information when you send an e-mail  reply to: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Peacefully, Jane

2015-02-16 13.58.23About Jane: Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for meditation, inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Workshops and Retreats.

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When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi

I am excited about the beginning of our fall A Peaceful Way Gatherings on Wednesday afternoons in Meaford.

Creating a peaceful way allows us to live each moment fully so we may explore and evolve into our whole Self and experience a deep spiritual connection.  In prayer, we speak to Spirit.  In meditation, we open our hearts, listen to our inner spiritual guidance and view a ‘new way’. These workshops will connect you with your inner place of peace to assist your personal growth and healing and expand your evolving consciousness. You will experience greater relaxation, love, inner peace and self mastery.  We will be exploring new insights that we receive through healing arts, music, poetry, sacred geometry, prayer and meditation.

We will begin with our Sacred Yes meditation.  I love these words and vision of community by David Ibson  about making a sacred vow to peace by saying ‘Yes’.

“It’s time. Let’s make a sacred vow. Let’s create a shared purpose. Let’s work together and develop common solutions to the massive common problems that we all share. Let’s all take a few moments and imagine a collective community of amazing, integrated beings in a harmonious, loving relationship with the entire world, indeed, with the entire universe, full of the promise of self-love, wisdom and understanding. Imagine a community of creatively empowered individuals all expressing the solutions to our problems through their own unique disciplines, through the use of their own enlightened choices…just say YES.  David Ibson, Facebook

Join me Wednesday afternoons in my Meaford home for our Peaceful Way Gatherings.  Register now for fall gatherings beginning September 2015 at 1:30 p.m – 3:00 p.m.  Please reply by e-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com  Fee: $11:30 per week Directions upon registration. I only have room for a few more participants.

If you would like private sessions for A Peaceful Way, where you will receive guidance, support and enlightenment for your unfolding Self mastery, please contact Jane at e-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com. Private sessions: $40.00 per hour.

Private sessions with Reiki/Sound and personal meditation $50.00 per hour for relaxation, stress reduction and energy balancing.

Let us move into the energies of fall and enjoy this transformative time!

I also hope to have a 1 day Peaceful Way mini retreat day for Women in October…stay tuned for details coming soon!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Peacefully, Jane

2015-02-16 13.58.23About Jane: Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for meditation, inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Workshops and Retreats.

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MEAFORD ‘A PEACEFUL WAY’ WEEKLY WORKSHOPS

Meditation – Creative Healing Arts – Inspired Living

Join weekly Wednesday afternoon ‘Peaceful Way Workshop’ with Jane Robertson.  Register today – e-mail: janerobertson182@gmail.com

We gather to explore holistic (body-mind-spirit) topics and meditations that will awaken your consciousness, expand your intuitive abilities, relax your mind and body and deepen your spiritual awareness.

Learn through meditation to relax and calm your body and mind and discover how to bring more peace into your daily life. Each week enjoy various holistic topics, soulful music, chants, mantras, drumming, creative healing arts, sacred geometry to awaken your creative consciousness and personal well-being.

2015-02-16 13.58.23Jane Robertson, BA, CSW has worked for years with women who are on a spiritual path and are interested in personal empowerment and transformation. Her author name is Jane Rosalea Booth. She is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking and USUI Reiki Practitioner and Teacher.

Register now for Fall Wednesday afternoons for the Peaceful Way workshops.

Time: Every Wednesday afternoon – 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

After a summer break group begins September 16, 2015

Location: Jane’s home Meaford – directions with registration

Register Today – limited seating –

Contact Jane at : e-mail janerobertson182@gmail.com

Fee: $11.30 per workshop Visit

Looking forward seeing you at our Fall Peaceful Way Workshops,

Peacefully, Jane

2015-02-16 13.58.23About Jane: Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for meditation, inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Workshops and Retreats.

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I want to share with you an amazing way to allow your inner voice and visions to come forth. It is called Soul Collage Cards. Learning how to create and to use Soul Collage Cards you will be creating a deck of cards that you will truly treasure.  Each card I create is like opening a new page of a book where I discover something new. The most enlightening images have appeared on my cards and I can’t wait to share this creative, spiritual and healing process with you.

Soul Collage Cards Workshops

     Fun, Relaxing and Creative

                  May 5th and May 12th

Meaford Public Library 10:00 a.m. – noon

With Jane Booth Robertson

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Enjoy giving vision and voice to your inner wisdom with Soul Collage, a fun, relaxing and insightful creative process of creating a deck of collaged cards for your personal use. Anyone one can do it! You do not have to be an artist to create soul collage cards that you will treasure for years. You will be amazed by what your cards reveal to you!

Image… Imagination… Intuition…join together

After making Soul Collage cards using simple materials: magazine images, photographs, scissors, glue and blank card, you’ll be guided by Jane to understand the cards and use them intuitively to answer questions about your life journey in order to experience new direction and purpose. Each card has a special meaning just for you!

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  • Creating Your First Soul Collage Cards
  • Understanding Your Soul Collage Cards
  • Creating a Soul Collage Deck – Creating Suits
  • How you use Soul Collage in a wide variety of ways

All materials are provided, and you are also free to bring old magazines, images and photos that are meaningful to you. This process was created by Seena Frost, M. Div., M.A in the late 1990’s, author of SoulCollage® Evolving. Fee: $20.00 (Includes materials and 2 workshops) Location: Meaford Public Library, 2nd floor Board Room 15 Trowbridge St. W. Meaford, ON Accessibility Notice:  Please be advised there is no elevator access to the Library board room or the Junior Library.

  To Register: Call Meaford Public Library Ph.519-538-1060 x1123 E-mail: amy@meafordlibrary.on.ca In the picture above are some of my personal Soul Collage cards that I have made.  I love this process and am always surprised by what each card reveals to me.  I look forward to sharing these introductory workshops to Soul Collage.  I am not an artist but the pictures just seem to come together to form a special meaning to me. I look forward to you joining me on May 5th and May 12th at the Meaford Library,

Peacefully,

Jane Booth Robertson

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A PEACEFUL WAY – GATHERINGS 2015

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Creating a peaceful way allows us to live each moment fully so we may explore and evolve into our whole self and experience a deep Spiritual connection.  In prayer, we speak to Spirit.  In meditation, we open our hearts and listen to our inner spiritual guidance. These workshops will connect you with your inner place of peace to assist your personal growth and healing, and expand your evolving consciousness. You will experience greater relaxation, love, inner peace and self mastery.  Over the winter and spring months we will be exploring new insights that we gain through a wide variety of meditations.

A Peaceful Way…

  1. Sacred Yes – Opening Heart Meditations
  2. Embracing the Divine Feminine
  3. Chakra Balancing
  4. Healing Sound Meditations
  5. Power of the Elements
  6. Introduction to Sacred Geometry – Mandalas
  7. Mother Earth Meditations with drumming
  8. Sound, Light and Colour – Tools for healing
  9. Discovering Your Animal Totem
  10. Sacred Geometry – The Sigma Symbol
  11. Enchanting Reflections Meditations
  12. Contacting your inner Child
  13. Dolphin Star Teachings
  14. Sacred Peaceful Earth and Dance Circles
  15. Steps to Self Mastery

Join me Wednesday afternoons in my Meaford home for our Peaceful Way Gatherings.  Register now for January gatherings beginning January 14th, 2015 at 1:30 p.m – 3:00 p.m.  Please reply by e-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com  Directions upon registration

Here are some thoughts on our “sacred yes” by my Facebook friend David Ibson

It’s time. Let’s make a sacred vow. Let’s create a shared purpose. Let’s work together and develop common solutions to the massive common problems that we all share. Let’s all take a few moments and imagine a collective community of amazing, integrated beings in a harmonious, loving relationship with the entire world, indeed, with the entire universe, full of the promise of self-love, wisdom and understanding. Imagine a community of creatively empowered individuals all expressing the solutions to our problems through their own unique disciplines, through the use of their own enlightened choices…just say YES.  David Ibson, Facebook

Yes, Yes, Yes…let us join together!

May the joy of the season fill your hearts with feelings of bliss and merriment,

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Booth, Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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Jane Rosalea Booth Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats

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Sometimes it is the most simple rituals that lift our spirit and help us to relax and meditate. Candles and oil lamps have been used in churches and temples for centuries.  They provided much needed light in these buildings but also brought peace and calmness. They are used in times of celebration, healing and remembrance of a loved one.

One of the most relaxing things I do before meditating is to light a candle.  It is a small ritual that begins my meditative time and it helps me to relax, reflect and pray.  I like to watch the flame flicker and bend but sometimes it is still and calm and I love its brilliant stillness.  I like to be alone at this time and allow my eyes to focus on the flame and enjoy its presence.

The candlelight sets the tone to relax and assists me to feel the sacredness of my space. This light becomes a symbol for my Divine light within and around me, the ever flowing universal energy of our Source.   I allow myself to feel the love that is always presence in each moment.  As I begin to feel its presence, I give deep gratitude for each experience in my life and take time to reflect on happy memories.  Memories of sadness or regrets, I acknowledge but I do not dwell there…I let them go.  I focus on my breathing in and out and my mind and body begin to relax.

Then, I feel my eyes closing and I begin to enter a deeper place of consciousness where there is a wondrous connection with Spirit.  In this conscious space, I know I am safe, protected and loved in each moment.  I stay in my sacred inner sanctuary until I feel it is time to return to my room feeling relaxed and peaceful.  As I open my eyes, my small candle is still burning and I often sit for a few more minutes in silence and then gently blow it out to close my ritual. I continue my day with more courage and peace and a sense that I am never alone.

There are many ways to relax before meditating but lighting a candle, focusing on the flame, allowing yourself to relax, to breathe gently, closing your eyes and moving into your quiet space…holding the image of the candlelight and enjoying your time of silence is a simple, enjoyable way to meditate.

Peace and joy,

Jane

 

Jane Rosalea Booth, Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Jane Rosalea Booth Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats

 

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