We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. ~Pierre Teilhard de Chadin
Between the eyes and ears there lay, The sounds of colour and the light of a sigh. And to hear the sun, what a thing to believe. But it’s all around if we could but perceive. ~The Moody Blues
There is a sound that is core to humanity, core to all life, core to the sentient universe. It originates from deep within our soul and emerges from behind the lips causing the body to vibrate in sympathetic harmony with creation, with the primal sound originating at the beginning of time. It is the harmonic of the universe encompassing creation, sustenance, destruction, and silence.
The sound was resonating at the birth of man having been uttered by a God so powerful he breathed the universe into existence with a whisper. This sound, when whispered by eternity infused souls into humans, souls that keep us connected with the souls of every being on earth and beyond. This sound is so fundamental to what it means to be human that it has found its way into ancient texts and is used by religious groups to this day as a means to connect spiritually with the essence of life. It is the collective sound of the cosmos.
The sound is inscribed in ancient Vedic texts dating back to the 2nd millennium BC. It pours daily from the lips of the Buddhists when they chant the phrase “om mani padme hum“, a sequence of sounds with effects greater than the strict meaning of the words. Buddhists believe it is so powerful they inscribe it on prayers wheels. The spinning of those wheels emits this sound into the universe accumulating good karma while purifying bad karma.
It is woven into the Christian creation story. The Bible, in John 1:1, says,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
There is speculation the Christian Amen and the Islamic Amin, both meaning, “Let it be“, are derived from Om. This shows that fundamental spirituality is woven into the human condition irrespective of how we express our faith. We, as spiritual beings, have a fundamental need to connect with the Creator.
This sound acts as a conduit for connection between God and God’s people, the lover and the beloved, the Creator and the Created.
My soul senses the spiritual when hearing Buddhist chanting. I felt my soul connected with the universe while sitting quietly in an ancient Hindu temple washed by mantras, felt the call of God in the Islamic call to prayer while touring Turkey. I experience the connection in the Christian Gregorian chant and the rhythmic songs chanted by Native Americans.
My soul dwells in connection to all life when sitting silently in the great outdoors where the entire universe Oms into my being. We simply need to sit silently still and know that God is.