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A bija mantra is a single-syllable sound that can be used in meditation to cultivate health, vitality, and inspiration. In Sanskrit, “bija” translates to “seed.” So when you practice meditation using bija mantras, it is like watering the seeds of your highest purpose to bring mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual balance—and to create harmony with your environment.
One way to use bija mantras is to connect them with the chakras—the 7 spinning wheels or vortexes of energy that align with the central channel (Shushumna Nadi) or spinal cord. These chakras affect your consciousness, the subtle bodies, and your physical body.
See also: A Beginner’s Guide to the Chakras
How to use bija mantras to align your chakras
Each chakra has a seed mantra that activates its vitality and dormant potential. Intoning the mantra can speed up or slow down the potential energy associated with each chakra to amplify and purify it.
The video below will guide you through each bija mantra. You’ll use a a basic formula of 4 long intonations, followed by 8 fast versions. You’ll close our your practice by repeating the original 4 long chants.
Muladhara – Root Chakra
Bija Mantra: LAM
Intent: I AM – strong, stable, at peace.
Crystal: Red Jasper to connect deeply with the earth, nurture tranquility, and support wholeness.
Svadhisthana – Sacral Chakra
Bija Mantra: Vam
Intent: I FEEL – creativity flowing through me.
Crystal: Orange Aventurine to encourage perseverance, raise confidence, especially when dealing with issues of self-worth.
ManiPura – Solar Plexus Chakra
Energy: Inner Strength
Bija Mantra: Ram
Intent: I DO – but sometimes letting go is the most empowering choice.
Crystal: Yellow Aventurine to provide a sense of ease, reassuring for those who are sensitive or indecisive
See also: Align your Naval Chakra
Anahata – Heart Chakra
Bija Mantra: Yam
Intent: I LOVE – giving equals receiving.
Crystal: Green Aventurine to comfort, protect, and soothe the heart when working through unresolved emotional issues
Vishuddha – Throat Chakra
Bija Mantra: Ham
Intent: I SPEAK – my words are like seeds.
Crystal: Lapis Lazuli to foster clear, truthful expression.
See also: Guide to the Throat Chakra
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Ajna – Third Eye Chakra
Bija Mantra: OM
Intent: I SEE – and am open to new ideas.
Crystal: Amethyst to connect the physical plane with a higher realm.
Sahasrara – Crown Chakra
Bija Mantra: Silent OM
Intent: I UNDERSTAND – and surrender to the highest and the best that seeks to engage through me.
Crystal: Clear Quartz to enhance and strengthen aura.