It seems like everything is dialed up to 11 these days. (Yes, a whimsical reference to the cult classic movie This is Spinal Tap, a spoof of rock and roll documentaries, or rockumentary, if you prefer!) In a world where many situations seems over the top in drama and rhetoric, how should we react to the dramatic situations or create more peace and calm in our lives? I saw a t-shirt recently which answered the question this way: Keep Calm and Carry OM.
Of course, this is a play on the British World War II government morale boosting posters that said “Keep Calm and Carry On.”
I like the new version where we don’t just keep a stiff upper lip and continue to do our duty, but instead tap into the universal sound and vibration of OM.
In the online article entitled Appreciating OM: The Sound of the Universe from the Chopra Center, Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand), Chief Meditation Officer, writes, “Science tells us that the Universe began with a big bang, whereas Vedanta says that the big bang is actually a big OM, which didn’t just happen once; it is ongoing.” Vedanta is Vedic Wisdom, from Hindu tradition. Raghavanand continues his explanation of the significance of the sound OM.
As the initial vibration of OM emerges from the unmanifest, it diversifies into all the different vibrations of the Universe, which manifest as the world we know. OM, therefore, contains within it all the mantras, sounds, and vibrations of the Universe. Everything in the Universe is a manifestation of OM and ultimately a reflection of Pure Consciousness from which it emerged. OM is the collective sound of the Universe, the Primordial Sound.
In order to help you when you feel frustration in your everyday life, chant or use OM or some other sound or mantra that speaks to you to calm yourself, ease your discomfort and raise your vibration. When the toilet backs up, OM. When the car needs a new radiator, OM. When you have a disagreement with a neighbor or a work colleague, OM. You can proactively use OM in order to help you have more ease and flow in your life before you become frustrated, too. The uses and benefits are unlimited!
With OM, you can bring yourself back into the perfect reflection of Pure Consciousness, bring yourself back into the wisdom of yourself as Source. Keep Calm and Carry OM.