In this day two of Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen week I wanna talk about singing and chanting Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. I love to make a song out of anything and everything. It just happens. Chanting is a bit more serious feeling, but can still be fun. I personally like chanting the Reiki symbols alone because it takes away the feeling of performing. If someone else is around I just chant in my head instead of out loud, not nearly as fun or effective though. Chanting is a type of active meditation. So let’s do some vocal exercises and get ready to chant (or sing) Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen!
Chanting Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen
What even is chanting? Pretty much intoning the words til they vibrate your mouth. Okay, google says it’s “a repeated rhythmic phrase, typically one shouted or sung in unison by a crowd”. But it doesn’t have to be a crowd. One voice is just fine.
So why are we chanting Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen? Because you get lost in the words, lost in the symbol, and you connect with oneness. For those that can’t deal with passive meditation like counting their breath or following a guided meditiaton this could be the answer to their desire to meditate. It’s easier to stay focused when you’re chanting and your mind wanders less.
Why oneness? It helps you feel less alone. Gives you peace and joy. Unconditional love. A state of being completely healed, even if for just a few moments.
Tips for Chanting Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen
In no particular order. Try them all or pick and choose:
- Start out slow. Then speed up, but don’t go so fast you stumble over the words.
- Try monotoning everything then give each part a new tone.
- Start out just speaking the words, then when you’re ready start singing it out.
- Draw the symbol out then focus on it while you chant.
- Close your eyes and visualize the symbol in front of you and surrounding you.
- Start with gassho and an opening intention/prayer/invocation before chanting Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen.
- See how different intentions makes the energy feel as you chant.
- Add an instrument to the mix! Beat a drum, strum a guitar!
How long til oneness? That’s up to you. You can set a time frame for your chanting session and just go until the time runs out. I suggest chanting until you are fully into the chanting, you’ll feel a shift. Small tip, once you feel the shift you might fall right out because you’re so excited or you might ask yourself if that was it. Just start up again or call it a day. Don’t get frustrated with yourself if you can’t stay in the state of oneness. It’s okay, it takes practice, and you might not reach it the first couple of times you try chanting with Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. Keep experimenting and playing with it. Allow it to be fun!
What are your experiences chanting Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen? Share with us in the comments!
P.P.S. Coming from another post and wanna read all of the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen posts? Check them all out here.