After chanting all the words on your list in turn, each for a minute or two, conclude with the mantra “AUM” for a while.

Feel that the sound is emanating spontaneously from the depths of your spiritual heart.

While chanting AUM, once you close your mouth around “M”, allow the “M” to sound for about 3 times as long as the “AU” sound at the start. As “M” reverberates, there is a sense of the mantra itself entering into the infinite.

AUM is the original syllable of Sanskrit. It is supposed to be the seed sound of the universe, the sound and vibration from which all of creation sprang. AUM is considered the Mother of all mantras. In the Vedas and Upanishads, the most ancient scriptures of humanity, each mantra and invocation commences with AUM.

AUM is the mantra associated with the chakra of the spiritual heart: the centre within us of peace, love, harmony and oneness. As such, AUM is a harmonising mantra: by chanting AUM, we feel all the parts of our being – our thoughts, emotions, our physical body – coming into alignment, into harmony with each other, as well as a sense of oneness spreading from our own heart to pervade our surroundings and into the cosmos.

There is good reason why AUM has been chanted in many traditions for thousands of years. The reason is simple: it works! AUM embodies all the spiritual qualities on your list, while not conjuring any specific thoughts, associations or emotions. AUM is like the master-key with access to all the qualities we need.

AUM can be chanted at any time, anywhere. It is calming, focusing, energising and elevating. If chanted sincerely and from the heart, AUM is always effective and fruitful.