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« on: May 21, 2009 11:04 am »

Does anyone have a problem that through listening to the Om sound and by quieting the thoughts you start to hear a chaos of sounds.
This can be very annoying. Or is it through practise your ear becomes sharper, now if you live in the country side that is wonderful, but not when you live in the city. Even in my small country when you go somewhere in nature, mostly you hear the buzzing of the cars from the highways.
I really start to long for a place where there is the silence of natural sounds, but it seems to be impossible.
Most people hate silence, and they are always busy and it does not bother them, but when you start to look for silence you did not realize there is so much noice.There is in reality no silence, only there is silence when our ear cannot catch that sound.

For the moment I stopped to listen to the Om technique as it is really bothering me. Sad and I start to have a monkeyconsciousness, I start to concentrate to much on the noice than on the Om sound
Any advise?
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2009 08:02 pm »

Hi White Eagle,

For advice regarding practicing the Om Technique, I suggest contacting SRF (Self Realization Fellowship) Mother Center either by phone or snail mail.  If your going to Convocation in August, there are monastics there available for counseling.  I think the monastics at SRF are the experts and the best for counseling and giving advice on the SRF techniques.

Regarding what you say about finding silence in today's world, it is challenging.  When I'm driving many times I drive with no music and quickly put the window up when I hear other people's music.  In my house I usually have no music on nor tv.  I really like silence. 
I hope this helps. 

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2009 08:16 pm »

Nomaste White Eagle it is nice to hear from you again.

Usually when people practice the Om technique they eventually start hearing the sound of Om. i would describe it as if you were listening in a sea shell. You start hearing the sound of the sea and at varying times it gets louder or softer. It is a comforting sound though: Not concophany. i assume you are chanting om. Correct?

i wonder what kind of service you are involved in. Woiuld it exclude you from moving to the country? i think that the constant noise of the suburban and city life is a reminder that we are multiplying to fast as a species. At sometime we ourselves have had too many children to create this mess. But we can set a new course by not multiplying like rabbits. How many children do you have?

Thank You for your observations.

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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009 04:19 pm »

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Yes I am chanting OM; for many years I loved to do this technique. Is it possible that you start to be conscious of sounds you never watch before? When you start to watch something you really have difficulties not to concetrate on it. As this is a world of opposites, maybe next to the nice sounds there are the less agreeable sounds you catch, as when you listen to music, there are parts in the music who make you uplifting and other parts which make you even nervous.

I have no kids in the house. But I feel that there is no space, everywhere there are people, everywhere there is noice. Travelling to other countries which are bigger is financially not possible for me and anyway after one month you have to come back to the same environment and the same problem arises.

Maybe this technique is alright in a more quiet environment?

" I think the monastics at SRF are the experts and the best for counseling and giving advice on the SRF techniques." Thanks Joy but I am not an SRF member.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2009 11:44 pm »

hi White Eagle,

I cannot help in regards to the specific questions about the OM technique, but I am wondering if perhaps you are noticing the noises because you are trying so hard to focus on the silence ?

Let me give you an example ~ when I first started meditating, I was told that one has to empty the mind of all thoughts, not so easy to do. There were always thoughts coming and going, and the harder I tried to focus on not having thoughts, it seemed that more thoughts would enter the mind.

Then I decided to relax, not to worry about the thoughts, not to focus on the thoughts but to let them drift into the mind, then let the thoughts leave the mind - I just decided not to think about the thoughts. And soon, it was easier to sit in the silence. I also found out there are many ways to meditate, I just had to find the way that works for me.

Maybe this idea might be of help to you, but like I said, I really can't comment on the OM technique - but just use the idea of not focusing so much on the noise, perhaps just chant your OMs and listen to the sound of the OM and if there are other noises - just let the noises exist - but do not listen to the noises and maybe they will eventually be less noticeable to you. I hope this is of some help to you, if not - just toss my suggestion out the window, lol !  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: Jun 23, 2009 04:06 pm »

i have found to quite the chaos of my mind ..i start with counting backwards slowly with each intake of breath or exhale of breath ..

if that does not work then i go to my PLACE...my comforting place in my mind that is jsut mine that i created there...

then i can focus on the meditation I am trying to do .
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 27, 2009 06:35 am »


" I think the monastics at SRF are the experts and the best for counseling and giving advice on the SRF techniques." Thanks Joy but I am not an SRF member.


Hope i am not being too nosey here: i just wonder where did you get the technique from?

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« Reply #7 on: Jun 27, 2009 06:26 pm »

and you smply might just try wearing a headband across eyes.. I make one that the folds  will allow me to add the crystal or gemstone of my choice into the fold so it is laying against my third eye.

and also wear a pair of earmuffs or put in a pair of earplugs.  simple cotton  balls may work also.

 that will turn off the outside influences of light and sound.

then the OM vibration is totally within and easier to concentrate on  its vibratory  sound and feel

just my thoughts on this
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 02, 2009 01:17 am »

and you smply might just try wearing a headband across eyes.. I make one that the folds  will allow me to add the crystal or gemstone of my choice into the fold so it is laying against my third eye.

and also wear a pair of earmuffs or put in a pair of earplugs.  simple cotton  balls may work also.

 that will turn off the outside influences of light and sound.

then the OM vibration is totally within and easier to concentrate on  its vibratory  sound and feel

just my thoughts on this

Just curious is this a home brew remedy? What crystal do you recommend?

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« Reply #9 on: Jul 02, 2009 07:17 am »

it depends on what i am trying to do or what stone is calling  me...

if working on me ..maybe hematite to keep me grounded
if trying to  go to the upper regions...probably amethyst or clear quartz

if healing maybe rose quartz or  green aventurine
maybe i pick by a chakra color or 
sometimes i just look at the  bunch i have and if one seems like i am drawn to it for any reason i use that one. 
it is mostly just what is resonating with me at the moment

hope that helps  monsier...estenbando
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 03, 2009 12:33 am »

Thanks Laura i have a quartz crystal now i just have to find somethig to hold it to the third eye. i'll give it a try...

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« Reply #11 on: Jul 03, 2009 01:19 am »

try a good ole fashioned hankerchief bandana.......
turn it sqaure

fold over  to a  triangle

turn pont in and keep folding till have  a  bandana

tie around head with folds upward..insert gemstone of choice into fold....
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 03, 2009 10:27 am »


  Hello everybody. Hey Steve, guess what? I'm not bying it. You couldn't possibly be having any trouble with the Om technique. It's a nice try to pretend that you might be. I figure that type of innocent gesture can only help others on the path. So if anyone wants to call me the grinch, go right ahead, because guess what kids? Santa Clause isn't real.
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 03, 2009 02:53 pm »


  Hello everybody. Hey Steve, guess what? I'm not bying it. You couldn't possibly be having any trouble with the Om technique. It's a nice try to pretend that you might be. I figure that type of innocent gesture can only help others on the path. So if anyone wants to call me the grinch, go right ahead, because guess what kids? Santa Clause isn't real.

Sorry Goldwolf i do not understand your comment. Where did i say that i was having problems with the om technique? Please quote and read from the first thread. As you may or may not be able to see we have been waiting till such time as White Eagle wants to reply....in the mean time we have engaged in other topics. Sometimes conversations drift into other areas. Impressions can be decieving; therefore it is often necessary to avoid premature conclusions. It can cause a lot of unnecessary energy depletion. In this case i would say it is a simple misunderstanding. Anyone practicing the om technique that Paramahansa Yogananda gave to us would know that the current conversation has nothing to do with the om technique as we were talking about the third eye and recognizing it in meditation. Jai Guru

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« Reply #14 on: Jul 03, 2009 03:24 pm »


  Hello my friends. Steve, if I didn't test your patience you'd think I didn't like you. This is my public apology, I'm sorry. Please forgive my ignorance. It's a good thing that you frequent this board, those of us on this path have someone to look up to.
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