Christian Meditation Mantras
Are they effective and are they Biblical? In my research within the scriptures it’s clear to me that Christian meditation mantras they are not. Mantras are taking a word, phrase or sound and repeating it over and over in order to get you centered. My take on this is that focusing on the breath and going within is a more powerful and effective means that would satisfy the Holy Spirits desire to fellowship with us.
Matthew 6:6-8 (NIV) But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
In this verse Jesus appears to be telling us not to waste time with empty words or phrases. Although some would argue that Christian meditation mantras have been proven to be effective in getting centered and placing one into a deep meditative state, I have tried mantras, and I personally do not like them and would stay clear of them.
Christian meditation taught by our instructors are designed to guide one inward through powerful breathing techniques and guided language that allows the Holy Spirit to engage with the Believer rapidly and powerfully. As one begins the breathing process and relaxes into the moment, we become aware of our inner being as well as the spirit that God has placed within the earthly vessel. We then go into a state of stillness and begin the process of purification and renewal. The process is powerful as we become aware of our sinful nature and allow the spirit to engage with our fleshly desires and subdue them.