The ancient and universal practice of chanting is a repetition of sacred or magical words, names, phrases and spells to alter consciousness and raise psychic power. It is often done with drumming, the ringing of bells, visualization and dancing.  Chanting aligns the human consciousness with the realms of spirits and gods, and to intensify magick, meditation and healing. Chants range from a simple melody involving a limited set of notes, to highly complex musical structures. Chanting a mantra, sacred text, is a commonly used spiritual practice and considered a route to spiritual development, the term mantra means to protect the mind.

Tibetan Buddhist chant involves throat singing, where multiple pitches are produced by each person, and Tibetan monks are particularly skilled at throat singing. The concept of chanting mantras is of particular significance in many Hindu traditions and other closely related Dharmic Religions. The Hare Krishna movement is based especially on the chanting of Sanskrit Names of God in the Vaishnava tradition. Buddhists chant daily as part of their spiritual journey, although it is not considered a prayer in Buddhism, they believe the body as well as the soul benefits from chanting.

Shamans chant power songs that have been passed down through generations, this is to achieve an altered state of consciousness for healing or divining. Each chanted song has a different purpose, they are very short and powerful refrains. Curing chants are very important in Navaho ceremonies, they are long and include myths about how chants were performed originally by deities or supernatural beings.

Chanting raises the level of vibration in the body, as the body responds to the sounds of chanting. A trigger is activated in the mind and body through the repetitive sound, which the entire being responds to, the mind calms opening you to divine inspiration. Rhymes, charms, phrases, or sacred words derived from various spiritual traditions are used to create chants .

Since ancient times chanting has been a significant part of magical rituals, and in ancient Greece female sorcerers howled their magical chants. Chanting was a necessary part of the magical workings of sorcerers and magicians. Folk witches chanted their charms, and contemporary witches chant the names of deities to invoke their energies. In Wicca a ring dance is performed while chanting in order to raise the power

Chanting releases cosmic forces that penetrate deep into the consciousness, down to the cellular level. Through repeated chanting of the name of a god or goddess, a person is aligning with the deity’s consciousness, then imbuing that consciousness into their being. When spell crafting the power is raised, as the spell (a desired goal or outcome) is chanted. For magical purposes, chanting sends energy to the spiritual realm in order to manifest change in the physical realm.

Chanting is used for spiritual enlightenment, healing, being connected, and to open a portal to other realms in order to manifest desires in the physical realm.  Most practitioners of magick use chanting to raise the energy while they work. In group meditations, religious gatherings and covens, chanting is a way of raising the spiritual energy and heightening awareness. One of the most popular and widely used chants is Om, considered the most spiritual and sacred of all chants.

Think of a mantra as a mental instrument that fine-tunes and incorporating mantras into practice can help to make it sacred and take it out of the realm of the physical and into a higher state of awareness.

Cultivating a sonic presence can be liberating in a way, as you experience the numinous nature of the sound. It is said that each chakra has a particular vibration and certain mantras can resonate and harmonize that energy. A mantra is a much more complex concept than a mere chant. It unites sound, body, and mind in a deeply philosophical experience.

Mantras are a tool you can use to calm your mind anywhere, anytime. Feeling stressed, lonely, anxious, excited? Pick a word, phrase, or invocation and chant it in a way that works for you: loudly, softly, or even internally. To reap the most benefits, shorter mantras should be chanted 108 times (mala beads can help with that) and longer mantras can be repeated up to three times. In any case, allocate a few minutes to focus your attention on the sound.  Mantras are also used in rituals to amplify, connect and enhance your magick.