Omkar is an Indian therapy that stimulates healing and health through music, principally ragas, which are specific note arrangements that act upon individual chakras. It is said that everyone has an inbuilt ability to heal themselves, and experiencing certain notes in combination can encourage the process to occur. Listening to ragas can be emotionally uplifting and improve physical ailments.
Om may be familiar to you if you chant, and is sometimes pronounced as Oum. Although Omkar therapy has its origins in Indian culture, music therapy, and the use of the syllable Om is common in several practices and religions. It links various faiths, superseding barriers. Indeed, the Christian word Amen, said at the end of praying, may derive from Om.
Ragas, or rags, are similar to scales, but contain more detail. They are designed to activate specific chakras, inspiring kundalini to rise. Kundalini energy, also referred to as prana or life-force, rests at the first chakra, at the bottom of the spine. Its name comes from the Sanskrit for snake, and it’s thought to rise from its coiled, once dormant state, when roused. It travels up through each chakra until it reaches the seventh at the top of the head. At such a time, a person experiences an awakening.
The name raga comes from the Sanskrit for color, and ragas can be used to color the emotions. Specific ragas may encourage the liver to cool, or help you focus your attention, or even make you creative. Emotional improvements from listening to specific ragas include gaining greater spirituality and higher self-esteem. They may also rid a listener of an addiction or unhealthy habit. In a way, ragas are transformative tools that can go with meditation, bringing about a valuable physical and mental state of being.