Use these Sanskrit mantras for hope whenever you need a lift, or a perspective shift. You’ve been given another day of life, after all, and with it the chance to live fully, love more openly, and breathe deeply the newness of each waking moment.
“How any given solution turns out depends on your state of awareness. The more unbounded your awareness, the more freedom you have to create and explore. If you have constricted awareness, on the other hand, your default perception is limited–you see few solutions, narrow possibilities, worst case scenarios, and the repeat of past outcomes.” – Deepak Chopra
Hope is a beautiful place between the way things were and the way things are yet to be. Hope is a state of mind more than anything else, I believe–you can travel to this place, stray from it, or reside in it whenever you consciously choose to.
For the past week I’ve been listening to Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, which I always enjoy. The topic of this meditation series is Hope in Uncertain Times–for 21 days, we explore the power and the freedom that comes with living life from a place of unshakable hope.
During these three weeks of meditation, Oprah and Deepak share a daily centering thought and a Sanskrit mantra to support your meditation practice. These Sanskrit syllables are carefully chosen to work with and empower the teaching of the day.
Mantras don’t have to be used solely as part of a meditation practice.
Whether you meditate or not, the repetition of a mantra helps you quiet your mind and move beyond the incessant nature of your thoughts. The “mental vibration” created by the mantra actually gets you out of your head and strengthens awareness, which is a key element in garnering hope.
We need strength, clarity, and purpose to navigate turbulent times. Meditating with specific mantras for hope (or just using them in normal day-to-day life) can help us redirect our attention within, which is where we’ll find our own innate capacity to rise above and move forward with light still in our hearts.
Find your favorite mantras for hope below (and remember, there are 13 more to come) and use them, as needed, to generate hope in places where others are hopeless.
8 Sanskrit Mantras for Hope in Uncertain Times
1. Sheevo Hum: I am pure potentiality.
Uncertainty is not our enemy, but an opening. When we embrace uncertainty from a place of inner security, we harness its creative potential and align with it–we become pure potentiality, rather than stuck in fear.
Throughout this meditation series, Oprah and Deepak reveal that “hope is not only a powerful center of security and guidance in life, it is also our true nature, our essential being.”
2. Samprati Hum: My true self is wide awake.
Genuine hope is an intrinsic part of who you are, and it’s capable of transforming your world as you see it. Hope is always available, yet we’re the ones who must activate it with self-awareness.
The message in this mantra is that the power of hope is here every day. When we are conscious–aware, wide awake–we make this hope a real and powerful force in life. It becomes a solid foundation that we can stand on in turbulent times.
3. Eem Hreem Kleem: I radiate confidence and strength.
How you respond to the difficult things that happen to you can mean the difference between a life of anger and joy, despair and hope. As Eckhart Tolle says, “Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.” If we’re sure of ourselves in the world, we can be at ease with not knowing, with waiting for an answer.
If we’re not okay with being in an unsettled state, we can’t hear any guiding messages.
Where fear and self-doubt blind us to the good options that are available, confidence and hope open our eyes to a wider field of possibility. With hope, we can be strong in love, even in the face of fear, and we can grow.
4. Om Durgaya Namah: I am fearless.
Our past doesn’t need to be our present reality; in fact, it never is, we just believe it to be true and so we carry over past disappointments into today, and we anticipate them for tomorrow.
This is one of my favorite mantras for hope, because although fear is very real in this world, it reminds me that who I am has nothing to do with fear. The awareness that fear and anxiety is based on an illusion frees me to greet my present situation with renewed hope, instead of old disappointment.
5. Aham Brahmasmi: I am the wholeness of universal existence.
How can you measure creativity when it is, by nature, unlimited?
Being hopeful is not impractical or naïve, though some may label it as being so. Having hope is about bringing the infinite quality of creativity to this world; it’s like it isn’t of this world, and so that’s why we’re here.
I am hopeful because I am realistic. What could this world need but more hope? I’m not just one separate human being, but the manifestation of the wholeness of universal existence–of all life.
Hope is powerful, and it is real, when it comes from a deeper place of unbounded energy, intelligence, and potential. We are powerful, and we are real, when we recognize that we come from a place of unbounded energy, intelligence, and potential.
6. Om Aieem Namah: My true self is inspired and wise.
In order for hope to be an effective tool in positive change, we must first believe in our self and have an inner sense of trust.
If we don’t trust our innermost wisdom (the same intelligence that keeps the heart beating, without us telling it to) how can we have hope in our ability to initiate positive change?
The core realization–that you can trust yourself–sets the wheels in motion for a hopeful approach to uncertain times.
7. Shree Gum Namah: My limitless awareness overcomes all obstacles.
In every situation there is a reason to hope, and you’ll find that reason when you’re aware enough to see it. Like Yogi Bhajan said, “There is a way through every block.” If we’re willing to expand our awareness, we’ll not just be bogged down by all the problems of the world, but we’ll start to see new ways through the challenges.
When you find hope, you shift your attention from the problem to a solution. When you know that you can find hope everywhere, a sense of peace overtakes you. You connect to something much larger than yourself, and you’re free to explore each moment without anxiety.
8. Om Shara Vana Ya: My awareness is aligned with the creative power of the universe.
Living with hope and optimism is a necessary ingredient in creative living. This is another one of my favorite mantras for hope, because it makes me feel bigger, and more connected to everything. I am connected to everything, and that means you are, too.
Life becomes easier, more fluid, and more enjoyable when we shine a spotlight on the presence of our awareness–right here and now. As you’re reading this, there’s a quiet consciousness that’s just having an experience of reading. Bring attention to that, and somehow hope becomes a natural response, rising to meet you here, now.
It may not be the most exciting thing to talk about–presence–but it’s what makes life exciting. Think about the times when you were totally engrossed in the moment; what did that experience feel like?
Presence is when we stop fighting the current and stop trying to carry life; it’s when we move with the flow of life, and let life carry us.
In A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle writes, “There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life.”
The point of arrival is now. If we look to the future for happiness and success, we won’t recognize it when we get there, because we’re not present for it. That’s why so many people don’t have hope–they miss the moment.
Please share your thoughts, favorite mantras for hope, healing insights that have helped you, and any inspiring stories of restored hope with me in the comments.
Share these mantras for hope with someone who would appreciate them, and use them in their meditation practice, or life in general.
Uncertainty is the perfect time and place for hope.
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