If you read my recent blog post about the Law of Attraction, you know how the magic of the Hebrew word בואי (pronounced Bow-ie) transformed my life in a magnificent and mystical way.
Since then, the Universe has continued to swirl around me like a funnel pouring its great and precious blessings directly into my life.
I have, this past year, been quite fascinated (read: obsessed) with the concept of manifestation and how we can call in our dreams and wishes to create a new reality.
And I use the term “call in,” quite specifically.
To be honest, I never was one for chanting mantras in the past, as so many of the Hindu invocations entreat deities that, as a Jew, conflict with my perception of a monotheistic God. But when things hit rock-bottom for me, I turned to a non-theistic chant and realized what a deeply calming effect it had on me.
What I discovered was that–purely unintentionally–the process of chanting was bringing me closer to God. To my God. After all, Bhakti Yoga (the Yoga of Devotion) is not just about chanting for chanting’s sake (although I actually will argue that that is effective, too!) but about connecting to a Higher Power through the channel of song.
I think we have all been to that place where a kirtan, a chant, a prayer, or even just a song transcends us to a higher place. That is a feeling that I wanted to incorporate into my daily life by creating a new mantra that was both personal and powerful to me.
Here’s how it goes. First in basic translation and transliteration (you can hear the pronunciation by clicking here):
אנכי (Anochi: God)
הנני (Hineni: I Am Here)
בואי (Bowie: Come To Me)
Now, anyone who knows biblical Hebrew, knows that there are many different names for God. The one I chose, Anochi, is one that is seen (among other places) in the holiest of Jewish prayers, the Shema/V’Ahavata, as well as in the First Commandment where Anochi (an actual word for God) is used in conjunction with another name for God in its alternate meaning, “I am.” In other words, the word for “I am” also happens to be a name for God.
When you study the Law of Attraction or Manifestation, you learn that in order to beckon a new reality into your life, you can’t just wish it, you must be it. You can’t just say, “I hope to be.” You have to say “I am.” This is an abbreviated assertion of God Conscience itself.
That second word, Hineni, is found eight times in the Torah, including when Abraham offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God, and when Moses beheld the burning bush (oh…and in an amazing song by Leonard Cohen…that, too!). Hineni means “I am here.” And there is that “I am” again. Its use at only the most pivotal of spiritual moments indicates even more than just being in a particular place in body. It really indicates being present in soul, as well.
And finally, Bowie. No, not David Bowie. But a welcoming. An opening of the heart and soul to invite God in. “Come to me.” A statement of Isvara Pranidahana, Submission to a Higher Power. A knowing that man (or woman) can’t do this life thing alone. We need God’s presence to live a full and fulfilled life.
Putting these three words together, I see it as first, calling outward to God as Spirit around us. Then, calling Him to us in physical body. And finally, calling inwards to actually convene body and soul. With my hands in Anjali Mudra (Prayer Position), I first bring them to my mind, Anochi, to represent my highest thoughts. To my mouth, Hineni, to represent the integrity of my words. And to my heart, Bowie, to represent the purity of my deeds and intentions.
In terms of manifestation: Ask. Believe. Receive.
Let the magic begin.