By By Laurance © 2014
In response to a suggestion by Robert Waggoner in his Internet course, I‘ve chanted in several lucid dreams, obtaining very different results depending upon the specific mantra used. In two, I‘ve chanted ‘HU.’
According to the Eckankar spiritual tradition, which emphasizes spiritual dreaming and soul travel, HU is an ancient name for God and the sound of all sounds chanted for spiritual uplifting. For purposes of comparison, in two other dreams, I chanted ‘OM,’ the sacred mantra in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the sound of God, the eternal spirit, and the infinite universe.
As summarized previously (March 2013), in my first HU-chanting lucid dream, I was boating on crystal clear water.
The day was vibrantly beautiful, colors were vivid, and ripples sparkled in the sun. After realizing the rocky coastline was unfamiliar, I became lucid and decided to chant HU. Given my lofty intent, I was surprised by the tidal wave of base-chakra sexual energy that flowed through me. Due to this energetic onslaught, my dream started collapsing, replaced by considerable amorous energy directed toward my poor sleeping wife next to me.
However, because I did not want to lose a precious lucid dream, I imagined myself spinning, which directed me into a new dream setting. It was suggested that chanting HU may have initiated some sort of chakra-opening Kundalini response.
The second HU-chanting dream initially had a relatively mundane feel with many plot elements.
At some point, I found myself throwing away boxes in a dumpster and, after noticing that the nearby street layout had changed, became lucid. As before, I decided to chant HU. Although lacking the intensity of the preceding dream, positive energy once again enveloped me. I flopped over on my back floating in euphoric ecstasy. Unfortunately, my dream could not hold all this feel-good energy, and I woke up.
In my first OM-chanting dream, I walked into a messy room, thinking it was my bedroom.
For some reason, I became lucid. With great expectations, I sat down and began to chant OM, but nothing happened. Disappointed, I started walking around the room, now observing a woman and child in it. Assuming I had entered the wrong room, I quickly left, ‘Spirit,’ my white German Shepherd, following me.
A few days later in my second OM-chanting dream, I entered a room that had once been mine, realizing that I had left some books and notebooks there and needed to collect them. After leaving and walking outside, I started wondering if I was dreaming, attempting some reality testing by reading text.
After ascertaining I was, indeed, dreaming, I started floating in the air, and then decided to chant OM. When chanting OM, I would slowly descend to the ground; between OMs, I rose up again. After bobbing up and down for a while, I quit chanting and started exploring the neighborhood in what became, for me, a fairly long lucid dream.
Clearly, my reaction to chanting HU in a lucid dream was vastly different than chanting OM.
Words are inadequate to describe the amazing, uplifting energy that coursed through me by chanting HU. These were peak experiences. In contrast, chanting OM triggered no, or even a slightly negative, response. Later, a spiritual mentor indicated that chanting OM in the projected state tends to end the projection because OM is an attunement to the collective consciousness of the many beings on Earth who are chanting this mantra while being awake and not asleep.
Perhaps, to some degree, the difference is due to familiarity.
Because my wife is an Eckankar practitioner, I‘ve chanted HU a lot more than OM over the years. I‘d love it if other lucid dreamers would try this chanting comparison and share their results.