Tuning In: 3 Simple Mantras to Awaken Your Spirit and Bring Forth Your Highest Energy

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Is it coffee? (Yeah, man. Me, too.)

Or is it tea, maybe? (Me, too. Also. Sometimes.)

Is it reading? Writing? Rowing? Walking the dog?

No? Okay . . . how about stretching, perhaps? Yoga? Running?

Alright, I give up. Tell me, do you have a morning routine?  Something – or set of things – you do to get yourself ready for the day? (If it’s running I applaud you, by the way.)

Rituals can be a brilliantly centering, comforting and steadying thing. We commit to them repeatedly until it no longer feels like a commitment, it just feels like ‘the thing I always do.’

We sort of nestle ourselves into them. We rely on them to feel like who we are.

In many ways, this is what ‘tuning in’ is all about before meditation.  By having a regular ritual of tuning in to the Sacred Power we summon, we center ourselves in mind, body and spirit and prepare ourselves to become vessels, to become instruments for light, love, healing and guidance.

Without really trying, I kind of stumbled onto three mantras that I recite in order to tune in, and they have stuck with me now for a very long time.

I didn’t think about or force them, they just appeared in my mind when I first decided to get serious about my early morning meditation practice.

These little guys have stayed with me ever since.

I think it has a lot to do with the fact that they are short, simple, powerful and no matter what state I find myself in (tired, punchy, happy, confused, energized, relaxed) they always open me up to my highest self.

May I share them with you now? While you are having your coffee maybe?

Perfect . . . here we go. :)

As I light each of three candles in my meditation space, I recite the following short mantras to myself.  Sometimes I’ll say them out loud to really get the deep resonance going.

I am willing.

I surrender.

I believe.

Simple, yes?  But so profoundly grounding and beautiful when I move through them, each one slowly, mindfully and with devotion.

Simple, short – but heavy.  The power is not so much in the words themselves but in the energy they invoke. This is, after all, a miracle and an invocation of the highest compassionate and peaceful Presence.

You cannot be weak if you are willing.

You cannot be arrogant if you surrender.

You cannot doubt if you believe.

These three mantras are a declaration of readiness, of intention, to listen and serve.

I am willing.

This is my intentional way of saying: I am here. I am not perfect but I have shown up. I am present and I wish to be one with you, Love. Show me.

I surrender.

This is my way of saying: I hold onto nothing. All the anxiety, all the fear, all the questions, all the answers are no burden to me in this holy space. I am not attached to the past or the future, to the failures or triumphs, to the plans or outcomes. I am present now. I am here to honor and allow the presence of Love and Wisdom to move through me.

I believe.

This is my way of saying: Not my will but Yours be done. I believe there is a higher answer that I am not able to see on my own. I believe it will come. I will watch, listen and tune in for the miracles I know are on their way. When they appear, I will receive them fully.

So. These are the three little mantras that have stayed with me over hundreds and hundreds of meditation sessions. They also guide me throughout the day when I need to quickly center myself in times of trouble or confusion.

They are a guiding light that get me back to the Light.

How about you, my friend? Do you have a favorite way of tuning in? I’d love to hear about it if you would be willing to share in the comments. Sometimes hearing about what others do sparks inspiration in someone who is searching for their own way to connect more deeply.

Tuning in is a personal thing. There are countless ways to move through it. But in a world that, for the most part, seems to want to just ‘get through’ another day, starting our days instead with intention and power seems a much better way to become the peace we want to see.

I am willing. I surrender. I believe.

Now . . . did anyone make coffee?


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P.S. It seems the more mantras and chants I learn, the more there are to learn.  Isn’t that always the way? So much good stuff out there.

Here are just a handful I’ve come to learn and love. If you are eager for a fresh spin on your meditation practice, dig into these beautiful mantras to center your spirit and tune in to the Source of our divine energy.

(The truth is, you cannot go wrong with anything sung by the angelic Snatam Kaur):

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

Govinda Govinda Hari Hari

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Namah Shivaya

Wishing you peace, always, always.

23 thoughts on “Tuning In: 3 Simple Mantras to Awaken Your Spirit and Bring Forth Your Highest Energy

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      My gorgeous, gorgeous friend,

      Thank you so much for reading. I am thrilled to bits that this resonated with you. I would be honored, honored, honored if you would use these little mantras as well. I know they will serve you powerfully.

      They are totally, fully up for adoption!

      Biggest, warmest love to you, guy. :)

      And peace, always,

  1. Rajagopal

    You have briefly described the run-in to meditation, with your own six words, Allison, and pleased to note these words have been your usherers for quite some time. The other mantras listed here are all very effective. I use the five syllabic ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, the six syllabic ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’, and the twenty four syllabic Gayatri mantra, in my meditations. For me, my dear soulmate, it is not necessarily a sit-down process, as I like to meditate while walking, reciting one of these mantras, with my mind focused on my breath, as I keep walking. I walk about four miles, solitarily, with the energy just carrying me, as it were, in a state of buoyancy…xx.

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello gorgeous Raj,

      As always, you make me smile. :)

      It is so beautiful to know that you use some of the mantras I’ve recently come to explore and adore. Many people seem to enjoy them and I always feel a sense of community, a sense of oneness, when I find out other kindred souls use these simple, powerful syllables to tune in to the Peace.

      The words and their meanings are lately my absolute favortie thing to spend time with and learn about. So simple and yet so much depth, so much wisdom in the inner space.

      I think it is wonderful that you do walking meditations, reciting and listening to your breath. There are so many ways to connect – a million ways as unique and intimate as each of us.

      Thank you for sharing your practice here, that is very dear to me. Namaste, beloved soulmate.

      Wishing you peace and warmth and love, always, always,

      Allison Xx

  2. Dave

    My go to mantra is “serve the moment”. It encapsulates letting go, being present, and helping others in a simple mantra.

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Dave,

      It is so awesome to see you here! Thank you so for taking the time to read and share.

      Freaking love your mantra. I just said it out loud and immediately felt the power of it.

      Brilliant, brilliant, my good friend.

      Namaste. :)

  3. Darshith

    I am so glad, I am here and read this full of energy post :) I felt so much strong power and in the end, it just blew me. You know what? OM NAMAH SHIVAY is a chant I do, almost regularly. There was time when I had to remind myself to chant it, but now a days, it’s involuntary. I believe in the concept of second-mind(or the recessive mind). What I think is, the memories, the people, the likeness, the hatreds all the feelings are in the brain. The second mind picks 1 particular feeling/person/memory and keeps on reminding you, at regular intervals. Just like a song or some dialogue from a play or series. I am trying to tune my second mind with OM NAMAH SHIVAY. Of course, in the time of difficulties, I sincerely stick to chanting it. But, in the times of joy and other, I make sure, I chant it in the second mind. Just like a reflex action or an involuntary action. I love you and your wonderful thoughts and I am so grateful that I read this post <3 Big, Giant hugs to you friend :) See, we have so much in common :)

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Beautiful Darshith,

      I am so glad you are here. So, so glad. Your energy is incredibly bright – I can totally feel it. :)

      When I read your comment it literally brought tears to my eyes! It is so awesome to me that you have taken Om Namah Shivay so close to heart. What an absolutely gorgeous chant it is, I was in love with it the moment I learned about it. I understand it to have a healing rhythm for mind and body, which I am humbled and grateful to know.

      I’m fascinated by your description of second mind and embedding it with these beautiful words of power and healing – as you say in time of joy as well as difficulty. How absolutely brilliant. I love this. What we focus on expands. Thank you for bringing more peace to this world, angel. It is so important.

      We do indeed have very much in common, and it is a total pleasure to get to know how similar we are and also share ideas and deepen the experience. Such a gift.

      Thank you, thank you so, for your presence and your light. I can’t even tell you how much it means to me.

      Sending you the biggest hugs and tons of love and peace,

      1. Darshith

        You make be delighted :) Your love and your words make me heal <3 Second mind is awesome and I am loving the common things between us :) Om Namah Shivay is indeed close to me :) It's a chant of a Hindu God called Shiva. You can know some details about him @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva. I can tell you a whole bunch of things regarding him as I really believe him. His special days are mondays.

        1. Allison Marie Post author

          I am so very happy to delight you, my friend. What an absolutely gorgeous thing to say! We are kindred spirits for sure.
          Thank you for the link – I so enjoyed reading all about Shiva. Fascinating, fascinating. I noticed, too, that he has a snake around his neck, hmmm ;) . . .
          And I definitely dig the honoring of Mondays – that is something so few people ever do anymore. Let us keep that tradition going, angel. So much love to you and thank you, always, for your spirit and light.

          1. Darshith

            The snake around his neck didn’t strike a chord to me. But, to you, it did :D Another snake reference ;) Wow, I love universe. Yeah, Shiva’s awesome :) Let’s keep the tradition going on for sure ;) Namaste, to you too and love and light and happiness <3

          2. Allison Marie Post author

            My friend! You have given me a very interesting idea for Mondays . . . Thank you for your inspiration, as always. Stay tuned . . .

            Sat nam, gorgeous soul. ;)

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      I am so humbled and honored, Sharon. May they serve you fully.

      Thank you so much for your beautiful light! And thank you for sharing this. So much appreciate the good vibes moving out into the world!

      Peace and love, always,


  4. Michael

    I love your mantras, Allison. They are very powerful and simple, as you said.

    I like to think of what you are describing as mantras as “cues” we carry with us wherever we go, and give ourselves to return to presence. These cues seem to be always changing for me. Often they are images or memories that spark that relinquishing of attachment. Sometimes just a name. Something I read that stays with me for a few days, then morphs into something else. Sometimes words just like you have described here. Sometimes a simple action, done with presence, that has meaning in the context of one’s own life. The mantra of sitting down to write– just the movement of sitting down with purpose– can pull open the drapes of thought and anxiety and let the light stream in… The mantra of a ritual– of making the coffee!


    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Michael,
      Thank you so much, my good friend, for reading, for your gorgeous comment, and for your presence. It always brightens my day to see you here. :)
      I very much love your use of the idea of “cues.” How brilliant – it is SO true. And they do change as needed, don’t they. How perfect.
      I once met a beautiful energy healer and she said something to me that I’ve never forgotten because it blew my mind, she said, “What if your whole life was a meditation? How would you think about meditation then? And your life?”
      Wow, right. Everything is mantra – just as you said in your beautiful way here. “a simple action, done with presence” — that is so precious. Makes every breath feel delicate and brave.
      As always, I’m so happy to hear from you, your thoughts bring me peace. I am very grateful.
      Much love and blessings your way,

  5. Noelle

    Three perfect mantras for me today. Just what I was looking for. Thank you, my friend. You have a lovely knack of posting what I need. Namaste.

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Beautiful, beautiful Noelle,
      I have been thinking of you lately, it is so awesome to see you here. Thank you so much for reading and for your warm presence.
      It is my absolute pleasure to serve you (and your energy) well. :)
      Namaste, my good friend.

  6. Catherine

    Inspiring post. Love your three mantras and I completely resonate with them. Have not used those specifically in my meditation practice but will add them. Simple works!

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Catherine,

      Thank you so much for taking the time and care to read and to leave such a beautiful comment. It means so much to know this resonated for you. :)

      You and I are kindred spirits I feel. I hope these simple mantras bring you much peace and joy in your beautiful meditation practice.

      Love and light, my friend.

  7. Dawn

    I love your site and your 3 Mantras. I pray to have a place soon wherein I can have my own personal space in which to meditate and have a routine in the morning as well in which to do so. I find it difficult at this particular time to do this. But, your words, motivation and mantas are a great inspiration and help. So, I thank you for that my Angel and look forward to more of your pod casts and blogs.

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello beautiful Dawn,
      Thank you so much for being here and for your presence and light in this place. I am so grateful to know my work has inspired you! That is quite literally the BEST. Thank you for sharing that – it means the absolute world to me.
      I am honored to be invited onto your spiritual path and it is lovely to meet you right where you are, as you begin to prepare and create sacred space in your life for a morning meditation practice. Committing to my practice has fully changed and enriched my life – more joy, more peace, more awareness, more intuition, more connection. I pray for all of these things for you as well, soul friend. They are surely there the moment you welcome them. :)
      I promise to keep the inspiration fresh and I love knowing you are out there shining bright!


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