In Indian mythology, Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is the remover of obstacles.
Chanting his mantra, Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha, can be a powerful practice for releasing obstacles of all kinds, both external and internal.
The seed sound associated with Ganesha is GUM — and just this syllable can be both repeated to yourself and allowed when challenge arises.
The entire mantra incorporates sacred words which extend the seed sound and create a powerful energetic support system during any challenge.
In India, the image of Ganesha is placed above the door, especially the main entrance to a home, as protection against and a clearing of obstacles for all who enter.
Ask Ganesha for help in releasing whatever may stand in your way of moving forward to obtain a goal or complete a commitment.
My Practice with Ganesha
I return often in my life to this mantra as challenges arise and the unexpected appears.
While I used to think of challenges as something that either needed to be overcome or surrendered to in some way, I feel now that the resolution of obstacles is more about observing where my truth sustains its balance.
In this respect, Ganesha may be the remover of obstacles, but he is also the witness to the source of connection that lies within all of us.
I think it makes sense that the flipside of obstacles is connection and that the conduit between both is truth.
Obstacles seem to block our ability to feel and realize truth.
Connection comes with the arising of the awareness of your personal truth.
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha. Help me remove my obstacles.
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha. What is my truth today?
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