Chanting is defined as the continuous recitation of a specific phrase or phrases. It is used in meditation and religious or ritual ceremonies. Some use chanting as a method of altering consciousness and raising psychic power or energy. Others claim it connects them with the Divine.
Various chants in Hinduism and Buddhism use Om, which represent the Brahman.
Followers of Islam chant the ninety-nine names of Allah called "the Beautiful Names."
Diadochus of Photice recommended the chanting of the name of Jesus in prayer for Christians during the fifth century. Included in Christian chants are four Western forms - Gregorian, Gallican, Mozarabic, and Ambrosian; three Eastern forms - Byzantine, Syrian, and Armenian; and the Coptic and Ethiopian chants of northern Africa.
Jewish chants are composed of Biblical texts.
Sound-Remedies has included this section because we believe that chant is a wonderful psychoacoustic process for creating relaxation.Through the process of auditory pattern recognition, mental habituation takes place in listening to repeating patterns. Habituation leads to passive hearing which contributes to a relaxation response.
Per Dr. Alfred Tomatis, Gregorian chant is actually a wonderful soundtrack for focused attention and accelerated learning. Unintented, Gregorian chant contains all the sound ingredients necessary for the ideal state known as 'Mind alert/Body relaxed."