Breath and its vibrations contain power – deep, mysterious, sacred power. The animal world has its own vibratory essence as do we. In our human bodies, we can tap into this vibration of sacred mystery because of our ability to use sounds and words. Certain sounds hold uniquely powerful energy. These sounds are commonly found in the names that humanity has used throughout time to signify divinity or godhood. Because the process of breathing involves a physical interchange of energies it is our tangible connection to the heavens. It also has a symbolic and a spiritual connection. There is no life without breath.
What are these sounds? Ah and ha are two of them which I will be discussing in the next arc where I discuss mystery school teachings. Another important, but little known one is HU. HU is a deep breath sound, an original vibration of divinity in many pagan and ancient cultures.
Hu was one of the names of the Sphinx in Egypt. The Egyptian God Tehuti, who used his voice to create the cosmos, was known in Greece as Thoth. The Mayans had Hunab Ku, a god connected with the heart and a deity of movement and measurement. Huehuetcotl was an Aztec god of fire, one of their oldest divine images.
Asuku Nyorai (pronounced ashuku) one of the immovable Buddhas was connected with all-wisdom. Ahura Mazda is the Persian name of the Supreme Being in Zoroastrianism. Ahura means light and mazda means wisdom.
In Tibet, the sound of HU HU flowed out of the creator in the process of creation.
In Celtic old Europe, the god Hu was married to the great goddess Ceridwen Europe best known for her cauldron of life and magic potions. Druid acolytes would invoke both these gods in the process of their initiation into the great spiritual mysteries.
Hu was associated with music. Eleanor Merry in her opus on “Celtic Folk-Soul,” The Flaming Door, writes, “The God Hu . . . who represented the whole spiritual world, was attended by his oxen who ‘roared in thunder and blazed in lightning’ – a thrilling allusion to the music of the spheres.”
In the west, the Hu syllable is found in AL-LA-HU-YA, which is the original form of Alleluya or more commonly Hallelujah. AL-LA-HU-YA literally means “praise Ya,” which is shorthand for “praise YHWH.”
Jesus’ original Hebrew name, Yeshua, contains the hu syllable thereby recognizing and honoring his connection to divinity. Lest one think that Jesus had a unique connection to hu, remember that we ourselves carry the appellation of this divine syllable. We are, after all, human. The foundational etymology of the word recognizes that we human beings each carry the divine essence within ourselves. And that is made known to us by hu – by our breath.