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While I am doing meditation I feel like a huge source of energy is falling to my forehead and pushing me forward and at the same time. My head itself is pushing against the energy. If I continue with meditation the energy comes down through nose to lower neck and center of chest.
I was continuously doing for 4 years, now I have stopped because of this experience. Is this normal in meditation?
Shall I continue?
When meditating, we might have a variety of experiences that can seem strange—and what you have experienced certainly fits that description. But since I don’t know what kind of meditation technique you were practicing, I can’t really know why it has happened to you.
Is there such a thing as a wasted meditation? I wonder about this sometimes when I meditate while being assaulted by sleepiness and restlessness. Like perhaps I even fell back a little bit from the goal of superconsciousness by succumbing to these things?
Good question! Who among us doesn’t sometimes have a sleepy or restless meditation? In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna asks Krishna: “What if I fail in meditation? What if I can never control my mind?” Krishna’s response goes right to the heart of your question: “No good effort is ever lost.” As long as you’re doing your best, neither God nor Guru will expect more of you than that. Paramhansa Yogananda put it this way: “God reads the heart,” which is to say, sincerity is the bedrock of the spiritual path.
Since I suffer from backache I can’t sit for long. Can I do the hong-sau meditation lying down? I wont fall asleep.
Dear Anu, The Hong-Sau technique of meditation can be done anywhere, any time, and in any position. However, meditation is much more effective if it is done, if at all possible, in an up-right sitting position, with a tall spine, and an open chest (heart chakra).
It is not merely a matter of not falling asleep. It is a matter of how energy flows in the body. When you are lying down, your energy (prana) naturally spreads out all over your body; and it becomes much more difficult to send the energy inward and upward toward the spiritual eye.
I’ve never tried to sit properly and meditate but after doing a fast during the Maha shivaratri celebration, and singing bhajans the whole night without food and sleep, a strange thing happened. I went into a meditative state and for one week my third eye was tingling. There was strong energy flowing all over my body. I felt I was falling fast into a deep abyss between my eyebrows and my breath would stop and chest and body would start expanding, as if air was filling the body. Why did this happen ?
From what you’ve described it seems that you have experienced an awakening of your inner prana (life force) or the kundalini energy.
The increased focus of your awareness through the fasting, devotional chanting (bhajans), and lack of sleep, seems to have stimulated these experiences that you have mentioned.
When I practice meditation, I feel a pressure on my skull. The pressure is in a ring that passes through my third eye and circles around the top of my head. It feels almost like a metal band that is being tightened. Normally the pressure is not uncomfortable, but when I go deep into meditation the constriction becomes painful. Is this sensation normal? Does anyone else have the same problem? Does it mean anything? Is there anything I can do about it?
We can have different sensations in different phases of our meditative practice. With regard to pressure in the skull, I have found from personal experience and from working with other people, that pressure in the skull most often happens due to physical or mental tension. This pressure can go on for a period of time.
I’ve only been doing meditation focusing on the spiritual eye for a week or so, but can feel rapid progress. When I am completely centered on the eye, the base of my spine feels electric, I hear a popping noise and can feel a huge wave of energy rising up.
However, I have scoliosis (two curves in my spine) and when the above happens I automatically become nervous, thinking of my spine not raising the kundalini through it’s middle.
Should I be nervous?
When you meditate and experience the rising of energy, this means that your energy goes up in the astral (energy) spine. The astral spine is not the backbone (those knobs that can be felt along the back), but runs more or less through the center of the body. The shape of the physical spine can influence how energy flows in the astral spine, but does not dictate everything. You can counteract most or all of that influence, through a strong visualization of a straight astral spine.
We would like to place the pictures of Babaji and Paramhansa Yogananda in our home.
What is the ideal location and direction for placing the same?
Also, is there anything specific other than location and direction that we need to know before we place it?
According to the yogic teachings, one should have a meditation room or a special space set aside for meditation. When we meditate the best directions to face are:
East or North, in order to align our energy with the magnetic flow of universal energy. Therefore the altar should be placed at those places. You can hang the pictures on the East or North wall of that room. So when you meditate, you are facing these sacred pictures.
I have done a basic course of Ananda in Mumbai last year, but I have not yet learned to observe the breath as in the Hong Sau technique. I want to learn to observe the breath. I am very eager to learn it and I have also purchased the CDs for that. Please give me some practical steps or methods to watch the breath.
Congratulations on taking your first steps towards meditating deeply. As the Hong Sau CD mentions, once you prepare for meditation after sitting upright with palms up at the junction of the thighs and abdomen, tense and relax the body with the double breath three times. With the last exhalation of tensing and relaxing, simply allow your gaze to turn towards the point between the eyebrows and observe the inhalation and exhalation at that point. You needn’t try to control it or change it. Simply watch it and use the mantra as directed. As the breath begins to slow of it’s own accord, become absorbed in the peace between the inhalation and exhalation at the point between the eyebrows. Continue this practice with full concentration on the breath at the point between the eyebrows and relax into the peace between the inhalation and exhalation. This technique is very helpful for concentration, interiorization of consciousness, and absorption into the kutastha chaitanya or spiritual eye.