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Natasha
South Africa

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I have been meditating for about 15 years. I focus on my third eye and use the mantra “I and my father are one.” A few years ago I started getting strong cramps in the upper right side of back during meditation. Sometimes the cramps get so strong I have to end my meditation because I can’t take the pain. Afterwards the cramps fade away quickly. I also used to hear ringing in my left ear, but that has stopped now.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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Dear Natasha,

It sounds to me like you are getting tense during meditation: perhaps in the effort to focus strongly at the spiritual eye. Do you practice any yoga stretches or similar physical movement before sitting to meditate? I don’t know your overall health or age, of course, but at Ananda we practice the 39 Tension Exercises (“Energization Exercises”) that Paramhansa Yogananda created specially for meditators (and anyone). (Not everyone is going to practice the yoga postures, whether due to interest, time, health, or age.) They take between 12 and 15 minutes to do after you’ve learned them.

Maggie
UK

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Hi

I’ve been meditating for little over a year and in most cases it has been fine but there are times when I have sleepless nights, hear high pitched noises in my ears, and see blobs of light just below my lower eyelids. I spoke to someone about it and they said it could be “awakening” symptoms and as I was an “advanced” soul, it’s even the more reason why I’m experiencing this. But this person was not sure. I would like your opinion.

Many thanks and blessings.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Maggie,

It’s common for meditators to hear inner sounds and see inner lights. Meditation practice tends to awaken inner energies along with inner awareness, and those energies can cause such phenomena—regardless of whether one is trying to make them happen, and regardless of whether one is an “advanced” soul. (I would say that anyone who seriously takes up the practice of meditation is an advanced soul.) Not to worry. Treat them as distractions, and try not to let them commandeer your attention. This too shall pass. Keep on meditating, and offer these experiences—as well as any others that may come—to God.

Karthik N
India

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Hello,

I’m doing breath meditation and recently in my third eye area. I’m getting too much pain and too much heat in my head region. As suggested by my friend I’m planning to move my concentration to heart chakra instead of third eye region. Kindly help me how to focus on heart chakra as whenever I’m trying, now automatically my focus goes to 6th chakra. Is it worth imagining my guru in the heart and look at them instead of breathing? Please help.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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Dear Karthik,

Yes, it’s wonderful to visualize your guru in the heart center. The Srimad Bhagavtam describes visualizing the heart first as a downturned lotus flower; then, see it turning upward.

Visualize, too, the guru sitting in lotus pose in the heart of the lotus.

S.M.B
India

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I’m a beginner at meditation. The practice of Hong Sau has made me far more calm and peaceful than before. However, my self esteem still remains low. How can I build confidence through meditation? Do advanced kriya techniques help in overcoming emotional vulnerability?

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

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If you continue your meditation practice with regularity you will find that your self confidence will increase. This is because your practice of meditation is putting you in touch with who you really are at the core of your being, a child of God. Daily experience of this reality will gradually remove feelings of lack, and replace them with feelings of peace, love, and joy. Hong Sau will do this as well as the other techniques of the path of Kriya Yoga — Aum, and Kriya proper.

February 3
2014

Diana Barrett
USA

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For the past 6 months, I have had significant disruption in my sleeping patterns. (One day awake 20 hours, next day exhausted). I have historically always “needed” 9 hours of sleep and been a person with lower energy level. N ow I am aging (58,) still raising kids and the world moves so fast! With many factors coming in to play in this issue, I am interested to learn HOW meditation affects the sleep requirement. My meditations have never been longer, deeper or more regular than now. Thank you!

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Diana,

Meditation techniques, have been found to calm the sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight response” and decrease worry and restlessness — all the things that interfere with good sleep.

Meditation helps to relax the body, calm the mind and the nervous system, and most important helps one to tap into higher states of consciousness. When one meditates deeply and able to tap into super conscious state of awareness, one is recharged more than in sleep.

Jelena
Croatia

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Hey! I have some questions about meditation. How can I know that I am in deep meditation? What happens with our energy when we meditate? I always have cold hands, but since I started meditating every day, they aren’t cold so often. Why? I mostly feel really happy when I meditate, but sometimes I start to feel sad or upset for no reason after meditation. It is just like I remembered things I am upset about. Why that happens?

Jelena

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

There are a lot of things that happen in meditation. When you are still, quiet, and aware inwardly, you begin to experience deeper parts of yourself. As you practice meditation, and go deeper into the practice of it, your energy begins to withdraw from the periphery of the body into the astral spine, or spine of energy, in the center of the body.

Prashanth
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I find that as my meditation deepens my body starts swaying forward and backward like a pendulum. Also I feel a sensation as if somebody is tapping at the back of my head (medulla oblongata). Although it is not painful it disturbs me. One more problem is as my focus on the 3rd eye deepens I hear a whizzing sound in the ears just as it happens when the air pressure changes as you take off in an aircraft. I want to know if there is anything wrong with these and if so how these can be rectified. Thx.

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

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Dear Prashanath,

There are so many different sensations that can happen when meditating. They usually settle down or work themselves out. The most important thing to do is to keep focusing on the meditation technique, tuning into the spiritual eye, remain relaxed and offer your love and devotion to God.

Luiz Olavo
Brazil

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I’ve read on the internet, about symptoms to meditate, but I would like to hear from you if what I feel, is the kundalini syndrome. Every time I relax in the meditation process, I feel a certain tension that rises up the spine and focuses in my brain, this one pulsate strongly, it is as if the energy wished to get out from my head, I try not to focus on those symptoms, but I can not, sometimes I do not meditate for a long time, because I feel discomfort.

Thank You.

Luiz Olavo

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Luiz,

What you describe is very likely related to kundalini movements. Although in general the rising of kundalini should be intensely pleasurable, sometimes there are energy obstructions in the spine. When more energy tries to move through the spine than those obstructions will permit, tension and discomfort can result.

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