I Experience Rapid Eye Movements and Vibrations in My Body During Meditation

Question

Beloved Friends, this student is now 5 years into practice and in the past 3 weeks has started experiencing REM eye movement during meditation and also in healing. She is also experiencing increasing vibrations throughout her body accompanied with increase light and a sense of deep joy. My question is; should this indicate something she needs to explore and deepen, if so do you have any pointers, or should she accept it just 'IS' and continue on in the hope she will be shown the way?

—Lynn, United Kingdom

Answer

Dear Lynn,

I assume that you refer to yourself by saying “this student”, like Anandamayee Ma, who called herself “this body”, or “this little daughter”.

You are experiencing an awakening of inner energy. It easily manifests physically. Often people make circulatory movements in their meditation, or the head draws back, and I have also seen that REM (rapid eye movement) you are experiencing.

What you need to explore is the energy behind those movements. It is that energy which is giving you the experience of light and joy. Physical movements waste that energy, expressing it outwardly. Instead control the body, feeling the energy and devotionally direct it upward. Then the inner joy of “this student” will get deeper and more divine.

So relax your eyes and head as much as you can. Tell them to be soft and still. Direct the energy there upward toward the point between the eyebrows. Keep the body perfectly still, enjoying the vibrations in it which you are describing.

In short: what you are experiencing is all very wonderful, but needs to be controlled (not physically expressed) and directed (up toward the spiritual eye).

It is marvelous, but just a first beginning. Be aware of any subtle sense of complacency, should it arise. Swami Kriyananda once reported to Yogananda such an experience, and he simply said: “This is nothing.” Just to keep our feet humbly on the ground.

Namaste great soul,
jayadev