Strange Experience During Root Chakra Meditation

Question

I started a Root Chakra meditation. It was a 15 minute long meditation through YouTube. I am starting my spiritual journey, and I have mediated a few times before, but this time was different. I was feeling a little dizzy & I started to see yellow, purple, red, pink and blue colors that soon turned to me being in this dark whole or tunnel and seeing the blue sky from this hole. I started to get closer and closer to the sky like I was coming out of the hole, but I couldn’t get out. What happened?

—Vanessa Lucas, USA

Answer

Dear Vanessa,

In our tradition here at Ananda, which is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, the focus of our meditation practice is the spiritual eye — the point between the eyebrows — the positive pole of the 6th chakra. This is the doorway to Self-realization, or union with the Divine, and where we find enlightenment.

There are 7 chakras or energy vortices in the astral or energy spine, and as the cosmic energy flows into us through our medulla or negative pole of the 6th chakra, it proceeds downward and outward through these chakras to sustain our various body functions. The root chakra is the first chakra at the base of the spine. Since our spiritual practices aim is to magnetize our energy inward and upward to the spiritual eye, we usually do not keep our concentration at a lower chakra. As this energy moves upward in meditation, some people have temporary visual or other body sensations. It is important not to be attached to these experiences as this would prevent the energy from rising further. Other people do not have such experiences, but their energy is still moving upward.

What you describe sounds like something temporary, and the energy of the root chakra just needs to be offered up higher. Sustaining your concentration at that chakra may have been the cause of the trapped feeling you experienced.

I suggest you work with a meditation technique that brings energy upward. You might like to learn the powerful but simple meditation technique called Hong-Sau that Yogananda taught. Here is link for our free meditation mini-course. This technique can bring you great peace and joy if you practice it regularly and deeply.

Would you like to learn more about the chakras? I recommend Chakras for Starters by Savitri Simpson which is available here at Crystal Clarity Publishers.

Many blessings,
Nayaswami Mukti