Aum Sri Sai Ram,
Please advise and help. I am not trying to focus on my midbrow slightly above and between my eyes, but I feel that tingling, tickling sensation there that opens my nasals and makes me smile. I feel it especially when I am chanting stotrams. It is an autonomous sensation that something during my chanting is too strong that I feel like itching, and that sensation makes my entire limbs feel lose. What is it? Why do I feel it without concentrating?
—Phalguni Dave, USA
Oh how beautiful! This is the inner raising of energy to your spiritual eye, stimulated by your sincere devotional chanting. It stimulates superconsciousness in you, the divine contact, and inner happiness. You are experiencing the yogi’s inner beauty and blessing. Enjoy!
This stimulation of the kutashta can be felt in many different ways, all of them special: as a tingling sensation, a pressure (even strong), coolness, warmth, itching, various physical sensations. And yes, it makes you smile. Upward flowing energy always makes us feel “up.”
When it comes again, you may imagine that the Divine Mother (or your Guru or Krishna or whoever you pray to) is dancing on your forehead, blessing you.
Each time you feel it, enjoy it deeply, and feel that it is a direct contact with the Divine. By concentrating on the experience and giving it value, you will deepen its beauty, intensity, and effect.
Maybe you will sometimes even feel as if you were floating upwards. What happens is that the bodily energy is flowing up. Give yourself more and more into this feeling.
When it happens, you may experiment a little: see if continuing to chant the stotram will help increase the experience, or if it is better to just let go of that chant, and deeply enter into that upward current and into the spiritual eye. In that case, you may simply look upward toward that sensation and pray to God. If in time it should increase and get stronger, great, but make sure you are a grounded person. It’s good to move the body, to sweat, to feel robust and strong. Otherwise, it might make you feel ungrounded, unpractical, or distracted in the outer world. Balance is needed.
If in time it should increase and get stronger, great, but make sure you are a grounded person. It’s good to move the body, to sweat, to feel robust and strong. Otherwise, it might make you feel ungrounded, unpractical, or distracted in the outer world. Balance is needed.
All the best, God bless you with a happy inner journey,
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