Visual Experience During Meditation


While doing meditation I am seeing black dot which is moving here and there. I would like to know what is the meaning of it.

—Antima Surana, India


Dear Antima Surana,

What you describe in your meditation (a moving black dot) may simply be a part of your visual nervous system quieting down with meditation. It is not typical of the visual experiences associated with seeing an aspect of the spiritual eye or reaching higher states of awareness as Yogananda described them. The spiritual eye is seen in deep meditation and is a doorway to cosmic consciousness. Swami Kriyananda, Ananda’s founder and a direct disciple of Yogananda, described the spiritual eye thus: “The spiritual eye is a reflection of the astral light in the medulla oblongata. The Christ or Krishna center, where it resides at the point between the eyebrows, represents the positive pole of the medulla which is the seat of ego-consciousness. When this light is beheld perfectly, it takes the form of a five-pointed star set in a field of deep blue or violet light, and circled by a shining ring of gold. In a state of ecstasy, the consciousness penetrates the spiritual eye and enters the inner realms. Truly, as Jesus Christ put it, ‘The kingdom of God is within.” (Meditation for Starters by Swami Kriyananda)

Many experiences may come to us during meditation. Whatever comes, offer it up to the point between the eyebrows, just as the light in the medulla is offered up to that point. In this way we are not attached to any particular experience as being ‘ours’ but offer all, even ourselves, to the Christ center. Make the self-offering a part of every meditation and eventually you can become one with this Infinite Consciousness.

Many blessings on your meditation practice,
Nayaswami Mukti