There are many sensations occurring in the body and mind of meditators that are unexplainable by medical or psychological science. When these are happening to a new meditator already confused about whether they are doing it correctly, every sensation seems to indicate that there is something wrong. Many meditators become excessively concerned and actually create physical or mental issues where none exist by the inadvertent misuse of the power of sacred energies awakening in meditation. That is why it is very important to maintain a happy and auspicious outlook as old habits are being dismantled in meditation practice and those energies that have been stuck in poor dynamics are being freed. I hope that what is discussed here will help you understand that these are fairly normal indications of changes.
Meditators might have feelings and changes of physical flexibility. We may feel that there is a lot of energy causing stiffness in the shoulders and neck. Perhaps before, the head turned easily and now it feels like the bodily energy is denser there and even to the point where turning the head quickly causes dizziness. These are actually rather usual signs during times of inner change and will eventually stabilize and not cause that sensation.
If these sensations and those described in the previous column seem unusual then what about meditators who have been able to fly in their physical bodies. This is definitely a change in their physical. In Tibet, it happened. Some meditators were able to walk through walls in their ordinary body. There are of course, meditational experiences and lucid dreams of flying or moving through seemingly solid barriers that are good signs of inner flexibility and lack of constraint. I present this so you understand that all the way from a feeling as if you want to rock back and forth during meditation or mantra recitation, to the ability to fly in a physical body, are part of a spectrum of physical manifestations of inner changes and realignment.
The physical body is part of the spectrum of the mind – oh, excuse me, part of the spectrum of the vibrational location of the mind in manifestation. This means that you are here in the human realm with a human consciousness. This human consciousness has a location connected to the physical body of your present manifestation. If I make it too simple, then you are not going to notice carefully. If I make it too complicated, you will not understand. So I hope I hit it right in the middle there. The body is within the spectrum location not just of the mind, but also of inner subtle minds. In the location called the physical body, interesting effects can occur when transformations of the emanation process are readjusting to new parameters in preparation for further change.
Now, this is very interesting, the next level of inquiry – what happens to your brain, the processing center before change? Before change, there is preparation activity that is much like ordinary stress. This is where many beginning meditators become discouraged with meditation and feeling unpeaceful, give up.
Because the actual changes to the enlightened state are so distant from ordinary mind, the resistance to change is reduced gradually with steady daily meditation. Practice is also done with increasing motivation to benefit all sentient beings in order to stop looking at yourself so you do not increase energies that need to be subdued or calmed in order for the correct dynamics to arise. Excessive concern with body and mind increase this “looking at oneself” and can cause problems. The loong or lung (wind disorder) is associated with this and is a common mental disorder of improper meditation that causes confusion, spinning in the mind and other disorders to arise. Inner activity is stimulated by initiation and blessings of authentic guide who knows the correct configurations by having returned to show the way and is moving energies into alignment with that higher reality.
Ordinary mind continues to grasp poor strategies and without altruistic motivation and reliance on the higher valuation, the Buddha, dharma, and sangha, there is stress and struggle to maintain the dysfunctional state. The preparation for rewiring feels like stress of your usual kind. That means some will feel angry, others jumpy and so forth. This is why relaxation, mantra, and practice will steady the mind in combination with a close and trusting relationship with a mentor or close spiritual friends. To be continued…