Recently I've received a number of emails from people asking about feeling energy in various ways while meditating. People have reported things like a feeling of energy flowing and tingling. One person said it felt like water on the top of his head at the crown chakra with a sense of a slow circular motion under the skull while doing the chakra meditation. Sometimes people have these experiences outside of meditation as well.
There are lots of reasons why people ask about this. Some people may feel uncomfortable because they don't understand these experiences. Others are simply curious about them, or interested in subtle energies. It can be helpful to understand our experiences in meditation, not only so that we can be comfortable with them but also to integrate them into our understanding of ourselves. Meditation is, among other things, an exploration of oneself. So I thought I'd explore this a little here.
If you don't have these experiences in meditation, doesn't matter. You can still enjoy the benefit of meditation on all levels. If you don't care about these experiences or even believe in them, fine. Some people do, some don't. This is for those of you who are curious about such things.
I like to keep things simple and not get too esoteric about these experiences. The bottom line on all of them is that during meditation we can sense subtle energies in the body (or even in the energy field around the body). That happens because during meditation our awareness can go to deeper levels. We can feel subtle energies that we normally don't notice. In addition, some meditations can open up our energies so that they start to flow more freely.
Whether you are experiencing these energies as moving or still, flowing through the body or in one area, tingly or liquid, and so on isn't important. What's important is simply to understand that this is a natural experience as these energies are enlivened and as we open up to noticing them.
Sometimes people start to focus on the energetic sensations, wanting to control them or magnify them. My advice is to treat them like thoughts, not paying any special attention to them. Just continue the meditation, not minding the sensations. Let them go the way they naturally go. In this way you are trusting the wisdom of the body as it adjusts itself and comes into more balance. Let the natural intelligence of the body do it's work rather than trying to manipulate the energies from your side. That way things will unfold in a more balanced way.
Please feel free to share any of your experiences and ask questions about them on this blog. I may be able to give more specific answers to specific experiences.
Note: What I say here refers to experiences while listening to our guided meditations on the podcast or our CDs. It may or may not apply to experiences during other meditation practices.
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