Author Topic: Energy sensations after meditation: What could it be and how to deal with them?  (Read 1604 times)

Cachina

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Hi everyone,
this is my first post.  :)

I often experience energetic phenomena and I don't know how to deal with them.
When my meditation is going really well I can have tickling and tingling sensations. I know that this is a good thing and I know what to do then. No problem.

But I really wonder what it means when I get the same phenomena in daily life. To give you some ideas: During some weeks it appeared only for some minutes, but several times a day. It was in the lower abdomen, unpleasant and made me feel exhausted or energetically "drained" during the short moments when it was there. Then it disappeared and I had some weeks with nothing unusual happening. Some weeks later, energy started to build up during the day. It was strongest in the evening. It was mainly in the lower abdomen, but also the upper part, pleasant and permantly there. It was very distracting, because it was quite strong.
It always is very disturbing and it can last for weeks. Besides that I can get mild energetic phenomena, but they do not bother/ worry me.

I wonder what it is and how to deal with it. Is it blocked energy starting to flow? I find it very mysterious. I spent so many hours searching in the internet and looking for answers. But there are nearly no useful explanations. I found a lot about kundalini awakening (surely not the case) or esoteric stuff.  My attention often is with these sensations. And I notice that I make a big deal out of these experiences. How could I develop a more equanimous attitude?

I would really appreciate some comments, advice and ideas.

Vivek

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Hi Cachina.
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When my meditation is going really well I can have tickling and tingling sensations. I know that this is a good thing and I know what to do then. No problem.
How are those sensations "good"? What exactly do you mean when you say they are "good"? And, what do you do when those sensations occur?
Let's go beyond this illusion, shall we?

Cachina

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Hi Vivek,
I mean the following: When mind gets calm this sensation can arise. It can lead into deep meditation when I focus on it. I mentioned it only to point out that I know that this is normal (when things go well) and that my question refers to energetic phenomena NOT occuring during meditation.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2016, 04:59:19 PM by Cachina »

Vivek

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What I am trying to point out is that I feel there is a dichotomy in the way you are viewing these experiences occurring during meditation. Some experiences you are labeling as good, and others as bad. You seem to want to address the "bad" ones so that they don't occur anymore. This looks like having the base of craving/aversion and could hinder your progress in meditation. Here is something for you to consider: would you be willing to view ALL experiences no matter if they are good/bad, intense/calm etc., in the same way? If so, what would it take for you to do that? If you learn to view all meditation experiences with such a balanced perspective constantly, how would it transform your practice? You don't need to answer. These are questions for your own reflection.
Let's go beyond this illusion, shall we?

Alex

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Hi everyone,
this is my first post.  :)

Hi Cachina, welcome to the forums! ;)

My attention often is with these sensations. And I notice that I make a big deal out of these experiences. How could I develop a more equanimous attitude?

By simply staying present while these experiences and reactive tendencies (tendency to get drawn into sensations, tendency to make a big deal or story around the experience) arise and disappear.
Sometimes you might do this by simply noticing these tendencies and coming back to the breath and the present moment activity (since you're saying this is happening outside of meditation) or, when this is possible, you might direct your attention toward these tendencies and familiarize yourself with them or investigate them (what does it feel like? what may be causes and conditions? etc)

Kind regards,
Alex

Cachina

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Thank you, these answers have been helpful. I get so competely absorbed by my reactions, that it can be difficult to find a way out all by myself. I rarely react so strongly.

would you be willing to view ALL experiences no matter if they are good/bad, intense/calm etc., in the same way? If so, what would it take for you to do that? If you learn to view all meditation experiences with such a balanced perspective constantly, how would it transform your practice? You don't need to answer. These are questions for your own reflection.
Very useful questions, Vivek, thanks! :)

Vivek

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You're welcome :)
Let's go beyond this illusion, shall we?

 

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