First off I have to say I am so happy I finally came to find this site! This site has everything I like to think about and discuss, but don’t really have anyone to chat with about it anymore.
But here goes:
I used to meditate a lot when I was younger however when I was about 17 I went out to meditate by the river I lived beside. The river had a really big hill that I liked to sit on next to it. So late one night after work I decided to take a seat and collect myself. Then being the out of the box thinker that I am I started wondering about alternate dimensions and whether they truly exist. My train of thought was that since everything has electrons that would be the link to getting to an alternate dimension, and if everything has them why can’t you just use your own brain power to focus them to just “evaporate” into the other dimension. I also thought it would be easier to move to a “lower” dimension (since theories say that they are on levels and it’s easier to fall than to fly/float). So I started meditating and concentrating on these thoughts really hard. Then I all of a sudden just felt very strange like my stomach was falling out of my behind and my heart was going to fly out of my mouth, I can’t think of any other way to describe it. So out of fear I immediately broke concentration and stopped meditating. Then when I got up there was a dent in the ground where I had been sitting. I haven’t ever been able to discuss this event with anyone before, I just found it very strange; and I haven’t meditated since then, Also for further clarification the ground wasn’t wet, it was summer and had been dry for some time.
Thoughts? Similar experiences with meditation?
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interesting. i haven’t been as heavy into meditation as i would sometimes like, but my dad offered me this advice: whenever you meditate, make sure you attach yourself to your body, and to earth in a spiritual manner, or you risk being lost.
@aliwine, Love the journey you have been on, all through from that initial meditation you mentioned by the river, amazing! How’s everything going now? Are you still meditating and finding time to enjoy the connection from it? Was wondering if you had used Vipassana Meditation at all? Can be a great way to gain a deep connection with yourself.
Also wondering how your plans have started paying off so to speak. One of my masters taught me an amazing technique several years ago which I have used regularly ever since. Basically it involves the visualisation through your own eyes of the successful outcome of the event you are working on. You add in all the sounds and feelings, really amp it up so it feels amazing and make sure you are looking through your own eyes within the visualisation. Then step out of your body within the visualisation so that you can see yourself enjoying the successful outcome, this act as a kind of mental elastic band which causes your mind to want to be back in that state, thus causing it to help you create the conditions required for success. It is really powerful and has worked massively well for me!
This is what i do. I sit down in a comfortable position, close my eyes and do a breathing exercise at first, to start it off. It helps me.
The breathing exercise i do consists of 4 sets of 5 breaths. (all through the nose)
The first 4 breaths are normal in out in out through the nostrils and on the 5th breath you do a deep breath but don’t stress yourself. Keep a constant rhythm. They are supposed to be 20 connected breaths, connected, as in no pauses. Trying to keep a rhythm will help you focus on the breathing.
When you finish just breath normally, sit silently and don’t force anything. Let things be, don’t expect things to happen.
Thoughts will come and go, sometimes you’ll get so into a thought and get lost but just remember to stay conscious and then you’re back. Thoughts will come, let them pass.
Do it more often, get more practice and you’ll get better. You’ll probably realize more things and see deeper truths that you haven’t yet discovered about your self.
Man, I started meditating after I read “Advanced Meditation Techniques” here on HE.
But this was like, two weeks ago.
I wouldn’t say I actually meditate, but TRY to meditate, I really try to focus on my breath and all, but is seems like the more I try to let go of thoughts, the more pissed off my mind gets and more thoughts come…
I’m not going to give up on meditation, but it’s not easy…
Any advice from anyone would be highly appreciated.
i was once able to have a full, proper conversation with another voice in my head that cautioned me against my up coming actions. this was a deeply spiritual event for me. i ignored the advice and suffered disastrous consequences. it may have somehow been my own sub-conscious, or something more divine.
I’ve only been meditating for about 1.5 months, so I am still not that great at concentrating. I find it best for me to meditate by sitting in my room with the lights off, alone and free from noise. In this one session I was so focused on trying to let go, to free myself of random thoughts, etc. that I was about to give up. As I took a deep breath I tried again, this time trying to truly feel my body – my stomach, my skin, my body’s involuntary movements. After some time, I had THE moment…I felt something incredible – a soft breeze hit me, and I could slowly feel myself getting goosebumps. I could feel the hairs in my skin all over my body crawling up as the breeze kept gently sweeping through, and for a moment, I felt ALIVE. For the first time ever, my mind felt ‘absent’ and all I could do was feel (it’s tough to explain…). This may sound weird and not as amazing as it actually was, but it was so far my best experience while meditating.
Although it wasn’t as deep as ‘being one with the universe’, I certainly felt at peace with my mind and my body. It was a brief moment of complete tranquility; I was so struck back and amazed that I couldn’t help but strike a huge smile as I experienced this, and for those brief seconds, I was blissful. It was a very rewarding experience – if I could feel that again, no matter how long it takes me, it would definitely be worth it.
@aliwine, I meditated for close to an hour once and I lost sense of balance. I felt like i was tilting to the left or right. When I opened my eyes I was straight and hadn’t moved. I also saw this quick light shine on my face like the sun shining on my face real quick. But It was like 3 in the morning and my room was pitch black. I didn’t understand how that had happened.
By the way, this happened the first time I meditated. After that day I believed that meditation really is something. Definitely felt peaceful and relaxed. I meditated that late at night cause I couldn’t sleep.
Anyways, when I meditate I try and blank my mind and just be in silence.
What do you do during meditation?
Meditation will never harm you, it’s best not to be afraid of unknown feelings that come from being in a deep trance state. I’ve had incredible meditation moments around when i first started meditating and i was frightened because i didn’t know what was happening, what would happen from it and how long it would last, so i stopped. I’ve learned that you should always go with it because there are so many feelings that are unknown in normal life that can only be achieved through meditation. It makes sense to be afraid of the unknown but that’s the same fear as being afraid of monsters in the dark, they’re never there.
@aliwine, the real question is, do you want to fall into a lower dimension if it is more strenuous to fly or float to a higher one? That means by focusing on the lower, if you ended up getting there, it would be difficult to get back. I would focus on going up. :)
@aliwine, Having a separate room used exclusively for meditation can be very helpful. It is possible to build up a vibration in a room so that the moment you enter it your mind becomes silent and ready for deep meditation.
Jiddu Krishnamurti. A dry, publicly humorless, enlightened man who was uniquely lovable. His powerful vibrations can still be felt at the Krishnamurti Library and Study Center at Ojai, California. http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/index.php
Hey Hethens I was meditating and I felt my body slipping. My neck went limp and fell back on its own. Any similar experiences? I was kind of worried about that.
In response to the original poster.. DON’T TRY TO GO TO LOWER DIMENSIONS JUST CLEAR YOUR MIND AND GO UP FROM THERE! :D
Meditation is a gift to clear your mind and I’d hate for you to lose it because of fear.
@adamsmith, I also have chihuahuas that I love very much (they are teacups and finicky as can be, but SO adorable). I have never learned of ways to get closer to a meditative self before, so I honestly have no idea where I would begin. I have dabbled in some things that take me to a place I would consider (at least, loosely) meditative, but never self-taught.
@aliwine, well if you DO go DOWN, get some before/after pictures ;)
@aliwine, Your story sounds amazing. I’ve been wanting to start meditating for a while but every time I start something comes up. Besides that though, do you really feel good after you’ve done it? I’m afraid to go too deep and become all introspective when socializing.
Not sure about the dent being because of you thinking about other dimensions, but traveling via consciousness to other dimensions makes sense because everything is made out of quantum particles and so are you. If this were to happen though, you would not effect the third dimensional realm, thus, the dent had nothing to do with that.
@lolivia, hey, just thought i’d tell you that no one finds meditation fun or interesting. its a time where you remain quiet and are aware of even the concepts of boring, fun or interesting. you observe yourself from a placeless place where you cannot be a particular thing doing the observing. only self observation can make this more clear, so good luck. remember, even attempts at trying to meditate or overcome the boredom are ‘seen’ and not to be taken as you ;)