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Lesson 251 - Visions and Nodding off in Meditation
Date: Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:34pm
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Q: It's the 50th day since I started meditation practice strictly following
all the guidelines as explained in the lessons (#13
Now I am getting lesser and lesser thoughts and can easily go back to my
meditation state if at all thought comes. Many times, I get a scene of its
own in my mental screen (Believe me, I do not create this mental
visualization at all! ) without any effort from my side while on meditation.
These scenes may be related to past events, or unknown to me, and I start
participating in the scene (I can even hear the character's speech or talk!)
whatever it may be and my head falls of its own from vertical position.
Usually I get this type of synchronizing to some events before I get a
normal sleep. However, in this case I realize soon and get back to my
business of meditation, otherwise I may fall asleep (afraid). I request your
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
Sounds like you are settling in with your meditation very well. It is okay
to nod off if that is what your nervous system needs. No need to be
concerned about it. It is a normal part of the cycle of purification that
happens over time, as are the various visions that occur. We treat them all
just the same, easing back to the mantra when we realize we have been off
somewhere. If sleep happens to come, we don't fight it. It is okay.
If you look up "sleep" in the topic
the web site, you will find several lessons linked on this subject. Take a
look, and you will find that your experience is normal, and part of the
journey to enlightenment. If it happens, it happens. When we become aware we
have drifted off the mantra into sleep, or anything else, we just easily
come back to it. No strain, no hanging on, and no fear about it. Just easy
management of our awareness of the mantra in relation to experiences like
that. Every part of the experience is part of the meditation process, and we
include all of it in our time measurement of meditation -- 20 minutes, or
whatever period we are using in our twice-daily sittings. Over time, the
various manifestations of purification (drowsiness, visions, sensations)
will change as inner obstructions dissolve, and permanent inner silence will
be coming up.
You are doing just right. Carry on ... I wish you continuing success on your
chosen spiritual path.
The guru is in you.
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