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Lesson 251 - Visions and Nodding off in Meditation
Date: Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:34pm
New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the web archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: It's the 50th day since I started meditation practice strictly following all the
guidelines as explained in the lessons (#13 onward). 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 guidance please.
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 index on 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
The guru is in you.
For detailed instructions on deep meditation, see the
AYP Deep Meditation book.
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