Im a lapsed meditator, and havent had a practice for years, until now. I just completed a ten day course at a Goenka center and during the sits had two rather odd experiences that I am hoping someone here could shed light on perhaps. During the second day of anapanna sati meditation I had a very intense small blinding white point of light that later exploded into a beautiful intensely bright turquoise light that filled my mind completely. When I asked the teacher what this was he said to simply ignore it and it would leave. The odd thing was I could tell when it would appear because my body would slump and my mind became enraptured by the sensation on my lower lip. It did eventually leave but took a lot of ignoring.
The second event happened during the vipassana body scan I noticed that my whole body was vibrating at the surface and as I concentrated more I had the feeling of small living things coming up and dying coming up and dying. As I became enthralled by this, and oddly saddened, my concentration improved and I noticed I couldnt feel my legs or arms even if I moved and made effort to touch them, it was all just this field of vibration that seemed to be a few inches long coating my whole body,i couldnt feel my body, but assumed it was there. I continued to scan and then, as if someone slapped me on the back of the head, I had the realization that I was about to explode. At this point I stopped the meditation and waited tell the session was over to talk to the teacher, who told me that this was just an experience and didnt mean much at all. Sooo Im a bit confused, this method is new to me.
I am however forever thankfull to all those that gave lovingly of there selves to feed us and look after us the whole ten days, and who sent metta to those of us who were learning the dhamma, and of course to Goenka.