Meditative Personal Experiences

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Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby Viscid » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:36 am

I'd like to hear people's personal experiences during meditation.

In your own words (as in no Pali) how would you describe your deepest meditative state? Analogies give bonus points.

You'll have to state your style of meditation so we don't compare apples to oranges.

Is there bliss? Calm? Emptiness? Visuals? Other sensations? Nothing?
It'll be interesting for me to see if everyone's experiences are similar, or how they are dissimilar.

- Mark
"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Postby grasshopper » Fri Jul 16, 2010 12:14 am

Hi,

My meditation practise has ranged from being very erratic to very consistent and I have only done breath and meththa meditation.

Meththa meditation,has ALWAYS allowed the following mental states to arise in me:
-Softness, calmness, some sense of joy, some sense of peace, a positive outlook about myself and the rest of the world, ease to sleep at night

Breath meditation has SOMETIMES brought about the following mental states:

-Concentration. Feelings of very disproportionate, often elongated proportions of my body. When I am in a typical sitting meditating position, I sometimes feel the distance between my nose and my palms/foot area is so very LOOOOOOOOOOONG. Sometimes I feel like I am like a HUGE GIANT. Also mental vibrations, as in, the visual I get when I close my eyes tends to vibrate gently at first and then increases in frequency and in magnitude to a scary level. I haven't gone beyond this stage. When I open my eyes after such a state, my vision with my eyes OPEN also tends to vibrate but soon returns to normal though.

No meditation has ever brough me bliss or jhana. I have an increased sensitivity to read other people's very subtle facial expressions.

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:12 am

sometimes my leg falls asleep. but this just means my posture isn't right...

i suppose you're looking for cool stuff though huh?

i believe there is another web forum that deals in these, and some of our members post there too.

here you'll find a more skeptical response to most claims of anything "out there" (or in here as the case may be)
other places will pat you on the back and tell you how awesome you are, and confirm your great abilities, mostly not because they are real, but because it is really a confirmation that their own abilities (real or imagined) are in fact genuine.

I've been on boards before where people have explained their great enlightenment experiences during meditation and i had to respond with "what you just described is pretty much, literally, a description of what one sees as they develop glaucoma".
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby alan » Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:30 am

Supremely well stated, Sir.
A Huzzah is hereby rendered.

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

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"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby PeterB » Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:55 pm

I think that what you are asking should be between you and a teacher of meditation..

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby Goedert » Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:40 pm

The best thing in meditation is peace.

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby cooran » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:41 pm

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby Rui Sousa » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:51 pm

Sorry, not on the Internet.

And in person I would probably not talk about it either. I feel there is no benefit is describing my meditative experiences.
With Metta

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Postby jcsuperstar » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:20 am

สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby Goedert » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:48 pm

Jcsuperstart is right.

Some meditation expiriences can be scary to what we know as reality in western society concept.

Reclusion can make someone loose his discernement if we don't have concentration and good support (teacher or something).

In meditative concentration the expirience of it may vary to the practioners, but you can see things that may not be understandable if you don't have spiritual knowledge.

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby Rui Sousa » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:56 pm

JCsuperstar and Goedert,

I agree with both of you. What I should have said is that, even in person, I would not describe my meditative experiences to someone I don't know well enough, or someone I know well enough but who I believe wouldn't understand my experiences.

Describing such experiences to a knowledgeable teacher would be of great benefit.
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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby PeterB » Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:32 pm

I agree with you Rui Sousa. I would almost certainly never decribe meditation experiences even to someone I knew well, unless he was a meditation teacher.

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby m0rl0ck » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:22 pm

“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby Collective » Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:29 am

When meditating, eyes closed, Samatha - at one point I was struck by how unreal, how false (for want of a better word) this existence is. It all felt plastic, like it was a facade, a covering of sorts. Like the colouring was too rich, it was like wathcing a T.V programme. I got the impression there was something much more simpler behind it all, behind all this complex 'reality stuff'.

Even when meditating I felt it was all unecessary, and was like this truth (whatever it is) was right in front of us all the time. It felt like I was existing in an overly complex reality we've created when the 'true' reality behind it was so very less - but at the same time so very very much more. I can only describe it as realising you've been living in a movie.

The problem is, I've only been meditating for about just over a year so surely it can't be anything.

I've no idea what it is, if anything.

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby PeterB » Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:32 am

Talk to a teacher Collective and/or go back to the cushion. There is very little to be gained from anecdotes about such experiences..just keep on keeping on.

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Re: Meditative Personal Experiences

Postby IanAnd » Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:31 pm

"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV


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