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Lesson 218 -
Meditation Sensitivity and Head Movements (Audio)
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Date: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:59pm
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q1: I am new to this group and have some problems I would like to discuss
with you. I am not posting this message on the notice board as I am fully
aware of the power of suggestion and do not wish anyone else to suddenly
encounter the same problem.
When I start to meditate the first thing that happens is my head starts to
move from side to side as the mantra begins to become subtler this movement
will increase until it is uncomfortable. I consciously stop this, and then
ticks start in my face followed by jerks in my arms, which become more and
more violent until I have to stop meditating. Have you ever come across a
problem like this before? And do you know the answer to it?
A1: Thank you for writing, and welcome.
Movements during yoga are not uncommon, though they are not usually as
strong as you describe. It means your nervous system is spiritually
sensitive, and a lot of deep purification is going on. It is energy moving
inside, and what is happening is your body's natural response to accommodate
that. It is a good thing, and it will smooth out in time. In the meantime,
practices should be managed in such a way so you will have comfort on your
path. Otherwise, you might not be inspired to carry on.
If you go to the AYP web site, there is a topic paths that provides links to
lessons on many subjects. You can find it at:
It is suggested you look up "Automatic Yoga," "Connectedness of Yoga," and
"Self-pacing." These topics will bring up most of the discussion on
movements in yoga (and other energy/kundalini symptoms) and various ways to
deal with them.
Also, if you read through the lessons from start to finish, you will find
other aspects of practice that tie in with your experience. For example,
there is an advanced practice called "Chin Pump" that involves vigorous, yet
systematic and safe, rotational movement of the head. It would appear that
your body is attempting to move in that direction in the experience you
describe. When these tendencies become organized they are called "automatic
yoga," and there are quite a few manifestations of this discussed in the
lessons. However, before trying chin pump, it is suggested you start at the
beginning of the lessons and work your way through. There is a lot of
groundwork that should be covered before chin pump is undertaken. If you
read through the lessons you will see that the steps of practice are logical
and take into account the many kinds of experience that can come up.
If it is okay with you, I'd like to post your inquiry anonymously, and this
response, in a Q&A for the benefit of everyone. It is a good example of
movements that can come up on the road of yoga, and you will find similar
ones in the Q&As. Let me know, okay?
The group is moderator-posted only, so you don't have to worry about posting
by accident. Replies to lessons come to me only. The rule (on the home pages
of both the Yahoo group and the web site) is that any email is fair game for
anonymous inclusion in a Q&A for the benefit of all, unless you request
otherwise. Since you did express a preference not to be posted, you won't be
unless you say okay. Your experience fits right in with all we have been
discussing. You came to the right place.
I wish you all success on your chosen spiritual path... Enjoy!
Q2: Thank you for your prompt reply and help. Please feel free to post this
message and any others from me at your discretion.
A2: Thank you.
See lessons #160 & #200 for
some immediate help on extreme sensitivity to meditation. Not the same
symptoms, but a similar degree of sensitivity. The measures suggested there
may be appropriate in your case. Keep in mind that these sometimes crazy
purification stages do pass with good self-pacing, and wonderful openings
The guru is in you.
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