What am I doing? Am I meditating?

  • YouKnow

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    Jan 07, 2014 5:59 PM GMT
    There is this state between sleep and awakness that I get into before going to sleep, it is honestly the best feeling ever but I have no idea what it is.

    To sum it up: I am still awake, with a little effort I can move and tumble over and stuff, but then the state of mind is kinda broken and I get more conscious, but not as conscious as being fully awake.

    While I am in the state of mind between sleep and head, I feel like my head is floating kinda like I am flying, I see tons and tons of crazy artistic images that I cannot see when being fully consious or awake and they change shape colour and form and I just wanna get up and draw everything but i know that if I'd get up it will be gone.

    Adventuelly i lose control and fall asleep, but it is the best feeling ever to be somewhere in between, it is like being high only more peaceful and spiritual.

    My question is: what does this mean and what the fuck am I actually doing?
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    Jan 08, 2014 12:32 AM GMT
    You are the luckiest guy ever.
  • hanzo83

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    Jan 08, 2014 3:10 AM GMT
    Wow I'm jealous. You are having out of body experiences my friend! Google it. It happens to a lot of people and there are countless stories about it. One man named Robert Monroe wrote books about his experiences and he created music to help people get to this state more easily. He's dead now but his company is called The Monroe Institute and people actually go there to try to have out of body experiences and it happens for many of them.

    I have been trying for years and I got close to this state sometimes but I never quite get there. The last thing that happened when I meditated about a year ago was I could feel "something" tickling my forhead as I lay in bed with my eyes closed listening to a meditation track. I couldn't get to that state you're talking about because the tickling made me laugh too hard lol. Here are some www.oberf.org/ and www.monroeinstitute.org/resources/out-of-body-experience-obe
  • PR_GMR

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    Jan 08, 2014 3:14 AM GMT
    What you describe is a state of meditation. You're doing it while not being aware that you're doing it. Meditation can be achieved thru many means--the most common being sitting meditation--but there are others: walking meditation, meditation-in-action, etc. Sounds like you're seeing the benefits of meditation, so perhaps you should start doing in earnest. Find a local meditation center or try seeking out some books: 'Making Your Mind Into An Ally' is a good book to start with.
  • YouKnow

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    Jan 08, 2014 3:49 AM GMT
    PR_GMR saidWhat you describe is a state of meditation. You're doing it while not being aware that you're doing it. Meditation can be achieved thru many means--the most common being sitting meditation--but there are others: walking meditation, meditation-in-action, etc. Sounds like you're seeing the benefits of meditation, so perhaps you should start doing in earnest. Find a local meditation center or try seeking out some books: 'Making Your Mind Into An Ally' is a good book to start with.


    I meditated for like two years ago, I used to get up at 4 am and try to meditate for an hour and then play the piano for an hour, I usually ended up doing 15-30 minutes before impatiently getting up. I sat down and looked at a candle, I did feel it calmed me, but stopped for some reason along the way.

    As for these experiences, I used to have them as a kid as well, just not that frequent.

    I have also noticed that whenever I am stressed and unsatisfied, I turn to sleeping to escape my worries, often with the experience as a goal and I usually don't get up when I wake up since I am not 100% awake I can keep the state of mind prolonged, it doesn't feel as great as before going to sleep though.

    And one last thing, in order to get there and adventually sleep, I close my eyes and if i concentrate thoroughly enough, I send some kind of wave or sensation to my brain, almost like a rush and for every rush that i send I get a little less consious and float more, thanks for the replies I am really curious and keen on learning more lol
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    Jan 08, 2014 3:53 AM GMT
    Here's what actually happens during that period.
    You're dead.
    Then you revive when you fall asleep.
    That "trance-like" state is you looking for the bright light.
    If you find it, don't go into the light. Or you'll never return.
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    Jan 08, 2014 3:54 AM GMT
    Aristoshark saidHere's what actually happens during that period.
    You're dead.
    Then you revive when you fall asleep.
    That "trance-like" state is you looking for the bright light.
    If you find it, don't go into the light. Or you'll never return.


    Wrong.

    He simply has sleep cancer.
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    Jan 08, 2014 4:31 AM GMT
    Jaggal saidYou need the demons beat out of you.


    HaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!
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  • MikeW

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    Jan 08, 2014 4:40 AM GMT
    There is actually a word for this: Hypnagogia:

    Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep: the hypnagogic state of consciousness. The related words from the Greek are agōgos "leading, inducing", pompe "act of sending", and hypnos "sleep".
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    Jan 08, 2014 5:02 AM GMT
    L. Ron Hubbard called he wants his ten grand.