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Progressions in Meditative Practice – The Bi-directional Effect

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It is no mystery anymore of the degree to which meditation can be an instrumental force in the overall health of an individual, and if you would like to see the myriad of benefits which meditation brings (and have not done so already), you can read my post “100 Benefits of Meditation“. In addition to the health benefits, are some pleasant consciousness expansion effects which deserve some attention.

Once you have been meditating for a few months (maybe longer or shorter, depending on the individual), the benefits will slowly begin to manifest in ways that one might not expect. Today, I will introduce briefly one marvelous effect that the correct practice of meditation will present to the sitter. This effect is one where the dedicated focus on stilling the mind and body births an exhilarating phenomenon I call “The Bi-directional Effect”. Why? Because the sensation that I’m speaking of feels as though the body is seated atop a turntable, spinning in both directions at the same time; hence, “bi-directional”. For some, this feeling may manifest as more of a vibration than a rotation, but some might also experience it as this bi-directional motion. Both vibration and bi-directional motion are essentially different perceptive versions of a common phenomenon, because there are certain times when the desperate attempt of the brain to make sense of stimuli (as it does), will cause it to switch between the two sensations, rendering them indistinguishable, revealing there common origin. This bi-directional motion is apparently vibration and an opening of stagnation of energy flow in the dress of perceived horizontal rotation. Either way, for those meditators out there who are fairly new to the practice, don’t be alarmed should this sensation arise one day whilst sitting silently on your cushion. It is a stage that dedicated practice is bound to lead one to at one point or another.

Vibration and wave motion is the method in which all aspects of existence operate–sound, light, touch at its atomic and subatomic level, as well as the organizing of matter (see Cymatics). When you feel the bi-directional vibration, it is a glimpse into the energetic workings of the entirety of the cosmos, and thus should be a welcomed effect. There is an entire connection with dealings of higher consciousness, which I’ve touched on a bit in past posts, but I will reserve more in depth discussion on this subject for subsequent articles. For now, if you experience this pleasant effect, try not to panic, and just let it take its course. It can lead to new experiences that one may have thought impossible before they happened.

If you are a meditator and have experienced any noteworthy sensations or phenomena, please feel free to share them below in the comments section.

Enjoy your still mind ^_^

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31 thoughts on “Progressions in Meditative Practice – The Bi-directional Effect

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I have been experimenting with bi-naural beats while sleeping.

    • That’s great! I’ve been doing the same thing. So how have they been working out for you?

      • I sleep like an angel.
        As far as dreaming goes, it’s still fuzzy. But I have always had a problem remembering my dreams, long term (long enough to write them down, or put them into words, for that matter). I was hoping I would remember more of my dreams, because I learned that many people “hear” while they sleep. I wondered if I was one of those people. I’m thinking I am not. I believe I am a better listener, via “highway hibernation”, right now? Sound familiar?
        I want to “hear” better while in a normal state of consciousness.
        Do my ramblings make any sense?

        • Hehe, yeah it makes sense. I’m guessing that the better “hearing” that you’re referring to is essentially your receptivity in his waking state of consciousness, am I right? So you want to be able to absorb more and retain it, but not just in the unconscious dream world of sleep, but while you’re awake as well? Is my understanding correct?

            • Oh ok, nice! So you meditate, right?

              • I do. Not as regularly as I should. But yes I do.
                Honestly, I’m a very calm person (it may be the meds). Ha!
                Really though,
                I’m typically a quiet person who talks a lot to myself. A lot. That’s why I have this blog. Of couse, only a fraction of the crazy shit in my brain actually make it onto the screen.

              • Ok, so if you were to meditate regularly, like at least once a day (doesn’t even have to be that long), then it would definitely help with the receptivity that you want, because it’s in that stillness of the mind and the body where the ordered realm of the senses can give way to the things that exist beyond there readily perceivable scope.
                Honestly, you sound like me, because I am a quiet person, and very introspective. I’m an observer, is the best way that I can describe it, so I think I can identify with what you’re feeling a little bit. But really yeah, same as you, calm, not easily excited (I don’t know if that applies to you also). A perfect personality to explore the inner workings of consciousness, in my opinion :-)

              • Exactly.
                Takes a bit to get me worked up n

              • So, yeah, I understand where you’re coming from.
                I started this blog as an outlet for the exploration of the inner workings of the mind through Zen, and it’s good to connect with other people who I can share it with. So, anything that you feel you may want some assistance, you can always feel free to discuss it with me if you want. I’m all ears ^_^

              • Thanks. I appreciate that. :)

              • No problem. I’m glad to do it :-)

  2. I’m so glad u told me of this sensation or it would have scared me lol

  3. Oof, I Never could meditate well. Partly because I have always had insomnia since I was a child and an over active mind. :(

  4. I am so excited to start following your blog! I have just started Pilates again for my body. Meditation is something that I have wanted to come back to for some time as well. My mind is in much need of calm, peace, and enlightenment. I look forward to reading your advice and experience! :)

    • Hi Janine! I’m excited to have you following my blog too. How long have you been doing Pilates for? Definitely if you get back to meditation, on top of the pilates, it will help you tremendously. Joining the physical and the spiritual is always the best way to create harmony within ourselves.
      And if your mind is in need of peace and calm, then you have definitely come to the right place, because that’s what this blog is all about :-) … I’m looking forward to hearing about your journey with pilates and meditation.
      Glad to have you here ^_^

      • Well I have been doing Pilates only for a few days again after a couple of years of illness and inablility. I am very excited to begin my journey back to myself. I am so looking forward to becoming mentally and physically strong again! I don’t have much to speak on yet, but I thoroughly enjoy reading and learning about others’ journey. Be seeing you around! ;)

        • Great! Well, as you progress on your journey back to yourself, I hope that this blog can be one of many forums that you can utilize to express anything that you have on your mind along the way :-)

    • Oh Pilates! Do you have any references or web sites I can go to to learn more

      • I am no expert, but the cd that I have found to be easiest to start Pilates with is Pilates for Dummies. I know that there are many out there, and I am sure that once you get this one down you can graduate to the harder, more specific and targeted instruction, but this one is a good place to start with good results pretty fast. Good luck! :)

  5. I remember when I first experienced this effect, I was a little freaked out, so when I asked my teacher what it was about, he just smiled and told me that I must be doing something right.

    • Yeah, it definitely is a little freaky when you first experience it. But like you’re teacher said, it’s a good indicator that something’s being done right. For me, I love when it introduces itself into the session, because I know that things are flowing freely :-)

    • Oh, great! Thank you for that. I really appreciate it. Awards are a little tricky for me, because I’m flattered that people find my blog award worthy, but on the other hand, the fact that I can help people by assisting to elevate consciousness and improve health is all the reward that I need :-)

  6. great going through your thoughts and experiences. the science behind the concentration of meditation is vast and ranges from one end of universe to the other. the experiences which one has is always differnt from another and they all depend on the type of person you are and the energy spectrum you carry within.

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