Slowing the mind down allows the body to release from its shackles of physiological and kinesthetic sensation. At times when this happens, the world as we know it becomes something other than that which we are familiar with in everyday life. The phenomenon of the “disappearing body”, where the sensical awareness of the body literally “disappears”, and what is left in its place is what I described as the “electron effect”–one’s being existing in a blanket of probable positions around the local environment–is such a time.
For meditators, the “disappearing body” phenomenon may not be a new thing, but if you’ve never experienced it before, or are wondering how to experience it again, then I’m here to help you initiate it, if you wish. If you’ve ever laid completely still, and released yourself from kinesthetic feeling, then you’ve most likely come into contact with this body-cloaking experience.
As is usual, find a place and time where/when you will experience no interruptions, and commence relaxation. If you are laying on a bed or the floor (as opposed to sitting cross-legged or in a chair), as you are relaxing your muscles, breathe in through the nose, and feel as the air passes soothingly over the epithelial surfaces lining your respiratory tract (inside your nose and down into your lungs). Once the breathing becomes steady and relaxed with each exhalation, picture the surface that your body lays upon as melting together with your body, as you relax deeper. Continuing like this with every exhalation of breath, you may notice the volume of breath becoming diminished somewhat. When the body approaches the cusp of the normal functioning of the ordinary physiological/non-physical dividing line, it will often decrease its need for consumption of all kinds. Many people talk about how they are scared that they will stop breathing at this stage, but since it is such a common phenomenon, just know that it is alright–you will not stop breathing. Matters that involve the subconscious commander of your body stepping behind the wheel and directing the course of your being when it comes to meditation, is not something that will lead you astray. Just let go here, and trust your own mind and body.
It will likely begin as a tingling in the limbs, or some may experience it in the abdomen or forehead (the third eye). Slowly as you let go even further, it will propagate up the arms (or down from the head to the body if you are sitting), and “illuminate” your core with tingles and/or vibration. At this stage, it will feel as though the body has disappeared from a determinable location, and instead is replaced with radiating electricity–this is most notable in the limbs. Now you are in the state of “no body”. When this state arises, try not to force it to stay because it feels pleasant, or force upon it any will whatsoever. Just observe it, and let it do as it will. For some, it may not last very long, especially in the beginning, and if in fact that happens, then do not get frustrated, for you can always try the exercise again at another time.
At the end of your session, rub your palms together until they are warm, place them over your eyes (if they are closed), then open them, slowly.
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