Hey OP...here's my take on your question about focusing while meditating....Seems the thread is getting derailed...
This may be a little long so I apologize for that...
I've been meditating for about 2 years now. If you haven't figured it out yet, everyone has their own style of meditation. IMO there really isn't
just one way. It's what ever works for you. Most likely you will read a lot of different techniques and end up mixing it all together into your own
Having said that, I do a focused meditation...or phasing...or forced focus. There's a style similar in India, but I forget the name of it.
Generally, I do two kinds of meditation. First I may do 30 minutes of just finding an object about 10 or 20 feet away and just focus on it, or stare
at it...without blinking or moving my eye's or my focus. It's harder than you may realize.
After a few minutes things start getting distorted and wavy looking...seeing energy in the air, moving forms in my peripheral vision. If you get in
the zone the right way, you may start seeing splotches of hypnogogic colors or dark splotches...follow it through and don't freak out...there's more
on the other side of that experience.
The Indian fellow I was reading about says that if you can stop your eye's from seeing, you can stop your mind. It's like going into a stare, when
you were a kid...staring off into the wild blue and not seeing anything, except what's in your mind's eye. In effect, you are seeing without
looking. And when successful you will see that if you can stop looking your mind stops as well.
For me this works well because I can't shut off my mind otherwise. I have learned to stare and not see which puts me into a deep meditative state.
I've seen random visions with my eye's wide open, even if just for 30 seconds or so. Along with this, I can clearly see my mental state
improve...more clarity, self confidence, sharper memory, enlightenment on issues that I've had questions about...that kind of thing.
Ever look at one of those pictures that looks like static, but really has a 3d image that pops out if you focus the right way? It's very much like
that. And I believe there's more to that in reality than realized...as in, we overlook much of what is right in front of us because our perception
is weak. Just like in one of those posters...there's a 3d picture hidden inside all of that 'static' looking designs, but you have to change your
perception or focus to see it...What else is around us all the time that we just pass by or look over....like the dirty window on a car that you just
ignore and look 'through'.
I also meditate with my eye's closed, but do the same thing...stare at the back of my eyelids until I start seeing colors, which turns into vortex's
and imagery. More recently I've been experiencing vibrations and energy pulses in my head and body, and at the moment I'm feeling slight vibrations
in my pelvic bone...without meditating...so not sure what's up with that. It's like having my cell phone on vibrate and stuck between my legs
I've suspected a possible pre kundalini thingy coming on, but not sure if that's what it is...AND not sure if I want to go in that direction.
If you end up getting into meditation please do a lot of reading...from ALL sources and find something that works for you. Read about the pitfalls of
a kundalini rising...if you aren't prepared.
I think many people start off on this journey, unprepared or unlearned and have had some bad experiences along the way...most important is to clear
you heart of any evil...strive to be good to everyone and do good deeps. Service to others....not service to self.
Your beliefs in yourself and others and definitely have a positive or negative effect.
Wishing you well.