Sorry, I wasn't trying to sound scary or mystical when I dropped that warning.
Any effort to find ourselves within ourselves will eventually bring us to confront our deepest darkest places.
Efforts to leave
ourselves could bring us to confront certain issues before they’ve been properly dealt with.
Maybe that won't be as traumatic for you as it is for some, but I had no way to tell, so I thought I'd mention it.
From Wikipedia (where i keep my brain)
Predominantly, studies of meditation report positive effects. However some studies claim that Meditation might, in certain circumstances, have adverse
Since the practice of meditation might include a powerful confrontation with existential questions it is not considered wise to engage in intense
meditation techniques without an extended period of psychological preparation. Preferably in contact with a credible teacher or clinician.
O.K., now that that's
been said, let's move on.
It sounds like you are interested in more than achieving the goal of astral projection…are you?
If you are, then I think that what you are doing here is a wonderful thing that will bring many benefits to your life. You have probably already
discovered the simple joys of breathing. The...tranquility of focusing on our inhalation and exhalation....flowing with it. Passively viewing the
parade of images that presents itself to our mind's eye...moving beyond that to a state of complete peace...is this a bit like what you are doing?
you doing anyway?
Vibrational stages are next, but if you're still twitching, you're probably not there yet!
I cannot overstress the virtue of patience in the practice of meditation. You just will not get there if you are trying to go faster than your body
wants to go, and it will let you know. You’ll know when you get there, too.
One thing that I would like for you to know is that this is progressive. If you keep at it, you will one day no longer need to spend as much time in
mental preparation to achieve the levels of relaxation that you seek. Once you have gotten used to what it feels like, it is easier for your mind to
find it again.
I don’t mean to sound like an authority, I’m simply writing this to try to answer your question based on my own experience. There are probably
others around here with a great deal more wisdom to share on this topic.
[edit on 10/5/05 by Roadscholar]