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Originally posted by CosmicEgg
I never really learned any particular meditation technique but have been meditating for years now. Any of the various forms or "intents", if you like, seem to take me over at some point and this is how I have learned what I know. It was more like remembering or being reminded than exploring or learning.
My experience with meditation started while taking a course in Shaolin qigong. Meditation was used "in between", sort of. In between the movement phases, we would stop and clear our minds. It was then that the most amazing things started happening. Once, I felt myself turn into a huge wall of liquid metal or mercury. Then I felt myself morph into a waterfall. All the sounds faded away from me and there was this huge rushing sound and I felt myself pure water, spilling all around me. Then I became a tree. I had to look at my hands, I was so sure they were branches. This was all in the span of 15 minutes.
I asked the sifu what it meant, what had happened (completely new to it, I had no clue at all) and he told me that it was my imagination, that sometimes the brain gets confused blah blah blah. After that he was only the instructor to me. He was not a sifu in any sense.
I had quite a lot of other experiences too, but when I asked about them he would simply brush me off and tell me to ask on a Net forum somewhere. I never really learned what any of it meant. I just assume it had to do with elements of my being that needed healing.
Since then, I meditate more than I practice qigong. For quite a while - a number of years, in fact - I would fall into spontaneous trances, even while I was driving. One would think that to be quite dangerous, but again that would hold true only to those who do not meditate. Awareness is greatly expanded, not reduced, in meditation. It got to the point that I was meditating on some level or another at all times. Now I'm not sure where I am. When attempt a deliberate meditation, nothing changes. I've started to wonder if I broke something. lol
Any thoughts, anyone?