It’s time to deal with a more negative side of meditation – meditation dangers.
If you’re not aware of meditation dangers, they can unexpectedly come and cause many troubles in your life, such as frightening visions, non-physical contacts or even insanity.
So here, in no particular order, are the dangers I’ve encountered from my own meditations and those of others.
Meditation Danger #1: Getting attached to meditation experiences
When you meditate you may get many interesting meditation experiences.
For example, when I meditate, I sometimes hear conversations in different languages, see certain events from this and other worlds and see different beings.
I mainly see the colors though, especially the Blue Pearl (a blue colored circle) which some meditators believe to be their own souls.
I also see the black sky with thousands of swirling stars. Some people report seeing mandalas (sacred geometrical paintings), various deities, and so on.
Why such meditation experiences can be dangerous
It’s okay if you accept these experiences and let them pass. It’s even okay if you explore them for some time. But don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees. Meditation is for self-realization, after all.
If you get attached to these experiences and keep exploring them and forget about the path to self-realization, your spiritual progress will stop. Those experiences will also likely to stop after some time, so you may find yourself in a dark spiritual pause.
I remember during a Vipassana meditation course I was meditating and saw a vision of me meditating alone in a vast desert. I told the teacher about this amazing experience and she just said: ignore it and keep meditating. It was like a slap on my face, but now I understand why she responded this way.
There’s an even bigger danger if you lose the path to self-realization by enjoying the meditation experiences. It’s believed in Buddhism that those who lose the path for meditation experiences are reborn in lower than human realms, for example, in the animal realm.
Some lamas also believe that such meditators might be reborn in higher worlds too, but I could not find out how to distinguish which meditators will be born where.
Meditation Danger #2: Developing supernatural powers
If you meditate for some years (or if you meditated in past lives, then this can happen very fast), you’re likely to develop some supernatural powers, such as generating heat and thus not getting cold. Or such powers might include seeing what’s happening in your neighborhood, in another country or another world. You may even be able to become a particle of something and gain its awareness.
This happened to me once. In a Vipassana meditation center during the chanting I found myself to gain the awareness of a sound wave. I became it. I went up when the voices went up, and went down when the voices were lowering. I was traveling at an amazing speed and saw a white light mixed with blue all around me.
Why such powers can be dangerous
Let’s be honest – most people start meditating for selfish reasons. It could be for getting rid of stress, raising awareness, knowing God or oneself, feeling the unity or God’s energy and so on. Rarely does anyone start meditating for the enlightenment of humans, infusing more positivity and wisdom to the world or for the world peace.
There’s nothing wrong in meditating for selfish reasons as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. But when you start developing supernatural powers and your ego is still quite big (if you have selfish wishes it most likely is), then your ego will badly want to use these powers. This may result in harm to other beings and the disregard of the boundaries and rights of others.
For example, if you develop an ability to tune into another person’s thoughts… you see where I’m getting at? Only the most Buddha-like person would refrain from tuning into his spouse’s, friends’ or potential partner’s thoughts.
Those who start using this power soon start taking on more and more evil karma, because this bad deed invites its “neighbors”. This all leads to the rapid accumulation of bad karma and future births in low worlds, as well as a likely negative future in this life.
Meditation Danger #3: The dark night of the soul
Some meditators, having successfully overcome their attachments to meditation experiences and supernatural powers, come face to face with an even more dangerous phenomenon. It’s called “The Dark Night of The Soul”.
The dark night of the soul is the inner state when your awareness of God disappears. Some meditators completely get used to the feeling that God is always with them an that their intuitive powers never let them down. And suddenly they are left completely alone.
Why the dark night of the soul is dangerous
Some people go through this time with a calm mind, but I would say many more get frightened and stop their spiritual development, never to resume it again in this life-time. Some even start believing that God doesn’t exist and so join the “rational people” circle.
This all happens because of the lack of knowledge. Only if people would know why this phenomenon happens, they would continue meditating despite it and experience an even deeper connection with God.
The dark night of the soul visits those meditators who are very near the enlightenment. I would dare to say that this is the last step to enlightenment. It teaches you that all the external gods you knew of, were born in your mind or in the minds of other projections of… the one awareness. It’s only You that exists. You Are the reality.
When you can accept this, you start seeing the reflection of yourself in every living and non-living being and event. Then you no longer feel alone and without the connection to God. You feel the universal love and peace and you feel that you are the unity of all things.
Here is a good video further explaining the dark night of the soul:
Meditation Danger #4: Awakening of kundalini
Kundalini is the energy sleeping in the root chakra. Through meditation and yogic asanas you may awaken this energy, causing it to rise rapidly through all the big and small chakras in your body until it goes through your crown chakra, to connect with God.
Why is kundalini dangerous?
When kundalini, also called “the serpent force” or “the sleeping serpent”, awakens, it can cause a real havoc in your mind and your life. If your mind is weak, slow down this awakening as much as possible. Read this article to find out how.
When my kundalini energy awakened I started seeing snakes everywhere: on TV, newspapers, I heard conversations about snakes and even dreamed about them. I felt the kundalini energy moving in me and causing physical discomfort. I felt pressure and buzzing in my ears and during one night it was almost unbearable, I started even fearing that I would not be able to remain sane.
Fortunately I read about the dangers of kundalini awakening and remembered to do the grounding activities. I also discontinued meditation for some days. Then, after all the havoc ceased in my mind and life, I resumed the meditation practice with caution.
Even to this day I still see snakes everywhere (now I’m in Asia so I see real snakes and snake deities too), but now my kundalini energy is moving very slowly, so it doesn’t cause any discomfort.
The rising kundalini process should be slow because it’s one of the most dangerous spiritual experiences. When the kundalini is moving up your chakras, your whole mental and bodily structure is changing to get ready for a more spiritual energy and finally the enlightenment.
Too quickly rising kundalini can produce frightening visions and you may even involuntarily project out of your body, without any preparation. This should be extremely scary.
For an unprepared or slightly prepared mind, feeling rising kundalini may even cause insanity. The mind just can’t handle so many unusual spiritual phenomena and may stop functioning because of the spiritual activities’ overload.
I read some really frightening stories about kundalini, some reminded of horror plots. So be very cautious if you feel this energy rising in you.
Meditation Danger #5: Witnessing lower worlds
If a meditator has a negative state of mind, he might get a glimpse of the lower worlds. She may see these worlds even when not in the meditative state.
As some people get glimpses of the higher worlds without any warning, so do others see the worlds of lower vibrations.
I once saw the higher world. I remember writing about it, but I can no longer remember how I named that blog post. Completely unexpectedly to me, my reality was replaced with a glimpse of the world where the surroundings had a very pleasant golden glow and the houses were extremely beautiful. Fortunately to me, I never witnessed the lower world.
Why is seeing the lower worlds dangerous?
The beings of the lower planes might frighten the meditator because of their negative energy and horrible appearances, to the extent that a meditator:
-drops meditation practice
-gets frightening dreams
Also the meditator will feel the energy of the lower worlds, which could be much more negative and stronger than the energy of some places and persons in our world. Needless to say, this experience would be disturbing.
Meditation Danger #6: Clear contacts from other worlds
Meditation opens you up to perceiving non-physical phenomena. I have experienced many such phenomena during my meditation years.
For example, sometimes I see dark energy blobs moving around or staying in one place. Sometimes I see dark, very defined shadows. Sometimes I see a white light or hear some sound with one ear, like a sudden shout or a whisper. At other times I feel wind when other people don’t feel it. Sometimes I even feel that someone is touching my arm or the third eye area.
Why such contacts are dangerous
I don’t feel frightened by such phenomena because I am prepared for it. I know that such events caused by meditation can’t harm you as long as your mind is strong and positive. But for people with weak minds or for complete meditation beginners, such experiences can be extremely frightening and may lead to the halt of the meditation practice.
Meditation Danger #7: Dreams that wake you up
You may get such an abundance of energy during your meditations that it will start manifesting though strong intuition and powerful, very clear dreams. Dreams as though become real and more colorful than they were before, so you feel their full force.
Why such dreams can be dangerous
Such dreams can be so clear, so real and so symbolic that you may feel a supernatural presence in them and that may scare you. Such dreams can even cause you to jump from your bed in sleep, or you may awaken with a puzzled mind without knowing what to do next.
For example, I once dreamed of a black brick falling from the clear blue sky. That’s all I saw – a very bright blue sky and a pitch black brick falling into my third eye area, and hitting me between the eyes. This woke me up and I even felt the impact of the brick hitting me.
I jumped from my bed and thought long and hard about this experience. That was extremely surprising. I understand how people unprepared for such dreams would start being scared to fall asleep.
I noticed that not only meditation, but yogic asanas too make my dreams much more real. I now completely got used to my clear dreams – some of them definitely seem more real than the accepted reality itself.
I like some spiritual contacts and dreams that are very powerful or full of symbols, but when I tell people about some of my dreams and spiritual experiences, they get tense and tell me that probably they would go mad if something like that would happen to them. Thus I know that even dreams can get some people way off-balance.
These cautions will prepare you for what might happen during your meditations and so you will react to such phenomena in a less intense way. I hope you won’t be discouraged from meditating, having read about all these meditation dangers. Awareness is all it takes to avoid or not so strongly react to most of the experiences.
As for the rest of the meditation dangers, maintaining a high vibration by being positive should help to avoid them.
Please share this article with those who meditate without guidance or who are thinking of doing so. Thank you in advance.
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