I have been practicing inner sounds meditation for about 2 years now. When I
started, I was trying 2 or 3 types of meditation thinking I would drop the
ones that were less effective. After a few months I was ready to drop inner
sounds since I did not appear to be getting good results. I then had my
first wave of bliss with inner sounds. This prompted me to continue with
inner sounds and eventually drop the other forms.
Inner sounds meditation with ear plugs has the disadvantage that it is
harder to meditate without earplugs. This does not encourage meditation in
places other than your regular location. With other form of meditation, I
guess it would be easier to meditate in a new location if you were more used
to different sounds.
Eventually I hope to develop my inner sounds meditation without earplugs.
This should give me the best of both worlds and might actually improve my
normal meditation with earplugs since my sensitivity to inner sounds should
The advantage to inner sounds meditation is the feedback you get from your
inner sounds. As your sensitivity increases, the breadth and depth of inner
sounds will expand and you will have a sort of instrument panel to your mind
and body that can tell you many things.
For instance, I saw this Metta Zetty post today:
In struggling with
a difficult decision,
we often become trapped in
an intellectual analysis of our options
or mired in the emotional intensity
surrounding the issues.
At times like this,
it is often helpful to step back
and allow your body's own energy
to inform the decision-making process.
Begin by imagining each of your available options.
In your mind's eye, visualize each choice
as a separate path or scenario rolling out
into the future, and then look at
your body's energetic reaction
to each option.
While doing this,
focus your attention
on the movement of energy
in your chest and abdomen.
You will find that in most cases
your energetic response will be quick,
and unmistakably clear.
Within 2-3 seconds,
if you hold the mind and emotions
you will feel the energy shift
as you consider each of
your available options:
either your energy will
expand, open and relax
or it will contract, tighten and constrict
-- and you will know immediately
which option toward which
you are more powerfully drawn.
As circumstances change,
your energetic reaction
may shift and change, as well.
But when the time arrives
for actually making your decision,
you can always trust this
I smiled when I read this since this is exactly the kind of reaction you can
easily detect during inner sounds meditation. You can very clearly hear your
body's reaction to anything you think about. It can be a very good tool to
help you with decision making.
I use my inner sounds in many ways. For instance, I can tell how relaxed I
am, and I can take my relaxation further than what I can perceive through my
muscles. I believe that practically all organs of the body have their inner
sound equivalent. Once you can identify which sound goes with which part of
your body you have a monitor for that part of your body. I find it
fascinating to see how different events are translated into inner sounds.
For instance when I open my eyes, I have a flood of inner sounds
corresponding to what I see and how I react to what I see.
However, as fascinating as all this is, one should remember not to be too
distracted by it all. Exploring inner sounds should not be an end but a
means to an end of a deeper meditation. In this regard I find that inner
sounds can be a platform for your mind to help you stay in a non-thinking
state. In that non-thinking state, your inner sounds reflect that state and
give you an aural representation of the peace that is always available to
you when you become present.
I have rambled on a little. I will stop here and ask if you have any
questions. Many thanks for your question, it has helped me improve my
understanding of inner sounds and the direction I want to pursue.
From: john l. [mailto:dhmyt@...
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 4:14 PM
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] inner sounds
hello, could anyone send me the details on how to do the inner sound
meditation? I could not find it on the web site. thankyou, johnleschitz