[Meditation Society of America] Re: blackness while meditating
- cris angel <cris528hz@...> wrote:
> Hey Bob....is there a donation page for the Society ?
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> On Aug 11, 2012 2:16 PM, "medit8ionsociety" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > **
> > "dlonepilgrim" <dlonepilgrim@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi, I am new here. A friend who has started meditating about 2 years
> > ago, came to me with a problem. Since I have never experienced this, I
> > could not explain it or help him. May be someone here can throw some light
> > on this.
> > >
> > > He seems to 'see' or experience absolute darkness or blackness while
> > meditating, and gets frightened.He is not able to continue because of the
> > fear.
> > >
> > > dlonepilgrim
> > >
> > Yes, it is not that uncommon to have an experience that is
> > off-putting while meditating. There are lots of ways to deal
> > with this like trying to face the fear or understand just "who"
> > is being afraid, etc., but perhaps it would just be more
> > beneficial to simply try a different technique than the one
> > during which the "bad" experience took place. I suggest
> > that your friend check out the methods found on the Archive
> > section of our site http://www.meditationsociety.com/archive.html
> > and if one or more seem to call to them, actually try to do it.
> > There is light within and to erase any darkness, we just have
> > to initiate an intention for it to shine. Meditation is the
> > safest and most proven (en)lightening instrument.
> > Peace and blessings,
> > Bob
As there is nothing intrinsically scary about darkness or blackness (after all, we have our eyes closed when we're asleep), my sense is that what your friend is experiencing is generalized anxiety. That is, he is not distracted by people, TV, etc., so anxiety sets in, and he experiences it as fear of darkness.
I would suggest looking into types of meditation that might help him figure out what's bothering him. The type I often recommend is the "Thousand Petaled Lotus" which is in some ways similar to Freudian free-association. But it is also important to be relaxed. Most types of meditation are calming, but as he gets afraid when his eyes are closed, he might try focusing on a mandala.
--- In email@example.com, "dlonepilgrim" <dlonepilgrim@...> wrote:
> Hi, I am new here. A friend who has started meditating about 2 years ago, came to me with a problem. Since I have never experienced this, I could not explain it or help him. May be someone here can throw some light on this.
> He seems to 'see' or experience absolute darkness or blackness while meditating, and gets frightened.He is not able to continue because of the fear.