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July 06 2013

Scared during meditation

Category:  Ask Deepak


Hi Deepak Thank you. Your words had transformed me a lot from being a pessimist to a great optimist. I had read most of your books and your "Super Brain" made an excellent shift in my mind-body-life level. I started meditating since 2011 with the guided meditations from Slowly, I started to meditate without any audio guidance. I am not consistent with the method of meditation. On a heavy work day I meditate just before going to sleep in my bed with a relaxing awareness. Most of the days I do by sitting on my Yoga mat. However the time is always the same. Yesterday when I was doing a breathing meditation, my breathing became rigorous and a sense of numbness was spreading in my body. When it became more intense, I slowed down my breath. But my body was still vibrating. And the thing why I explaining all these here is that I was scared. I was struggling to come back. My question: Why I become scared during meditation? Meditation is known to give peace and relaxation. And is a well known method to supreme consciousness. But why the beginning experience is frightening me? Please help.


Before supreme consciousness dawns, the old accumulated dark fears need to be dispelled. That is what your body is releasing with the numbness, and the fear. Treat these feelings and sensations as mere thoughts that pop up in meditation and allow your attention to easily return to your practice. They will fade in time as the underlying fears are cleared away.


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  • Thank you for asking this question as Deepak`s answer of truth has started to calm my inner turmoil and uncertainty, it feels wonderful to know that I am not alone in this fear whirl… I am truly blessed. Namaste.

    Wendy // 2013-07-06 13:33:19 // //
  • Ai'ght

    Pankaj Bhatt // 2013-07-06 11:33:32 // //



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  • Hello: I also am experiencing fear surrounding meditation. It`s really not my own inner fears that are the problem. I am afraid that I will merge with the Universe and lose myself. I am afraid that my own energy will leave my body and not return. How can I calm this fear?

    Afraid to Meditate // 2014-04-02 16:26:25 // //
  • miracle.........

    Aditya Dhir // 2013-07-12 04:20:07 // //
  • good looking

    Ranjana Tiwari // 2013-07-11 05:33:00 // //
  • very good!

    Eleonara Lima // 2013-07-08 21:24:11 // //
  • Very encouraging!

    Nira Erlich // 2013-07-07 22:34:31 // //
  • Thank you XXX

    Ferdous Samin // 2013-07-07 13:34:55 // //
  • IMO

    Gnv Aradhya // 2013-07-07 08:28:59 // //
  • I still want a copy of the 21 day meditation practice.... OR is there another, perhaps less expensive

    Dana Russell // 2013-07-06 22:53:16 // //
  • Thanks.This answer came at the right time.

    Miriam Logan // 2013-07-06 21:13:00 // //
  • Because you are a human being.....and a very nice one;00

    Helen Jamieson // 2013-07-06 20:05:29 // //
  • 2 same questions, different photo, why?

    Ana Anne // 2013-07-06 18:56:22 // //
  • With any meditation and feelings of numbness or shortness of breath you got to allow these sensations to happen. As Deepak said your body releasing old fears. To feel scared your ego is resisting letting go, so trusting having faith and surrendering is what is required if you want open to the spiritual path..

    Simeon Miglioranza // 2013-07-06 17:07:32 // //
  • Add unto you..

    Simeon Miglioranza // 2013-07-06 16:52:20 // //
  • Susan Shepler Mathew 6:33 "Seek Ye (YOU) First and all his righteousness and kingdom of god and all these things shall be into you" To me that's says look within and find god their..:-) I might be wrong..Spirit is all the same no matter what faith..

    Simeon Miglioranza // 2013-07-06 16:51:47 // //
  • "The old accumulated dark fears" as Mr Chopra says are the unresolved anger, fear or sadness that are still being housed within the body - in order to release them and give room to supreme consciousness you must feel them fully - this takes faith that your body knows all and courage and patience - wishing you more and more light. Carla

    Carla Melucci Ardito // 2013-07-06 16:08:07 // //
  • That's what I thought. Hyperventillation such as in rebirthing technique.

    Noel Minneci // 2013-07-06 15:51:31 // //
  • How do you know it is not oxygen related

    Demetria Loizou // 2013-07-06 14:58:00 // //
  • !!wooow !!

    Nina Marin // 2013-07-06 14:52:09 // //
  • expanding awareness brings strange sometimes scary sensations???

    Christina Williams // 2013-07-06 14:17:30 // //
  • Thank you for asking this question as Deepak`s answer of truth has started to calm my inner turmoil and uncertainty, it feels wonderful to know that I am not alone in this fear whirl… I am truly blessed. Namaste.

    Wendy // 2013-07-06 13:33:19 // //
  • The vibrating you are feeling is one of many manifestations giving evidence that you have clicked in to your individual Presence. Bask in it. We have been conditioned to avoid being alone & to enjoy spending time going within & are unfamiliar within thesr natural experiences...its the unknown

    Donna D Gia // 2013-07-06 12:54:12 // //
  • Where do I find the Meditations?

    Colleen Ginter // 2013-07-06 12:46:34 // //
  • Podría publicarlo en español

    Jorge Eliecer Ortega Florez // 2013-07-06 12:30:19 // //
  • Needed that experienced it many time....

    Ankit Tak // 2013-07-06 12:23:35 // //
  • truly fake

    George Sawaya // 2013-07-06 12:09:24 // //
  • do you think mastering our duality is a great tool for us ?

    Christian St-louis // 2013-07-06 12:08:40 // //
  • The wisdom is evident and it shines through me like sun through the window of my soul. I do have The Deepak Chopra book, Jesus, but as a Christian, I am conflicted and troubled by a message that excludes and alienates. I'm still trying to bridge the gap between the One and only way and the energy of good that is found in others of different faiths. Mother Teresa had a wonderful quote to the effect that Love ("God is Love" 1 John 4:7-8) is where you find it. I guess that's as far as I have come, maybe as far as I can go, since loyalty and belief are anchors of my faith.

    Susan Shepler // 2013-07-06 12:00:34 // //
  • Wow! Very impressive Deepak!

    Jesse Emeterio Angelo Cappello // 2013-07-06 11:59:45 // //
  • Thank you Deepak. I had an Aha moment reading this question and answer. I had done the Transcendntal Meditation course, and while attending a meeting a person there said that they heard meditation can make you become insane. That triggered a fear in me and i stopped meditating. However, your answer to this question will now allow me to return to my practice. Thanks

    JoiRising Harpo // 2013-07-06 11:57:50 // //
  • Es parte del proceso curativo.los miedos y otros sentimientos negativos al.igual que algunas dolencias.físicas no sanadas afloran, salen superficie para liberación I

    María Alicia // 2013-07-06 11:48:49 // //
  • Deepak we got the message that you are for same sex marriage. Change your profile pic!!

    Marie Assali // 2013-07-06 11:47:49 // //
  • Sometimes tears come to healing, growing changing...

    Jamie Olwell // 2013-07-06 11:47:45 // //
  • Simple, shedding of the old. Ego is afraid of letting go. The body sensations are a manifestation of that process. Thank you Deepak!!

    Duncan Sutherland // 2013-07-06 11:44:22 // //
  • I dont´. Speke english please sorry spanish tank you congratulations.

    Anava Anavale // 2013-07-06 11:43:26 // //
  • Namasté

    Avra Healer Tozandogen-San // 2013-07-06 11:43:19 // //
  • I appreciate you Deepak!

    Blackhawk Bingleborton // 2013-07-06 11:41:14 // //
  • Yes yoga suprime concious

    Govind Tank // 2013-07-06 11:40:54 // //
  • Great answer, as always...

    Maria Paula Barros Silva // 2013-07-06 11:37:30 // //
  • podrían poner la traducción al español? son fan de Chopra. gracias

    Gloria Tenreiro Girón // 2013-07-06 11:37:02 // //
  • traduccion-Deepak Chopra pregunta: Sus palabras me habían transformado mucho de ser un pesimista a un gran optimista. Había leído la mayoría de sus libros y su "Super Brain" hizo un excelente cambio en mi nivel de mente, cuerpo y vida. Comencé a meditar desde 2011 con las meditaciones guiadas de Poco a poco, empecé a meditar sin ninguna guía audio. Yo no soy consistente con el método de la meditación. En un día de trabajo pesado medito antes de ir a dormir en mi cama con una conciencia relajada. La mayoría de los días me hacen al sentarse en mi yoga mat. Sin embargo, el tiempo es siempre el mismo. Ayer cuando estaba haciendo una meditación en la respiración, mi respiración se hizo más rigurosa y una sensación de entumecimiento se extiende en mi cuerpo. Cuando se hizo más intenso, se ralentizó el aliento. Pero mi cuerpo todavía estaba vibrando. Y lo que explica por qué todo esto es que me daba miedo. He tenido problemas para volver. Mi pregunta es: ¿Por qué me convierto miedo durante la meditación? La meditación es conocido por dar la paz y la relajación. Y es un método bien conocido para la conciencia suprema. Pero ¿por qué la experiencia de principio me está asustando? Por favor, ayuda. Respuesta: Antes de la conciencia suprema amanece, los viejos temores oscuros acumulados deben ser disipadas. Eso es lo que su cuerpo está liberando con el entumecimiento y el miedo. Tratar estos sentimientos y sensaciones como meros pensamientos que surgen en la meditación y permite que tu atención vuelva fácilmente a su práctica. Ellos se desvanecen en el tiempo, los temores subyacentes son eliminados. Amor, Deepak

    Mariamaha Yin // 2013-07-06 11:35:12 // //
  • thanks

    Sheet Al P // 2013-07-06 11:33:56 // //
  • Ai'ght

    Pankaj Bhatt // 2013-07-06 11:33:32 // //