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May 24 2012

Meditation Before Bed

Category:  Ask Deepak

Question:

Dear Dr. Chopra, I have been meditating for a little more than 5 years now. Sometimes, when I go to bed after meditation, from somewhere within the body, there is a pulsating, vibrating feeling. It usually happens when I'm just about to fall asleep. I feel like I'm getting sucked into a whirlpool and have no way of stopping myself. I am thrilled and scared at the same time, but mostly scared. I probably should relax, but cannot, and almost automatically start praying that it stops. It lasts for maybe 20 secs, and then passes away. I would be grateful if you let me know what this could mean, and if there is anything I should or should not be doing. Thanks in advance.
Response:

This is likely due to the fluidity of your awareness carrying over from meditation into sleep. The transitions from waking state to sleeping state of consciousness will generally follow a normal step-by-step pattern. But if you are just coming out of meditation where you have been quickly moving from one level of subtle awareness to the next over and over, it can occasionally interrupt the normal stages of falling asleep. This is one of the reasons why most meditation teachings specify that you should meditate in the morning and afternoon followed by lengthy periods of daily activity. That activity will integrate your meditation experiences and reset your normal rhythms and patterns of waking consciousness as well.

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  • Just imagine you`re waltzing the blue danube:). Everything in the universe is projected to us like spirals nowadays by Hubble telescope etc. (spiral universes), labyrinths as a path of life, dance of the Dherwish as a symbol of enlightenment etc. Not so difficult we start to experience this during our meditaton too. Am meditating in bed before going to sleep and fall asleep into a black hole of darkness (deep sleep) which is like dying. Yet I do awake in teh morning (still is a wonder to me:)). So never be afraid to die because you are only going into a deep sleep :)

    heartphone // 2012-05-24 11:30:27 // //
  • It is interesting that when you pray it does away. Perhaps you are slipping into hell.

    Wisdom7 // 2012-05-24 15:09:50 // //

 

 

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  • Nice tips Deepak. My Hatha yoga book recommends focusing on the feet before going to bed because it is far from the mind and you can get to sleep more easily. Also Sadhguru Jaggi recommends not sleeping with your head to the north if you live in the north hemisphere and not to south if you live in the southern hemisphere.

    Siggi // 2014-01-12 20:01:22 // //
  • Dear Dr Deepak, My wife who is 41 years old has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder 2 .she is on abilify 5 mg . Recently she recently is not able to sleep and can`t concentrate on things. She is worried, feels tired, pain in legs. What us best that could bring her to normal

    nirmal // 2013-09-20 08:55:49 // //
  • me parese marabillosos todos sus libros gracias``

    helenarodriguez // 2013-01-29 01:38:02 // //
  • I experience this same feeling right before i go to bed, and i think that this vibration is indeed your spirit connecting and communicating openly with the Universe and reaching and communicating with God (the Divine). I put myself in this vortex every night and i reach to many beautiful places. And the day after when i awake i feel a sense of completeness and happiness flowing through me, for what ever i asked for in the moment of the flow of the vibration i was receiving great bliss, joy and love.

    Daniella W // 2012-11-15 00:34:30 // //
  • I need help. I`m falling apart when I want to "fall" together. I must want chaos in my life, I must want to "kill" myself with food, I must like, on some level, being a fuck up, and being fucked up. I`m in the same place I always go when the money runs out either because my ex-gambling husband has blown it all and or I try and get back at him when there is money. I`m just wondering to myself if I`m just setting my self up to kill myself so all the things that were said and done to me by the parents who "loved" me will prove them right. I fall into this deep emotional whole, the same one that is so empty in my body all the time (the shot gun blast I call it)- they are right I should have never been born-I`ve been in a prison of their then my making all my life and in a horrible way it is a comfort too- because I don`t know how to be without it-but I don`t like it it is painful-somwhy do I go there when I`m in pain-why do I want to hurt more?

    Chloe Marlow // 2012-05-25 23:52:07 // //
  • Hello, This is a great article and I definitely appreciate it. It helped calm me down.

    Vincent // 2012-05-25 22:04:12 // //
  • What a great question! I was asking myself this a few weeks back, as the more I get into meditation, the more I fear that I will lose my personal identity, but then that is pure ego, and isn`t that the goal of meditation? I love it! So interesting! Kinda scary sometimes, too, though. Probably because I have not experienced the actual Source in so long that I forgot how it feels like to be completely at peace. Definitely my spiritual experience is my beacon, I hold on to it with everything I can! All of your responses are so interesting, thanks for sharing!

    Whatasay // 2012-05-25 13:21:07 // //
  • Hola Dr. Deepak Chopra yo le quiero pedir de favor me indique donde puedo ver esta wueb en espanol, ya que me gusta sus trabajos, lo que escribe meinteresa poder leer en mi idioma, gracias. SALUDOS

    Otilia // 2012-05-25 12:33:23 // //
  • I recommend: Stop meditating on ungodly sounds & demonic energy. It`s a dangerous playground that you have entered. Not all will escape unscathed.

    Paul Inberea // 2012-05-25 02:24:53 // //
  • This sounds odd.

    Steve Wein // 2012-05-25 00:29:29 // //
  • @heartphone interesting thoughts...may I ask? How do you know what dying feels like? ;) many people describe it more like seeing a tunnel with a bright light and feeling drawn towards the light. Those who have had near death experiences that is. Some others describe seeing themselves from another angle of the room....there might be a spirit of a relative close by. I`ve never heard anyone mention a dark spiral tunnel (in my palliative work) *yet*. If you have experienced this or know of someone who has, it would make for an interesting discussion :D

    Germaine1 // 2012-05-24 22:18:31 // //
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    betty // 2012-05-24 21:48:25 // //
  • let it be

    Julian Torres- Pena // 2012-05-24 20:30:47 // //
  • I don`t understand. If you feel scared when meditating before going to sleep... why do you keep doing it?

    Luis Javier López Arredondo // 2012-05-24 18:55:32 // //
  • I have had those experiences as well (scary rushes of energy...at bedtime) I finally let myself relax a bit and had an amazing thing happen. I can only describe it as a feeling as though I was going to explode followed by a millisecond of a type of `angel music` weird...fascinating if you want to know more see `Universe Is music` link on http://silverpoetry.wordpress.com

    Arna Baartz // 2012-05-24 17:32:45 // //
  • Deepak you have such an amazing soul. I have been going through something very similar to this I have experienced this as far as I can remember, but recently with no meditation. It has gotten more intense. This experience was very scary for me at first it happens alot, so I decide to go along with it believing that I am surrendering all fear and control or almost attachments even, but I`m a mother of 6 small children so before I get to the end or maybe beginning of this experience the fear of what will my children feel if I do die and they find me dead, my husband leaves early for work so he`s out the door before anyone awakes. I`m not scared of death just the thought of my children finding me that way is what stops my experience. Don`t get me wrong I`m only 32 full of passion for life a hunger to live deeper and love intensely I love being alive. But the experiences don`t go away I`m not even sure I want them to, but what can I do? I have never meditated but feel like my soul wants to.

    Lilly // 2012-05-24 16:56:48 // //
  • I once felt the same thing and I also felt the body went rigid for some seconds, it scared me and I stopped practicing. I know I have to continue. The fear of the unknown is there+ being introvert affects me as well. Need to rewire everything back.

    VP Bungsee // 2012-05-24 16:38:32 // //
  • The vibration feeling you are experiencing is normal when you are in a trance or about to leave your body. Sometimes it scares people. Its the first step to having an out of body experience. you can meditate laying down too. Does not matter.

    thomasj08 // 2012-05-24 16:28:58 // //
  • In fact, meditation is supposed to free us from our fears and lead us to a peaceful inner world. If this doesn`t work, u should keep in mind that dreams may appear scary since they`re mixed with our fears, but they carry messages inside. No matter how scary they are, u should wake up in the morning and write down every detail u remember. And then try to understand what they mean. I.e u are seeing snakes in dream, which symbolize enemies. But if u remember elimination of snakes, it means your victory in a dangerous situation. Try to do this everyday, and u`ll see that dreams become ur allies :)

    Elda Pepa // 2012-05-24 16:17:06 // //
  • I meditate in the tub and all the issues go down the drain with the bath water :)

    Brigid Martin // 2012-05-24 15:51:09 // //
  • Your slipping out of your body because another spirit is pulling you out.The spirit being more likely freind and if you pray will let them know you are confused releasing you.There you go Chiprocobra,just like I thought,bring em to the universe door and tell them its not there,sad GoodSpirits>R.G.E.

    SweetSourBook // 2012-05-24 15:27:40 // //
  • Nope, you meditate then go to sleep you meditate you are activating your pineal gland and when you`re going to sleep after wards, that whirlpool feeling is actually you being transitioned into astral projection, if you relax and stop moving and focus on breathing prana by closing your eyes and imagining white light in the room you can absorb energy and calm yourself and also WHEN YOUR BODY VIBRATES OR SHAKES your frequency is rising IT IS A GOOD THING you can astral project if you set your mind to it. I recommend binaurals but make sure you look into them, some are bad quality some are VERY good quality and do make a huge difference.

    fenrir // 2012-05-24 15:12:41 // //
  • It is interesting that when you pray it does away. Perhaps you are slipping into hell.

    Wisdom7 // 2012-05-24 15:09:50 // //
  • Just imagine you`re waltzing the blue danube:). Everything in the universe is projected to us like spirals nowadays by Hubble telescope etc. (spiral universes), labyrinths as a path of life, dance of the Dherwish as a symbol of enlightenment etc. Not so difficult we start to experience this during our meditaton too. Am meditating in bed before going to sleep and fall asleep into a black hole of darkness (deep sleep) which is like dying. Yet I do awake in teh morning (still is a wonder to me:)). So never be afraid to die because you are only going into a deep sleep :)

    heartphone // 2012-05-24 11:30:27 // //