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Lesson 222 - Chimes in Inner Space?  (Audio)

From: Yogani
Date: Wed Jul 28, 2004 11:05pm

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Q: I've been doing spinal breathing and yoni mudra for a few months straight now and I'm having some strange things happen. They usually happen late at night or in the morning upon waking. Upon waking, I've been getting a rapid vibration in my chest area and inside my jaw sockets. It was strange but not uncomfortable. I also hear strange, mystical "chime like" sounds after I do my night time meditation. Sometimes I am awakened by them as I dose off in corpse pose after meditation. The sounds are hard to describe and are hard to tell where they are coming from. I think they are coming from outside my house but a lot of the time there is no wind and I never hear them any other time. I've practiced yoga and meditation for several years and have come across lots of strange things but these sounds are really different. I am wondering if they are somehow linked to the practice and if so what might they be? I know it can be just a coincidence I hear them when I do but I think there may be something else happening here. Thank you so much for the lessons and your time!!!

A Thank you for writing and sharing. 

If it is not the wind chimes outside, then it is likely the expansion of your heart space and inner sensuality, as was discussed in the last lesson (#221). When this happens (common with spinal breathing, especially with yoni mudra kumbhaka added) inner sounds that are "celestial" in nature may seem to be somewhere outside. This is because our inner dimension has expanded out into our surroundings. So, it can seem like we are experiencing something outside our body while it is inside us and "out there" at the same time. The uncertainty you feel about where the sound is coming from is common in this situation. Don't be concerned about it. Good things are happening. So, if it isn't the outside chimes, it is probably the inside ones that are "anahata" - unstruck sound. 

If any of these experiences become uncomfortable or excessively distracting (the vibrations or the sounds), be sure and apply prudent self-pacing in your practices. Otherwise, enjoy! 

I wish you all success on your chosen spiritual path.

The guru is in you.

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