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Strange meditation experience this morning

Happy Saturday all! SO...I'm new to embracing Buddhism, and I am new to meditation. I've maybe completed 10 or so short sessions, each between 7 and 9 minutes. This morning, something very strange happened. I was trying to just "be with the darkness", meaning that I had my eyes closed and I was just focusing on that blackness. Off to the right a bit in this black field a hazy red point began to materialize. Before long, it had become a perfectly-formed red tear drop. It was incredibly vivid and distinct. After a second or two, it began to slowly rise up and then disappeared. This scared me a bit so I opened my eyes. I closed them again a few seconds later...and within about 10 seconds, this tear drop appeared in the same way, and floated up and disappeared. During this second time, I was in awe of it, and felt very happy and smiled.

Has anybody experienced anything similar?

It was freaky....


  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited April 2017

    Yes, don't worry @Tony1853. It's absolutely normal. Those colours are called 'phosphenes'.

    see this link for a comprehensive explanation.

    Nothing to worry about.
    In fact, I find it very restful and conducive to my meditation....

  • Has anybody experienced anything similar?
    It was freaky....

    Freaky? Every sitting! :3
    There seems to be some freak meditating! Oh wait ... that is me ... :3

    I would recommend feeling happy and content for 9 minutes and upping your meditation a further minute and spending the extra minute 'not-being'.

    Good luck. Oh and hi <3

  • Also, in meditation - I think it's important to not become too attached to anything that arises, or to feed into too much aversion. Just let it be.

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