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I'm writing, hoping to get some input on a strange personal experience.
As long as I can remember, I've had strong tingling sensations that I can control most of the time at will. It (or something close to it) happens often involuntarily when I yawn, urinate or for some reason when I hear a large crowd applauding. I can initiate it when I feel well, but lose the ability under duress or when exhausted. Recently, my 12 year old daughter mentioned that she feels the same sensations and can control them as well. My mother was very into the supernatural and believed that she was somehow gifted, but I mostly ignored that.
I've read about ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) and dismissed it as such. For most of my life, I've considered myself a logical atheist and discounted spirituality as something that has a place, but not for me. ASMR seemed a likely explanation except that ASMR is usually isolated around the head. For me, it's always started at points along my spine and radiated outward through my body, sometimes all the way to my extremities.
I've been practicing Yoga for a couple years and just recently started learning about Chakras. I made a connection between the two and started some light meditation. Strangely, it seemed I could sort of isolate the feeling along my spine at these Chakra points, especially around my chest. At first I could not feel it at all at the pelvis area.
I read about opening the Chakras and spent a few days practicing some Yoga & meditation focusing around the 2 lower ones. After a few days, I was able to produce the same sensations in my pelvic region. From there, I began to feel it moving up and/or down my spine like a flowing, radiating pattern. It was enjoyable, but strange and confusing.
Eventually, I ran into the connection to Buddhism & Chakras began reading about it. As I read, the tingling feeling overwhelmed my entire body. I began slightly hyperventilating and tears began flowing from my eyes, although I did not feel any emotion other than a strange familiarity. It was like I had opened a book to my own life and it physically enveloped me. This feeling has happened since while meditating, but not as strong.
This all happened within the last week or so. I've always prided myself as a logical if not skeptical man, so I'm pretty confused right now and hoping for any input that can set my head right. It just seems so clear that I've found a path that I'm "supposed to be on", but it's also very confusing and overwhelming.
I guess I'm wondering if anybody has any similar experiences or explanation for what I've experienced. Any input, explanations (scientific or spiritual), or advice is appreciated. Thank you in advance!