Mental Images

pohtiongho By pohtiongho, 14th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you take up meditation for some time, you will learn that with your eyes totally closed, you can see images.

Mental Images


During 1970s, University of Massachusetts at Worcester, U.S.A., started a stress-reduction program. This center for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) still exists today. Visit: www.umassmed.edu/cfm/index.aspx


By sitting still and following the movement of air entering and leaving your nostrils, your electroencephalograph reading will show that gamma waves which are associated with attention and learning are generated. Isn't this good for you?


During meditation, unusual amount of brain activity in the left side of the pre-frontal cortex is going on. It was confirmed that experienced practitioners eventually have an average 5 % thicker cortex. This part of the brain is associated with positive emotions. You will therefore be more alert and happier than the others.

The mental images you see when your eyes are closed are your own creation. They can be anything a person may imagine. These are called Nimittas. For most people, they are beautiful lights of various colors, e.g. while, blue, purple, grey, yellow, orange etc. Sometimes they are bright and unstable, vibrating or flashing and changing shapes, like the clouds.

Some people also see eyes or faces when their eyes are closed. These are very normal and we should not be attached to them for our own safety. If they are too fearful, just open your eyes and they will be gone. Do not be attached to whatever you see. If a certain thing appears in front of you every time you meditate, just have a paint brush ready, dip it in ink and hold it while you meditate. When that thing appears, gently mark it with your brush and then open your eyes. What has been marked?


For more advance practitioners, within next few minutes after the nimittas, maybe few hours, days, months, or years, (depending on how well you have practiced so far) Jhana will happen by themselves later on.

As advised by the Buddha from the above, during meditation we must not think of friends, families, forests, streams, or anything that lies outside of the present moment.
While practicing meditation and living a virtuous life, you may appear to others, like a useless, mad, and defeated person. In reality, it is just the opposite. Meditation will allow us the wriggle ourselves free from the bondage of defilements. When the mind is still or one-pointed, it is stronger and truth will dawn. The power of the mind is without limit. Academic or intellectual knowledge cannot lead you to Nibbana. We need a peaceful and congenial place to live in for us to remove our greed and fears and other defilements which had been imbedded in the subconscious part of the mind for billions of years.
The Buddha said: “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”


According the Buddha: for one who indulges in Jhana, four results are to be expected: Stream-Winner, Once-Returner, Non-Returner, or Arahant.

The minds and hearts must be matured enough to appreciate Buddhist messages. Wisdom is acquired via the practice of meditation.

If you encounter difficulties, you need to consult experienced practitioners. These people normally do not request money for assisting you. If they do, be aware. It is better to consult those who don't ask for monetary rewards.


If you wish to read books on meditation, visit http://www.bps.lk/

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Hearts, Illusion, Meditation, Minds, Supernatural

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author avatar pohtiongho
30th Jul 2014 (#)

If you wish to view some Buddhist Website photos, please hit :https://myspace.com/242732440

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