The Golden Jhana
During meditation, do you ever get the sensation of energy rising up inside you?
Zoom in on that exact spot where it’s rising and try and let it rise up – slowly – as high as it can, letting it follow its own path (it will turn and things on its way up, but will always go up eventually). When it reaches your eye-level it may seem to stop – this is because we are so used to our eyes being “us” that the nerves around there are kind of wired quite solid. However, with continued focus – actually it’s kind of more like relaxing that area – you can let it pass the eyes.
Then you need to let it pass upward into the crown, the highest part of your head (this is also quite hard but continue just trying to let it pass up). This will probably make you crazy blissful. For me, it makes the light behind my closed eyes turn gold – hence Golden Jhana.
You might get shakes every time you have to help it past a “stuck” or “tight” bit. When you get shakes, just try and relax the body area that is shaking, just a little bit – relax it just enough for the energy pattern you are locked onto to keep climbing upwards. Keep your main focus on the energy pattern that is rising while you relax the other body area. The aim is to get the energy pattern to climb as highly into the top of your head as possible, not to get distracted by shakes.
You can have an energy pattern climb all the way to the crown even from somewhere as low as your legs. Just pick whichever pattern seems most prominent at the time. But stick with that single energy pattern till it’s at the top! When you think it’s reached the top, try and get it to go up even further.
Repeat this exercise on the next most prominent rising energy pattern you notice. And then again.
Now go practise.