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So I figured out how to sit inside the flashes of silence between words/images, and expand them. That's still my entire practice - finding that silence and expanding it.
Over 70% of those in our study had difficulties, statements made on tape list these difficulties mainly as being: problems with sleeping, anguish, increasing pain in the head, stomach, and back, (compare with section 6 of this chapter), problems with concentration, hallucinations, feelings of isolation, depression, over- sensitivity, and instability. It is significant that the percentage is high in each group. This shows that even the so-called easy meditation (2x20) can lead to serious problems. This is confirmed by comparing the ordinary meditators with sidhas, T.M. teachers, and governors. 70% of ordinary meditators had experienced difficulties as a result of the meditation, 82% of insiders.
Many forms of meditation nowdays give me insomina (anything which raises my energy even just a little gives me worst insomina and can give me too much neuro stimulation). And my ability to visualise if Im trying to do any form of relaxation visualisation kind of meditation is screwed up with this illness.