I've been practicing meditation for a few months now. At first, I found it difficult to clear my mind of worries and paranoia, as I find myself to be a rather anxious person (hence one of the reasons I decided to practice meditation in the first place). As time progressed, it became easier and easier to focus my mind on a singular "point" within my mind's eye. It's difficult to describe what I mean by that, but... When I focus on this "point," there is a kind of tingling sensation within the center of my brain. The only similar occurrence I can relate this to is the feeling you get when one of your limbs falls asleep. It's similar to that "pins and needles" feeling, but it's more pleasant and warm, as opposed to cold and annoying.
I feel as though that's a normal state of mind and body while in meditation. That's not the phenomenon this post is about, though.
With the onset of this tingling sensation, I often find myself in a very vivid visualization. I don't think about anything because my mind is blank. The visualization just comes to me without me having to think about it... If that makes sense. Another oddity regarding these visualizations is that they all appear in the same exact setting every single time, and I can't seem to relate it to anything in my natural life.
The visualization: It is always night. There's not a cloud in the sky, and the moon is either a crescent or full (typically full). The "ground" is not composed of dirt or grass, but rather an incredibly smooth, infinitely long, infinitely wide slab of seemingly unbreakable onyx which shines under the moonlight. Various colored (red, green, blue, gold, and white) sparks of energy (or perhaps flying bugs) randomly float about this endless, flat plane as fireflies would in a forest. Sometimes there is an owl, which flies across the sky, and usually in front of the moon. In a few of these visualizations, I have also seen what resembles the northern lights, but more of a rainbow spectrum than a mostly green one.
Would anyone have any insight to this? It seems like an odd "happy place," considering I've never even conceived something like it by myself. It's like the imagery just flowed into my mind while I was meditating once, and it's been reoccurring ever since.
I'm not an expert, but my guess is that it may just be your happy place. A place you unconsciously created for you to escape to, to be at peace and serenity. I'm sorry it's not a grande explanation but that is one great visual you have there!
It's possible that you are blending something from a past life with something you had seen once in this life (it could have been when you were little) that you liked or gave you comfort and possibly with a dream or dreams that you may have had but never remembered.
Yeah, I suppose it must be. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I created this post, but I guess I thought that was a very odd "happy place," and was wondering if anyone else had experienced a setting as unnatural. When most people discuss meditation, I usually hear of settings such as "floating among the clouds," "sitting by a stream in a forest," "relaxing on a beach," etc. Thanks for your input :).
I say go with it. What comes from within and without as we meditate are extensions of ourselves and parts of ourselves. If this is the manifestation of your sacred inner space, so be it. It is wonderful, beautiful and magical. Just like someone else's clouds, and someone else's streams. I bet you would excel at guided imagery, which would be most excellent for you to look into.
actually ive seen a very simular place when i have gone deep in meditation. but without the moon light or fire fly looking orbs, but there is light im not sure where it comes from, but as far as the ground its more like a floor very similsr to what you described. and the sky is dark like the floor.but with depth
I do not find this odd at all. Our subconscious minds can do a lot more than people realize. If this place comes to you often during meditation, I would explore it more deeply. It could be a place you created subconsciously to give you a bit of a respite. But it could also be a visualization of your subconscious and how it works (if that makes sense). I personally would explore every inch of it, and take notes upon returning. See if anything stands out or has meaning to you.