RE: I have a jhana focal point in the back of my head

Bruce Bentz, modified 1 Month ago at 5/2/22 1:00 AM
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I have a jhana focal point in the back of my head

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Hello,
I've been meditating for 4 years and for most of that time I've noticed a focal point in the back of my awareness.  I can direct pleasurable sensations and other meditation energy to this focal point and it dramatically increases their energy.  I was just recently told that this is an unconventional way to the first jhana.  
Is there a name for this focal point?
I was told that Daniel Ingram knows all about this and I should ask him.  Of course, how to do this was not specified, and I can't seem to find his email address lying about.
Are there other authors that I can ask about this phenomena?
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Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö, modified 1 Month ago at 5/2/22 1:07 AM
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RE: I have a jhana focal point in the back of my head

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If you are referring to the back of your head as in the title, that's where the pineal gland is located. 
B B, modified 1 Month ago at 5/2/22 7:38 PM
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RE: I have a jhana focal point in the back of my head

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Hi Bruce, more details would be helpful. Where exactly in the back of your head is this focal point? An illustration would be ideal. It could be the crown chakra.

Incidentally, the cyclic energy associated with the nanas has recently shifted for me so that it's now moving through the crown, and when fruitions occur, the energy jumps back to the upper part of the parietal lobe region. There's also a build up of energy in the frontal lobe above the third eye chakra. For years the energy would first gather in the prefrontal cortex and then expand around to the sides (temporal lobes) before jumping back after a fruition. I'm not sure what to make of this. It seemed that the cycling shifted to the crown only after a certain degree of nondual perception was locked in. It would be interesting if the crown chakra was already opened for you after 4 years.

I feel sensations of energy or pressure in different regions depending on the jhana, which are of course very closely associated with the vipassana nanas and cycling. For me, first jhana corresponds to a build up of energy at the prefrontal region, just behind the middle of the brow bone (i.e. third eye chakra). "The back of the head" could correspond to 7th or 8th jhana, 1st, 6th, 7th, or 8th pure land jhana, depending on the precise location of energy. This is just based on my experience with (light) jhanas. I suspect it would be easier to use the energy you're experiencing as a gateway to one of these jhanas, depending on its exact location. For example, with the energy gathered at the upper parietal lobe for me, it's actually straightforward to jump into a light 4th pure land jhana, because the location of the energy in that jhana is at that region.
Bruce Bentz, modified 1 Month ago at 5/3/22 1:05 AM
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RE: I have a jhana focal point in the back of my head

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Hi there.  If I close my eyes and try to locate the focal point it would be about 6 inches behind the back of my head.  But in my awareness I don't have a solid feeling for where the back of my head is.  Moving backwards past my ears things get to be a bit nebulous.  But if I had to point to it, it's about 6 inches behind me centered a little bit higher than a line drawn straight from the middle of my eyes directly behind me.

This focal point started to appear about a year after I started meditating.  It was intermittent, but over time I developed it such that I can call it up at will.  I have general pleasant sensations arise during meditation and when I link them such as breathing into this focal point the piti really starts to rise.  I was on a retreat a few days ago and really tried to pour on the energy and the piti generated was very powerful.  I could only do this for a few minutes and then had to pull back and rest.

I've also linked this focal point to some of my vipassana meditations and also have seen an increase in intensity of the meditation.
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Sigma Tropic, modified 1 Month ago at 5/3/22 12:53 AM
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RE: I have a jhana focal point in the back of my head

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Bruce, I would listen to the wisdom within yourself. You have the answers to your own questions. 

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