Brain loop

tony tony, modified 1 Year ago at 1/12/23 10:54 PM
Created 1 Year ago at 1/12/23 10:54 PM

Brain loop

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Hi everyone,

While dreaming I found myself doing some insight practice, investigating the three characteristics etc. when suddenly something tripped in my brain and my vision and audition started looping like a broken record. I have never had any epileptic seizures but if I had to take a guess it would feel like this. It scared the hell out of me so I quickly snapped out of this state and woke up.

I'm worried that it could cause serious brain damage if I stay in that kind of state for too long. Any thoughts?
George S, modified 1 Year ago at 1/13/23 10:05 AM
Created 1 Year ago at 1/13/23 10:05 AM

RE: Brain loop

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I doubt that meditation can cause brain damage. If you are seriously concerned you can get a brain scan to check for any underlying physical problems (yes, I've resorted to that twice before!) I usually find these kind of dramatic & scary experiences purifying ... if I can stay with them despite the fear. Without knowing anything more about your practice it's hard map things precisely, but you could consider the standard sequence of a dramatic A&P experience being followed by dissolution and then knowledge of fear (& sadness & disgust, i.e. dukkha nanas). When meditators try to avoid such experiences then it's common to get stuck in some low level version of the A&P -> DN cycle ("dark night yogi") until they finally embrace them and settle into equanimity.