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Thank you very much Benjamin for sharing your experience, of course! everything helps, thank you!Hi Jess. I know exactly what you are referring to! I've had this happen to me many many times back during my Qi Gong days. Here is my experience with this.
During a (sitting) Qi Gong practice, sometimes it would be just my neck that would rotate (in either direction) but most of the time it would be complete upper body like in the video, but usually much wider circles. Sometimes when it was just my neck, it would start out slowly and speed up, and then stop at a certain point and would hold there and give a good stretch to the muscles or my throat, and then would move very slowly to stretch the rest of my neck, then stop on the opposite side and stretch some more for awhile then sometimes go back continuing to stretch or just continue the rotating. If it was my torso, it would do the same. It would create wide circles and sometimes stop me and stretch my sides or (the ones I really hated) would lay me out on my back but keep me from going completely down and leave me there. I understood it to mean that I needed to work on my abdominal muscles. Needless to say, I didn't last very long in that position!
During our Qi Gong group practices, we sat on stools without arms or a back because stools were cheep, and that this was well known to happen. Our instructor even built a special stool for himself that would rotate (like sitting on a lazy susan) because, as he told us, the Qi wanted to move him in a 'spinning' motion, and during the practice, he would spin slowly in one direction or another (he used his feet to move himself, btw, in whatever direction he could feel he needed to go). It happened to many of us there.
I've even felt it myself during the EE practice but because of the movements of the practice I don't allow myself to 'listen' to it.
When it happened back in the day, I wasn't moving myself... well, I'm wasn't 'willing' my body to move. I felt a 'force?', 'energy?', 'gravitational field?' subtly 'push/pulling' me in a direction and in order for it to have an effect, I would have to move my body in tune with its direction until it became strong enough that I didn't have to exert much effort. It was kinda self sustaining but only as long as I kept practising the breathing. There was a mental aspect to it too that if I 'followed the feeling' it stopped. I could also end it whenever I wanted.
I don't know why this happens and I can't really remember the answers that were given at the Qi Gong class so I won't muddy the waters here guessing at a conclusion. However, I would like to make an possible link in another way. I remember reading about the beginnings of Laura's communications with the C's where the 'pointing device' would make endless circles on the board. When she inquired about this the answer was something like 'building energy'. I wonder if these experiences are of a similar explanation? I also wonder if it may have something to do with 'balancing'?
From what I have been told and experienced myself, it's harmless. It may be uncomfortable but from my memory the only danger people got into was when they fell off their stool from moving so fast sometimes, but even that was rare because they usually stopped it before it got out of control (with the side affect of feeling quite dizzy after the abrupt end). I've never heard a report of someone seriously injuring themselves from this. It doesn't seem to 'work that way' as if it knows one's limits but might still push them a bit, at least, that is my experience with this. I'd say if it happens, great. If it doesn't, great. It's still the practice that matters. Hope this helps!
I have little experience meditating, at least 10 years ago I practiced a few times a month meditation with a group that practiced what they said the teachings of the Essenes, and basically an instructor led you to relax and connect with the christic flame in your heart, that's what they said. Just as they said that Christ was coming back and that they were preparing to receive him. I used to relax a lot with this. I did it basically because my ex-boyfriend belonged to that group, and I went with him, I also learned a lot of things about natural medicine.
This weekend I got the idea to do the pipe breathing during my driving practice, because I was stressed out driving and I thought it would just relax me, (I had always felt more comfortable driving on the back roads and within a small area, and I stopped driving years ago, and a year ago I got back into the car)
it's was a big mistake not to read in more detail this thread about what Nienna says about: "Pipe breathing will bring up repressed memories/emotions..."
I mean I was wrong, but I wouldn't have known if I hadn't, I had no idea of the severe panic attack and borderline crying fit that was going to break out while driving with my husband and daughter, fortunately I somehow got through it without it getting so out of control that it caused an accident. I feel it was a very stupid thing for me to do, I guess you learn by being wrong too.That would be my advice. As you know, we do recommend doing the Beatha part of EE only twice a week for the very reason of what you are experiencing. After taking a break, I think it would be good if you only do the Beatha portion twice a week. Pipe breathing will bring up repressed memories/emotions, only at a slower more tolerable pace, making it easier to deal with them.
Good luck and take care, placematt.
So, now I understand that then it could be better doing the meditation practice in a private and safe place.
I can't really explain it much because, at least in this life I don't remember having a trauma due to a traffic accident, but if it is possible that in another life it could have happened then it might make sense that irrational fear of driving. When I managed to park the car and everything ended well, I felt as if I had suffered a traumatic experience, my legs were shaking and I felt agitated.
Thank you, there is no other way but to move forward, so I guess I'd better do EE at least once a week, giving myself time to process.