A good friend and meditation student of mine asked me an excellent question. The question came right after I was telling him a story about an epiphany I just had about the spiritual path. As I look back I am sure the story may have even prompted his question. Anyway here is the question.
“I always focus on clearing my mind and listening to the inner sound during meditation. When I hear the inner sound (aum vibration) I know I am grounded. If I hear it loudly and it feels like I am floating, this is even better. I never have visions or other experiences during meditation and I never thought anything about it. Now I’m beginning to wonder, Do you think my expectations are too low, just being satisfied with what I have? Should he be working harder? If so how?”
This is an excellent question. Hearing the inner sound is great. Most people do not practice enough to have that experience. And even if you don’t hear the inner sound, coming out feeling relaxed and refreshed is wonderful. Of course you know that quite often we can get answers and mysterious guidance after meditating as we move in our world, that we just did not have prior to meditating. I know for a fact you have had this experience many times. But you want to know should you be expecting and working towards more and seeing things within.
My answer is yes. When I first began to meditate I expected to go deep and see things within. I was determined, and it happened. Part of the reason was my belief and expectation. I romanced the idea of traveling to higher regions and having visions of those regions. You have to remember that expecting is more than just wanting. You have to convince your mind that in your world magic happens and you get answers from within. There are many ways of doing this. One way is to watch movies and reading books that depict such things and remind you that you are spiritually connected. When you listen to my tapes and stories identify with them like it is you and more than possible in your world to have the same experiences. In addition to this you can not be attached to having deep experiences. If you are too attached, you will become frustrated if it does not happen right away. So the idea is to convince yourself of the possibilities more and more. Identify with traveling deep in meditation and having inner experiences and visions from God. Believe in it and at the same time don’t worry about if and when it happens. Then you just continue to meditate like you have been doing.