Though I myself have not gone through the same nightmare, it reminds me of a 
Buddha saying that practice should not be carried out in a too tense way. The 
strings of the musical instrument should not be too tight or too loose. 
Sakyamuni himself experienced a feeling like having a being inside his body 
trying to tear his insides apart, when he did the extreme meditation. So try 
going the 'middle way'.

--- On Wed, 11/8/10, Ari <> wrote:

From: Ari <>
Subject: [Zen] EGO
Date: Wednesday, 11 August, 2010, 3:45 AM


Dear all, 
Recently I went to a spiritual retreat, and decided to intensify my meditation 
practice and other aspects of having a mindful life. 
I was then beset by one of the  worst nightmares I've ever had, where I was 
being chopped to bits by a hacksaw. The last line in the nightmare was "and 
it's not a dream this time" at which I woke up, to, indeed find that it was a 
There is nothing so drastic in my personal life. My personal life is pretty 
mundane with not many conflicts at the moment. 
I wonder if Ego sent me the dream, to keep me from intensifying my practice?  
There have been other times in the past where I would get nightmares right 
after I had determined to intensify my practice. 
ANY opinions, welcome. 
I'm going to go about my meditation, and not let the dream freak me out, but 
really, would not like to have another one! 

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