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 <aelindem...@yahoo.com> wrote:
From: Ari <aelindem...@yahoo.com>
Subject: [Zen] EGO
Date: Wednesday, 11 August, 2010, 3:45 AM
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!