When you begin to meditate for any significant length of time. You will begin to notice that there are definite Stages of Meditation that you will encounter.

In this article, I’ll go through the ones I have experienced.


When you begin to meditate, the noise of your untamed monkey-like mind is rampant. For most people, you have lived your entire life never having attempted to focus the mind.

The result is a mind untamed, and undisciplined. A Monkey like mind jumping all over the place. You need to tame the beast and bring it under control!

When you first sit down and begin a regular practice of meditation you may encounter the following stages.



1. Chaos


The mind is all over the place, trying to bring the attention to one place (breath) and hold it there seems like the hardest thing in the World. You will be shocked at how difficult it is, annoyed and disappointed in your self even.



2. Perseverance


As you keep practicing and maintain a practice of paying full attention to the FLOW of your breath. you will begin to gradually find the attention begin to settle, and thoughts begin to dissipate.

Thoughts may still arise, and the attention may waver, but time and time again you will bring it back to the flow of your breath, strengthening your concentrative powers. You will feel a subtle peace entering you as concentration improves and you maintain attention on the breath.


3. Physiological and Energetic Phenomena


As you do this you may begin to notice subtle changes, sign-posts, physiological responses along the way. For instance, your left or right ear may flutter. Your head may start to feel as if a powerful invisible force is pressing on your temples around or on the sides of your head, or between your eyes. It can feel like your head is being squeezed in a vice at times. It can be amazing and scary at the same time as the sensations are very real. Be bold, and persevere!
What is occurring is that you are clearing energy channels within your subtle body, that previously have not been consciously used. And as these channels are being cleared, you will feel these forces/pressures in and around your head.


4. Expansion of Consciousness


You may feel or hear disturbances in your room. Things may move, invisible things may touch your hair or body. You may feel taps or feel something touch you. Your head may spontaneously move to the left, or right. As if invisible hands were grabbing them and moving them. You may feel your head or body expand.
We are used to our consciousness being limited to the boundaries of one’s skin. You may literally feel your head expand. I remember the first time I experienced this deep in meditation for many hours around the age of 18.
it felt as if my head had literally expanded! With my eyes closed in focus, it felt as if my head had grown a good inch in size around in front of my forehead.
 When I opened my eyes and touched my forehead to feel if it had actually grown, my hands told me a different story, my head physically felt the same as before! Yet closing my eyes again, the sensation of my head being larger was definitely there and real! The boundaries of my consciousness usually felt to be limited by the skin had expanded beyond the boundary of my skin, and that space that it had extended to felt just like “me” I was conscious within that space… Only years later in a Seth book, did he explain the inner senses, and one in particular; The “Expansion or Contraction of the Tissue Capsule” is the sense that I inadvertently activated that night. The ability to expand or contract your energy field.



5. Diving Deeper


As your concentration improves more, other physiological changes will occur. You will notice that as your concentration and one-pointed mind becomes deeper and the thin sliver of your focused attention becomes sharper. Your body will become more and more rigid and firm. Almost as if it were dead. or as the Yogis would say, as solid as a mountain, immovable. As this happens, the attention can become extremely focused. The eyes may automatically start to slightly roll up in their sockets and point towards the point in between your eyebrows, or third eye region, and you may spontaneously feel to reposition your hands, facing up or spontaneously feel to adopt a mudra.

Jnana Mudra

Jnana Mudra

I would spontaneously adopt the Jnana Mudra even before I knew what it was. Or feel the need to reposition my hands to face outwards and up. You may hear electric like sounds to the left or right of your ears. To me, it sounds like the sound an electric generator makes from a distance, or the sound an old CRT TV emits when muted. A constant ringing in or around the ear. It will get louder and louder. You may feel your heart beating rapidly. You may feel like you are contracting within to your body. You may feel wave-like vibrations in your forehead, head or entire body, or parts of your body. You may feel that you are a tiny spark of consciousness existing as a tiny point between the eyebrows, no longer even feeling the body anymore.




6. Purification, Alignment and Synchronisation


As you go deeper, you will start feeling strong emotions, Energy. Feelings of increasing well being, Energy and Vitality. These will grow in intensity as your focus improves. It seems that the degree and quality of Vitality experienced is directly proportional to the degree and sharpness of attention. It is as if the focusing of the consciousness into ever sharper focused concentration of attention cuts through the illusionary nature of our reality and penetrates through to a deeper reality. Indeed the Heart of Being and Creation itself.
You may feel a range of intensities of sensations in and around the heart center.
You may feel the fluttering of energy, pressure or a lightness.
The intensity of the energy can grow to such a degree that at points, you may get the sensation of hearing your heartbeat very loudly in your ears.
You may feel your heart beat more intensely, at points thundering with such intensity, it can feel like its going to beat its way out of your chest.

These are all the results of the act of meditating, in clearing your energy channels. As they become purified and consciously used for the first time.
The act of meditating and focusing the attention expands them and allows for the Universal Energies to come in and flow through your energy channels.
Silencing the mind and focusing the attention allows for this to occur.

You will eventually begin to feel magnificent energies flowing through your Heart.
As the energy flowers, you will feel profound Love in your Heart center and become increasingly sensitive.
You will feel rushes of glorious ecstatic Energy rush into or out of your skull at the top of your head flowering and fractalling above you.
As if it were a thousand-petalled lotus of magnificent Divine Energy.



7. Communion at the Heart of Being


As you maintain your super focused attention and pay full attention to the breath. The noise of your thoughts has been silenced. The noise/thoughts within your electromagnetic field (aura/energy field) is cleared. Your highly focused and clear attention allows your consciousness to cut through and connect to something much larger…., what seems to happen is this immense source of Power and Energy begins to transmit incredibly powerful and profound quantities of Energy, Vitality, Unspeakable Joy and Bliss, and within the Energy is information. The information manifests as insights, realizations, illuminations. Maintain your attention and focus and go deeper still and you can commune at the heart of Being. The heart of YOUR very own Being, which is the heart of ALL Being.


There are no words that can describe this Energy. And any attempt to… feels irrelevant and pointless. There are NO words that can communicate the entire feeling of the Energy of this Source.

I can only give you a HINT, by using such adjectives as:

Incredible, unspeakable profound Glorious Love, Glory and Power.

Unspeakable Awe and Wonder of the Miracle of Existence.

Unspeakable Joy, Exaltation, and Bliss.

A Billion mental Orgasms rushing through your skull.


I remember one night when my focus was extremely sharp, I cut through the boundary and I began to sense the vast energy of it. It was as if it had to mask its total Glory from me and it instead sent out the thinnest hair width thread of energy to me. Within that tiny sliver of a hair-thin thread of Energy….. was unspeakable Glory… filling me with an indescribable Joy. Typing this out, I just cannot find the words to express what was felt within that Energy. I am not doing it justice…

Yet that was merely a hair-thin sliver of Glory transmitted to me… I felt that I could not withstand more of it! It felt like I would literally explode in an orgasm of Bliss if more Joy and its Energy were to be showered upon me. It felt like my physical form could literally not withstand greater quantities of the Energy. And that tiny hair-thin sliver of Energy is ALL I felt I could take. Yet this quantity of energy bestowed upon me was NOTHING compared to what I sensed behind the shield it had placed between me and it. It is profoundly VAST!


And even those words are shallow pathetic attempts to convey the Feeling of this Energy… It can only be felt. Its profundity cannot be communicated. There are no human words that can convey the quality and intensity of the Energy, an intensity of Emotions and feelings within it that most humans probably do not even experience in a lifetime.

I know this Energy is the Essence of our Being. The CORE of our Being. This Core of our Being is an Unspeakably Glorious Vast and Infinite Powerhouse of Creativity, Infinite Energy, and Vitality.

Ever fractalling out exploring ALL possibilities and ALL postures of Being.


For it seeks to go beyond itself… And every act, every thought you think, every movement you make, is a creative act that takes it beyond itself.

We are the portions of it that extend its experience and Being. In an eternal becoming…

It seeks to know itself, for its true nature is formless. It manifests itself within form to know itself, to go beyond itself.

We are it, and it is Us. Yet the whole is greater than its parts. The whole would not be what it is without the smaller parts.

And so it is One.

So.. be still… Pay attention to the breath…

and silence the mind.

And Dive within!

Connect to the Source and Know Thyself!


The Human Being possesses the natural ability to connect to a Universal Source.
However, we have been distracted by the wonders we behold when we peer out of our eyes.
Too distracted by the wonders of the World, and our own Technology.

When we spend time with ourselves turning our attention within, we will discover latent abilities that lie within us all, that far surpass our outward technological developments.

We hold within us natural Biotechnologies that are truly miraculous.

Re-awakening these natural abilities begins with the act of turning one’s attention inward.

When you devote significant time to exploring yourself, spending time with yourself, turning your attention inwards, then you become more and more familiar with yourself and begin to unlock these natural abilities.

The act of focusing one’s attention tunes one’s consciousness causing it to vibrate at a higher frequency.

Everything is in perpetual motion, even your own Consciousness. It vibrates whether you know it or not.
As your Consciousness increases its vibrational frequency through the act of focusing it, this then facilitates the synchronization or tuning in with this Great Source.
A Source which then transmits to you infinite quantities of Energy, Vitality, Love, and Power.
Within it lies infinite qualities and Energies, many of which are not translatable in any Human concept.

It is as if there exists invisible Energetic Super Highways and Networks that we do not see with our Eyes.
And an acutely focused Consciousness allows oneself to connect to this invisible Energetic Superhighway and Network, drawing from it all that we need for our Spiritual, Mental and Physical well being.




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11 Responses to “The Stages of Meditation”

  1. fjvergara05

    Excellent info , i am at stage 5 at the moment. But I take to long to get to that stage when I been my meditation sesions , any tips to get there faster ?

    • Ben

      Patience, no expectations, and a strong desire to understand yourself are whats required along with an open Heart and sharply focused attention to a single point.

  2. Baskar

    What is the meditation duration for each stage..? How long we generally take to reach each stage.. ? Presently I could sit for 40-45 minutes( on floor) one hour( on a sofa).. I am in stage three now. Regards R.Baskar

    • Ben

      Hi Baskar, there is no set time at each stage. All you must do is practice with zero expectations, and an open heart and mind. As you maintain your discipline and practice, you will progress naturally. It is not a race, there is no striving. Merely practice with ZERO expectations. Practice with a joyful curiousity to understand the Fabric of Existence, and the Nature of your Self.

      When you do so, you will begin to notice things and expansion is inevitable.

  3. Baskar

    All of a sudden from forty minutes. I could jump to 62 minutes of comfortable sitting. I really do not know how it happened.. Awaiting your reply on my earlier message .. Thank you..

  4. daShaman

    I have raised my energy all though these steps, its for real. The energy is indescribable, sometimes its like a clamp squeezing on the pineal gland, and sometimes its like a full on blissful trip. I have come out of them panicing, crying with joy, energetic and dancing, relaxed and content, and changed with new insight. If there is anyone who wants to learn about the real magic in the world, they must visit this page. Best of luck to everyone else trying!

  5. Zola

    So..I’m going to write this here because I don’t know where else to put it. I am new to meditation..in fact its not something that I I was actively seeking. I went on a Vapasana course in November 2017..with no experience of mediation whatsoever..I didnt even know how to sit..They had to teach me everything. On the 3-4 day something started to move within me..but I had to ignore it because they say whatever movements the body wants to do we need to ignore them and focus on teh mediation. By the end of day 4 something “cracked” or rather it was like going through a point of a needle and everything basically has not been the same since that moment. The energy in me basically started taking over (up until now as I typed this) moving me all the time..day and night. During the vapasana retreat it got so bad that it wasnt allowing me to sleep and jolting me on my frontal lobe to wake me up everytime I was going to sleep..it was so scary!!! I have never had anything like that happen to me. On the 6 or 7 day I lost control of my body..in retrospect, I think there was kind of a split that happened between who I know and have always know myself to be and this ” other ” something inside me in charge. From then on I didnt sleep for 3 days because of the immense energy moving through my whole system and especially head..so loud and gushing from a infinite source..I felt as if I could never contain so much energy…So So much..its unbelievable!!! While this was happening and firmly placing me in the “crazy people club” it started to unblock/untangle all my knots in my body, pushing me this way and that (F..K!!!) its so inteelligent and so precise..SHE knows exactly where to go and how to do it. So many other things..but they are so bizarre and I dont want to end up in the loony bin. But all you say is so true…I’m just beginning to intergrate and research about what the F..k! happened to me because life after that has not been the same at all..I cant switch it off..its constantly with me…I’ve utubed so many gurus, SwamiRama,Sahdrugu, yogis to hear what is this? I know its a great thing..but because I dont have any clue on mediation, yoga etc..it just freaked me out in the beginning. Now..I’m just learning to make friends as I have no idea how long SHE’s going to be here for and if SHE’s here for my whole life..I better get to know HER better. Shoo…Thats; actually the first time I’ve written it down….Ciao

  6. Gawayne

    Can you please explain this to me? I’m not even sure how to describe the feeling. I’m usually an anxious person, always tense and over thinking everything. At first I found meditation difficult because I would always second guess everything. I would worry that I am not doing it right. I would sike myself out on so many levels to the point where it was ridiculous. I was just creating a loop of the same doubful thoughts. One day on the train, I closed my eyes and I decided to focus on the feeling behind the negative thoughts. Although the negative thoughts were intense, the feeling beind them was very subtle, almost “slippery.” Everytime I tried to get behind a thought, the feeling would move and quickly fade. It would then reappear as quickly as it faded once I stopped focusing on it. I realized that any negative thought or insecurity could bring about the same subtle feeling so I focused on the most uncomfortable thought I could find. I then noticed that allowing/obseving the feeling without trying to grip it or actually feel it made it exist longer. I simply observed without any intention of wanting anything from it. If I siked myself out, I just acknowledged the thought and tried to located the feeling responsible for it. This is when things became weird, I started to become more and more aggitated as though my mind didn’t want me to undertand it, so I observed the feeling behind the aggitation. I wanted give up. I started sweating. I wanted to stop so bad! I just continued to let go and try to observed the feelings behind each of those negative thoughts. The more I let go and observed the feeling behind the thoughts without predjudice, the stronger the feeling became. I started to sweat even more. I started to tingle. My breathing became shallow. My body felt terrible and slightly good at the same time, mostly terrible. I felt as though there was something to break through if I could only surrender completly. I felt as though I was dying to myself. The energy was unbearable, but I knew something was at the end. I was on the train at the time with my son. In the moment I decided to not find out what was at the end. I know I was close to experiencing something amazing, but I was afraid of passing out while I had my son with me. I stopped and opened my eyes. I felt dizzy. I felt drained. I still felt a little tingly as though I were just electricuted. My body felt overloaded. For a few minutes, the my senses were off and the world seemed warped. I was still tingling all over. It was the most unbelievable feeling I’ve ever experienced. Tonight it happened again. I was meditating. I was just going for the solid mountain feeling. I like that feeling. I feel detatched and heavy. I feel REAL as though this is the REAL solid Me. That’s the best was I could describe it. I felt solid for a brief moment and then it changed into the overloading of energy feeling. This time I kept telling myself that it felt good. I didn’t lead with negativity. It eased the intensity a little. I was able to maintain the feeling for a few minutes but once again my eyes snapped open when the feeling became just too intense. It wasn’t as unbearable as the first experience on the train because I knew what to expect. I still felt the similar after effects. What am I experiencing? Should I try to break through? Is it good? Is it bad? Why do I have this sense of wanting to break through despite all of the intense thoughts pushing me away? I thought source felt good.

    • admin

      There is far more to what you are than the Self you see when you look in the mirror…

      You are taking the first steps towards discovering more of what you are.
      Congratulations. Meditation is paradoxically the most powerful and beneficial act a human being can do.

      The process is simple…
      So very, very simple, that many, many people over complicate it.

      Be still…. bring the attention to the flow of your breath….. and focus on the flow of the breath…

      Drop everything else. Be as if it was your last day on Earth.
      Release all expectations, and surrender…

      The act of focusing ones attention in this manner tunes one’s Consciousness causing it to vibrate at a higher frequency.

      You may feel many things as you practice this focusing and one pointedness of mind.
      Like a bold explorer, be brave, and dive deep. There is no bad unless you believe there is and want to experience it. You EXIST. Your existence is Good, Sacred and Holy…

      As your focus improves, you will begin to sense many, many powerful Energies. Some that may even alarm you. Be bold, and fear not. Keep your mind focused on the breath, and notice all sensations and feelings that arise, and note them and maintain your focus.

      You must hold the Core belief that you are Good and the Universe is Good.
      Trust the Powers that brought you to this life, in one piece. That grew you from the tiniest sperm and egg into the magnificent giant you are today! How can the Universe not be good? There is nothing to fear. Trust this Power that brought you here. Trust the Sacred and Holy Force that brought you here. Trust the Forces that placed you on a beautiful Paradise planet floating in an Ocean of Space… And dive deep within the mystery of yourself to uncover more of what you are…


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