So, I have been debating on posting this for a long time. You will understand here in a moment why. But I want to mention before anything else that I am explaining this experience ONLY for the reason of understanding.
I have been meditating off and on for some years now. I was reading a book on out of body experience back about 7 years ago when I got started. It had it's own ways of inducing OBE's and all that. Well to make a long story short I read that book from front to back several times making sure I understood it all.
I meditated...a LOT. I would try during the day, but at night I would lay down in bed and meditate for a minimum of 2-3 hours a night. It did me good and it never harmed anyone and I always felt rested. But I never had an out of body experience.
However there was one experience I did have and I will never forget it for the rest of my life.
So, I followed the instructions. Breathing was the biggest thing with some minor visualizations. Everything was going good and I decided to just keep meditating this night. The visualization was to imagine there is a rope above you. On every out breath you pull up on the rope to the exclusion of all other thoughts.(the idea was to pull yourself out of your body). For those of you just curious, I never made it out of my body. But as I kept pulling, one day there was this "snap" of clarity that happened. It's so hard to explain so I am going to describe it in another paragraph. That was the method.
So imagine you walk into a room and someone shuts the door on you. There is no light. By no light, I mean NO light. Complete darkness. Not even a cat could see in this room. Suddenly "snap" my vision becomes clear. So clear that clarity is being used for lack of a better term. It was like I could see in the darkness...only clearly. All I remember is looking into it and the thought "it's completely empty and infinite." Then "boom" i'm back in my bed in my body. I don't know how long I was gone or how long it took to get there. I did not track my time.
After this experience I never tried again. I could not tell you why, but I stopped meditating and attempting obe's. Maybe I became scared or maybe I became frustrated.
I picked up the book the other day and I noticed that the same ideas and techniques used to attempt obe is almost the same as the ideas and techniques used to attempt jhana.
Anyways, i've wanted to share that for a long time. Hopefully someone may be able to use this experience to understand theirs or to help in cultivation. If you would like to know more about how I did it I can post something on it. So, anyone have any idea of what that was?
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah