How to Stop Headaches Caused by Meditation

Headaches and pressure in the head are common problems for meditators. This article explains the cause and describes an easy, effective method for getting rid of them.

By humanbeing

This article is reprinted from Spiritual Awakening.

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING is sometimes accompanied by a physical feeling of energy flowing through the body or building up around the crown and third eye chakras. This feeling is one of the most common symptoms of spiritual awakening. I personally struggled with this pressure for a very long time until i finally figured out how to deal with it in a way that upgraded my whole energy body and prepared my nervous system to channel more energy than before. There is a big chance that you will benefit from my experience, but i will also list suggestions from other people who encountered the same symptom.

Why do we feel this energy pressure in the first place? Once we are spiritually awake, the upper chakras (crown and third eye) start to open first, and this causes the channeled energy to accumulate around the head, causing a very strong pressure that can be painful at times. Eventually the throat chakra and the heart chakra begin to open too, and this may lead to feelings of energy flushing through your heart or throat. Pressure always means resistance; it means that there is something you are not allowing or some physical tension that you are not relaxing. It may also mean that you are controlling your life instead of allowing it to naturally flow and unfold.

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Now, if you are one of those who struggle with such symptoms, here is a meditation that helped me a lot. Note that this meditation can be adjusted to suit your own needs and your own experience. Be your own judge.

Step one: Sit in a very comfortable position and make sure that you will not be disturbed for at least ten minutes. The position of your hands does not matter.

Step two: Breathe mindfully and take 3 or 4 deep breaths. Feel and follow your breath as it goes in and out at a very slow pace.

Step three: Turn your attention to the pressure around your head but without any focus. Do not try to force it to move or spin. Just relax your head, your lips, your jaw, your forehead, and the back of your head. Do it gently and slowly, no rush.

Step four: Think of the pressure as water and of yourself as a sponge. Slowly absorb the pressure into the area that connects your head with your neck (the upper part of your neck). Feel it moving down through your neck very slowly.

Step five: Start turning your attention to the area between your neck and shoulders. The pressure will spread out there moving through your shoulders. Feel it filling your shoulders and arms.

Step six: At this point you should already be feeling less pressure around your head. Now absorb more of this energy into your upper back and chest. Feel it move down gently and slowly until it reaches your feet and then out into the earth.

End your meditation once you feel that the energy is evenly distributed across your body. Think of your energy body as one big expanding chakra surrounding your whole physical body. Allow it to get bigger and bigger.

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Note: If you feel better during the meditation, it is recommended that you do it on a daily basis until the energy stays centered and balanced all the time.

Other suggestions: The following suggestions came from many spiritual teachers. They work for some, so in case the meditation does not help, you can try these techniques.

Know that the tools spoken of here are aimed to quicken your progress. If you can handle the pressure or if you enjoy its presence then do not fear anything, because eventually the energy will work its way, other chakras will purify and open on their own, and the energy will eventually flow in balance. Thank you!

Love & Light…

This article was originally published on Spiritual Awakening on October 25, 2012.
Copyright © 2012 humanbeing.


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This page was first published on January 7, 2016, last revised on April 4, 2019, and last republished on October 16, 2020.



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