Yoga Nidra – Part 3 | Stage 5: intensification of feeling & Stage 6: story visualization

Stage 5: intensification of feeling

Now you should try to create feelings to the best of your ability.

Feel coldness in your whole body.

Feel a shivering sensation in the spine.

Your whole body is being chilled as though you are lying in snow.

Carry on for a short time . . .

Then feel heat in the whole body . . .

Feel that your body is glowing with intense heat.

Your body is enveloped with an atmosphere of heat.

The heat permeates the whole body.

Carry on in this manner for a short time . . .

Then try to remember any excruciating pain that you have experienced.

Re-experience it.

Feel the pain in the whole body or in a specific part.

Feel the pain so much that you seem to start shuddering . . .

Carry on . . .

Then remember and re-experience intense pleasure.

Relive it.

Feel the ecstasy of the pleasure . . .

Let all associated thoughts arise unobstructed.

Experience this pleasure for a minute or so.

Stage 6: story visualization

Try to visualize clearly the following story.

It is early in the morning.

You are walking along a beach beside the sea.

You are alone and no one else is on the beach.

Listen to the sound of the waves pounding on the beach.

The sun has not yet risen but it is partly light … it is the twilight period between night and day.

Slowly walk along the beach watching the waves and the gradual change in colour of the clouds on the horizon.

Feel your feet sink into the soft, cool sand.

The whole environment is permeated with peace.

You begin to have strange feelings about eternity and infinity … unspeakable intuitions.

Continue and feel the bliss of Aum, without a care in the world.

Eventually you reach a shore temple, a very old dark temple.

Slowly walk into the temple.

The atmosphere is pervaded with the smell of incense.

Inside many people are sitting and chanting the mantra Aum.

You sit down beside them.

Close your eyes.

Begin to chant Aumin harmony with the other people.

Your whole being is pervaded with Aum. . . Aum-Aum-Aum-Aum-Aum-Aum. . .

Continue and feel the bliss of Aum.

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