Halo - Mere Christianity
Jun. 20th, 2010
10:13 am - Halo
While meditating I've been experiencing pleasant tingles that run through my body and especially around my scalp. I haven't really gotten into "chakras" but I would assume that this is what they mean by the crown chakra opening. I'm sure there's a perfectly good neurophysiological reason for the tingling sensation all over my scalp, but it feels like a halo.
I know that this is not the point of meditation, but only what the old Christian contemplatives referred to as the "consolations" of God, not to be confused with God Himself.
The interesting thing is that I experience the same sort of sensation when I read a deeply significant passage of prose or poetry, or from meaningful song lyrics, or scripture, or a powerful speech. For me, it's spiritual enough. I honestly don't think I'm saintly enough to have a genuine "halo" but I wonder if this is what the old Christian paintings were trying to convey.
I'd be interested in hearing from those of you who meditate or follow a contemplative tradition if you've had a similar experience.