Dear Gigi <3

my hands are shaking as I am writing this. I just came out of a meditation (pictures light expanding & contracting in body) & 2 minutes before the meditation ended I had to stop. My whole body was paralyzed. It was like someone had poured liquid cement into my body and as it was hardening it was trying to burst out of my body. Something wanted to burst out as if my body was an overflowing balloon of water. I had to REMIND myself to breathe because it felt like a panic attack, I thought I was going to die (mind probably took over). My arms were frozen into a weird position and my fingers were curled and it was all hard as a brick, I couldnt’ move anything or uncurl my fingers, like not even 1% they were LOCKED into position. This went on for 15 minutes as I breathed and tried to remind myself to breathe. Slowly I regained control over my body but my hands were frozen the longest, probably 25 minutes. Half an hour later they are still shaking. Any input on this?

Wow. That sounds like a very intense and scary experience, I am glad that you recovered. Now, let’s see if we can make some sense of this. I am not sure of the specific details surrounding your life at the time happened, or if there was an intention for the meditation, so I will have to speak to this situation from a general place. It may help to remember if you were going through something challenging at the time as that can be expressed in our visuals, sensations during meditation. What we experience in our inner world, and within the higher realms, can be traced back to where our consciousness was anchored. In other words, what belief systems were you referring to as your structure? By any chance were you feeling paralyzed somehow? Did you feel as though you could not move forward in an area of your life? Were you unsure, or divided, about meditation and spirituality? Also, pay attention to any intentions you set before the meditation. Were you looking to release trauma, look into a past life, or were you just free flying? Our meditations are the result of the our intentions, conscious and subconscious as well as our mood and beliefs.

Astral projection

 

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It is possible that you actually astrally projected without realizing it. Astral projection happens when our consciousness, often called astral body or light body, begins to pull itself into the higher densities. This can be done intentionally or organically when we sleep/relax. Most people associate astral projection with sleep or very focused trained meditation techniques, however, we can astrally project by accident. One of the first times I heard someone speak about astral projection was neither a dream nor focused practice. A friend once told me that he was sitting at a bar, tired and heart broken, when he suddenly found himself floating above his body. He looked down and saw his physical form sitting on the bar stool below him. He wasn’t dead, just sitting there staring off into space. Once he began analyzing what was going on he found himself back looking through his physical eyes. Although this sounds pretty spooky, astral projection is a completely normal and necessary part of life. A large portion of our being/soul resides in the higher realms and we find a great deal of meaning, healing and wisdom by exploring and saturating ourselves in the higher densities.

Even though astral projection seems pretty nebulous and non-physical it can have a paralysis effect on the body. As you begin to re-merge back in your body you can feel as though you are dead weight, heavy, much like you are full of cement. Your waking mind does not know how to process the fact that you are in two realities at once, so until you can reintegrate into you physical body it may feel frozen. I have a video that explores sleep paralysis for further information.

Sudden intense release of emotion

Another scenario is that you were in a detoxification wave, or, a period of intense emotional release and realization. Emotions can create a physiological response such as when we are unearthing deeply rooted trauma. This freezing response can happen if you are conscious of what has been stirred up, or even if we are not conscious. If we are having an emotional and physical reaction we often feel pressure, or heaviness, it in our heart, guts, or even throat. We can become waterlogged as we are called to let go of what is literally too heavy to carry. If we are in a very relaxed state it can become easier to physically take on and express our inner subtle process’. When we are in our waking state, focussed externally, it is easier to create distance from our subtle worlds thus allowing us to suppress our emotions and spirit more easily.

It should also be noted that something very interesting happens when we meditate, we relax and begin to feel the light of our soul fill us, this influx of light can push painful memories or trauma to the surface. It is like cleaning the crusted bits of scar tissue off of our heart so that it can beat with all the vim and vigour it was designed to have. This is one of the reasons why we sit in stillness, to allow ourselves to re-orient in the direction of spirit (purpose). To shed what no longer serves us and become sober to our place within the universe. If something very deep is being brought forward it can feel like you are unable to move as you re-live an emotional energy that created a lot of pain in your past. This may be in this life or even other lives. Light, which can be experienced emotionally as love, is one of the best detoxifiers around and anything that is not light will be purged. It is extremely rare for a spiritual/emotional release to be as visceral and heavy as you have expressed, we often naturally metabolize our releasing so that we are not so consumed by it, but it is possible.

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Perhaps the most important dynamic to discuss it not what was happening, but how to have a bit more control over this if it is to happen again. Always keep in the back of your mind that fear will seize you up and make things heavy while love will create ease, openness, strength and flexibility. This happens in our physical body as well, if we are in resistance to the flow life, if we refuse to adapt, change and open to the unknown we begin to seize up. If we are trying to control when we should be allowing our higher-self to step in, we will lose our flexibility and fluidity, we will become weaker. On the other hand, when we begin to consciously open, relax, and let spirit fill us where we feel we are are afraid and unsure we expand, heal, glow and gain strength and flexibility. It is the same in the higher realms although the result is immediate. What we think and feel we will experience in the subtle worlds without the delays of the physical world. It can help to practice feeling love, and surrender when you come into a situation that jars you or when you feel anxiety creeping up. This will allow higher wisdom from your soul to rush into the chaos that is spinning within you. When we can begin to train ourselves to react to challenges by first becoming still conscious light it will allow us to drop the paddles and be shown the higher reason why we feel shaken.

Those would be my best approximations of what happened to you. Thank you for your support.  If anyone reading this has had a similar experience, or some further insight please comment below!

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This was a great read, thank you! Although, in regards to my circumstance, it has inspired more questions than answers. When I meditate (which isn’t very often because of this sensation I’m about to explain) my inner eye or inner self/being, starts to spin like a tornado. My body doesn’t move, just my inner vision. It stops when I open my eyes, but I’d really like to meditate lol. The motion starts off slow, then speeds up so fast I want to vomit! I’ve asked meditation teachers about why this happens & how to overcome it, & they (3 of… Read more »

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Chelsea

Nicole – I’ve experienced the same thing!!!! I haven’t met anyone who also experiences this. I too have always pulled back from the sensation once it starts because it kind of overwhelmes me and I get dizzy. I’ve felt it as if my “astral/inner body” is rotating counterclockwise or also in an up and down motion as if my body is rolling (that movement) in place. It starts off slow – like I’m on a boat or I am floating and then when it starts to intensify I pull back. I’ve even thought it might just be a hallucination from… Read more »

annon
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annon

ive felt the exact same thing that you are describing but i felt like i had to pull back because it felt as though my mind was slipping away if that makes sense.

Nicole
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Nicole

I definitely need to appreciate & play with this sensation. I always resist as soon as it starts. It’s been happening for years (since the beginning of my meditation practice) so I obviously need to surrender. The importance of grounding has only become clear to me in recent months, & I do separate grounding meditations. Would likely benefit me if I grounded more often, & before each meditation. Thanks Gigi! & Chelsea, I had to laugh while reading your comment, I know exactly what you’re feeling! The vibratory state feels like a subtle buzzing all over at first, it intensifies,… Read more »

Cari Craig
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My Shamanic teacher, Char Sundust once told me when that happens, when your hands curl like that in paralisis, as I have seen it happen before in a student of her’s. That it is some unexpressed creativity. That you are highly creative and need to express it basically. Highly sensative as well!

Kristijan
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Kristijan

Hi, could you please tell me more about the “That it is some unexpressed creativity. That you are highly creative and need to express it basically. Highly sensative as well!”. I want to know more as i experience that every time i meditate.

Evelyn
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Evelyn

Maybe what you were experiencing is the sensation of merkaba. It is the vehicle in which our spirit bodies travel. For some reason you might be tapping into this frequency, maybe next time listen a tune in a little longer to see where it takes you (only if you are ready{fearless})

Tonie
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Tonie

For the first time i think it was the night before i began to meditate but this time round it kicked in as soon as i closed my eyes, i meditate quite oftenly anyways but this time was so different, i could feel a presence sat in between my legs i was unable to close them and then i felt it rise up to where my hands were and i could feel my hands ajusting to someone holding them. Throughout this entire experience my body was asleep but my mind stayed awake. I felt the sensation of my body falling… Read more »

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Maryam

OH MY GOD! I had a FEELING this message would get answered. I just felt it. I wrote to you, and I let it go. I knew it would come. This is so spot on. I was/is in a period of detoxification. Meeting myself deeper. Releasing. I had set the intention (way before the meditation) that I am ready to meet ALL of me. I am ready to step into my power. In hindsight I can see that my meditation experience was providing just that. I remember telling myself to ‘surrender’ to ‘allow’ – but it was the first experience… Read more »

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Rossalia

Hi Gigi, I came across your YouTube videos as I was trying to find something about the Pleiadians as I have been having contacts with them via astral travelling( I had no idea they existed). So thank you so much for your awesomeness, I have been learning great things from you, I hope you can feel my love and gratitude.

What type of meditation would you recommend? Do you do mantras, kundalini breathing or just a calm meditation music? ????❤️

Karen
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Karen

Hi, I had to comment on this article because the hand thing happened to me during a guided chakra cleansing meditation! My hands/arms started tingling then I felt a ball of continuous pressure surround my hands as if someone was holding my hands and applying pressure and some fingertips felt addt’l pressure. I felt a sensation in my lower arms and lower back, too. At the same time a deep warmth appeared in my stomach/chest/throat area. My hands, I couldn’t move or feel normally, but I sensed that the fingers moved into the shapes of claws, as if I were… Read more »

David
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David

Hello I from a very young age 5 have worked with healing it was a family gift and some thing i have always loved. Blessed all my family was very open about it. I am know 47yo and has so many amazing thing happen over my life. I work with reiki the 20years and its become a dear friend to me. I would like to share this with you all. You cover many topics but good place to start is understandings there are some keys words most seem to miss and they can be the most help on your path.… Read more »

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John

Hi There, I have experiences now that don’t even need to be in meditation, at night in bed. I can’t sleep and my body moves in a series of movements and stretches almost like I am being aligned, like “sacred surgery” which is what I thought I had experienced in the fall when doing ayahuasca in Costa Rica. This happens more frequently now with the increasing energies in our world and I also think I am getting downloads into my body through my fingers, palms and crown chakra and the third eye. All pretty cool, hopefully the purpose will be… Read more »

Cammy
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Cammy

Felt just like this when I practiced receiving Source energy from a book called Divine Healing Hands. Also experienced a similar feeling when I was being hugged by an angel — was so emotional, i was frozen, crying, purging so much grief and sadness and feeling true love and happiness from my guides. It was during a dark time in my life, but also a time period in which I began to learn more about spirit guides, angels, synchronicities, etc. The sensations began when I stood up to thank my angels and extended my arms to hug them. It was… Read more »

Siv
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Siv

Interesting article! As a child and teenager, I had many “sleep paralysis”, but I’ve never quite found the explanation to these sensations. They were quite terrifying! I could feel the paralysis coming right before I went to sleep – it was as though someone was standing in the room with me. I felt I was dragged out of my body, while hearing an “electrical, humming pulse” in my head. The humming would get louder and louder, till it stopped, I “fell” down and my whole head was pulsating – and hurting. I was so afraid! This process would repeat itself… Read more »

Seumas
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Seumas

Yes. This is an excerpt from a book by Susan Brinkman. Why are the Catholic alternatives superior? ‘If one is living in the present moment in the presence of God, there is no need for a Buddhist practice like mindfulness. These Christian practices far surpass these merely human-based methods and actually draw us into the presence of God, where we can find authentic peace and healing. Instead of a momentary escape from anxiety, the Christian alternative offers a real solution to anxiety and a permanent transformation. One practice is a quick fix; the other is a long-term opportunity for exponential… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Hello, A couple of weeks ago I had an incredible experience while following a guided meditation. This was not the first time I had done this particular meditation, I use guided meditations frequently, along with just sitting in a contemplative state. I do want to say that I am quite new to this way of thinking, what i am going to refer to as the New Age. I found Gigi on youtube while looking for information on what happens to our souls when we die. The desire to search was a result of losing a sister. On this particular day,… Read more »

Dylan
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Dylan

Last night while participating in an a cannabis ceremony rooted in ancient tradition I had this same experience. I got into a very deep place and saw the light of atoms in the peak of my experience. After I came down from what I would explain as the deepest reaches of the ceremony my hands were completly curled up and stuck in this position. They were buzzing to the point that it was uncomfortable. As a result I opened my eyes and used each hand to slowly pry my fingers upwards. Slowly I began to regain control of them. It… Read more »

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Skylight

Hi. Since it hasn’t been mentioned I felt I should add what these symptoms may indicate from a medical/health perspective (that is, if the individual is also breathing rapidly and shallowly while these sensations occur) . If one does not pay attention to their breathing, and begins to hyperventilate (breath rapidly and shallowly – which often occurs during anxiety) you will get an imbalance of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the circulatory system which can result in numbness and tingling in the fingers, toes, and lips, and sometime will progress to the point of cramping, numbness, and tingling in these… Read more »

Shavvon Ekle
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Shavvon Ekle

When I got out of meditation when I move my left arm it feels heavy I can still move it but it hurts when I do. It’s like it half paralyzed. I don’t know what it means it’s just one body part which is weird

Arun Rashaile
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Arun Rashaile

My legs are paralised after doing meditation is this bad symptom or good symptom plz help me