Do you see colors when you meditate? Many people report seeing colors when they close their eyes and meditate.
Often, during moments of deep meditation, some people will see intense visions. Others will have feelings or sensations they are unfamiliar with. So what does it mean?
Don’t Get Too Distracted
The answer to this question is not so straight forward. In some cases, the meaning of the colors and visions you see relates to the meditation path or tradition you belong to.
In many traditions, seeing different colors in meditation is a sign of your progress. In other traditions, certain colors are a sign of healing.
However, there is near universal agreement on this point. Don’t get too focused on the colors. It can become a distraction and derail your meditation practice if you spend too much time focusing on the colors. It’s best to let the colors come and let them go.
Remember, in the end, what happens between meditations—how you live your life—is the most important factor in evaluating your progress. After meditating, are you calmer, less reactive, and more compassionate with yourself and others? These may be more important questions to consider when evaluating your progress.
But what do other meditation teachers have to say on the topic?
What The Meditation Teachers Say:
Deepak Chopra, in the “Ask Deepak” section of his Chopra Center website recommends that you don’t pay attention to the colors or shapes you see while meditating. He says that they are a distraction and will dilute the effectiveness of your practice. The Chopra Center explains:
Seeing colors during meditation is a common, healing experience. According to Ayurveda and other Eastern healing systems, each color relates to a specific chakra or energy center in the body, so when you see a given color, it means that healing is taking place in that area of the body. If you see green colors, for example, your heart chakra is being rejuvenated and renewed. Visions of blue indicate that the throat chakra area is healing itself.
When Buddhist Spiritual Master, Anandmurti Gurumaa was posed with the same question, she responded:
When you sit and find this [colored] light coming to you, well… it is nothing very spectacular. It is a very normal thing. Many aspirants find these colors, see these colors. It is a sign that somehow the concentration level has gone to the occipital lobe in your brain and that is why these different colors can be seen by the person who is meditating.
In an article on the stages of progress in meditation, Bodhipaksa, a Buddhist teacher and author, says:
You may begin to notice unusual things – like a delightful sense of rhythm in your breathing, or the way in which your body subtly moves in response to your heartbeat. These are signs that you are developing more concentration and awareness in meditation, and you would be wise to pay attention to such experiences. Some of the things you might experience might seem a little odd. A common example is seeing patterns of moving lights. This is a good sign, in that you are moving into a deeper state of concentration. But it’s best not to pay much attention to those lights or they will turn into a distraction and slow your progress.
So, if you see colors when you meditate, don’t be alarmed. It is common and may signal that your body is healing. Try not to be distracted by the colors. Instead, like everything else you experience in meditation, it’s best to accept them and let them be.