Lately I’ve ramped up the amount of time I spend meditating to a whopping 20 minutes! That’s 10 minutes in the morning, and 10 minutes at night. Not much compared to monks who meditate for hours a day, but hey it works for me.
This morning I decided to go for a 15 minute meditation sitting, and I started noticing blue colors under my eyelids where it’s supposed to be red. After some quick internet research, I found some interesting ideas I’d like to share, though I’m not sure any of them actually apply to me. More on that later.
‘The’ Blue Pearl
There’s a lot of names for this phenomenon, but after 5 exhausting minutes of research I’ve concluded that “the blue pearl” is probably the most common. This pearl manifests itself as a blue light appearing under your eye lids, or in spectacular conditions, may remain when you open your eyes. It most often occurs during meditation or other spiritual practices.
It’s supposed to mean something pretty great. Here are some of the explanations I’ve found:
- A sign of enlightenment
- Is literally the soul itself
- Is a chance to do inter-dimensional spiritual travel (sweet!)
- Awakening kundalini energy
- Random neuronal firing
- A sign of your spirit guides
So, in my case, we can definitely rule out a few of the options. First of all, I’m not enlightened – that’s for sure. And I didn’t do any wicked sweet Beavis and Butthead channel surfing style spiritual travel either. Never contacted any spirit guides. It could be one of the other options, but I tend to doubt anything too grandiose because I’ve only been meditating for about six months now.
Apparently this blue pearl thing is really powerful. I read a story about a devout guru who opened his eyes and saw a blue wave of energy, which he was able to enter and do some spiritual cruising for awhile. I’m definitely not quite there yet.
Nevertheless, there is something about it that leads me to believe it isn’t just a random phenomenon.
‘My’ Blue Pearl
I call it ‘my’ blue pearl because I’m not sure it’s actually the blue pearl. It’s definitely nothing like what the guru experienced. No spiritual Disneyland for me, unfortunately, but I’ll try to describe it to the best of my ability.
When I begin meditating, my eyes are usually closed or half closed. Unless I’m in pitch dark, that means I can see the red of my eyelids and not much else. If I sit there and get peaceful enough, I’ll have this amorphous blob of cobalt blueness start filtering in. It doesn’t really feel like anything or do anything, but it seems like the more at peace I am, the more blue I see. My meditation this morning really reflected this particularly well.
Like I said earlier, I sat for an additional five minutes in meditation this morning. So I was sitting there painfully switching off legs for the half-lotus position, feeling like a terrible wannabe meditator when I started seeing some blueness. It was around the 10 minute mark. In the middle of praying for my alarm to go off and relieve me from the pain, I had a Zen-like idea enter my mind. “Be one with the pain…” Kind of like a line from a really bad kung-fu movie. And so I did.
I stopped fighting it and just accepted it. And at that moment it was transformed, and the blue blob I’d been staring at on the back of my eye lids grew in size. It looked like what happens when one puddle of water merges into another – each body of water loses its original shape and joins to become one bigger body.
This color thing almost seems like an internal guidance system for meditation or something. Red means bad, blue means good. Like a reverse-Matrix where you where the blue pill leads you to reality and the red one leaves you in delusion and suffering.
When I stopped resisting and starting accepting, I got more blue goop as a reward. I guess that means I’m on the right track.
Have You Had Any Blue Goop?
I’m wondering if anyone else has had the same type of experience. I’d love your insight into this weirdness. Let me know in the comments below!
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