That sensation of 'tilting' while sitting down

Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan) 9 years, 7 months ago

Sometimes during meditation or just randomly, I feel like the world is tilting or like gravity has shifted 30 degrees. In a way the top part of my body feels lighter the the bottom half. The sensation only goes away when I get up.

For those of you who meditate, this is similar to the feeling of your hands being much bigger than they really are.

Does anyone else experience this? I’m wondering if it’s an opening of the third eye chakra or something similar. Bizarre and enjoyable :)

October 8, 2012 at 11:09 am
ZionBorn (89) (@irievibes) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

I know this feeling exactly. Something about it just feels right, or strangely familiar. It always happens when I’m very relaxed and sitting down like you. It kind of feels like my consciousness is slightly above my head too, if that makes any sense.

Such a weird phenomenon! I wish there was an explanation for this.

Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

Could it be that you’re regulating your blood flow and feel the weight of it?

Aline (22) (@aleen) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

Maybe during the relaxation/meditation, your physical body starts to sleeping so your astral body is more “awaken” and you feel lighter…?
For the big hands, i think it’s the same thing as precedently, you start to feel the astral body (which is much bigger than your physical body).

R.V. Star (151) (@rickvonstar) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@jordan, I’ve experienced this, but not when meditating. Also sometimes I feel like I’m walking on a ceiling, not the “ground.”

Cody (472) (@versai) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

I meditate lying down, and feel something similar to what you’re describing, except equally along the length of my body. To me it’s like a swirling, upward-spiraling feeling. I have to let it wash over me, but I’m getting better lately at forcing it. I use it to help forget my physical location; like a spinning dizziness, it bears way to a more transparent awareness.

If what we’re describing is the same, then I think it would have to do with our perception of gravity. When lying, I feel the difference along my back and above my body. Sitting upright, I’d imagine my head would feellike a dandelion swaying from the stem in a light breeze.

Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

I thought this was normal when meditating? I feel that stuff often, and I’ve been experiencing it occasionally for as long as I can remember, not only in meditation.

I don’t think it’s an opening of a chakra, more like bodily awareness.
In my experience, opening a chakra is quite an unmistakable feeling, and it doesn’t have such strange side-effects.

Do you ever get that feeling that everything is rotating while you meditate? I find it very similar to this tilting phenomenon, and the upside-down phenomenon, the floating feeling, and the tingles and vibrations and other “strange” meditative sensations in general.

My (verily unqualified) theory on this stuff is that it’s simply a reaction to dissociation from the body, you lose sense of balance and direction and such, and the mind reacts by trying to fill in the blanks, resulting in slightly conflicting information, like a photo that’s been used twice. Or something like that.

Mike (42) (@DLLRE) 8 years, 4 months ago ago

I know this post is somewhat old, but I’ve recently began meditating frequently and every time i get about 6 minutes or so in, I start floating and swirling and find that I have to return to my normal breathing. The first time this happened I was completely in awe. It was literally like a trip. I had no sensation of my body other than the feeling of air flowing through my nostrils and the feeling of my hands being quite heavy and red. But what really amazed me was what I “saw”. I saw vast amounts of space in beautiful hues of pink and yellow and black. I had a sense of their size being roughly two kilometers, and could compare them easily with the Empire State Building, but nothing else. It was a very intense experience. But I suppose I was mainly curious as to whether or not others had these same sensations, and obviously they do :). But now I’m curious if any of you still have these sensations regularly if you meditate, and if so, then do they change into a different sensation? Thanks :)

Fluxface (32) (@fluxface) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@versai, Just curious: How do you meditate lying down without falling asleep?

Almeida (304) (@xetado) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

I know that feeling well man. Also, when I’m sitting relaxed, sometimes I get alarmed because I feel everything falling to like the center of earth probably, it’s like I’m being sucked down by something… just frightening…

Jeslyn (594) (@jeslyntweedie) 9 years, 7 months ago ago


I also meditate lying down more often than sitting. Shavasana.

It’s nice because you can relax your entire body, let go of any tension anywhere, and be completely supported by whatever surface you’re laying on. Then you can focus on your awareness, and emptying your mind, or an intention, or prepare for astral projection, etc. and be satisfied that should you leave your body, well you’re laying down somewhere safe and your body-self is comfortable.


Cody (472) (@versai) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@fluxface, I sometimes do fall asleep =P But as Jeslyn said, it’s just so relaxing to put my entire body at rest. It helps when I do it outside in the grass, the warm sun on my face keeps me awake while my mind swims.

StickyPete (24) (@hennig14) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@jordan, I get this feeling too, once I focused on it so long that it felt like I was spinning and I feel out of my chair

Jordan Lejuwaan (23,445)A (@jordan) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@fluxface, Try lying down outside, on the floor with a pillow, or in another place where you’re not used to sleeping.

@aleen, That could certainly be the cause.

@manimal, Your unqualified theory sounds very plausible. It could be a mix of your answer and @aleen‘s answer. Dissociation is just too fun :)

Samanfeet (24) (@samanthaann) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@manimal, I really like your theory.

VernalSoul (598) (@vernalsoul) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@jordan, Honestly, this happens to me frequently. I went to a Christian school and I remember not being able to close my eyes half the time when they prayed because I’d think I was falling out of my chair and then I’d kind of freak out. ha. I also get black outs and dizzy really bad when I stand up a lot. I always assumed they were related, maybe just not enough blood flow to my head :P haha.

Anonymous (2,833) (@) 9 years, 7 months ago ago
Living Stone (153) (@cloudstuck) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

I get a similar thing as if my head is now miles higher than my body. Like I am that Abraham Lincoln statue where he is sitting down. My body feels like it is way down below and my head is in the skies. It is the bestest.

VernalSoul (598) (@vernalsoul) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@jeslyntweedie, Have you ever heard of sensory deprivation or anti gravity tanks ? I feel like you’d enjoy them.

Brandon P’naantan Pinkney (321) (@hlalhabattu) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@jordan, this sounds to me like the beginning stages of an astral projection do you tend to get buzzy before or after this occurs? also have you tried expanding that feeling and seeing whether or not you can spread it?

Anonymous (216) (@) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

Could have something to do with the cerebellum or ear canals.

Brian (2) (@bdube) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@jordan I’ve experienced the spinning motion of my inner body, the 30 degree shifts while sitting in meditation, the sensation of having large hands, and the tingling of the body from within. To add to the list, I’ve felt my body become very heavy like it has become several times more dense, or, as if gravity had increased, objects in my room will start to fade and vibrate as if they were holograms of some sort. and my arms or legs disappear or fade away while i meditate with my eyes open (an ability i seem to have developed whereby i can keep my eyes open for as long as i want all day without discomfort). As far as feeling your body “tingle” from within I’ve learned to keep this state or feeling all day long while i’m driving, talking, working, taking a shower, anywhere. It pretty much involves just keeping some degree of consciousness focused within (eckhart tolle talks about this; referring to it as being aware of your inner body, he also said that focusing on feeling it is the fastest way to deepen yourself spiritually)

Divya (0) (@Divya-Hasan) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

I felt this so many times and i have been surfing internet since few days just to get broken chair how to fix kinda results­čśŁfunny. 

Okay seriously, what is that feeling? Is it us feeling just the gravity more on one side than the other? (I felt on my left)Okay till now i have experienced tilt towards the south and down(me facing west)and it happens only when m like superrelaxed, kinda like i dont wanna get up forever i just wanna sit here.let me experiment today sitting in the opposite direction i.e facing east.let me check if i feel the tilt on my right.If i do, beebeedeebabeedeeboo, guys its mysterious and there better be an explanation 

Ian James (0) (@Ian-James) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Old thread but I haven’t found a lot of solid info on this sensation. For me it is a tilt. Almost as though I’m unbalanced with a much bigger emphasis on my left eye and left side. I feel my gaze is slightly tilted to the right – yes about 30 degrees. For me it is distracting because I know that I am centered, facing forward, hands balanced without requiring extra effort on each leg. It feels like an eye dominance thing?

I’m not sure I’m im trying to correct it or just understand the sensation but I do feel distracted by it.

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