The sound of a circular saw (Makyo)

July 20, 2015

I sat down to meditate this morning and quickly went deep into a place I refer to as a “holodeck.” This is a mental state where I can make anything happen that I want, so it’s just like the holodeck on Star Trek: The Next Generation. I didn’t intend to go there, it just happened, but once I was there I thought, “Okay, fine, I’ll just go with it.”

So I’m goofing in the holodeck when I hear what sounds like a circular saw running, but the noise is coming from outside the holodeck. “That’s weird,” I think, “I was in my apartment when I started meditating, so nobody should be running a circular saw.” Then I remembered that all of my windows were open, so I thought maybe a maintenance guy was repairing something outside.

So I came out of the meditative state and back to my apartment and opened my eyes, but there was nothing going on here, no noise at all. I waited for a little while to see if somebody had been cutting something and then stopped, but there were no noises, so I went back to meditating.

I quickly got back to the holodeck, and then the circular saw noise started up again. This time I just hung out in the dark holodeck and listened to the noise, and it eventually stopped. I thought after the sawing there might be some hammering, so I waited for it, but there was nothing. After waiting for a while I went back to my holodeck activities and the noise never came back.

If there’s a moral to this story, it’s that this seems to be how the brain works during meditative states. The Zen (Japanese, I think) term for it is “makyo.”

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