Nyam (n.) - The illusions and altered states that can occur during meditation are called Nyam. Feeling like you are suddenly taking up the whole room, feeling like you are physically falling from a great height, or feeling your mind and mood shift into a completely "blissed out" state are all common nyam that can occur for people who have been meditating for awhile. The more illusory states typically happen when someone has their eyes shut and disappear once the eyes are opened again.
These altered states and temporary illusions are not uncommon. However, when they happen and the practitioner focuses on them instead of the actual meditation practice, they can become a distraction from the actual goal of meditation. They are glimpses of what can be achieved but, if they are clung to, they can keep someone from progressing further in their practice.
Nyam is the Tibetan term. Makyo is the Japanese term for this concept.
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