Hearing Voices in Your Head
As people make progress in meditation practice it sometimes becomes possible to hear sounds that seem to be coming from within the body. Among other possibilities, these might include the sounds of mantras, voices or even music playing over and over again. On the other hand, these can also be personal imaginations due to neurosis or too much thinking.
This was excerpted from Meditation Case Studies:
Some people may hear mantras while they are falling asleep or within their dreams, especially mantras that they recited while awake. Some will hear mantras inside their minds being recited automatically without their efforts. These are actually mantras being recited by devas in a playful manner and letting you hear them.
Some might hear sounds that they believe originate from the chakras. Yoga texts, such as the Gheranda Samhita (in the Fifth chapter) state that sounds especially arise due to the practice of pranayama. They might be similar to the sounds of crickets, thunder, cymbals, bees, the melody of bells ringing in the distance, gongs, trumpets, drums or even a flute. The school of Laya Yoga has various teachings on this.
Some people will hear voices after they start upon the road of spiritual practices and mistakenly believe they are trustworthy spirit guides. Sometimes these are devas, who are not to be trusted, and sometimes just imaginations brought forth by Qi impinging upon brain centers. The explanation is as follows.
If your Qi ascends to the back of the head, one may start to experience results related to the nerves at the back of the head, which means the optic nerves and auditory nerves on the side of the head.
When your Qi reaches the back of the head, you might hear different types of wonderful sounds or experience a ringing or pressure in your ears. This phenomenon is produced by the Qi working to open Qi routes in the brain, especially those around the auditory nerves. The vibration or trembling of Qi will also sometimes cause some brain wave activity that will activate stored optical or auditory memories. If your intelligence is not clear and bright enough, then illusions deep inside the subconscious will result when this happens.
Someone who has deep religious beliefs may then have illusions of hearing the voice of God, Buddhas, angels, deities or other characters. Whatever is heard is actually just a big assembly; it is a mixing of previous experience - whatever has been seen, heard, thought and known before. If someone clings to the idea that these voices are real then he will fall into a state of mara or delusion and go the wrong way in their cultivation.
A person should not be puzzled or moved by this sort of reaction. Instead, he should sometimes swallow the saliva and release the feelings in his head. This requires a strong mind and persistent will to ignore the sounds and/or voices. By reciting mantras to change the sounds, and guiding the Qi downward one will pass this stage and enter the next.
On the supernatural aide, we have to honestly say that inner voices, if they are not signs of schizophrenic or psychotic delusions, may sometimes be devas misleading people (although rare), you should ignore whatever is said even if it appears incredibly accurate. Because they possess a shrinkable spirit body that can enter your brain, devas have access to all the memories stored in your neurons of everything you ever saw, heard or did in life. They practice being able to read this, which is why there is a saying in China that the Kitchen God (the protect god for a household) reports everything that happens in the family to heaven.
In short, no human secrets can be kept from higher sentient beings, especially the devas. Everything you do can be known by Heaven. No one reads an etheric “akashic chronicle” to know what has happened. Devas simply learn how to access people’s memories stored in their neurons.
It is therefore easy to weave complex tales of deception by incorporating your past memories into some nonsensical dialogue they may engage in. Devas like to masquerade as famous spiritual greats or strange individuals out of play while they work on your Qi channels. In many cases they will even masquerade as demons, devils or ghosts so as to frighten a practitioner so that his Yin Qi channels can be purified.
This is one of the unfortunate horrors of the twelve years of transformation that masters must go through, and why they rarely mention the content of those years. All the devas want to practice many things, such as how to manipulate your thoughts and emotions, as they are working on cleaning out your Qi channels. Since it takes twelve years of hard work to open up all your Qi channels after a genuine full body kundalini awakening is initiated, why would the devas and masters bother to do so if they were not also having fun and learning through the process? The learning involves competitive games against each other seeing who has more skill in manipulating your thoughts, feelings and visions. A deva of a higher stage of attainment can win at these contests or block the skills of others. A common contest is to see who can read your memories quickest and then make connections between unconnected items within it.
Future masters (ex. Saint Anthony, Padre Pio, Upasni Maharaj, Yeshe Tsogyel, Ramakrishna, etc. before they attained enlightenment) have to suffer during the twelve years necessary to develop the sambhogakaya and no one, except for this book, ever tells you what went on during those years. Search the records and you will find that masters typically remain silent about their personal practices and the events that transpired during the twelve years of transformation to develop the subtle body, then Causal body and then Supra-Causal body of enlightenment.
Sometimes a practitioner might hear a singular sentence in their head, like the famous story of a Buddhist monk suffering from knee pain. At a riverbank bandaging his knee, he once heard a voice which claimed it was a ghost in his knee. The ghost said that the monk owed him from a past life, but because of his holy life he couldn’t attack him to exact revenge. But now that he had become proud, he finally had his chance because the fault of that pride had given him an opening to afflict him with trouble. This was a deva, for sure, trying to help the monk become more humble and not a ghost in the slightest!
Chinese Zen master Huike is said to have heard a voice in his head when the Qi was painfully passing through his brainstem, and Socrates said he would always hear the voice of an inner daimonion (deva). As explained, these cases are the voices of devas or a spiritual master.
All these sounds are usually caused by devas for some reason or another. Practitioners should just forget these instances and pay them no mind. By no means should a practitioner ever believe the stories devas tell that they are some spiritual great or spirit guide with fantastical information and that the individual has a destiny or is particularly great. One has these experiences due to deva training practices that have no regard for your well-being, as the Surangama Sutra explains, and therefore you should just ignore them.