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Conclusion On The Tingling, GooseBumps, Goose Bumpy, Static Electric Sensation

Have you ever wondered what that interesting tingling, goosebumps, goose bumpy, static electric, flowing energy, electrical sensation you felt within you or on your skin was?

You may have noticed this sensation while meditating, praying, doing guided imagery, relaxing, listening to music, when enjoying nature or when you stand in the wind or the sun.

I asked myself what this sensation was, could it be the life force, the Chi, or a healing energy? Luckily, I posted a blog article with exactly this question entitled “Tingling Goosebumps Equals Life Energy” (click here to read it)Posted in September 22, 2008

That blog article got a stronger response than I had anticipated, responses came from a diverse set of people mostly united by experiencing this sensation. Many shared their stories in comments others emailed me directly. I also went off and started asking people I knew especially ones that were spiritual.

I have compiled all the answers I received and below you will see a list of what most people gave as an explanation. They overlap:

  1. Sensing an entity / presence in the vicinity / spirits
  2. The ability to sense Life Force in you
  3. The ability to sense / channel Life Force energies around you
  4. Flushing / in ancient times, they called this an annointment (Saint Teresa of Avila wrote about it in her memoirs) / releasing debris
  5. Cleansing of your chakras
  6. Indicating the beginnings of a Kundalini awakening

What it is not:

  1. It is nothing to be afraid of.
  2. I asked my doctor, he said its not neuroplogical (unless it is uncontrollable, continuous and very obvious)
  3. Not Anoxia

Conclusion:
Keep meditating. Keep experiencing this sensation. If the effects are positive, then continue to seek them.

Personal Experience:

Since the last article on this topic, I have noticed considerable warmth that accompanies this sensation when I mediated, in the stomach and chest. The sensation starts in the head, but sometimes it seems to start in the upper back, sometimes in the lower back. Every time, it spreads all over down to my toes and to the neck and head.

Leave a comment below or join the discussion here where people are also sharing their experience with this sensation: http://www.wholenessforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=21

Previous articles on this topic:

  1. Tingling Goosebumps Equals Life Energy – September 22, 2008

  2. Responding To Comments On The Manifestation Of Life Energy – November 3, 2008


  1. LisaNYC
    LisaNYC
    February 15th, 2009 at 07:22 | #1

    Excellent post. I experienced some of these symptoms while I was in deep healing from a serious illness, which set-off a kundalini that lasted for several years. As you point out, keep meditating to still the mind/fear, and, in my case, I had to begin eating organic beef after being a strict vegan for 15 years, which was grounding and helped relieve some of the more out-of-body symptoms.

  2. February 15th, 2009 at 10:40 | #2

    I was given these Kundalini websites to read. The whole concept is new to me, but I have to say the symptoms match a lot of what I experienced and am experiencing now. Here are the websites:

    http://www.kundalini-gateway.org/ksigns.html
    http://www.elcollie.com/st/symptoms.html
    http://kundalini-support.com/guru.html

  3. February 15th, 2009 at 13:42 | #3

    Two “thumbs up” on this one, Ethan ;)

  4. D
    D
    May 27th, 2009 at 04:55 | #4

    Is there a protocol for using this technique if you could do this at will?
    1. Do you intensify it?
    2. Do you store then release?
    3. How long would you work with it?

  5. May 27th, 2009 at 06:23 | #5

    @D
    Thank you for leaving a comment. There isn’t a protocol that I know of. I personally have not spent much time recently meditation or experiencing this sensation.
    Now, I only feel this if i meditate in quietness alone or if i do guided imagery.
    It is important not to confuse this feeling with the goosebumps (that can be triggered by a song, an emotion, cold temps etc..) This is not plain old goose bumps, its a sensation inside of your body that ‘can’ trigger goosebumps but is not just those goosebumps in itself.

    I remain unsure which of these 6 explanations is the ‘one’. Thus, I don’t have a certain protocol. My answer comes in one word ‘meditation’

    So, to answer your question, the closest thing to a protocol I know of is to meditate or to do guided imagery, try that and see if you experience this. I have a hard time making it last, I even have a difficult time controlling the spreading or movement of this sensation, but many people have no problem moving this sensation around their body and some have a hard time stopping it!

    I don’t store and release etc, but I know of at least 2 people (I got in touch with through this website) that do; otherwise the sensation overwhelms them.

    Most people can do this at will, sometimes i can feel it just by thinking about it (but I have to be relaxed), what I do is meditate then this sensation comes along by itself.

  6. Rebecca
    Rebecca
    June 3rd, 2009 at 02:50 | #6

    I want to learn more. Since I was 19 I got the sensation of energy in the form of goose bumps and a feeling of peace and awesomeness. Now as an adult, I am trying to understand it as it appears strong upon different individuals and their closesness in proximity to me. Can you help me understand what the heck is going on?

  7. Kevin
    Kevin
    November 14th, 2009 at 15:49 | #7

    This is fascinating to me because the only “gateway” to this sensation that I’ve known is from church in a “corporate” setting, and by the “laying on of hands.” Specifically, from what was called the “touch of God,” or the Holy Spirit (in the Bible).

    However, over the years I’ve reconsidered this as something isolated to church because of experiencing it alone, in a Muslim church, or in any setting. It doesn’t matter where or why or who can experience it. It seems to be a universal constant, whether physical or spiritual. I can’t say if it’s simply brain activity or spirit (God), but I can say with certainty that it’s pleasant and quickening.

    Many Charismatic Christians know this sensation well, and attribute it only to God. Don’t tell them otherwise! They rarely believe they can control or intensify it on their own, not without a “man of God.” It’s possible that many churches use this as control, to keep people coming to church, and to make people believe that it can only be experienced in a (their) building. I believe that any religious, spiritual, or physical practice can achieve this. It seems to be possible to experience this alone, during meditation, or in a group setting anywhere you choose.

    Here’s the thing… this tangible energy, or sensation, is transferrable (in my experience). Just as I experienced this through the “laying on of hands” in church, it’s possible for others to feel this sensation when one or two people are meditating to develop it in proximity, or through touch. It’s even possible to “charge” physical objects, like handkerchiefs or clothing and pass it to others as healing. Yes, that’s odd, but it’s even written in the Bible (Acts). Not something I would bring up in regular conversation, ha!

    I’ve spent several years trying to forget and unlearn what I thought I knew about “the anointing,” or the “power of God.” While I still consider myself a Christian, I’m open to anything now. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that this sensation/energy has a scientific and physical explanation for it. During the last few months I’ve simply been meditating and developing this sensation/energy on my own. After a few searches online, I’ve found that others experience this and many don’t say anything about God or the spiritual. All I know is that if feels great, uplifting, and energizing. And it seems to be intensifying with greater control through meditation.

    My advice is to meditate daily, and learn to focus this energy into greater intensity. Perhaps find someone to share it with, and it can’t go wrong. No, it’s not “the devil” or anything evil. I’d like to understand it more myself. It’s nothing to fear or worry about, and I wouldn’t be too quick to label it as “Kundalini” or “Holy Spirit” or anything. That may just limit the potential in your own meditation practice.

  8. Doug
    Doug
    November 15th, 2009 at 15:48 | #8

    @Ethan Z.
    I found this site by searching for a scientific measurement of the sensation described perfectly by you Ethan.

    My truth is that it is Love. It is an expression of God’s perfect Love for me and my love for God. It is life’s intelligent energy. It is a way God communicates with me, in me, and the way I can communicate back. It is the most intimate way I have ever exchanged feelings. It is a touch of what I would imagine heaven would be like. The sensation usually becomes so strong it often ends in tears. I am so humbled by the experience each time. I always come through it knowing my place. I strongly believe we have a 6th sense yet to be understood and measured by science, and this experience is a product of that sense.

    My life changed a year ago. I felt a Love not of this place, of this world; a Love I have never known. I also expressed a love I never knew I was capable of expressing, a love I never knew was in me. In this brief period of time, so much wisdom was conveyed. The experience is literally alive in me. As each day passes I gain a deeper understanding of the wisdom passed to me by the experience. So much was expressed….

    I keep a running journal and I am amazed what has been written. Something beautiful happened…

    I want to see this energy, this electricity, this warmth, these goose bumps, this breeze that blows threw me and over me, measured.

    I am a spiritual person, not religious. I believe religion can destroy spirituality in some cases. God is more than a book of words in a book.

  9. Rgirl
    Rgirl
    August 3rd, 2011 at 01:20 | #9

    I just finished reading your post and all the subsequent comments. I am so touched to hear of others that have experienced this touch of divine love. I first felt “God’s Love” or as I call it “the Holy Spirit” on April 7, 2010. I was deeply praying one night before falling asleep, and this invisible presence came over me so unexpectantly, so divine, I thought I must be getting ready to die and go to Heaven. It was so very real, more real than this material world to me. I felt like God literally just popped inside of me, poured his Spirit inside of me. Words cannot describe this incredible gift of Grace (which I feel God wants to give to every single one of us…we just need to want Him and open ourselves up to His love). I felt his energy move through my entire body, a life force, a Holy all encompassing life force regenerating every single cell inside of my body…cleansing me, forgiving me, making me new. It felt like energy, electricity moving fast through my veins, cells, tissue, bones, everything…back and forth, back and forth from head to chest to arms, fingers, legs, feet, toes, back to chest, back, head, over and over….for over 4 hours! I remember looking at my bedside clock…0103am until 0530am! Tears of joy, repentance streamed down my face as I was entranced and in love with God. I also felt a coolness, like a brilliant cool breeze flow through me at same time as electricity, sometimes changing to warm breezes….I know this may sound completely crazy, but I felt like He was breathing inside of me at times, like Holy breaths of Life separately from my own. I could hear it inside of me too. My life has changed so much since April 2010…I find myself yearning to make Him proud of me in all ways. He still comes to me at times…but never like the first time (my awakening? Perhaps?) but definitely a Blessing every single time! For me, usually it’s a very quick feeling His presence come over me, move through me, goosebumps just like I read about here…sometimes I feel a presence stroke the back of my neck or top or side of my head and I always feel His presence and usually almost always accompanied by goosebumps. I just wanted to share this and thank you for posting your story and to all the others for sharing. It really helps to find you are not alone. I am so grateful for My Higher Power! Praise God!

  10. Kevin
    Kevin
    November 11th, 2011 at 13:01 | #10

    Rgirl: It sounds like you’ve personified the “goosebumps” experience after being taught a lot about it from a religious, Christian perspective. But this experience is not unique to Christianity, and it has occurred forever through many known and forgotten channels. I think it is love, but I won’t box up the experience and label it any further than this. People experience this differently, and personify it with may names when it could simply be deeper exploration of ourselves as human beings.

  11. Rgirl
    Rgirl
    November 14th, 2011 at 12:43 | #11

    @Kevin
    Hi Kevin,

    Thank you for your response. I agree with you in that my experience is not “boxed in a religious or Christian category” for everyone. I am just sharing my own personal view point…for me it is my God, a Holy Spirit Baptism. But I believe that all people from all various walks of life and religions/faiths experience this as well. I believe God presents himself to different people or cultures in different ways. And no one is right or wrong in how they describe or label their beautiful experience. Again, what I experienced is not something I “personified” or made to transpire from my learning. I can testify that what happened to me was BEFORE I researched and looked for other people who had also had the blessing of experiencing Our Creator…with these beautiful episodes of electricity, life force, etc. I was completely unaware of these personal experiences BEFORE the Holy Spirit came to me. Again, I testify that this is only what I label my own experience. People from all walks of life, label their experiences differently, and I believe they all manifest through the love of our Creator. I believe we are all one through Our Creator’s life-force and His love for every single one of us. Sending love to all of my fellow brothers and sisters. May we all be respectful and tolerant of our differences… :-) . Thank you for your post, Kevin.

  12. November 14th, 2011 at 14:09 | #12

    Guys, just want to say I love reading all your feedback. Thanks for sharing. I am glad to say that I still feel these goosebumps, they always feel good. I know some people who have no idea what this is because they cant recall feeling this feeling. I can make it happen with my state of mind, or sometimes just by willing it to happen (by remembering the feeling and that thought brings it physically); it also happens spontaneously at times when i am reading or having conversations, I tend to interpret that as a sign that what I am reading/hearing is important or true. With trance inducing music or powerful sounds many people experience this feeling, personally I experience this with serenity. Chanting or making sounds to mimic buddhist monks or just a static long tune also brings this feeling on. I am sure people that feel this during prayer or hymn singing at church experience this exact feeling I described. It’s related to being in a state of bliss, perhaps connecting with your inner/higher spirit or simply the serenity of oneness/wholeness … Seeking more of the state we call “being” and you will experience more of this.

  13. November 14th, 2011 at 14:26 | #13

    I’ve been using the word “goosebumps” when I refer to this sensation, but this feeling is MUCH more than that. Very tough to put in words.. it’s like a cloud of energy that moves inside and throughout your body. Powerful yet subtle and peaceful/loving. I still do notice that “warmth” in my chest or heart when i feel this sometimes, physical warmth or an emotional one, don’t know. It’s also interesting that some people’s energy makes me feel that warmth.

    I often wonder if my cat is feeling this sensation when she purrs.

  14. Kevin
    Kevin
    November 14th, 2011 at 15:00 | #14

    Thanks, Ethan and Rgirl:

    I think a book titled Kundalini Tantra, by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, provides some very good insight on the “goosebumps” topic. I also think the bible and other written perspectives that explore this experience (or journey) fail to even discuss what ancient practice has already revealed to our ancestors.
    And Ethan, I think people are also very receptive to this. Let’s refer to the bible how Jesus and disciples simply breathed, cast shadow, or even touched fabric to mail the “goosebump charge” to people for healing and encouragement. Of course, these stories breed falsity with all kinds of ridiculous recreation today that is simply an attempt to reproduce something without true substance for profit. -K

  15. Kevin
    Kevin
    November 14th, 2011 at 23:07 | #15

    @Ethan Z
    I forgot to mention another good book, Theories of the Chakras, by Hiroshi Motoyama. K

  16. Seeker
    Seeker
    June 15th, 2012 at 20:50 | #16

    I might be late for this forum but wanted to let you know about my experiences. I can not pin point when I get these goosebumps, but I am able to produce them in an instant. I’m able to provoke these sensations with a slight inward or outward breath or instantly letting go and feeling true happiness. When I do this, I feel my lips engorge and tingle, a complete body wave from head to toe where the goosebumps follow that wave. I feel like a heavyness or something is on top of my head. As I am performing this right now, I thought about seeing if I’m able to feel that energy on the top of my head, so I placed my hand above my head. As I produce the waves,not sure if I am feeling a difference of my left hand’s energy with the energy on top of my head. As I continue to do this, it feels like the energy above my head is breathing. The wave and goosebumps feels like they’re an electrical charge. Oh, and I also feel a pressure above my head plus a veil showering me, is how I can describe it. My left hand fingertips continue to tingle,little electrical charges on each tip. I don’t meditate or visualize to get these sensations.

  17. Kevin
    Kevin
    November 27th, 2012 at 19:24 | #17

    @Seeker Have you come to the conclusion that this sensation is purely physical? I love how it generates euphoria, love, and such a clear mind after practicing it. I do integrate it with music and meditation, which seems to amplify the experience. But I can’t define it or conclude that it’s either purely a physical mater confined to the senses, or if there’s more to it. I do wish it were possible to teach others how to do it, because I believe it’s such a gift. It can get weird pretty fast to try and explain to someone who hasn’t felt it though.

  18. Kevin
    Kevin
    December 16th, 2012 at 22:58 | #18

    OK, I think my final entry on this blog is to mention “frisson.” I think it’s the best way to describe what we’re discussing here, and it’s most commonly known to most people like this. Songs, scenery, and different experiences induce the sensation in everyone. Perhaps some people can simply induce frisson at will? http://www.humorsoffice.com/lists/10-frisson-inducing-songs-and-the-definition-of-frisson/
    But is there anything more to this than frisson? Could frisson be only a taste of what may be mastered in our lives through meditation and self control?

  19. January 24th, 2013 at 09:50 | #19

    Guys! I just found out, last night, about this “label” or “name” people attribute to these sensation, they are called ASMR , it stands for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”. Go to youtube and watch a ton of videos people made relating to ASMR.

    I think ASMR is closely related to hypnosis/subconscious mind/deep relaxation and healing. I also think ASMR itself could be broken down into sub categories, such as ASMR caused by silence/quietness, others by sounds, others by voices, others by smells, others by body language, etc.. But all in all I think all these can be considered to be hypnosis. Hypnosis is a Very normal and natural thing that people experience every day.

    I still think this tingling is linked to healing, and even possibly might be linked to what chinese medicine calls Chi / life force moving or manifesting on the skin due to the “good” emotions or deep relaxation.

    Ultimately, One should be able to bring on such tingles simply by deeply relaxing then thinking about the feeling and they will start to happen. Otherwise you can look on youtube for ASMR videos, or go on a walk on a trail, feel the wind, or sit at home and breathe a deep slow breath (yoga style), or listen to a guided imagery audio or self hypnosis, or do some meditation , or prayer, or go to a church and sing, or let someone touch your skin or play with your hair .. etc..

    THIS might be the equivalent of PURRING of cats in humans !!

  20. January 26th, 2013 at 19:09 | #20

    @Kevin
    The answer is “yes”. It is ?frisson” but it is more. It is also ASMR but it is more. I think it is “human”, “normal”, a sign of being human and alive and aware .. can you imagine being alive without feeling these tingles? I can’t. I’d feel dead.

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