KUNDALINI: SPIRITUAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Since the 1960's there has been a growing number of people undergoing psychospiritual experiences within our culture, as part of some form of spiritual emergence. This is partly due to the many new therapies and intense spiritual practices involving some type of meditation ie. Kundalini Yoga, shamanic practices, transpersonal therapies, energy work, intense breathing exercises, etc.
Spiritual emergence is a form of personal awakening into a level of perceiving and functioning, which is beyond the normal ego functioning. The process may at first include one of the following phenomena: out-of-body experiences, occult phenomena, precognition, clairvoyance, astral travel and perception of auras, etc.
"At it's peak, spiritual emergence is the experience of the ultimate unity of all things, a mystical experience, a merging with the Divine which transcends verbal description." (Dr. Bragdon 1988) One's life is permanently changed, by spiritual emergence. The ultimate benefits of this process are numerous. However, when one does not have the mental/emotional flexibility, understanding, or some form of conceptual framework to support the experience, it can turn into a spiritual emergency.
Ten major forms of spiritual emergency:
There are some similar features to these different forms of emergence, so there are no clear cut boundaries between them. The form of spiritual emergence which has become the most prevalent is the awakening of the Kundalini.The Kundalini is at the core of the esoteric teachings of many cultures and religions including Taoist yoga, Korean Zen, Tibetan Vajrayana, Christian mysticism, Sufism, the freemasons, !Kung Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, the Hopi Indians and many others.
The Kundalini can be described as the potential power of pure consciousness which normally lies dormant at the base of the spine. When the Kundalini is fully "awakened", it rises up the spine to the crown of the head and culminates in a fully awakened, spiritually enlightened being. The beginning stages of Kundalini awakening however can be very dramatic. Traditionally it is viewed as an intense process of purification. As the energy moves throughout the body it encounters mental, emotional and energetic blockages which create resistance, and can cause spontaneous physical, mental and emotional reactions called kriyas. Here is a partial list of some characteristic symptoms of Kundalini awakening:
Tom has over 30 years personal experience with many of these unusual events, and has counseled others experiencing the Kundalini awakening for over ten years. Understanding and learning to work with these changes helps to facilitate the spiritual emergence process. Tom is also able to help alleviate the "kriyas" (pain and suffering that can be associated with kundalini awakening) by working with the mental, emotion energy blockages, directly in the energy body.