Kundalini Awakening

What is Spiritual Emergency/Emergence?

When spiritual seekers or even those who do not consider themselves to be on a spiritual path find themselves experiencing levels of awareness or energy transformation that they are unable to handle or for which they have no reference, then the result can be a state of emergency. In this state, a person feels highly vulnerable and oversensitive to incoming stimuli. Typically they feel overwhelmed, fragmented, fearful, confused and disoriented. With their absorption in inner processes, they may not be able to look after even basic self care.

All these situations can be bewildering and frightening, and at these times these people need support and reassurance as they undergo their transformations. The spiritual emergency network in the US seeks to network people and provide information to facilitate a more gentle emergence of spiritual potentials. The network is intended to put people in touch with others who have undergone similar experiences, or with counsellors who are aware of spiritual dimensions of reality.

Read an interview with ORMUS user that may shed light on the reason why we are telling you about kundalini.
 http://www.subtleenergies.com/ormus/intrview/ftrintrv.htm

The Symptoms of Kundalini Awakening

While the awakening Kundalini may be a dramatic experience, the resultant shift in consciousness may be accompanied by years of physical and psychological upheavals. The process of Kundalini awakening can vary greatly from person to person. Some have intense physical symptoms, while others experience mainly emotional or psychological symptoms. It is as if the new energy invites a spring cleaning throughout the entire system, with unresolved physical or emotional conditions coming up for resolution and release. The life transforming changes which accompany a Kundalini awakening cover the entire physiological, emotional, mental and spiritual spectrum.

Dr. Greenwell ("Energies of Transformation" -1990) has noted seven categories of symptoms which have been observed during Spontaneous Kundalini awakening.

1. Pranic movements or kriyas

Prana is the Hindu word for vital energy. Thus as intense energy moves through the body and clears out physiological blocks, a person may experience intense involuntary, jerking movements of the body, including shaking, vibrations, spasm and contraction. As deeply held armouring and blockages to the smooth flow of energy are released, the person may re-access memories and emotions associated with past trauma and injury.

2. Yogic Phenomena

Some people find themselves performing yogic postures or hand mudra gestures which they have never learned or could not do in a normal state of consciousness. Similarly, they may produce Sanskrit words or sounds, or have an awareness of inner music or sound, mantras or tones. Unusual breathing patterns may appear with either very rapid or slow, shallow breathing. Some people may not breathe at all for extended periods.

3. Physiological Symptoms

A Kundalini awakening often generates unusual physiological activity as intense movement of energy releases toxins in the body. Symptoms include apparent heart problems, pains in head and spine, gastrointestinal disturbances and nervous problems. Internal sensations have been reported as sensations of burning, oversensitivity to sensory input, hyperactivity or lethargy, great variations in sexual desire and even spontaneous orgasm. Symptoms can be erratic, coming and going without provocation, but are generally unresponsive to medical treatment.

4. Psychological Upheaval

Spiritual awakening offers a direct challenge to the primacy of ego consciousness and the myth of separation. It brings with it a challenge
to move beyond the unconscious responses ruled by drives and instincts and remove ego consciousness from the centre stage of the psyche. It comes as no surprise that such a challenge produces a period of confusion and unbalance. People find themselves beset by inexplicable emotional states as they move to clear out unresolved issues. The emotional roller coaster may swing from feelings of anxiety, guilt and depression, through to compassion, love and joy, with accompanying bouts of uncontrollable weeping.

5. Extra Sensory Experiences

As perception expands outside of consensus reality, people experience atypical visual phenomena, including visions of lights, symbols, entities, or review of past life experiences. Auditory input may include hearing voices, music, inner sounds or mantras. Even the olfactory system may be stimulated with perception of scents of sandalwood, rose or incense. There may also be disruption of the proprioceptive system, with losing a sense of self as a body, or feeling bigger than the body, or out of the body, with the resulting confusion and disorientation.

6. Psychic Phenomena

With the opening up of psychic abilities, a person may experience precognition, telepathy, psychokinesis, awareness of auras and healing abilities.

7. Mystical States of Consciousness

A person may shift into altered states of consciousness where they directly perceive the unity underlying the world of separation and experience a deep peace and serenity with a profound knowing of wisdom.  In some cases, the state of emergency due to psychological upheaval is so acute that it resembles a psychotic episode. Many clinicians still regard phenomena associated with spiritual emergence as indicative of pathology because the signs are so easily confused with the indicators of psychosis, mania, depression, schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder. Many people undergoing spiritual emergency are misdiagnosed and treated with suppressive medication which further complicates their process.

What can be done to support a Kundalini awakening?

When Kundalini awakening happens to people who are not on a spiritual path or who have no context or framework to understand the bewildering upheaval of mind, body and spirit, the experience can leave them fragile and fragmented. As the Kundalini process involves a redefinition and reintegration of self, it adds extra pressure when health professionals or significant others wish to suppress the transformation and insist that the person conforms to old ways of being in the world.

Of greatest benefit is a supportive framework which can allow people to make sense of the intricate connection between spirit and the movement of physical energy in the body, rather than fearing they are going insane. It is more empowering to understand that Kundalini awakening is a process which taps into the blueprint for higher consciousness which is latent within every human. While the enormous changes associated with a spiritual awakening may demand psychological and social adjustments, they are not in themselves necessarily indicative of illness. Communication and connection with others who can provide support and a meaningful context for understanding the process reduces the isolation and overwhelm and can help to minimise the disturbance. Someone who has the personal qualities of creative adaptation to change and a flexible mental framework is more likely to weather the changes with grace and style than someone who is rigid in their beliefs and world view.

Humanity's Wake Up Call

Usually the awakening of Kundalini was a process which only occurred after years of spiritual practice and meditation. Yet increasingly, the Kundalini experience is being reported among people who are not undertaking spiritual practices. Since 1993, when Shared Transformation, a n American journal for connecting spiritual awakeners first began, it has been contacted by over 700 people in the throes of spontaneous Kundalini arousal (Collie & Kress,1995). These increased reports of spontaneous Kundalini awakening at this time of planetary upheaval may be indicative of a larger purpose at work, the beginning of a planetary wake up call. Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or engaging in practices which change body energies, such as meditation, yogic practices, breathwork, rebirthing or polarity balancing, may find they begin to resonate with the changing energies at this time and that they begin their own Kundalini awakening process.

Is Kundalini awakening the same as enlightenment?

It is important not to confuse Kundalini awakening with enlightenment. Enlightenment rarely results from a single encounter with the numinous. It is more as if the energetic awakening initiates an expansion in consciousness which sets the scene for a progression of many experiences with transpersonal states of consciousness. The intensity and duration of each of glimpse varies with our readiness to contain and integrate them. Thus the Kundalini awakening is not an end point in itself, but the beginning of a transformation of consciousness which expands our capacity to KNOW the infinite. Spiritual emergence often includes expanded perceptual abilities, increased energy, creative expression and a dedication to being of service for the greater good.

In her book, The Energies of Transformation, Bonnie Greenwell (1990) gives us an indication of what this transformation may bring in practical terms. "Most of those who awaken this connection with the ecstatic inner Self will return to being who they were, perhaps doing their lives with more contentment or a gentler perspective, perhaps more involved and committed in service to others, perhaps more energised and expressive, perhaps writing poetry, teaching, loving unconditionally."(p302)

The Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN) http://www.ciis.edu/comserv/sen.html is a non-profit organization founded by a psychiatrist Dr. Stanislov Grof and his wife Christina after she experienced a Spontaneous Kundalini Awakening years ago.  Dr. Grof and Christina wrote a book I recommend called "Spiritual Emergency".  Anyone who contacts the network can get referred to local people who understand how to help people who are having these difficult experiences.  The phone number for the Spiritual Emergence Network is (415) 648-2610.  Another book I recommend is "Energies of Transformation" by Dr. Bonnie Greenwell Ph.D.

(for additional Kundalini info:
http://hometown.aol.com/ckress/symptoms.html
http://www.kundalini-support.com/index-6.html )

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Resources To Help Transform Spiritual Emergency Into Spiritual Emergence:

 

Spiritual Emergence Service

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT NETWORKS & Trainings

Center for Psychological & Spiritual health: Information, referrals & Support

Overview, Thought, and Recommendations

  Therapist Details & Bios 
These detailed listings are posted alphabetically by state, then city, then the therapist. For more details about them please call 415-575-6299 or click here.

 

Clearstone Abbeya place where individuals can receive inspiration and support in their spiritual journey

 

 

Dr. Brian Sackett

Psychologist, Ph.D Office:          1745 Saratoga Avenue           SUITE 203,   San Jose, California 95129           

Contact Information: phone (408) 257-6662

Therapeutic Orientation: Transpersonal, Psychodynamic, Existential, Humanistic, Jungian, Systems, Altered States, Body Oriented
Masters in Counseling Psychology, SEN training program Cert., 4yrs. facilitation psychodrama training, 4 yrs. of supervised therapy interning. I have been a CPSH member for many years, as well as a former SEN volunteer. I took the SEN nine month training facilitated by Robert Turner and Russ Park, and still see spiritual emergence clients in my private practice.
Issues of Expertise: Kundalini, Shamanism, past lives, spiritual bypass, unitive consciousness, existential crisis, near-death experiences, psychic opening, loss or change of faith, transpersonal sexual experiences, Grief, Emotional pain & trauma, Pain & Trauma

Information: Psychology Today

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Alternatives: Spiritual Emergence/Emergency by Paul Levy.An artist and healer, with a passion for Dreamwork, Paul Levy is in private practice, assisting people who are spiritually emerging and beginning to wake up to the dreamlike nature of reality. Deeply steeped in the work of alchemy, shamanism and C. G. Jung, Paul is a long-time Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, and is the coordinator of the Portland PadmaSambhava Buddhist Center. He can be reached at (503) 234-6480. Spiritual Emergency or Emergence by Tom Adams: the etiology and definition of spiritual emergence and emergency WRITTEN FOR PSYCHOLOGY DEPT., UNIVERSITY OF CT, 1990 |

 

  Spiritual Emergence and Spiritual Emergency at Elevated Therapy : Dr. Michael G. Millett,

author of the book Elevated Energy Therapy

 

 

 

 Spiritual Emergence Network

The Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN) was founded in 1978 by Stanislav Grof, a psychiatrist and professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and his wife, Christina. They are authors of the book Spiritual Emergency.

The Spiritual Emergence Network operates an Information and Referral Service that helps people who are having problems with their spiritual growth. Trained graduate students in the School of Professional Psychology answer questions from callers and refer them to licensed mental health professionals in the caller's area.

The network refers callers to mental health professionals who are respectful of spiritual experience, familiar with a number of spiritual traditions, and qualified to work in at least one of the following areas:

* loss or change of faith;

* existential and/or spiritual crisis;

* experience of unitive consciousness or altered states;

* psychic openings;

* possession;

* near-death experience;

* kundalini;

* shamanic journey;

* difficulties with a meditation practice.

The Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN@CIIS)

Information and Referral Service

The telephone number is 415-648-2610.

 

 

 

 

BOOK LIST

Kason, Yvonne, M.D. 

FARTHER SHORES: Exploring how Near-death, Kundalini and Mystical Experiences Can Transform Ordinary Lives. Explains kundalini awakening, and other spiritually transformative experiences, gives case histories, tells what symptoms people have experienced and offers suggestions about how to cope.

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., Toronto, Ontario 2000 

 

Gersten, Dennis, M.D.

ARE YOU GETTING ENLIGHTENED 

OR LOSING YOUR MIND?  - A Spiritual Program for Mental Fitness

Three Rivers Press/Harmony Books/division of Random House, 1997

 

Cortright, Brant

PSYCHOTHERAPY AND SPIRIT - Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy 

State University of New York Press, Albany  l997 

 

Grof, Christina and Grof, Stanislav, Ph.D. 

THE STORMY SEARCH FOR SELF 

Los Angeles, Tarcher, 1990 

 

Grof, Stanislav and Christina Grof, eds. 

SPIRITUAL EMERGENCY: WHEN PERSONAL 

TRANSFORMATION BECOMES A CRISIS 

Los Angeles, Tarcher, 1989 

 

Greenwell, Bonnie 

ENERGIES OF TRANSFORMATION: 

A GUIDE TO THE KUNDALINI PROCESS 

Cupertino, California, Shakti River Press, 1990 

 

Nelson, John E., M.D.

HEALING THE SPLIT - INTEGRATING SPIRIT 

INTO OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE 

MENTALLY ILL - Revised Edition

State University of New York Press,  Albany 1994

 

Bragdon, Emma. 

A SOURCEBOOK FOR HELPING PEOPLE 

IN SPIRITUAL EMERGENCY 

San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1990 

 

Bragdon, Emma 

THE CALL OF SPIRITUAL EMERGENCY - 

FROM PERSONAL CRISIS TO PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION 

San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1990 

 

Carla Wills-Brandon, Ph.D. 

A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN - THE REMARKABLE WORLD OF 

SPIRITUALLY TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCES 

2004 Adams Media, Avon, Massachusetts 

 

Harris, Barbara and Leonard C. Bascom 

FULL CIRCLE: THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE AND BEYOND 

New York: Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster, 1990. 

 

Harris, Barbara 

SPIRTUAL AWAKENINGS: A GUIDEBOOK FOR 

EXPERIENCERS AND THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT THEM 

Baltimore, MD: Stage 3 Books, 1993 

 

Whitfield, Barbara Harris 

SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS: INSIGHTS OF 

THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE AND OTHER 

DOORWAYS TO OUR SOUL 

Health Communications, Inc., Deerfield Beach, Florida, 1995 

 

Sanella, Lee, M.D. 

KUNDALINI - PSYCHOSIS OR TRANSCENDENCE? 

San Francisco: H.S. Dakin, 1976 

 

Sanella, Lee, M.D. 

THE KUNDALINI EXPERIENCE 

Lower Lake, CA Integral Publishing, 1987. 

 

Krishna, Gopi 

LIVING WITH KUNDALINI 

Rev. by Leslie Shepard. Boulder, CO, Shambhala, 1993 

 

Krishna, Gopi 

KUNDALINI.- THE EVOLUTIONARY ENERGY IN MAN 

Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 1967,1970 

 

Ring, Kenneth 

HEADING TOWARD OMEGA: IN SEARCH OF THE

MEANING OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES. 

New York: William Morrow, 1984 

 

Ring, Kenneth 

THE OMEGA PROJECT 

New York: William Morrow, 1992 

 

Yogananda, Paramahansa 

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI 

Los Angeles: Self Realization Press, 12th edit., 1993 

 

Moody, Raymond A. 

LIFE AFTER LIFE: THE INVESTIGATION OF A

PHENOMENON - SURVIVAL OF BODILY DEATH. 

NewYork: Bantam, 1975 

 

Morse, Melvin with Paul Perry. 

CLOSER TO THE LIGHT 

New York: Ivy Books, 1990 

 

Morse, Melvin with Paul Perry. 

TRANSFORMED BY THE LIGHT: THE POWERFUL EFFECT

OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES ON PEOPLE'S LIVES. 

New York: Villard Books, 1992 

 

Maslow, Abraham H. 

TOWARD A PSYCHOLOGY OF BEING 

D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc., NY, 1962

 

Maslow, Abraham H. 

RELIGIONS, VALUES, AND PEAK-EXPERIENCES 

Viking Penguin, 1970 

 

Small, Jacquelyn 

EMBODYING SPIRIT: COMING ALIVE WITH MEANING

AND PURPOSE 

Hazeldon Education Materials 

Center City, Minnesota 1994 

 

Small, Jacquelyn 

AWAKENING IN TIME 

Bantam Books, 1991 

 

Small, Jacquelyn 

TRANSFORMERS: THE ARTISTS OF SELF-CREATION 

DeVorss & Company, CA, 1994 

 

TEXTBOOK OF TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHIATRY AND

PSYCHOLOGY 

Edited by Bruce W. Scotton, M.D., Allan B. Chinen, M.D., John

R. Battista, M.D. Basic Books, A Division of HarperCollins,

1996. 

 

Caplan, Mariana 

HALFWAY UP THE MOUNTAIN:

THE ERROR OF PREMATURE CLAIMS TO ENLIGHTENMENT

Hohm Press, Prescott, AZ 1999

 

Carolyn Myss

SPIRITUAL MADNESS: 

THE NECESSITY OF MEETING GOD IN DARKNESS

2 cassettes 

 

 

 

For more books see the list on:

Center for Psychological & Spiritual Health

 

 

 

 

 

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