Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Healing Properties of Kundalini

lower back getting stiffAfter spending some time on a Saturday afternoon moving some heavy cement slabs in the basement of my cottage, I noticed my lower back getting quite stiff and painful, particularly when moving in a certain direction. This was just another reminder that my aging physical body is becoming increasingly sensitive to the stresses and strains of life. I just cannot do the things I use to do, even though I still like to think I can.
  
daily meditation exercisesIn the early morning as I began my daily meditation exercises sitting on two round cushions designed for this purpose, I became quickly aware of the discomfort that I was experiencing in my back. I reminded myself that despite the discomfort in my physical form, there lies within its boundaries a more subtle body whose connotation is indestructibility.

 This subtle body, often referred to as the “Vajra Body,” is made up of thousands of channels through which flow numerous life-force energies. Unlike the physical body with its ordinary nervous system, muscles, organs and other components, all subject to sickness, decay and eventual death, the subtle body is free from these inevitable sufferings. In fact, once we have made contact with this clear, conscious body of light through meditation, our physical bodies are no longer a problem, or at least, not as great a problem.

a more subtle body

The various components of the subtle Vajra Body — its channels, chakras, energy winds, etc. — are all worthy topics, but today I want to single out the channel referred to as sushumna that runs in a straight line from the top of the heads down to an area in front of the base of the spine.
energy winds

Many experiencing “Kundalini Rising” are familiar with the sushumna and the focal points located at various intervals along the channel known as chakras or energy wheels. It is at these distinct focal points that the subtle body overlays the physical body through its lymph and glandular system, revealing their purposeful connection:
  1. To share how the life-force energies of the vajra subtle body can interact with the physical body to provide relief from physical pain as the two are brought into contact with one another.
  2. To introduce methods of mobilizing the life-force energies of the subtle body in a future post.
I am not speaking solely about the process of transcending physical pain by directing our full attention away from our physical bodies. I am speaking of the ability of the life-force energies of the subtle body to assist in the relief of physical pain through our meditation experience.

Each morning, part of my meditation time is spent in an activity which could be described as "tantra." Tantra has to do with the mobilization of the life-force energies of the subtle body with the intention of growing in spiritual awareness. These energies can be mobilized through five types of activities — vibrations generated through:
  • Breath
  • Physical movement
  • Visualization
  • Sound
  • Touching, stimulation, etc.
When we carry out those activities with the deliberate purpose of mobilizing our life-force energies (which can then be directed up the sushumna by intention), we discover nature’s most natural and effective method of healing and alleviating suffering in our physical form.


chakras or energy wheels

This mobilized energy erodes away the attention we place on our physical bodies by placing us in a state of inner stillness and calm. The blissful, ecstatic, vibrational qualities of this energy soothes and restores those areas of our physical form damaged by life's stresses.

Friday, August 21, 2015

How Do You know If Kundalini Is Active?

So how do you KNOW if your Kundalini is really awakened? For Gopi Krishna and myself, two persons who practiced Kundalini meditation, we were able to observe somatic and metabolic changes in the body as the sexual sublimation process engaged and as it ultimately reached a dramatic crescendo, ushering waves of pranic energy into the brain, igniting all chakras and opening up a vast metaphysical realm. In cases like ours, the proof is incremental and documentable: The trigger induces the effects and we followed the process as you might follow a laboratory experiment — one taking place in the laboratory of your own body.

For me, the effects have been benign. Whether this holds true in your case, I can't say. Withstanding the effects depends on your ability to accept Kundalini and adapt yourself to its dictates. I've talked with many people who have shared some, if not all, of the effects listed below, and, in doing so, have thrived:
  • Triggering autonomic self-healing mechanisms capable of correcting defects due to neural degeneration;
  • Rejuvenating the brain and the body as a result of intense neuroplastic activity;
  • Retarding the aging process;
  • Reversing self-destructive and addictive behavior;
  • Heightening and enhancing consciousness through the awakening of various metanormal effects and powers;
  • Cleansing the ego by removing the effects of conditioning and programming: self-actualization;
  • Clearly demonstrating that the spirit persists after death;
  • Helping to end dependency on ineffective health-care models; and
  • Facilitating the transition into the next state of being.
What about those whose Kundalini has been ignited accidentally…without any intention to do so?

In cases where the individual cannot identify a trigger, you almost have to work inductively, from the effects back to the cause, from the symptoms to the trigger. If you can identify a number of acknowledged Kundalini effects/symptoms, you might conclude that your Kundalini has somehow been aroused. This is tricky because there’s a tendency to equate certain mental aberrations with Kundalini symptoms, persuading yourself that Kundalini has actually awakened when it hasn't. You must always verify everything you see, hear, or feel.

But suppose an individual is unable to identify a trigger, but is able to describe a set of psychic, physical, mental, and metaphysical effects that suddenly manifest themselves — effects that are so antithetical to, and even incompatible with, that person’s previous behavior or state of being. For instance, feeling the need to be alone when he/she was formerly gregarious, feeling sexually disinterested as opposed to feeling oversexed, a newfound aversion to addictive substances and behavior, dramatic changes in diet and energy levels. Obviously, the person would begin to wonder about the cause of these changes. And if that person was familiar with Kundalini, it might seem like a logical choice for a cause. But is it a well founded choice?

So, unless there's some indication of the actual trigger, there's really no way of determining if Kundalini is active. You must delve deeper. Kundalini is not to be trifled with. Make sure you're up to dealing with radical changes in condition (psychic, mental, emotional, physical, and metaphysical) over your lifetime.

Kundalini is there for the rest of you life
Don't Rush To Activate Kundalini
Activating Kundalini has far reaching consequences. Unfortunately, strip mall Yoga salons don’t know much about the aftermath of a Kundalini awakening: It’s a lifetime responsibility and learning to live with it is often beyond the ken of those trying to sell you on activating it. Interested persons should think about why they want to attempt to awaken Kundalini and how they want to go about it. In other words, the choice of trigger?

Nevertheless, since effects vary from subject to subject, even though subsets of effects may be shared in many cases, it is useful to rate each trigger by the effects it induces. That way the individual can identify which triggers to avoid and which ones produce positive effects.

Now, the term "triggers" I keep referring to are really different kinds of detonators. The actual cause — the explosive charge — that "detonates" Kundalini activity is a quantity of stored-up, distilled sexual energy (explosive charge) preternaturally available at the moment the detonator (trigger) engages.

No matter the detonator (trigger) — be it drugs, for instance, or meditation, or even sexual rapture, each detonation causes a release of sexual energy. The initiate may not feel sexually aroused during its release because in releasing sublimated sexual energy, Kundalini works at a deep neurological level. One thing is certain, however, the sensations/effects/symptoms the individual feels when Kundalini activates are always due to the release and upward climb of sexual energy to the brain (only the dosages and frequencies vary).

For example, you may feel tired, enthralled, frightened, or depressed without any erotic undercurrents. Nevertheless, sexual energy is present. The reason you may not feel sexually aroused is because the energy Kundalini releases to the brain initiates a rewiring of neural and cerebral circuits, which once fired, can cause behavioral irregularities, up to and including bliss, psychosis, and depression, which in turn, mask the sexual sublimation activity taking place in the background.

There’s another element that must be accounted for, a deterministic element some call The Field. Not every person seeking to activate Kundalini is able to do so. At the same time, not every person in whom Kundalini becomes active wants it to happen. This is especially important at the present time when so many people are striving to activate it by so many different methods. Most of them have no idea what awaits them if they succeed. And if and when they do succeed, they are often ill-prepared to deal with the aftermath.

JJ Semple
So how is the determination made on who’s going to succeed? This is important because forcing a Kundalini activation is almost beside the point in evolutionary terms. Human evolution is nowhere near complete. Over time, the human race is going to reach higher states of consciousness. What’s more, our bodies will continue to evolve. Evolution will see to it; that’s how evolution works. So, basically, in your attempt to raise it, you are trying to jumpstart something that's going to happen anyway over time.

Anyway, back to The Field...

For the trigger and the explosive charge to collide, The Field must move them into alignment; that’s it’s deterministic nature. This Field could be called The Energy Continuum or Consciousness or even a Quantum event, one whose moment is come to pass: the collision in time and space of Detonator (trigger) and Explosive charge (sexual energy), brought together by The Field (quantum event), thereby escorting an individual destiny through an evolutionary leap. This "happening" is much rarer than you might be led to believe.

What’s important for the initiates The Field does select is to realize that what he/she is undergoing is benign, any aberrant mental and psychic states can be stabilized by accepting Kundalini, not fighting it. So be patient. Let the rewiring and the restorative work begin.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Thing That Really Triggers Kundalini

If there’s ever to be a scientific study of Kundalini, so that Kundalini awakenings can become widespread and verifiable, then the single thing that triggers Kundalini needs to be isolated. Kundalini awakens in a multitude of situations, with a plethora of apparent triggers: drugs, meditation, emotional catastrophe, shaktipat, even the bizarre practice of erotic asphyxiation, but these are merely circumstances, that surround the moment of awakening, they are not the trigger itself. We must look deeper to find the first cause. I think an indication of what the trigger is can be found in two small statuettes, both bronzes, from the Kashmiri and Tibetan traditions. These bronze statues combine two figures, but were made for individual meditation. One is the Tibetan yab-yum image of Vajrasattva, the Diamond Thunderbolt Sceptre seated in upright sexual congress with Vajradhatvisvari, the Diamond Thunderbolt Wisdom. The other is the image of a rampant Kali, again in the upright position, straddling the erect penis of the dead Shiva.

Vajrasattva has huge eyes. They stare out across Vajradhatvisvari’s shoulder on the brink of terror. He’s staring into the void, one foot lifted in a stamping movement as her body climbs his in a zigzag motion like a bolt of lightning. In the other statue, Shiva’s eyes are closed, while Kali’s eyes stare straight ahead into the same terrifying ecstasy. This is the moment when the physical eyes see the complete reality of space/time, of which our visual world forms only a small part.
 
The Physical Eyes See Complete Reality
Kali’s Eyes Stare Straight Ahead

Relativity and quantum mechanics both teach that space/time is static. This reality need not be confined to mathematical formulae, or remain a mere scientific concept. It can be experienced bodily, as the statuettes show. If all of time and space is present here and now, it follows logically, and in the most down-to-earth way, that the moment of my death is present here and now. I can look at it, experience it. This is what Vajrasattva and Kali are staring into — the fact of ending. This is what the corpse Shiva has already achieved. So what, then, does his phallus indicate? Surely a dead body is an inert, flaccid thing. On the level of reality where this trigger of Kundalini is found, ending is an action. It’s frightening, but it is something that is done. Ending is not something that’s inflicted on me, even though my body might be in a state of prostrate inertia.

This is not sexual fantasy either. It’s the moment when experience accords most with reality. Our bodies, including our brains, are made up of subatomic particles. Quantum mechanics shows that subatomic particles are not "things," they’re "events." My body is an "event" moving through days and nights that are a matrix of "events." Kali riding Shiva is an "event." Vajradhatvisvari climbing the Thunderbolt Sceptre’s body is an "event." And, as Feynman showed in his space/time maps, every subatomic event is marked by the annihilation of the initial particles and the creation of new ones. Vajrasattva’s eyes and Kali’s eyes are wide and stare-y, on the brink of terror, because consciousness can go down to this depth. The inner eyes can keep open even at this moment of becoming void. This is do-able. It’s more than a verbal concept. Consciousness, at the most fundamental level, is a quantum process. It’s been shown experimentally that the human eye, when it becomes adapted to the dark, can detect a single photon, with its zero mass, and its status as both wave and particle.

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A quantum process of consciousness triggers Kundalini, but the question remains, why, then, does Kundalini have such a radical effect on the external, physical body and on the human brain? If the trigger is so subtle, how can what it triggers — Kundalini — be so outwardly powerful?

The universe is held together by four forces: the strong force, the electromagnetic force, the weak force and the gravitational force. The strong force binds atomic nuclei together. The electromagnetic force is the force that holds in balance the process of attraction and repulsion between charged particles, and allows particles to form new combinations. The weak and gravitational forces work on more long-range interactions. Kundalini is experienced as power because Kundalini begins as a flash, a "lightning flash," of the strong force (Vajra also means "Diamond Thunderbolt") at the nucleus of the atom, and then works outwards, or rises, through the more material manifestations of the electromagnetic and weak forces (the body in space and time). This is why the circumstances that surround a Kundalini awakening can seem so confusingly varied. The sexual symbolism of the statues is appropriate, because this lightning flash that triggers Kundalini, is very similar to what can happen at the moment of orgasm, if consciousness strips itself down to nothing, so that orgasm is suspended and something else comes into being.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Transphysical Energy Activation During Fast Sleep

 ~ Speculations over a recent personal 13 minutes fast sleep experience ~

Introduction - Terminology
Due to the unusual nature of my experience I am going to use some newly created terms not contained in any English dictionary.

Normal Sleep
According to Wikipedia, sleep, as we all know it, is a naturally recurring state of mind characterized by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles, and reduced interactions with surroundings. In my text, I call this “normal sleep.” During an eight-hour night, this type of sleep undergoes several phases. Wikipedia categorizes at least four phases of sleep in detail.

Out of Body

Fast Sleep
This is actually a type of normal sleep that lasts a very short time. Normal Sleep lasts a few hours, but Fast Sleep, according to my personal experiences, is Normal Sleep that lasts anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Fast Sleep could also be understood as one or more hours of Normal Sleep that bestow the same benefits on the brain and body in only a few minutes  as many hours of Normal Sleep. I am not able to specify if this very short sleep contains all four phases (of a normal eight hours night time sleep). I tried to make an experiment at a clinic where electrodes would be placed on my brain, but the neurologist had to cancel the meeting. So, I don’t have an answer to this important question.

Unconscious Sleep
Due to the lack of answers and scientific measurements, I can’t specify what phases occur during a fast sleep experience. Therefore, the only difference I observe over the past 2-3 years is that all my sleep experiences consist of two parts. One part is completely unconscious and I am cut off from all sensory inputs. We all experience this and, according to Wikipedia, it is likely associated with what they describe as NREM Stage 2 (N2 - 45-55% of total sleep in adults) and NREM Stage 3 (N3 - 15–25% of total sleep in adults, i.e., deep sleep, slow-wave sleep), in which the sleeper is less responsive to the environment and during which environmental stimuli no longer produce any reaction.

Coming Back to Your Body

Semiconscious Sleep
This is either a transitory phase or a unique phase of Fast Sleep. According to Wikipedia, the closest analogy I can come up with is NREM Stage 1 (N1 - 5-10% of total sleep in adults, i.e., light sleep, somnolence, drowsy sleep). But what I have actually experienced is, at least in good part, different from what Wikipedia describes. In this type of sleep, which in the majority of cases is a unique phase of Fast Sleep, I fall asleep, I close my eyes, I feel more and more drawn towards a deeper state of sleep, my muscles begin to relax one by one, and finally my diaphragmatic muscles relax and my breathing enters a noisy, snoring phase.

Here what's unusual: I am not cut off from auditory and tactile senses. I can hear my own snoring and I can hear (and then remember in the awakened state) a normal conversation in the room, if there are other people present and if they are not making loud noises. I can hear music and, while sleeping, I become conscious of the fact that I am asleep. In my entire life, I never had these experiences before my biological transformation. Because my muscles are completely relaxed, I cannot say if I'm cut off from my visual sense or not, because my eyes are closed, but I can tell the difference between light and no light in the room or if the light suddenly increases. At first, when this happened, and for the very first time in my life, I began to hear my own snoring. I woke up immediately because I felt frightened. Always the same stupid question “Who’s there?” woke me up in seconds. But after hundreds of the same experiences, I got used to this, and my mind didn’t raise that question anymore.

Inception, the movie
For those who had not watched this movie, it would be better to watch it before reading the rest of my story. Here is a brief description from the IMDb that underscores the film's merits and good ratings.

My personal experience – the story as it happened 
Although I had been experiencing the Fast Sleep phenomenon for more than two years since my transphysical energy activation, what I am about to describe diverges decidedly from the sleep experiences I was used to. Fast Sleep in my case is a short 10-15 minutes Semiconscious Sleep which occurs at the confluence between normal awakened and normal sleep. At the border, somehow, the conscious mind is not fully at sleep. The hearing sense remains active and I hear my slow, snoring breath. Nighttime sleep is composed of several episodes of Fast Sleep alternating with Unconscious Sleep, the total length of which amounts to somewhere between 3 to 5 hours, for an average of four hours. During daylight I may have one or two Fast Sleep episodes, all of them semiconscious, with the hearing sense active, but lasting no more then 15 minutes.

What I am about to describe is very speculative and is based upon a unique experience which happened on June 12th, 2015 at exactly 11:30 am while I was watching a Stargate Atlantis episode. At that moment, I felt I was dropping into Fast Sleep, which is nothing unusual for me. I observed that if I allow myself to be drawn into sleep, I’ll feel much better for a long time after awakening. So I acquiesced instantly, but used the remote control to stop the film, thinking I’d resume watching it later. I was in bed, and when the moment came, I put my right hand over the top of the remote control, which was on a table next to the bed. I pressed the pause button…then my fingers relaxed over the remote and in just seconds I fell asleep. In little less than one minute, I slipped into Semiconscious Sleep; my hearing was active and could hear ambient sounds.

I was in a Semiconscious Sleep state; I was also aware of the passage of time (over the past two years I had learned to accurately estimate how much time I was spending in each state). This time, I experienced about 7 minutes of Semiconscious Fast Sleep that I’ll call Level 1.

What happened next…well, this was really unusual. Suddenly, I fell into a much deeper state of sleep that I'll call Level 2. I began dreaming. In Level 2, I was cut off from the hearing sense, but the visual sense became partially active and I saw some indescribable pictures flashing by in a kind of place where I was involved in doing something, exactly what I am now unable to recall. The impression I retained after awakening from Level 2 was that I was there for at least 35 to 45 minutes. I had the impression of spending 40 minutes there whatever “there” was. When I awoke in my room, the TV was still on, the movie was frozen on the still picture frame where I had stopped it before going to sleep. I tried pressing the Play button to resume watching the movie, but the button didn’t appear to function and the LED indicator of the HD player displayed Fast Rewind, a signal that it was re-synching to the frame where it had been stopped.

I suddenly realized that I was still sleeping and that I only passed from a Level 2 dream into a Level 1 dream, and I was dreaming this scenario of pressing the button on the remote. After very short time, I was completely awake. The interesting part of these details is that the HD player has a screensaver and if it pauses for more than 15 minutes, the screensaver automatically switches on. But this had not yet happened. So with this interesting information, I could make some measurements.

I estimated my total sleep at 13 minutes: passing from awake to Level 1 took approximately 1 minute, being there lasted about 7 minutes, semiconscious, hearing active. Then came the Level 2 sleep, whose duration was yet to be determined. Another minute was spent returning to Level 1, which included seeing the room for the first time while asleep. All of this felt very realistic. There was nothing astral about it; I was not outside my body. This is very important to mention. I was not having an “above view” or a "view from the corners of the room.” I estimate the duration of my Level 2 dreaming inside the dream had lasted no longer than 4 minutes although my impression was that I was there about 40 minutes.

The resemblance of this story with the movie Inception is so shocking. People will say that my account is a fake, a self-deception because I was influenced by the movie. But what if it was real? Scientific geniuses might conserve an amazing amount of time while asleep. For example, eight hours of this type of sleep could actually correspond to 80 hours of energized, uninterrupted work.

There are stories about people experiencing unusual states of consciousness and making amazing discoveries. In Inception, the three levels of sleep are represented as: 10 seconds in Level 1 means 3 minutes in Level 2 which means 60 minutes in Level 3, and about 20 years in Level 4. Obviously, Inception is a sci-fi movie, but I now see there is a seed of truth in it, one I never thought I’d experience in my life.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Kundalini And Time

We all feel, inwardly, at some deep level, that time is an illusion. Daily life, with its pleasures and problems, makes this illusion — that one moment follows another — irresistibly strong. But there’s still an inkling that what the physicists say is true: space and time are one and the same thing, and this space/time continuum is static. Every event that has ever been, and that ever will be, in the physical universe, is here, now, with us. Even if we only feel it as a hunch, the desire remains, at a fundamental level, to make the time illusion more than an abstract concept, in fact, to live it, and so free ourselves from it.

Paul Lyons book, Natalie, an erotic kundalini thriller
When the mind, body and subtle body are cleansed and grow still, Kundalini awakes a precious understanding: that the brain itself is an event. The brain isn’t just a lump of cells and tissue stuck inside the skull. Neural matter is an event, an action, emerging from the energy field at a frequency so high it can’t be registered, and therefore seems solid. The brain is in constant movement, and this is what creates the illusion of time — time is the surges of energy moving from left to right, and from right to left, from hemisphere to hemisphere of the thing inside our skulls.
 
Time is an illusion, but the illusion has a rhythm, and there are moments within that rhythm when Kundalini grows more intense, and it’s possible to experience the time illusion bodily. In daily life, one side of the brain dominates the other side, and there is a switching between hemispheres which is essential for our biological survival. Constant left hemisphere dominance would destroy the brain with too much outwardness, and constant right hemisphere dominance would destroy the brain with too much inwardness. In meditation, the switch from hemisphere to hemisphere takes place about every ninety minutes, and there’s a moment when the two hemispheres are in sync. This occurs naturally. It can’t be controlled. But it is an opportunity, because it’s then that Kundalini is concentrated in the susumna nadi, the central channel, beyond time. 
 
That Kundalini is as much out in the cosmos as it is inside the body can be proved by personal observation: There are two moments in the day when Kundalini is at Her most powerful: at dawn and at dusk, the “cracks in the world” of traditional wisdom. At dawn and at dusk, the physical universe becomes both expectant and poignant. Expectant, because profound change is possible. Poignant because change takes time.
 
The other morning, as the sun was coming up, a crow glided down from somewhere and landed on the fence in our garden. My eyes saw feathers and claws grasp splintery wood. My body registered weight, vibration, a bird-shaped form shaking a loose paling. My brain knew it was simply watching a crow landing on a fence. But what overwhelmed me — what Kundalini saw — were feathers, claws, a fence that were made of time. The crow’s — and the fence’s — substance was nothing but time. I was lucky enough to be at one of those instants when the two hemispheres were in sync and Kundalini took over the central channel, because my body changed, it too was made of time. It had no substance outside an event that included both me and the crow and the fence, and, suddenly, everything.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mixed Signals

Does kundalini communicate with the rational mind? And if it does, how does it work? If so, does it send mixed signals or try to trick the rational mind? Most accounts identify some kind communication between the super-conscious kundalini and the rational mind. So how does it work?

I want to address this issue because it was recently raised in a previous post by a commenter calling himself go for the gold:
"The more I read the more confused I become. My experience of Kundalini is not like others'. I was a neutral observer when I first experienced my Kundalini awakening, which was by accident. Even so, the Kundalini Serpent is definitely its own entity, looks exactly like a serpent or a dragon, thinks for itself, and almost constantly sends ideas of deception up and into my frontal lobe without my permission."
To address this, we must first explore the cosmology of kundalini and its relationship to the formation of our Beings, and that takes us to The Secret of the Golden Flower (SGF):
"In this part there is described the role played by the primal spirit and the conscious spirit in the making of the human body. The Master says, The life of man is like that of a mayfly: only the true human nature of the primal spirit can transcend the cycle of heaven and earth and the fate of the aeons. The true human nature proceeds from that which has no polarity [the ultimate] whereby it takes the true essence of heaven and earth into itself and becomes the conscious spirit. As primal spirit it receives its human nature from father and mother. This primal spirit is without consciousness and knowledge, but is able to regulate the formative processes of the body. The conscious spirit is very evident and very effective, and can adapt itself unceasingly. It is the ruler of the human heart. As long as it stays in the body it is the animus. After its departure from the body it becomes spirit. While the body is entering into existence, the primal spirit has not yet formed an embryo in which it could incorporate itself. Thus it crystallizes itself in the non-polarized free One.

"At the time of birth the conscious spirit inhales the energy and thus becomes the dwelling of the new-born. It lives in the heart. From that on the heart is master, and the primal spirit loses its place while the conscious spirit has the power.

"The primal spirit loves stillness, and the conscious spirit loves movement. In its movement it remains bound to feelings and desires. Day and night it wastes the primal seed till the energy of the primal spirit is entirely used up. Then the conscious spirit leaves the shell and goes away.

"Whoever has done good in the main has spirit-energy that is pure and clear when death comes. It passes out by the upper openings of mouth and nose. The pure and light energy rises upward and floats up to heaven and becomes the fivefold present shadow-genius, or shadow-spirit. But if, during life, the primal spirit was used by the conscious spirit for avarice, folly, desire, and lust, and committed all sorts of sins, then in the moment of death the spirit-energy is turbid and confused, and the conscious spirit passes out together with the breath, through the lower openings of the door of the belly. For if the spirit-energy is turbid and unclean, it crystallizes downward, sinks sown to hell, and becomes a demon. Then not only does the primal spirit lose its nature, but the power and wisdom of true human nature is thereby lessened. Therefore the Master says, If it moves, that is not good.

"If one wants to maintain the primal spirit one must, without fail, first subjugate the perceiving spirit. The way to subjugate it is through the circulation of the light. If one practices the circulation of the light, one must forget both body and heart. The heart must die, the spirit live. When the spirit lives, the breath will begin to circulate in a wonderful way. This is what the Master called the very best. Then the spirit must be allowed to dive down into the abdomen (solar plexus). The energy then has intercourse with spirit, and spirit unites with the energy and crystallizes itself. This is the method of starting the work."
The Secret of the Golden Flower - Wilhelm Translation, pp. 28-29
In simplest terms, this passage describes how the primal spirit (the term the SGF uses for kundalini):
  •  Plays a role in the formation of the Being,
  •  Becomes dormant once the individual is born,
  •  Can be re-awakened later on in life.
Notice that the word kundalini does not appear at all in the text. So how do we know we're talking about kundalini? This irony — the fact that we are talking about a particular phenomenon in other languages — is the result of having so many different traditions using different terms for the same thing. The translators of The SGF, Richard Wilhelm and Carl Gustav Jung, use Primal Spirit to denote Kundalini. They use Conscious Spirit to denote the Mind/Body/Senses paradigm. To further confuse the reader, Jung bullied Wilhelm into using some of his favorite psychology terms: Animus for Conscious Spirit = Mind/Body/Senses paradigm and Anima for Primal Spirit = Kundalini. And they appear throughout the text interchangeably.

Kundalini Plays a Role in the Formation of the Being
Kundalini (the Primal Spirit) is the agent of Consciousness incarnate, the all-pervasive energy continuum that links all existence. It is responsible for our bodily substantiation — creating a blueprint for our perfect body before conception, and then transforming the plan for our perfect body into flesh and blood. The Primal Spirit doesn't know algebra, or how to balance a checkbook or do crossword puzzles. It does, however, know the human body. It does know evolutionary energy. It does know DNA. It's the non-verbal intelligence of the life force, that which needs no words to execute its evolutionary mandate.

Kundalini Becomes Dormant Once the Individual is Born
Unfortunately, kundalini (the Primal Spirit) becomes dormant after birth. Doesn't mean it no longer exists; every being has this subsystem in their body. It's like a warranty — you can use it at any time to renovate and re-engineer your body. If Kundalini didn't serve a purpose, evolution would have eliminated it. That's how evolution works.

Trouble is, not everyone knows that Kundalini exists. And many who've heard of it, dispute its actuality.

Kundalini Can Be Re-activated in Later Life
However, before activating it, you first have to know that it exists and is standing by, waiting for you to activate it. There are many ways of activating it (triggers) and many changes that it brings to the being (effects). In fact, it turns the being into a Being. I can only speak for myself, and I have through my books, providing information on my kundalini activation, the challenges along the way, and the methods I practiced.

Nevertheless, my recent book, Case Studies in Kundalini does feature nine accounts of kundalini activations with different triggers and a variety of effects. Its purpose is to help readers become aware of the vastness of the Kundalini efforts in today's world. Obviously, it is not exhaustive.

Trump reads Decipering the Golden Flower
The Donald Knows Kundalini!
Back to whether kundalini sends mixed signals. I can only testify that signals/messages do bubble up from the non-verbal consciousness to the verbal mind. And for me they have been benign.


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This is an issue I've written about repeatedly. An easily understandable account  in a previous post to this blog: Is Kundalini Intelligent? features Jill Bolte Taylor’s account of left-right brain interactivity during her stroke. It's a excellent explanation of how the primal spirit (kundalini) takes over when the left brain shuts down. Kundalini (the life force, and all its other pseudonyms) is always benign, whether it's telling you what not to eat or it's trying to save your life. It has certainly never told me to smoke a cigarette.

Kundalini communicates via the nervous system, which stimulates psychic activity. If you fight it, the message can get distorted by filtering it through too much reflexive social conditioning. Let your heart be open. Don't try to control it. Remember, after activation, IT does YOU; you no longer do it.

After living with an active kundalini for forty years, I've found that it (kundalini) clears away the conditioning that the rational mind and senses imposes, and I am able to receive and process messages/instructions/signals (or whatever you want to call them) from the unconditioned "total mind/life force,” and they are always benign. Mostly, they have to do with making right choices.

I'm not talking about delusions or messages from an anthropomorphic God; I’m talking about messages that concern “right living,” a path that kundalini knows well:

    •    Controlling negative emotions.
    •    Practicing self-remembering.
    •    Practicing meditation and yoga.
    •    Avoiding material attachments.
    •    Avoiding addictions and harmful substances.
    •    Taking care of my body

Stripped of conditioning, we would all be tuned to right living, acting more in accordance with the life force and its benign, non-verbal dictates.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kundalini And My Dad

My father died recently at a venerable age (96), a respected man, and "Australia's Oldest Bush Dancer." (Bush dancing is a vigorous Aussie version of Irish and Scottish reels and jigs.) Dad was still waltzing young girls of eighty off their feet well into his ninth decade.

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He and I were diametrically opposed on the question of whether there is or isn't a transcendent reality, and the fact that awakened Kundalini is this transcendent reality taking charge of the body. A polite and cultured man, Dad could turn the air blue with what he thought of "She who goes upwards, and is outside the universe." The only "She" (with a capital S) he ever acknowledged was Mum. A passionate "you've-only-got-one-lifer," he was determined to live his one life well.

The irony is that, with the positive way he approached everything — even dying, he was a supporter of "Doctor Death," Australia's medical advocate of assisted suicide* — Dad proved himself wrong. He proved that dying is something that you do. It's the deepest form of action. It doesn't just happen to you. It isn't passive. No matter how many tubes or drugs or comas force themselves upon an inert body, dying itself is a deed, an accomplishment (even death by violence.)

So who, or what, accomplishes this deed? A transcendent being free in the energy continuum — Dad would say "bullshit" — but he's wrong. I saw it.

*For a moving account of unassisted, intentional suicide, see Wake Up Running by David Egee, pp. 189-194.


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kundalini and the Seven Goddesses

My wife's face is beautiful. When I look at her face, I glimpse a quality that I can't register, let alone grasp, not even when we make love. This quality can't be seen, touched, smelled, tasted, weighed. This beauty is hers, yet she possesses it as little as I do. It's deeply attractive, and yet seems to be as much outside her as it's inside her.
 
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Author Paul Lyons and wife, Kanlayanee

When it first awoke in me, Kundalini seemed an impersonal force, like electricity, a stinging sensation in my spine, intense heat round my coccyx and in the back of my neck, and a painful prickling in my face. There were internal tearing noises like a plaster (bandage) being pulled off, cracking sounds in my head. All this was impersonal, inhuman. It was simply happening.

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Gradually, however, I began to realize that this energy isn't impersonal at allit's female. Kundalini is a She. It was an unsettling realization. How can something so metabolic have a gender? How can a force working at a cellular level feel so undeniably female? How can this stinging and heat and these internal noises be female? Up till that point female had meant simply the other half of the human race. Female couldn't possibly be something working inside and through me, sometimes overwhelming my sense of my own masculinity.

The idea that contact with another person can bring us into the presence of a cosmic being is shocking. And yet the experience of glimpsing in another's face is a quality that can't be registered is common. Every couple has experienced this beauty that is both inside and outside them, that can't be seen, touched, smelled, tasted, weighed, and yet at some deep level still has gender — and it's female.

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Because Kundalini first activated in me suddenly and unexpectedly, during a sexual encounter, the movement of energy up my spine into my brain was rapid and overwhelming. It got out of control. My mind veered from fantasy to reality and back again. My male brain found it hard to cope with this influx of the inexplicably female. Kundalini pierced the seven chakras — they remain vivid inside me — but the movement from the base of the spine to the brain happened in a rush that blurred them. Looking back on it, I think there was some deep-seated fear of what each chakra might contain.

Gradually, I learned how to keep still, to waitor "reside"in each chakra as it opened out and unfolded. What the chakras revealed was strange: the sense of the female became more, not less, intense. And the feminine quality of Kundalini was articulated differently in each chakra. Her presence changed from chakra to chakra. At the base of the spine, She was one female Being, in the genital chakra another, and so on up. The chakras are gear changes in the sound frequencies and light waves from which the body is ultimately formed. As Kundalini ascends the spine, the frequencies get higher and more rapid, but because energy is transmitted in quanta, or discrete "packets," each change in frequency has its own separate quality.

These qualities are female. The seven Goddesses referred to in the Sat-Cakra-Nirupana are a reality. Kundalini is one Being at the base of the spine, and another Being in the genitals, and another in the belly, and in the heart, throat and brain. If one can discern the differences, their different "faces," one can get closer to the ultimate stillness to which they respond.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Being Certain in an Uncertain World

The most important factor in my life was not the result of a conscious decision — although aspects of the decision making process were present. Most important was my recognition — at an early age — that there was something out there beyond the physical, something of a more ethereal nature.

Once your psyche perceives this, you are hooked because you take on the challenge of proving it to yourself, a challenge you will never relinquish. It may take a lifetime, but this recognition provides the basis for building a life founded on searching for certainty in an uncertain world.

This is not something derived from traditional religion; it comes from within. It happens in spite of the influence of the elemental world around you. In fact, it is counter to everything the world teaches you, counter to all its conditioning and indoctrination. For me, the final step in my process of self-knowledge was listening to my body after mindlessly damaging it:
"The mind and the body really aren’t friends. The mind is a tool of the culture, an expert propagandist for fitting in. Yet, as the mind drowns out the truth, the body continues to tell it. Which is your real friend? The body, you say. Do you listen to it? I didn’t. And yet, at some level, I must have. I never would have made it back otherwise. Spiraling out control, there has to be some measure of omniscience, or else recovery is impossible. The mind is just too strong. It campaigns incessantly for all the things you think you ought to be doing, all the things you think you are missing. How can you possibly stand up to the supplications of the mind? Nevertheless, as my abilities decline, I keep a sense of awareness in spite of the things my new persona tells me about myself. Without it, I would never have found a way to restore myself."
~ Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time – JJ Semple
At an early age, a jolt of higher consciousness invaded my psyche and set me deliberating on the possibility that something greater surrounded me, that I was attached to a field of existential wisdom or consciousness, which, in daily life, manifested itself through a knowledge not acknowledged by the orthodoxies of worldly life. Gopi Krishna explains it thusly:
"The first reality we come across is consciousness. The world comes later. We know first ourselves and then the world. So the wiser course is first to understand the knower. What modern thinkers have done is to ignore or bypass the knower, forgetting that it is the knower that is doing it."
~ The Awakening of Kundalini—Gopi Krishna
These early murmurs of the psyche were almost immediately buried beneath the so-called "adjustment process" that fitting into worldly life requires us to follow. Buried, but not dead. Inert, but not extinct. All it took was an occasional murmur of the heart to awaken it.

Gee, maybe there is something out there. Maybe, I should explore it. But where to start? Could I be missing something in the sermon? At church? I feel it but have no idea of how to reach for it. Don't wait so long to think about it again. Maybe I'll understand it better the next time.

And there is always a next time. Whether it's a stirring in the body, or an instance of thrall. A chord struck while reading a novel. A sunset. A passionate kiss. An itch waiting to be scratched.

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Eventually, I did something about the itch. I started to explore self-hypnosis, yoga, all methods of meditation, and I started to do a whole lot of reading; I was about 27 years old at the time.

At first, I didn't associate my dabbling with spiritual methods with the presentiment that there was something out there. They were on two separate tracks, running in parallel:
  1. The occasional presentiment that there was something behind the material world.
  2. My practice of yoga and meditation.
I hadn't practiced enough to realize the two would eventually meet up. Although I began to see the elemental, material world for what it was — a kind of illusory distraction — I wasn't able to connect my childhood presentiments to the yoga and meditation I was practicing. In other words, I had no coherent model of  cosmology. That would come later...after much more practice.

What does this cosmology consist of? Adi Da Samraj describes it thusly:
"Precisely what is wrong with the universal scientism of modern society — and the forms of politics that derive from that scientism — is that the modern scientific 'world'-view and modern politics do not permit the human being his or her psyche.

"Scientism constantly forces the human being to stand face to face with nothing but elemental 'experience.' It denies all reality to the higher dimensions — which, since ancient times, have been recognized by human beings as their fundamental resource.

"Scientism denies the connection to the energies and 'creative' sources of the 'world.' Human beings are denied right 'religion' and true Spirituality by scientism.

"Scientism is simply an activity of the verbal mind. It is oriented toward the investigation of elemental phenomena without any psychic participation in the 'world.'

"Even when scientists investigate phenomena that are not merely elemental, but that belong to the realm of energies and the psyche, they do not study these things through the psyche. They study them 'objectively,' as if these invisibles were butterflies under a pin.

"However, in order to investigate such phenomena, one must enter into 'consideration' of them through the medium of the psyche — through feeling, through intuition, through all the aspects of the mind and heart that precede verbal consciousness.

"In this 'late-time' (or 'dark' epoch), people are not permitted to recognize and acknowledge the invisible dimensions of existence. Nor are they permitted any psychic connection to those dimensions, or to anything else for that matter.

"People are encouraged to watch TV and go to work and wait for science to save everyone. But science can never save anyone. Science is not a 'method' of salvation."
~ The Gnosticon - Adi Da Samraj
Science is supposedly value neutral, but is it? Even back then, when I started exploring, I came to realize that science was not the answer. It was always one step forward-one step back. The Salk vaccine-the atom bomb...scientists ready to dedicate themselves to research, no matter how benevolent, how heinous. As in the Dr. Strangelove-esque, I'm only a scientist; I was ordered to do it. They told me it was for the good of mankind.

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And what about Kundalini? How does it fit into the above cosmology?

For me, Kundalini was the ultimate confirmation that existence is something more than the "scientismistic" definition we limit it to. For me, it signaled the meeting up of the two tracks that had been running in parallel. Not only did Kundalini make sense of the cosmology that reaffirmed my Being's relationship "higher dimensions," it also made sense of science. If the Kundalini sub-system exists in our bodies, it must be there for a reason, and that reason boils down to the realization that human evolution is a work in progress.

Kundalini is the instrument that links human biology to higher consciousness. It is responsible for our bodily substantiation, and for our past, present, and future evolution. Our form, our brain, our consciousness! All are related to the Kundalini in us and all are still evolving. And that is what science should be studying — the biological aspects of Kundalini and its connection to consciousness.

Suppose you do have an itch to explore beyond the elemental. Young or old, it makes no difference. In your heart you know there's something out there. Metaphysical, astral, causal, etheric. Whatever you want to call it. No matter. Nurturing the recognition, never letting go of it leads to a series of innate revelations that no amount of propaganda can dispel. To be certain of one thing in life is an immense accomplishment.

And unlike most of the underlying assumptions of elemental life, based on sensory programming and hand-me-down opinions, you don't have to take someone else's word for what you discover along the Way. By finding out for yourself, you have emptied the memory banks of preconceived notions, zeroed the atomic clock back to its primordial beginning, stripped the psyche bare, and started over.

Finding certainty in an uncertain world takes courage. So does unbelieving all acquired beliefs. Yet compared to what you've been told about the world and how it functions, being certain of even one little thing, when those around you are certain of nothing, is not only a whole different paradigm, it's a manifest advantage in exploring the infinite reaches of eternity. Finding certainty in an uncertain world helps you understand the cosmology of life and discover a "peace that passeth all understanding."