Recently, I had the opportunity to test this. I wasn't giving a talk or a presentation on Kundalini; I had been invited to join a community discussion group with five or six other men and I was attending my fifth or sixth session. Discussion usually skirted around cultural and any number of other progressive topics, but it never touched spiritual matters. And I never brought one up.
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One day, however, one of the participants — I later discovered he was battling cancer — mentioned the afterlife question in a way that flowed seamlessly into the existing context. I can't remember word for word what followed, but I did seize the opening to comment on my research into human energy potential and my findings that death was not to be feared and was only a transition into a new state of being. Someone asked me if I could prove it. I cited NDE and Kundalini as examples of consciousness existing outside mind and body. I underlined that mine was an hypothesis, that the research had been done in the laboratory of my own body, but was supported by many similar accounts from all over the globe. Some members continued the discussion; the man who'd started it wanted to hear more. But several others began shouting that Kundalini had no scientific value; it was only a cult.
A cult, a religion, a philosophy, a practice, and an exercise regimen. It's been called all of the above, and probably less flattering names as well, I observed. One man kept shouting it's a cult, it's a cult. I spent two minutes trying to explain that Kundalini was a biological process, that I had no religious affiliation. My experience had begun with breathing exercises, which proceeded to open up hidden energy centers in my body that I could observe and that I have documented in several books.
I stated that the experience was completely unexpected and was not the result of any religious practice. In fact, I practice no religion nor do I hold any position on God.
However, Kundalini does expand consciousness. This effect has nothing to do with religion. It is the by-product of the biological energy Kundalini produces and it resulted in my becoming immersed in an Energy Continuum, not unlike the Unified Field physicists speak of. This experience has inspired me to learn more and to keep an open mind on the subject of higher consciousness and its possible effect on evolution.
"Cult, cult," he shouted.
It's not a religion or a cult. You can't be "converted" to Kundalini, any more than you can be converted to a heart attack or an orgasm; they just happen. That's the nature of biological processes; they just happen. Some are triggered by external stimuli or practices; others are autonomic.
Needless to say that was the last meeting I attended. What's the point? If a person is so closed-minded he confuses biology with religion, there's little room for dialogue.
So how do you explain Kundalini? How do others react to your explanation? Do we learn anything from these types of encounters?