Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Higher Consciousness And Kundalini

This is a complicated issue, both the consciousness and the kundalini parts, separate and indivisible.

Sleepwalker to Enlightened
Pyramid of Consciousness
Just thinking about it got my head spinning, which led to more questions than answers:

  • If there's such a state as higher consciousness, does lower consciousness also exist?
  • How do higher and lower consciousness relate to each other?
  • Is consciousness — higher or lower and all states in-between — relative or absolute?
  • Are the various levels of consciousness definable by various manifestations?
  • Is Enlightenment the highest state of  consciousness?
  • Is Enlightenment an absolute state or is it relative?
  • Relative to what?
  • How does kundalini affect consciousness?
  • What if both relative consciousness and absolute consciousness exist?
So I started a list (don't we in the West always resort to a list?) of what attributes and qualities might constitute higher consciousness.

Manifestations Of Higher Consciousness
1) talents/powers/gifts

sudden acquisition of:
  • language
  • musical ability
  • art/photography abilities
  • writing ability
  • math ability
  • healing ability (oneself or others)
  • prescience
  • clairvoyance

2) realizations

  • oneness
  • no death
  • a purposeful life
  • all violence is self-hate
  • part of an energy continuum
  • there is a pre-conception design for the body
  • renunciation of material objects

3) sensitivities, aversions to

  • diet – meat, etc.
  • alcohol, cigarettes
  • drugs
  • electro-magnetic energy
  • noise
  • harsh sunlight
  • prescription medicines

4) states and conditions

  • visions
  • out of body experiences
  • revelations (as opposed to realizations: more micro than macro, for example, the imminent death of a friend)
  • invisibility, astral travel

It's a long laundry list of superhuman attributes and abilities. Whether one individual can manifest all of them, I don't know, but I would imagine it's more like a smorgasbord, not one YOU choose from, but one that confers the requisite assortment on you, according to your personality, character, karma, and level of attainment.

So if higher consciousness annointees manifest an assortment of the above, you can imagine the opposite end of the spectrum and the types of attributes the members of the lower consciousness group manifest. I won't elaborate; news blogs and journals are full of examples of the lowest common denominator behavior some human beings are capable of.

Can a person be more or less enlightened or is there nothing in between the state of complete enlightenment and the state of being completely unenlightened, i.e., an individual that spiritual teachers describe as being under the control of dualistic mind/emotion paradigm?

According to Osho, enlightenment does exist, but because of the variance among individuals, people not only come at it from different starting points, they also exhibit different states of attainment, a statement that gives credence to the notion that higher consciousness is relative, not absolute.

I see it as a process. Whether the result is full or partial enlightenment — because we inhabit bodies — there is always work to do. And that's why it is not a battle between information on consciousness and consciousness itself. Labels don’t matter; polemics don’t matter. What matters is how you manage the process on a daily basis.

I can see my process in my mind’s eye. When I look back at my life, a stranger stares back at me. This is not uncommon. In this work, life isn’t a straight line progression; it’s a series of leaps and plateaux. Whether you’re a reformed prisoner or a spiritual seeker, you probably identify with having experienced the unbearable feeling of being lost, followed by wondering if change was possible. That’s the first step. Seeing the person you once were in the rearview mirror and wondering how you were ever that way, I not only look back at one instance of my Being, but at several, shaking my head in wonderment at the various ‘me’s — even some that appeared after kundalini rising. At first, I thought I had achieved something. Like the priest who graduates from the seminary, I was unable to resist the propaganda my ego fed me about being spiritually fast-tracked.

Whether or not I am any nearer to enlightenment now than I was forty years ago, I do not know. Before I activated kundalini, I was a tangle of lost perspectives and jumbled thinking. And yet, back then, even as a preteen, I knew an ultimate being existed in me and that I could self-actualize. My childish consciousness envisaged such a transformation.

As a child, I felt capable of doing things without my knowing I was doing them…as an instrument of consciousness. Sadly, as I grew older, I put these notions or insights away and, for a while, I followed the conditioning of my social surroundings. Later, after much discomfort and failure, I came back to my early insights and thus enabled kundalini. It allowed me to step outside the mind and emotional patterns that had so long controlled me. I felt very close to the insights I’d had as a child. I began to see that even under the influence and control of the ego, I’d had moments of clairvoyance all along, spurred on, I suppose, by what Gopi Krishna called the evolutionary impulse. And I was able to learn from a series of life lessons.

Lesson One: In the hospital at age 21, I had an out-of-body experience. This confirmed that I was more than my physical body.

I can see it in my mind’s eye at any moment: a superior being, physically, mentally, and psychically capable of full consciousness. And when I see this being, I am enveloped in a mindfulness that puts everything into the simplest nonverbal terms. I vibrate at a higher frequency, sure in the realization that this state is attainable by me and by anyone else.

So how do you become enlightened? By putting your life on hold and going after it, sampling one method or following one guru after another? Or by letting it come to you? Does thinking about enlightenment in an intuitive dream state mean it exists?

I wasn’t trying to raise kundalini; in fact, I had never even heard of it. I was only trying to improve my breathing to help me play a wind instrument. Kundalini found me. And once it found me, it started to act on me, first physically, then in other ways, completely overhauling my Being. Kundalini changed my metabolism, my anatomy, my soma, my psyche, my morphology, my emotional states, and my psychic condition. And as time went on, I realized it had a evolutionary purpose: It was trying to perfect me.

Lesson Two: Kundalini has taught me is that humans are perfectable. We can be transformed; we can perfect ourselves. Nevertheless, I see this perfectability as a process and therefore it is relative, not absolute. If it was absolute, it wouldn’t be a process; it would happen all at once. And maybe it does for some, but that is a different story.

Lesson Three: Having activated kundalini, I see reincarnation as an actuality. If that's true, there must exist, subsequent to this present mortality, a kind of firefly of essence that carries the accumulated energy of previous lifetimes to the next incarnation — a spark of consciousness that's never extinguished.

My colleague, Corinne Lebrun, uses a wonderful analogy to compare the attributes of average human consciousness to a piano with three octaves. Once kundalini is awakened, the deficient piano becomes an instrument of eight octaves. It's not possible for the initiate to avail himself of all eight octaves immediately, but at least — unlike in his previous limited state — he now knows those extra octaves exist. Over time, he learns to incorporate the now greater range of his instrument into the symphony of his life. Yes, life is like a symphony:

  • 1st movement: Allegro
  • 2nd movement: Slow
  • 3rd movement: Minuet
  • 4th movement: Allegro

It ends up as it starts out, unless those additional octaves are awakened.

Hopefully, some manifestations of higher consciousness fall into his lap, like when a pianist creates an improvisation never before attempted; some demand further practice.

And he ends up with a potpourri of talents, powers, gifts, realizations, sensitivities, conditions heretofore unimaginable, allowing him to attain his predestined level on the pyramid of consciousness.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Logos Lux- Part I

People often talk about Spirit and Spirit Energy, but few actually know what it is. According to The Kybalion, Spirit is "Unknowable, Unmovable, All-Pervading- having existed always and will always exist." It is the Underlying Essence, the Primum Mobile, the Great White light. According to the Qabalah, Spirit is the highest Element, the synthesis of all the Elements. Alchemically, it has been called the Quintessence, and even alluded to as the Mercury Element because of its Mercurial, fluidic nature. Truth is, Spirit is the animating principle of everything that exists.

Matter is real to us humans insofar as we are in this physical body and are able to live and move our being on planet Earth. But matter is, according to Quantum Physics not real, something the Ancients always have known. It is Maya, an illusion. If you look at a molecule with a microscope and you break it down, matter is in reality just empty space with electrons and neutrons orbiting around each other. But at its core it is empty space. An un-reality.
Nevertheless, there must be an underlying reality, overlaid with this illusion of matter. So if matter is not real, then what is real?

What is real is Spirit. Spirit is in everything. It is the mortar which creates everything in existence. And as we are also Spirit; we have a Spiritual counterpart. It is our duty as human beings to get in touch with it. This is called in Christian terms, the Resurrection, or Rebirth. Metaphorically speaking, being born again, into Spirit. It is the raising of consciousness above physical matter into Spiritual reality that underlies all things.

In the Qabalah, Spirit is Kether, the Crown, the White Light and the highest state of consciousness attainable by human beings. In reality we can never know the Great White light directly. To do so, the 
physical body would have to die. This is why those who have near death experiences report seeing the White Light. We know it and of it through the next two spheres of the Tree of Life, Chokmah and Binah, Wisdom and Understanding. In the Christian pantheon, it is the Trinity. Kether is the Father, Chokmah is the Son and Binah is the Holy Ghost. These three are Eternal, that part of us which was never born and will never die.

The Trinity
The Christian Trinity

We have an ability to perceive reality through Intuition, by using what is called the Mind's Eye. This is the 6th Chakra, the one below the Crown Chakra, which filters the White Light or Spirit. Some of us are in tune with the Mind's Eye and some are so conditioned by matter as perceived by the senses and by the Ego that their Mind's Eye has calcified and closed up. They don’t perceive reality through intuition, but only through the intellect.

The intellect is the by-product of the Mind and its main operator is the Ego. The Ego lives in the Water Element, which comprises 93% of our physical bodies, as we are mainly made up of water. Now, in order to raise consciousness above the physical body and the Ego, we must apply heat and the Fire Element to burn away the dross and negative karma stored in the Waters of the body, in our memories. The Ego feeds off fear stored in the karma of our memories, through fear of the past. It is formed and lives with us, trying to convince us that we are it. One way to apply heat to old memories in order to purge them is by raising the Kundalini Energy.

What is the Kundalini? Kundalini is the latent energy in man which resides at the base of the spine and which is said to be coiled three times. 
Raising this energy happens through the use of spiritual practices, by meditation, a traumatic life experience, or even through the use of recreational drugs. The energy rises through the spinal column and into the brain. Once raised to the top of the head, it triggers an awakening of the Spiritual Body counterpart, whose purpose is to attune us to the subtle world of the Spirit. This is the Body of Light.

Kundalini Rising
Kundalini Rising up the spine into the brain
This Spiritual Awakening, the highest Degree of Enlightenment, occurs after many, many years of purging and transforming. Enlightenment basically means to be In-Light, therefore it is akin to the Resurrection of the physical body into the Spirit, as the Spirit is Light. The two words mean the same thing. Enlightenment is the state of achievement while Resurrection is the process of attainment to this goal.

Kundalini triggers the awakening of the Spiritual body which, according to the Hindus, awakens the 72,000 nadis. Once this occurs, the awakened human becomes like a tree, with feet rooted in Mother Earth. Awakened ones receive vibrations from invisible worlds that are attuned to the World Aeon, the Aura of the Earth. These awakened nadis serve as receptors while the air around us serves as a medium of transmission of energy signals related to thoughts and feelings. This is the source of Telepathy, which is the direct knowledge of another's thoughts, and Empathy, which is the direct knowledge of other people's feelings.

Air is also linked to Spirit and in some Spiritual practices it is considered as the Spirit. But Qabalistically, Air is an Element, and therefore a part of Spirit, but not Spirit itself. But since Air moves both Water and Fire Elements in the physical realm of matter, the same property is given to it through the Alchemical Elements. "As Above, So Below." What takes place in the Microcosm, also takes place in the Macrocosm. And vice versa.

Air is Thought, while Water is Emotion, and Fire is Willpower. Thought moves both Willpower and Emotion, hence Air is said to be suspended between Fire and Water, which represent Life. Visually, it is the Hexagram or the Star of David, a Jewish symbol relating to Life itself. W
ithin the Earth's atmosphere, Air is all around us; all life needs air in order to survive. Without air we cannot breathe and without breath there is no life. Simple as that. Air is Life.

Once an individual's Spiritual body and the 72,000 nadis are awakened, consciousness is able to receive and perceive vibrations and the person is termed "psychic" to a greater or lesser extent. Being Psychic is the ability to perceive worlds beyond the physical by using "psychism," the psyche, 
or the Mind. Hence it is an internal process of receiving. The awakened nadis are the antennae while air is the medium of transmission of vibrations. This is why people say that a Kundalini awakening, the raising of consciousness, and awakening of the Spiritual body, catapults the person into the world of Energy and Vibration. The Ancients called this the 4th Dimension.

Energy is an invisible substance that we talk about all the time. Upon closer inspection, we will see that Energy and Spirit are oftentimes interchangeable terms. Spirit is therefore Energy, and it can be measured and quantified due to its vibrational frequency. But there are varying degrees of Energy — Spirit being just one of them — that vibrate at the highest 
frequency. Once you start lowering vibration, you are able to tune into different vibratory fields between Spirit and Matter. Matter is said to vibrate at such a low frequency it is practically at rest. While Spirit vibrates at such a high frequency it is invisible. But both occupy the same Space at the same Time. Raising the Kundalini enables you to experience this Other World that is normally imperceptible by the senses.

Tesla talks

It is our duty as human beings to raise consciousness to the level of Spirit, thereby raising our own vibrations. Vibrations affect everything, and if we raise our own vibrations we immediately affect everything and everyone that comes into contact with us. Vibrations work through induction. Hence they emanate and jump from one person to another, affecting everything from living things to inanimate objects. Quantum Physics now corroborates this process, knowledge the Ancients discovered thousands of years ago. We cannot look at anything or give anything attention, without changing it in the process.

So, what is consciousness? As human beings we are "consciousness," able to perceive the world around us through the five senses, and
 through the 6th sense of intuition, the Mind's Eye. Consciousness is everything around us, it is Spirit. You need the vehicle of consciousness in order to perceive and experience the world. Consciousness for humans works through Attention of Willpower.

That which we give attention to is where our consciousness is. If we give our thoughts attention, then we are in our own heads, in our minds and our consciousness is turned inwards. We are basically living out only what we think. If our attention is inwards, then we are in the Ego. If it is outwards, we are resonating with Spirit. If we focus our attention outwards into the physical world, we connect our consciousness with all living and non-living things and by uniting our consciousness with what is outside of us, we become One with the thing we are looking at. By becoming One with it, we stop living in the duality of Mind, and attune to the Moment, the Now. Since Past and Future only exist in the Mind as a form of duality. The Spirit lives in Singularity; while the Ego in Duality.

The Now is a rapturous Moment. In the Now,
 human beings feel a phenomenal emotionality. And since we love to feel good, we strive to be in the Now. We do so through the creative arts, by meditating, or through acts which make us literally lose ourselves. The creative process excites our imagination, which puts us in touch with the Now. This is why an artist, poet, or musician gets so enraptured with creating that they lose track of time and exist only in the Now. Another way is through meditation — either focusing on something, an object or thought and holding it, or by working to silence the mind. Both processes put the person in touch with the Now.

In reality, all life is a form of meditation, since we are constantly thinking about something. Even focusing to not think is thinking about not thinking, hence it is a form of thought. Thought is at the core of everything in the Universe — at least, as far as our Milky Way Galaxy is concerned. Talking about different Galaxies and the feasibility of existence there is to talk without factual knowledge. So when talking about the Universe, let it be understood we are only talking about our Milky Way Galaxy and our own Solar System.

to be continued in Parts II and III...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Self-Realization Begins At Birth

Self-realization begins at birth; it is the journey as much as the destination.

Consider the words of Indian author, Tarun J Tejpal, cited at the beginning of Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time:
"The greatest book in the world, The Mahabharata, tells us we all have to live and die by our karmic cycle. Thus works the perfect reward-and-punishment, cause-and-effect, code of the universe. We live out in our present life what we wrote out in our last. But the great moral thriller also orders us to rage against karma and its despotic dictates. It teaches us to subvert it. To change it. It tells us we also write out our next lives as we live out our present."
~ The Alchemy of Desire —Tarun J. Tejpal
The author insists that karma can be "improved." Whether it actually can or not, I don't know, but I lean toward believing.

I came to The Secret of the Golden Flower (SGF) through serendipitous happenstance. It was only after I started practicing the method that I realized its empirical value as a manual for activating Kundalini. Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time pays homage to those ancients: Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian, who, during solitary, self-imposed exile, developed techniques for self-realization. I believe that my journey closely parallels theirs much more than it does the more modern, feel-good, New-Age Western approach so prevalent today.

It wasn't an ability to see beyond my circumstances that led me to start meditating. It was a combination of dire straits, detective work, and luck. But something in me blazed — some spark of self-awareness allowed me to find the right, and only, means (The SGF) to restore me to my perfect body. There was also a personality component: I’m resilient.

After a childhood accident, my body slowly imploded. As a consequence, my abilities in maths and music disappeared. The changes were physical, caused by interference with vital nerve conduits — the result of my refusal to tell doctors about the splinter lodged in my ankle. This is difficult to understand because most people live their entire lives with their bodies in a single morphological state. They experience normal growth, but do not lose faculties or abilities and do not change their base morphology.

My 1977 meeting with Gopi Krishna in Kashmir was my first encounter with a confirmed Kundalini practitioner/researcher. He got me thinking beyond the difficult-to-reconcile spiritual aspects of Kundalini. He got me wondering about Kundalini meditation as a scientific process and a Kundalini awakening as the result of an experiment — one performed in the laboratory of the body. A deliberate and repeatable experiment, the techniques for which, can be passed along. My books update the SGF for today's audience, making its teachings more accessible and more structured.

Gopi Krishna was the first person who understood my condition completely. And he provided practical information on living with Kundalini.

Kundalini practitioners are like the people in Close Encounters of the Third Kind — obsessed. They undertake a great journey, and like most explorers they want to share their experiences with others. I wanted to write my story earlier, soon after it occurred in 1972. However, much like Gopi Krishna, I felt I had to wait until the experience ran its course. Little did I know I would still be experiencing the after effects some 40 years later. Still, not a single day goes by without some concomitant due to Kundalini.

The changes wrought by Kundalini are:

  • Heighten and enhance consciousness to effect a release from Karmic bondage,
  • Increase psychic abilities, astral travel, OBE, as well as creativity,
  • Reverse self-destructive and addictive behavior, be a better problem solver,
  • Trigger autonomic self-healing, retard the aging process,
  • No longer fear death.

I have experienced most of them in one form or another, and this is a mere subset.

I was attracted to The SGF because of its stance vis-à-vis the real world:
"When there is a gradual success in producing the circulation of the light, a man must not give up his ordinary occupation in doing so. The ancients said, 'When occupations come to us, we must accept them; when things come to us, we must understand them from the ground up.'"
Living with Kundalini is something most people don't think about while they are trying to raise it. My method (GFM) takes about a year, but once raised, you have to live with it for the rest of your life. There is a long period of adjustment. Kundalini not only changes your metabolic and somatic systems, it affects how you relate to the world and to others emotionally.

If we didn't inhabit bodies, there would be no material attachments, no negative emotions, war, greed, pride, fear, pain, etc. Kundalini makes us feel we should be rid of these things. But however petty, selfish, imperfect, or foolish the world outside may seem to us, despite living in a body primed with Kundalini energy, we are still human. At the same time Kundalini is developing greater consciousness, we must not neglect real world obligations.

I have worked hard at developing a foolproof method for activating Kundalini — one that works for every individual. Nevertheless, we are all different. Some people, try as they might, are not able to activate it. Not only must matter (psycho-sexual fuel) collide with essence (primal consciousness), the collision must take place in a kind of Quantum event that determines success.

It will take critical mass to vet Golden Flower Meditation, or any other method for that matter. Are we on the right track to achieving critical mass? I think the numbers show we are.

There are many types of Kundalini awakenings: deliberate, permanent, temporary, accidental, casual. Gopi Krishna's and mine were permanent, but that doesn't mean we were set for life. Kundalini only provides fertile ground for continued spiritual development. Nothing is automatically granted; the work is never done.

The aftermath is just as problematic as the actual awakening. So are the reasons and the motives for undertaking the activation process in the first place: you should have a good one. It's not a casual or frivolous undertaking.

I believe I was lucky in that respect. Forty years ago when I activated Kundalini, I had never even heard the term. Unlike many today, I wasn't looking for extraordinary powers; I was practicing a breathing method, hoping it would help me find myself and repair my body.

Once activated, everything came together. It's been that way ever since; it's the gift that keeps on giving — once you realize you have to surrender to its power.

I don't regret my past. I was lost and now I am found. In fact, living a self-destructive life taught me to be empathetic, to put myself in the place of others. In this era of narcissistic self-aggrandizement and self-absorption, empathy is an indispensable human quality.

I didn't know what I was doing. Headstrong trailblazing, perhaps, but my ignorance allowed me to press forward without second-guessing myself. And it just so happened that the method I discovered — the Backward-Flowing Method — doesn't allow the energy to travel up the wrong channel in the spine.

If you think about it, there's always a first time, always someone out on a limb, doing it on their own. I am one of them. I didn't realize until later that I was using my body as a laboratory. Yes, there are pitfalls, but as Gopi Krishna pointed out there are very few people — even in India — who could answer his questions about Kundalini with empirical authority. Yes, you can do it with supervision, but how do you know the person supervising you knows more than you do? And suppose you do encounter problems, how can another person really help? Are they sufficiently realized to exert some magical power or will they simply comfort you by talking common sense? In the end, each person has to find the techniques that work best for him/her. It's not like dancing or cricket where coaches can correct improper form or posture. We're working with inner space where self-observation plays an all-important role.

There are systems that work and systems that don't. There are systems that work for certain people, but not for others. At the beginning supervision is useful, but many Gurus tend to have something else going. If that something else involves the cult of personality or money grubbing, then it's not useful.

The SGF talks about sexual sublimation, Gopi Krishna talks about it. So do I, and many others. As for my process, I didn't say, "I'm going to sexually sublimate." I simply started breathing correctly. The sexual component was a seamless by-product of my breathing. Once you master Diaphragmatic Deep Breathing, you feel an energy build up in the lower belly. At this point, you command the energy to change direction, which draws distilled sexual energy up the spine to the brain. My book, The Backward-Flowing Method: The Secret of Life and Death explains the process in depth.

As for why it’s so hush-hush in India, Indian friends of mine tell me that Gurus talk about Kundalini in terms of religious doctrine, thereby excluding those practices that are inconsistent with their doctrines.

Americans are caught up in an opposite paradigm. To raise Kundalini, there are thousands trying everything from harmful drugs to intensive Yoga to drinking exotic tinctures to questionable Tantric practices. Gurus/Teachers, whatever their origin, are territorial, out to protect their own domains. Sadly, there's very little collaboration, very little sharing of information as challenges are encountered and new techniques come to the fore.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kundalini - The Ultimate Teacher

Learning From Kundalini
Either it never crossed your mind or you never thought about kundalini as a powerful teaching instrument. Nevertheless, it is... What does it teach you? Well, it's not like going to class and being pumped full of information; there's no curriculum, prerequisites, exams, or schedules.

A lesson is being taught — right before your eyes perhaps or at a deeper subconscious level. It's up to you to tune in. Learn on your own...sometimes when you're not even aware there's a lesson going on in the background. No matter, if you're oblivious to it at the moment, later on your being will tune in subliminally.

Let's start with the basics and how kundalini teaches you on the visceral level, about your body, how to treat it, nourish it, fortify it. How does this work? I learned about eating correctly in several different ways.

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First, I noticed I was attracted to certain foods and certain types of markets. Foods I'd never before eaten. Walking through the market, inspirations of food combinations popped into my head. I'd buy instinctually without forethought, and when I got home, discover that the foods went together.

Second, kundalini gave me instant feedback about foods I'd been eating since childhood, foods that weren't good for me. One example was cheese. I started to sweat at night. By the process of elimination I learned that cheese was the culprit, so I eliminated cheese. Same with other foods later on. Now I'm able to avoid the foods that aren't good for me, at the same time select those that are and combine them as they were meant to be combined.

Sleep, exercise, and supplements are also some of the basic lessons I've learned. Kundalini teaches you about your limits. The Golden Mean. Never to over eat this or over do that. Sex, too, falls into the basics category. Kundalini needs sexual energy to continue its work. Ignore this and you'll find out — as Gopi Krishna and I did — that wasting sexual energy has its deleterious effects.

Kundalini Bestows Creative Gifts
Another aspect of your being that kundalini stimulates is creativity. This, because it immediately starts sending therapeutic, curative, evolutionary energy via the nervous system throughout the body and brain. Painting, composing, singing, and writing capabilities are acquired without effort or study. I'm not saying that a person with a tin ear is suddenly composing operas, but relative to the before, the after is auspicious.

Imagine a wholly creative race of beings. No war, negative emotion, racism, phobias, or bullying. Yes, there's a long way to go, but channeling fear, doubt, and shame into creative activities helps change your low-esteem, lower-case "b" being into a capital "B" Being.

Kundalini And Addiction
Believe it or not, kundalini educates you on addiction, too. It's not that you somehow start listening to the little voice in the back of the head and give up your addiction voluntarily; kundalini rewires the nervous system, shortcircuiting the dopamine response that governs all addictions.

The Ontology Of Kundalini
Ultimately, kundalini instills a greater cosmic consciousness. With this consciousness comes the realization that death — like life — is only another state of existence...your Being in an alternate manifestation, one that vibrates at a different frequency. How do you know this? You know because kundalini meditation has escorted you through a variety of vibrational states during your practice and you have resonated with them. You know there is a limitless universe, an energy continuum vibrating just beyond the human eye's ability to perceive it. Not readily visible, but real all the same.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Metaphysics - The World Beyond the Physical World

Kundalini, Out of Body Experience (OBE), and Near Death Experience (NDE) are related. Each begins as a physical experience that ultimately triggers a variety of metaphysical phenomena, yet only NDE is studied in the Psychology Departments of large universities, in spite of the fact that strict corroboration by the scientific method has not yet happened. But like so many discoveries in science, just because they are not corroborated until the moment they are discovered and verified doesn’t mean they do not exist. No one knew about the endocrine system, DNA, atomic power, or genetic code before they were discovered. Doesn’t mean they did not exist.

OBE, NDE, and kundalini begin as physical phenomena, which almost immeditately induce metaphysical (beyond the physical) experiences, and that’s where scientists balk. At least many of them do, however...

Dr. Sam Parnia, a critical care doctor and director of resuscitation research at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, studies what people experience in that period after their heart stops and before they're resuscitated.

"The experience that people have is very personal and it's very real to them. So, for most people who've gone through these experiences, as far as they're concerned, what they've experienced is absolutely real. They've described and seen something of the other side. Now, for those of us who haven't had the experience, it's impossible to verify that, but in the same way that, for instance, if a patient comes to me and says, 'I have depression,' it would be completely unacceptable for me as a physician to simply discard that experience and say, 'Well, I don't think [so]. You may feel that you're depressed, but actually it's an illusion of having depression or you're hallucinating. Your depression, it's not really real.' So we have to remember that to the people who've had the experience, it's real to them."
"In his new book Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death, Parnia examines the experiences patients describe, but whereas much discussion around the experience of death has been philosophical or personal, Parnia is looking at the subject scientifically.”

Many people feel that NDE stories are too far out. Obviously, one's upbringing, lifestyle, and convictions influence acceptance of these accounts.

Why is NDE Being Studied?
For two reasons. One, there are corroborated accounts of NDers, who have been declared clinically dead, being able to cite observations, identifying certain factual information only occurring during the time they were certifiably dead. For instance, a nurse wearing a yellow dress comes into the hospital room of a "dead person.” Later, after the dead person is revived and he/she sees the nurse who wore the yellow dress a few days later, he/she complements the nurse about the "yellow dress," even though the nurse is now wearing a green dress and only wore the yellow one once, during the time the patient was declared clinically dead.

Two, because, even though the accounts of individuals who have undergone an NDE cannot be completely verified by present means of physical science, they are plentiful, common, and ubiquitous, and that means critical mass.

And what is science all about if it's not critical mass? Think about it. If one elephant talked, it'd probably be called witchcraft. But if elephants all over the world started talking, scientists would investigate and it would be considered worthy of study. And the graduate research students they use as cheap labor would be begging for a chance to work on the phenomenon to get recognized. Energetic young people able and willing to undertake the work of testing, discovery, and data classification. That's the difference between Kundalini and the NDE — critical mass and the fact that Kundalini experiences vary so much from one individual to another. Nevertheless, Kundalini is a physiological, and as it progresses a metaphysical, reality. A biological actuality. Yet, so far, scientists have not recognized its study value. But if the NDE is worthy of scientific investigation, so is kundalini. NDE and Kundalini induce the same effects, exhibit the same characteristics, use the same biological subsystem, and effectuate the same transition from physical to metaphysical.

Why Have Scientists Neglected Kundalini?
Why not investigate the links between 'L-Field' research, OBEs, NDEs, Kundalini, and The Tibetan Book of the Dead? A body of information at the very interface of physical and metaphysical.

The reason Kundalini has not attracted scientific research is money. The same reason that science in the 1940s turned away from the startling discoveries of Royal Raymond Rife.

In his book Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time, JJ Semple states, "After activating the Kundalini-life force energy, I was able to see the blueprint of my perfect body..." In effect, the sub-molecular structure of life.

JJ Semple's empirical research resonates with Edward Russell’s Design for Destiny: Science Reveals the Soul, (1970). "That is an extremely crude illustration of the way in which the ‘fields of life’ keep the changing atoms, molecules, and cells in the same pattern. The human electromagnetic field, of course, is infinitely more complicated than an ordinary magnetic field because it contains many local or ‘sub-fields’ of the atoms, molecules, cell and organs which, to some extent, interact with it. Despite this ‘feed-back’ from the subfields there is plenty of evidence that the overall field of the body is primary and controls its component fields.”

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Master Game

A few days before writing this post, I had a lengthy telephone conversation with Emerging Sciences Founder Michael Molina on the subject of where and how kundalini fits in with higher consciousness. Is it a cause? An effect? A prerequisite? An arbitrary happenstance?

Why are the triggers and effects so varied? Why are there so many ways of inducing kundalini? So many sundry ways it affects the individuals that either ignite it through energy cultivation or who are inexplicably struck by it?

Is it a kind of loose cannon in the forward surge of evolution? A willy-nilly, will-o-the-wisp facilitator of higher consciousness?

At one point in the conversation, while discussing its triggers, I suggested that there seemed to be personality and physiological components that govern both the ways individuals approach the theory of kundalini as well as the challenges in releasing it. I noted that once task-oriented persons like myself begin the search for self-transcendence, it becomes a quest that includes finding and practicing energy cultivation techniques (yoga and meditation in my case) until one or another induces energy sensations inside the physical body. In my case, once I detected energy activity inside my body, I knew I had found a method worth pursuing. Where it might lead me or any dangers it might present were unimportant; I would pursue it to the end — whatever that might be.

People-oriented individuals, on the other hand, readily participate in more inter-personal activities. They seek reassurance in groups and gurus whereas I steered clear of them, seeking to validate my findings much like the Buddha did, through a solitary meditation practice. This approach taught me that the journey is as important as the destination, and that the more I forged ahead alone in my misery, the easier it was to face up to challenges.

While talking with Michael about the characteristics of task- versus people-oriented persons, I remembered The Master Game, by Robert S. De Ropp, a book that played an interesting role in my life.

In 1970, when I was leaving for Europe, endowed, at that time, with only a cursory interest in yoga, my girl and I stopped in Connecticut to say goodbye to my father, very surprised that, at the moment of my departure, he handed me a copy of De Ropp’s book, subtitled, at that time, Higher Consciousness Beyond The Drug Experience. Now, in its latest release, it’s been re-subtitled, Pathways to Higher Consciousness. Such was my father’s concern (i.e., my use of drugs) that he felt the book might raise my horizons above the drug culture, helping me to aim a bit higher. That was 1970, a time when drugs were flowing freely and parents were given to dramatic warnings. In its most recent edition, the editors have posthumously shifted the book’s focus to higher consciousness as it presents a wider field of interest than drugs, although De Ropp, much like myself, declares in the earlier chapters that drugs can play a role in sensitizing the individual to more lofty pursuits, and the games they represent. Nevertheless, he is not an apologist for psychedelics:
“They [drugs] can never, no matter how often they are taken, enable the investigator to change his level of being. Their continued use represents a form of spiritual burglary which carries its own penalty, an irreparable depletion of the substances [kundalini, for example] needed for real inner work and a total loss of the individual’s capacity to develop. Carefully controlled experiments with the drugs are justified if they lead the experimenter to the conclusion that the fourth and fifth states of consciousness are possible for man. This realization may serve to awaken him to the existence of the Master Game, the only game in life that is truly worth playing.”
~ de Ropp, Robert S. The Master Game: Pathways to Higher Consciousness (Consciousness Classics) (p. 48). Gateways Books & Tapes. Kindle Edition.
Little did I know that within two years I would not only stop using drugs and alcohol, I would awaken kundalini, something my father was never able to conceive of or process…

As it happened, however, my kundalini awakening might well have been kick-started by the book my father gave me, for I devoured it on the plane to Paris and it led to further study and practice.

During the conversation with Michael, I went to the book case for my copy of The Master Game (I still have it), mentioning to him that I hadn’t read the book in over forty years, but I seemed to remember De Ropp’s writing about the factors that determine the likelihood of an individual’s becoming a spiritual seeker and, if so, how the physiological and psychological factors discussed in his book manifest themselves.

It was the chapters on Games and Types that most interested me because they examined the issue of why some awaken, some do not, and some are not even interested:

“Life games reflect life aims. And the games men choose to play indicate not only their type, but also their level of inner development. Following Thomas Szasz (more or less) we can divide life games into object games and meta-games. Object games can be thought of as games played for the attainment of material things, primarily money and the objects which money can buy. Meta-games are played for intangibles such as knowledge or the ‘salvation of the soul.’ In our culture, object games predominate. In earlier cultures, meta-games predominated.”
~ de Ropp, Robert S. The Master Game: Pathways to Higher Consciousness (Consciousness Classics) (p. 12). Gateways Books & Tapes. Kindle Edition.
De Ropp’s hierarchical table of games tells us that the highest is the Master Game, whose goal is Transcendence, Awakening, Enlightenment, or any of the various synonyms we apply to higher consciousness states.

He also tells us that the game we choose indicates our personality and physical type, from which we deduce that if we know our type, then, using the following chart, we are able to predict the game we are most likely to play. I won’t go into the exact equivalencies here; they’re sprinkled liberally throughout his book. Suffice it to say: Know the game, deduce the type; know the type, infer the game. Very neat...

He even overlays his physical types with the ancient Greek humors (Choleric, Sanguinic, Melancholic, and Phlegmatic), as well as the Hindu Gunas (Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas), warning us appropriately:
“He who tries to play a game for which his type does not fit him violates his own essence with consequences that are often disastrous.”
~ de Ropp, Robert S. The Master Game: Pathways to Higher Consciousness (Consciousness Classics) (p. 14). Gateways Books & Tapes. Kindle Edition.
Applying these notions to my own case, I consider myself to be a cross between mesomorph and ectomorph. Why? Because of a childhood accident — documented in my book, Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time — my physique and temperament took a detour from meso- to ecto- at the age of seven. Because of that turn of events, I became ideally suited to pursue self-actualization, so much so that I started a practice which led to a permanent kundalini awakening in my early thirties. A mesomorph in an ectomorph’s body, the morphological transformation I underwent allowed me to retain the qualities most apt for facing up to the rigors and challenges of releasing kundalini — Sanguinic, Cerebrotonic, Introverted, Sattvatic.

The surest kundalini activations are deliberate, not accidental or spontaneous; permanent, not temporary — the result of a proven meditation method. Essence meets Matter in a kind of Quantum event. Sexual energy flows, or is drawn, up the spine to the brain as a result of the sublimation process. Essence and matter must be aligned, sort of like when planets, suns, or moons align to produce an eclipse. That's the Quantum, or Karmic, aspect that determines why some individuals, despite proper guidance and all-out effort, are unable activate kundalini.

When I left for Europe, I was stuck in No Game -> no aim, one of the deadliest of all games. This book opened me to the Meta-Games. 

De Ropp uses WH Shelton’s work to support his theory of classification:
“Sheldon’s basic theory (supported by an abundance of evidence) is that temperament is related to physique. This is intuitively understood by every experienced novelist and playwright. Shakespeare’s three prototypes, Falstaff, Hotspur and Hamlet, correspond both physically and temperamentally to Sheldon’s three physical morphs and three temperamental tonias. Falstaff is the extreme endomorph. He is shaped like a barrel (‘this tun of a man’), typically oval in outline. Hotspur, the fiery fighter, is the extreme mesomorph, muscular, broad-shouldered, narrow-hipped, triangular in outline. Hamlet, the irresolute thinker, is lean and angular, linear in outline, the typical ectomorph. Their temperaments correspond to their physiques. Falstaff, with his passion for eating, is viscerotonic; Hotspur, with his passion for action and risk, is somatotonic; Hamlet, entangled in endless cerebration, is cerebrotonic.”
~ de Ropp, Robert S. The Master Game: Pathways to Higher Consciousness (Consciousness Classics) (p. 114). Gateways Books & Tapes. Kindle Edition.
This connects with Gopi Krishna’s understanding of physiology:
“Can we deny the fact that whether a fortuitous gift, divine grace, or the fruit of Karma, in every case there is close link between the talent and beauty exhibited and the the organic structure of the individual?”
~ Gopi Krishna - The Awakening of Kundalini
The Master Game is largely informed by Gurdjieff’s and Ouspensky’s Self-Remembering, a system De Ropp dubbed Creative Psychology — known today as Mindfulness. There is not one mention of kundalini in his book; there is, however, the recognition (quoted previously) that sexual energy plays an important role in the Master Game: an irreparable depletion of the substances needed for real inner work and a total loss of the individual’s capacity to develop. Which, once again, echoes Gopi Krishna:
“The whole of our body is filled with a very fine biochemical essence which I call the biological prana. Prana has two aspects, the universal and the individual. In the individual aspect it is composed of the subtlest elements. I should say some radiation from the various elements on a subatomic level. This prana is concentrated in the sex-energy. Normally the sex energy is used for procreative purposes, but nature has designed it for evolutionary purposes also.

“We are all familiar with the word sublimation, or refinement and purification. Most people believe that artistic talent, and genius to a large extent, depend on the sublimation of the sex-energy. Even psychologists like Freud and Jung ascribe it to libido. Now libido is sex-energy, life-energy in other words. So, according to the view of those who believe in Kundalini-according to the views of ancient masters-the human reproductive system functions in two ways, both as the evolutionary and the reproductive mechanism. As the evolutionary mechanism, it sends a fine stream of a very potent nerve-energy into the brain and another stream into the sexual region, the cause of reproduction.

“By the arousal of Kundalini we mean the reversal of the reproductive system and its functioning more as an evolutionary than as a reproductive mechanism.”
~ Gopi Krishna - The Awakening of Kundalini

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – Hog-In-Trough Game

I have concluded, therefore, that the rules which apply to Gurdjieff’s and Ouspensky’s Self-Remembering system also apply to energy cultivation techniques, such as kundalini meditation, in that the aptitude for success in the practice of these systems depends largely on the physical and temperamental characteristics of the individual. Whether kundalini is a prerequisite for attaining higher consciousness, or playing The Master Game, is purely an individual matter and cannot be determined in advance. On the other hand, a method such as Golden Flower Meditation (GFM), whose purpose is raising kundalini, holds the brightest chances of success because it induces permanent, deliberate, and safe awakenings — commensurate with an individual’s Karmic gifts, as well as his/her physical and temperamental endowments.
“Here it is sufficient to say that the Master Game can never be made easy to play. It demands all that a man has, all his feelings, all his thoughts, his entire resources, physical and spiritual. If he tries to play it in a halfhearted way or tries to get results by unlawful means, he runs the risk of destroying his own potential. For this reason it is better not to embark on the game at all than to play it halfheartedly.”
~ de Ropp, Robert S. The Master Game: Pathways to Higher Consciousness (Consciousness Classics) (p. 24). Gateways Books & Tapes. Kindle Edition.
If you’re wondering, “Am I a fit for the Master Game — with or without the release of kundalini?” You might very well find some answers in this prescient book first published in 1968.