Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Stupid Equals...Heart Attack

This headline isn't an analogy, or some sort of quip. Heart attack isn't a term to be bandied about. The words, "You've had a heart attack" are some of the least welcome you'll ever want to hear.

Blood-pressure gauges and  heart monitors
In the Hospital
And I had one, July 2. Out of stupidity? Perhaps. All I know was I confused kundalini symptoms with those of a heart attack? How could this ever come about, you ask? Here's how... 

Over the last two years, kundalini has moved massive amounts of energy into and around my left shoulder in an attempt to widen the muscles of that shoulder. I can feel it at work. At the same time, an artery to my heart had evidently started to clog. 'Why' was never fully determined.

That Monday, I awoke, took a shower, started to work but began to feel the type of sensations I'd associated with the kundalini work underway, only this time it was really active, shooting around my arms and shoulders, until finally locking into an area covered by football shoulder pads and it was painful: chest and back, six inches down both arms.

Very painful. And unlike previous what-I'd-call flashes it didn't go away, didn't subside. At first, I tried to ride it out, didn't want to bother my wife if it was eventually going to go away. It still thought it was kundalini.

I jogged and stretched trying to make it go away. But the pressure was to much, like it was being applied from both sides at once — from the inside and from the outside.

The notion this can't be kundalini started to take shape and I woke my wife, who, quite predictably, freaked out, but, like so many heroic women, once she understood, knew exactly what to do.

We piled into the car, and off to the hospital. Only problem...they didn't have a cardiac unit at that hospital, but did in the other hospital, 15 minutes away. So they packed me into an ambulance and away we went. 

The drill — switching hospitals — was very efficient. The last thing I remember on the way to the operating room was the doctor telling me, "You've had a heart attack. We're going to place some stents in your arteries to restore blood flow." I had no idea what a stent was. 

When I woke up, I felt great. I even got up and walked around the ward with the nurse that afternoon.

So here's the stupid part. When I was able to recall some of the events of the past two years and think things over, I realized that two separate processes had been at work in the same area of my body for the last two years — kundalini and artery blockage. Only I didn't know about the latter because, at first, the sensations I was feeling were consistent with kundalini energy movements I'd become accustomed to for the last 50 years. 

The following day the doctor came in with test results, telling me that my heart was in good shape, that I should have a good recovery. I could go back to work the following Monday.

When something like this happens, it's too bad you can't mention kundalini and be understood, that medical science wants no part of the "evolutionary energy."

But Kundalini didn't cause the attack; it's not responsible for the condition of my arteries, or any other organ. That I let my arteries deteriorate is no one's fault but my own. Cholesterol? Perhaps. Genetics? Possibly. The wear and tear on a 80-year-old body? Maybe.

Since the incident, I have investigated the cause and determined that most attacks like mine are due to high cholesterol.
"The average cholesterol for people living in the United States is much higher than 150 mg/dL; it hovers around 200 mg/dL. If your blood test results came back with a total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL, your physician might reassure you that your cholesterol is normal. But in a society where it’s normal to die of heart disease, having a “normal” cholesterol level is probably not a good thing. To become virtually heart-attack proof, you need to get your LDL cholesterol at least under 70 mg/dL."
~ GREGER, MICHAEL - How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to  prevent and reverse disease. Pan Macmillan. Kindle Edition.
By using a combination of diet recommended in the book cited above and periodic blood tests, my LDL cholesterol level tumbled from 164 on 01/04/ 2017 to 46 by 06/26/2019. And by the way, if you think this experience is a rarity, take a look at The Advanced Yoga Practices website.


One thing that did register, not that heart attacks are not to be feared, but that there are degrees of intensity. And I'm thankful to have undergone one that, at least for the time being, appears to be less critical. I still have a lot of work to do. 


  1. Damn, i could see how that happen. Words of wisdom to all us. Take care my energetic friend

  2. I have been experiencing that same energy working on my right shoulder and neck for 6 months along with pins and needles and some bliss I can totally understand that you would have missed that something other than kundalini was happening Kundalini is a persistent energy comes on and off at will 24/7 . I thought a niggling pain in my middle back was Kundalini and it was a kidney pain I am fine It happened in Fiji. I hadnt had enough to drink in the heat. It is difficult as Kundalini has a multitude of tricks up her sleeve but obviously we cant ignore things . JJ like me you realized in time it was something a little more than Kundalini . All the best for your complete recovery . <3

    1. Thank you, Kathy ...

      Since that first cardiac event, I've been doing a lot of research on my own, largely because once the doctors fix the problem (by stent or other), there's not a lot of agreement on diet, exercise, and supplements. I found I had to take an active role both in my recovery and in moving forward.

  3. It's so hard to tell the difference sometimes!!
    Had a recent trip to the ER myself so can relate. Speedy recovery to you.

  4. The amount of energy flowing through body of late has given me reason to concern as well.. I am in good physical condition, so I am not overly.. Best to you my energetic friend.

  5. Glad you are okay. Kundalini has caused many fluttering sensations in my life in the heart/chest area, so I understand. A kundalini friend once took herself to the ER because she thought her K symptoms were a heart attack. The doctors found nothing. You’ve been given a second chance - take good care.

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  9. Another "is it a heart attack or is it kundalini" episode that wound up with a stent:


    1. Thanks for commenting, Frank. I revised this post https://www.kundaliniconsortium.org/2018/07/stupid-equalsheart-attack.html and added a link to your page. Hopefully, people will begin understand the importance of diet and the warning signs that blood tests provide, information that is thoroughly vetted in this book: https://amzn.to/2t6m18x

  10. I’ve just seen this blog post very interesting and also sobering hope you are fully recovered

    1. Thanks, MM. I've actually been better than ever, although older. Health is a big part of spiritual aspiration, often avoided until an urgent matter needs attention.

  11. Lifelong yogi here, well established in Kundalini, and suffered a heart attack with some comical parallels to your own situation.

    I was having a nightmare where (in the dream) I was trying to sleep while someone kept prodding me. I begged her to leave me alone, because I was very sleepy and didn't feel well. But she kept pestering me, until I woke up, very agitated, and began packing an overnight bag without understanding why.

    As my body packed the bag and dressed itself, I observed that I was experiencing what felt like a really strong heart opening, but with an odd sparkly sensation. And it was radiating down my left shoulder/arm. I zipped the bag closed and walked downstairs.

    Seems like heart attack symptoms, I thought to myself. So I did this: I tried to relocate the flow, pushing it downward, and then outward, but it just STAYED THERE, absolutely stationary. That was weird.

    In the past, I'd had standard experiences with kundalini, e.g. the standard worries about heart palpitations and so forth. This wasn't like any of that. It was something different.

    My body brought me to the ER, where they took an EKG and rushed me (like you!) to a nearby hospital with a full cardiac department. Everyone kept asking me about my "pain", and I kept correcting them. It felt LOVELY. But medical people aren't trained to call it anything but pain (though it's known to sometimes manifest as a sensation of "fullness" in the chest...which sounds as close to a description of a spiritual heart opening as I've heard).

    My nitro-glycerin IV ran out at some point and I felt a lovely, deep, poetic swelling in my chest. I told the nurse "pain's back", and she started full-out screaming for back-up, STAT. It was a second heart attack, but they controlled it within a minute.

    They inserted a stent and I've been fine for 7 years. But I'm averse to the sort of heart surrender that sets off kundalini. So I work the jnani side of the line - self-inquiry. More head than heart. Of course, kundalini is bubbling and heart wants to consume the universe. But whenever heart twinges, I have a post-traumatic reaction that clamps it shut again. Not a bad state of equilibrium, at least for now.

    My stent, I'm reliably told, is by now a nearly inseparable part of my body. But I know a solid kundalini flow can move even skeletal structures (my first few weeks, it kept revolving my neck vertebrae).

    At this point, I truly couldn't being to mentally distinguish heart opening from arterial blockage. Here's my wisest takeaway, not completely satisfying: sadhana had created an environment of "lovely" interpretation. That's what yoga does, after all: takes the grist of life (all of which we either want MORE of or else LESS of) and makes it all lovely just exactly as-is. So it was both medical and spiritual. There's no dividing it. Different planes for different realms.

    Thankfully, we yogis don't turn into complete idiots. A deeper intelligence rings some bell, and we pack a bag and are off to hospital.

    You and I seem to be the only people on the Internet reporting this. Two data points, total. I'm thinking many of the same thoughts as you. For example, I've learned to never mention kundalini to doctors!

    But I can offer insight on two critical parts.

    1. As for the "cause", don't look so deep. It's just blockage, that's all. Like grease building up in a drain. Don't believe the spiritual hype that we're supposed to be ABOVE disease. Here's your proof: every yogi dies, duh.

    2. The reason you survived so unscathed is that you caught it early...surely thanks to yogic sensitivity (some people don't notice till their chests are screaming).

    I do AYP, too, fwiw.


    1. I have absolutely no idea why my name appears as "Frank Stanzio". I'd rather keep my surname private, but my given name's Jim!

    2. Hey, I'd forgotten that I'd commented here two years ago.

    3. Thanks for the added detail, Frank.