The Kundalini Process: A Christian Understanding
Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality
- by Philip St. Romain
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Les, I read several books by Gopi Krishna years ago and correponded with Gene Kieffer (who has helped publicize Gopi's work) for some time.
As you know, Gopi considered his awakening to be from kundalini rising, and he is to be credited for helping to raise awareness in the West concerning this phenomenon. I don't think his kundalini experience was related to the Dark Night of the Soul. It may be that in some people kundalini activation comes in the midst of the Dark Night, but that's not really common. As I noted in my new book, the strongest correlation with kundalini seems to be apophatic spirituality -- non-discursive meditative methods, including pentecostal glossalalia. There are exceptions, of course.
You note physical crises from your past experiences, and that's more par for the course with kundalini than Dark Nights. Although kundalini can and often does activate an intense psychological cleansing process, what's far more characteristic is for the recipient of the experience to sense something going on in their body -- pressures, pains, movements of energy, blockages, breakthroughs, and so forth. It's like we're being pumped up with some kind of energy from within, and it can't always get where it needs to go, and we feel we can actually help or push it along with our attention. That's why many wonder if they are not, in fact, the cause of the whole thing.
Dark Nights are very different, usually without the somatic fireworks of kundalini.
I'm seeing my psychiatrist coming Tuesday and we'll talk about dropping the medicine for a while to see how that goes. We'll probably talk about some therapies aswell which I haven't had until now. I'll update the thread after my visit.
Saw my psychiatrist today. I got directed to the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam where I will stay for a while somehwere in January. There are specialists that know a lot about psychosis, but I still think that I didn't have a psychosis but an actual spiritual awakening. Anyways, my psych said that they will be able to give me the treatment that I need under good observation. I really hope this is the last step before I get my normal life back again.
Ralnagor, thanks for the update. I hope that course of treatment proves to be effective.
I do believe you had a religious experience, and I believe that God is still loving you and helping you. Keep praying and studying.
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