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5.0 out of 5 stars "The kundalini is a force, a deep urge, within each of us...", October 13, 2009
This review is from: Kundalini Rising: Exploring the Energy of Awakening (Paperback)
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This impressive anthology, Kundalini Rising: Exploring the Energy of Awakening, reveals many facets of this mystical, creative energy that some people have encountered and which has inducted them into enlightenment states. The discussions are organized into four parts covering personal experiences with the kundalini force; information from various experts including therapists, clinical researchers, and doctors; several philosophical, historical, and cultural articles; and the writings of Yogis.

Among the most interesting pieces to this reader were:

-- Dorothy Walters' "Kundalini and the Mystic Path," which discussed her awakening at the age of 53 and explains, "Kundalini is the goddess force, the ultimate creative energy, the dynamism that keeps the world alive."

-- "Deep Light and the Great Retruthing," by Whitehawk, an American woman who gives perhaps the most lyrical insights into living with kundalini

-- David Lukoff's "Kundalini Awakening" which succinctly maps the typical (if such a word can be used) kundalini progression

-- Lawrence Edwards' "Kundalini: Her Symbols of Transformation and Freedom who who begins, "Kundalini provides one of the most extraordinary maps of the inexhaustible energies within the body and in the higher consciousness."

-- "Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as Taught by Yogi Bhajan," by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa which notes and seeks to dispel twelve myths and who offers this beautiful definition: "The kundalini is a force, a deep urge, within each of us to unfold: to express and act in our originality and uniqueness....It flows in each of us and is in each particle of existence. It is as gentle as the fragrant blooming of each petal of a spring rose. It is as inexpressible as true love...."

Sometimes called the psycho-spiritual energy, kundalini is said to move through various centers (called chakras) in the body when someone is "awakened" by the practice of spiritual discipline or simply spontaneously. The word "kundalini" means snake in Sanskrit, and when it proceeds from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, enlightenment fills the one experiencing this energy. Often kundalini energy and kundalini yoga are almost inextricably associated, but yoga can be practiced without intending to draw out the energy.

In keeping with individual experience, some of the contributors contradict others on aspects of kundalini. For instance, some warn that without proper initiation and practice a person can harm themselves if they attempt to induce the rising of the kundalini energy, while one of the yogis insists that it isn't dangerous and that no teacher or unduly rigorous spiritual practice is necessary.

KUNDALINI RISING is a valuable and fascinating reference for both the curious who know little or nothing and those who are acquainted with and may even have first-hand experience with this this spiritual/physical phenomenon. 4.5 stars.
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