- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Lily Hill Publishing (June 9, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963293400
- ISBN-13: 978-0963293404
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,447,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first part was the story of Penny's kundalini awakening and the unravelling of her familiar routines as her psychic powers made it more difficult to handle day-to-day life. She worried that she was going psychotic. Thank goodness she chronicled this for us! She learned to respect her "symptoms" and now she shares this treasure of wisdom gained from her journey. The second part of the book she shares practical information we can use to navigate our lives with our own awakening consciousness. We can stay painfully rooted in old ways or we can evolve into a vaster, more compassionate and capable human. I wish I had the book with me to refer to, but I was so excited about it that I gave it to a friend to read. I will read anything and everything by Penny Kelly!
Many people believe that spirituality is some fine, fuzzy feeling of benevolent prayerfulness that makes everything in the world wonderful and blissful. While a full awakening does lead eventually to joy, the beginning of the road can be overwhelming in its difficulties - the appearance of clairvoyance, clairaudience, and other psychic gifts, out-of-body experiences, precognition, periods of overwhelming sensuality, strange pains in the feet, intense and explosive heating of the body, inability to concentrate, loss of interest in jobs and partners due to blossoming of your true interests or purpose, and sometimes the crumbling of your old life - all of which creates what is known as "spiritual emergency."
After 22 years of counseling those caught in these difficulties, and running a small center providing temporary housing for those whose lives fall apart, it is clear that spirituality transforms both awareness and action, and the burden of these gifts is that they must be taken back into everyday life... hence the old saying, "Before enlightenment - chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment - chop wood, carry water."
It is also clear that a true spiritual awakening is deeply connected to sexuality, and that few people mention this in their writings, partly because of the many taboos around sex, partly because it is so deeply personal, and partly because they have not had the full awakening and therefore don't know enough. Those who knew Gopi Krishna were aware of the potent sexual nature of his experiences, and those who have studied the writings of Charles Leadbetter, Lee Sannela MD, Hank Wesselman, Swami Muktananda, St. John of The Cross, and others makes it clear that although Western religions have tried to separate sexuality and spirituality, they are intimately linked.
Known in the East as "kundalini", and in the West as "grace", this book covers the full range of what may be encountered in "the full manifestation of grace" and makes it obvious that what has long been considered an outright gift of God is built-in to each of us and unfolds spontaneously. The result, says Jesuit priest Pierre deChardin, is a "move up the ladder of evolution, a biological super-creation."
This is a profound book. It has altered my view of reality, and our place of humans in it. The author tells of her startling experience and then shares her process of integrating it. In the course of doing so, she outlines the further reaches of possible human development
In one of the most fascinating parts of this book, Kelly describes how she lived through a period of time in which she felt herself living out two future paths along with her normal day-to-day life. One was much "safer" yet ultimately less satisfying, while the other was more true to living up to her full spiritual potential. She chose the path of fulfilling her potential, and I am certain that the world is a much better place for it! Kelly now lives at Lily Hill Farm in Michigan, where she teaches classes about developing intuition as she works in the gardens, barns, and kitchens. THE EVOLVING HUMAN began as a series of hand-outs for these classes, and due to popular demand grew into this beautiful book.
My kundalini awakening took place in 1994, and many things Kelly describes in THE EVOLVING HUMAN remind me of experiences I've lived through. How wonderful it is to have this book at one's side, as reassurance that kundalini is a normal part of the process of human spiritual evolution. I give this book my highest recommendation for anyone who wishes to better understand how the kundalini experience transforms one's life.