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Kundalini Rising: Exploring the Energy of Awakening Paperback – September 1, 2009
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About the Author
Andrew Newberg, M.D. is an associate professor of radiology and psychiatry and an adjunct assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind. He is co-author of Why God Won't Go Away, Born to Believe, and The Mystical Mind.
Ken Wilber is one of the most influential and widely read American philosophers of our time. His writing has been translated into more than 20 languages. Ken Wilber is the author of many books, including The Spectrum of Consciousness; The Eye of Spirit; Grace and Grit; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; A Brief History of Everything; Boomeritis; and The Marriage of Sense and Soul. Ken Wilber lives in Denver, Colorado.
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I purchased this very interesting and informative 391 page soft cover book (Kundalini Rising: Exploring the energy of awakening written by numerous authors) on Amazon for a bargain price. One of the many things I like about this particular volume is the many different contributors writing on the subject of Kundalini, which seems to be a form of universal energy. Those who are into the Kundalini Yoga system are taught various physical movements along with meditation to bring out the Kundalini in a participant.
This excellent book is organized into four parts with each section focused on a specific area of study. Part one covers the experience: personal accounts and findings from those who have experienced Kundalini. To be honest, as a Reiki master and instructor of Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga some of the articles in this section made me personally uneasy about having a Kundalini experience. Part two explains Kundalini and your health: accounts from health experts, therapists, scientists, researchers, and clinical surveys of Kundalini experiences. Part three has six articles on Kundalini at large: Kundalini in a historical, philosophical, and cultural context. The final part explains about Kundalini in motion: Kundalini Yoga and musings Yogis.
After reading this book cover to cover I better understand what Kundalini is all about and I intend to research this subject further in the future.
If you are seeking a book that covers a wide range of topics by numerous experts in the field you should check out this excellent book.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Chair/Seated Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga for seniors and the physically challenged)
The term "Kundalini" comes originally from some of the Tantric forms of Yoga, and is believed to be a cosmic energy that lies within everyone, and is typically depicted as a coiled serpent lying at the base of the spine. Kundalini can be activated by specific practices and techniques combining purification, postures, meditation and breathing exercises or it may emerge spontaneously, particularly - but not only - in meditators. One of the reasons for my own research on the topic is that people experiencing spontaneous awakening are sometimes misdiagnosed as being mentally ill.
Although the term comes from India, and we always need to examine both the from and the content of experiences, there are good reasons for believing that the kundalini experience corresponds to many associated with the Holy Spirit.
In her introduction to the book Tami Simon - the publisher of Sounds True - reveals her own experience of kundalini after returning from a series of intensive meditation retreats in South Asia. At the time she had little idea what was going on, and there were few teachers or books to guide her. She also says something that I am certain is true: the kundalini experience is becoming more common. I have seen ever more people going through the experience in recent years, and many were neither meditators, or people from Hindu or Buddhist traditions.
The book consists of twenty-four chapters dealing with different aspects of the kundalini experience from the subjective to the philosophical and even the neurological. Despite the number of authors there is little overlap in the chapters and a remarkable similarity in the style of the chapters, despite one of them being a reprint of a thirty-year-old interview with Gopi Krishna, the famous write on kundalini and mystical experience.
I hope that this book is very widely read, not only by meditators, but also by health care professionals and anyone interested in the fruits of spiritual development and the expansion of consciousness.
Very highly recommended.
Richard G. Petty, MD, author of Healing, Meaning and Purpose: The Magical Power of the Emerging Laws of Life