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Unmasking the Rose: A Record of a Kundalini Initiation Paperback – June 1, 2002
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A middle-aged, Midwestern college professor who had never meditated, done yoga or even had a massage when her transmutation began, Walters (Marrow of Flame: Poems of the Spiritual Journey) proves in this personal narrative that the esoteric spiritual transformation of Kundalini is theoretically available to everyone. Enigmatic, ecstatic kundalini is the "snake" coiled at the base of the spine that winds upward, awakening all in its path, culminating in an explosion of the divine. Walters's journal-based story spans years to chronicle a sublime ecstasy and pain as she strove to balance the kundalini intensities in her body and psyche. Although the varying voices of the journal format detract from the effort, Walters generally gracefully untangles and illuminates an intensely personal and highly individual spiritual passage, an effort praised by prolific author Andrew Harvey, who wrote the introduction. Walters's journey began while she was focusing meditatively on an image of Hinduism's Shiva and Shakti in union. "Almost instantaneously, I felt a great surge of ecstatic energy in the lower chakras and then, within seconds, this intense force rushed upward and into my head. My very crown seemed to open in rapture, and for many minutes, I felt the energies of the unseen immensity flow in, as if petal after radiant petal were unfolding in my crown." Thus electrified and propelled to a new depth, Walters has created a worthy, probing memoir, useful for anyone seeking a firsthand account of " `God moving through your body.' Each visitation... a moment of holy embrace."
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About the Author
THE AUTHOR Dorothy Walters, PHD, taught college level English and American literature in various Midwestern universities for most of her professional life. In 1981, at age 53, she experienced spontaneous Kundalini awakening, with little or no prior knowledge or experience in such things as yoga or meditation. This event was the beginning of a long process, which led her through many subsequent episodes of ecstasy and pain as the energies sought to balance and integrate within. This ongoing process has in fact continued in one form or another up to the present, and thus it has been the focus of her attention, in terms of both her own continuing experience and personal research on the Kundalini phenomenon. She had no external guru or teacher to guide her on this most intimate journey, but rather relied on her own inner guru plus a few printed texts. In 1988, she took an early retirement from teaching and moved to San Francisco, where she lived for the next twenty-one years. While there, she met Andrew Harvey, the renowned spiritual teacher, who encouraged her to write spiritual poetry. She has now published five volumes of mystical verse, plus a spiritual autobiography. She presents a blog at www.kundalinisplendor.blogspot.com (Poems and Reflections on the Spiritual Journey). A lifelong lesbian, she is especially sympathetic to those of this sexual preference. She recently celebrated her 87th birthday and looks forward to many more. She continues to write mystical poetry and to help those who are experiencing Kundalini awakening. Andrew Harvey recently did a video interview of her and this, along with an audio DVD of both reading the poems from Marrow of Flame, is available on his website as well as her blog. She is firmly convinced that Kundalini is the engine that will take us to the next stage of human evolution, and knows from her own experience that anything can happen to anyone anywhere at any time.
Andrew Harvey is the author of "Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ" and more than thirty other books. He has also published several other collections of Rumi, including "The Way of Passion."
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As a Christian who is drawn to the mystical, I felt I needed to be introduced to kundalini. Walters certainly gives me a lot to think about. Her experience is primarily one of bliss. She attempts to describe as openly as she can her actual experience, and I am left with the understanding that kundalini feels like sexual pleasure transmuted so that it pervades the entire being. It occurs in the head, not as mental images, but as actual sensation.
I am attracted to her insistence that the path to awakening is not out of the body but in more fully uniting body and spirit. This, in my opinion (though not in hers), is in fact what Christianity actually indicates. She also speaks of the fact that the image of Christ on the cross is the final image that will occur to a Christian being awakened. The lives of the Catholic saints certainly confirms that fact.
On the other hand, the fact that Walters is a lesbian, dabbled in the occult, and uses primarily Hindu imagery in her explanations, challenges me.
And if synchronicities mean anything, I can't overlook the fact that her initiation began when she was the exact same age as I now am, in the exact same profession, and that she wrote a book on the same author that I wrote my master's thesis on.
The bottom line is that I have a better and more positive impression of what kundalini is all about. And I am left to wonder if the story of Genesis, where a serpent suggests to Adam and Eve that they eat of a forbidden tree and become like gods, is in fact a specific rejection of kundalini by the Hebrews. Since kundalini (despite the serpent image, which seems male) is considered to me a female power (goddess, even), is it possible that it was rejected in order to allow patriarchy to gain the ascendency? Or is it a warning from God Himself to avoid this serpent power?
I am left with these questions.
On the positive side, there are many interesting experiences and encounters, although it is hard to know what to make of them all. For example, the author describes being initiated by a master of Kaballah, contacted via a Ouija board, a notoriously unreliable means of contacting higher beings.
On the negative side there is a lot of mundane narrative which is less interesting.
There are many descriptions of energy flowing through the chakras, but this is not necessarily an awakening of kundalini or any kind of kundalini initiation.
The author's approach to spirituality is that of a lesbian feminist, which gives a distorted perspective on spirituality. She seems to believe that women are naturally spiritual and men are naturally aggressive, so men need women to help them discover their spiritual nature. This is an old cliché. Spirituality is nothing to do with gender. Our spiritual state is all about consciousness, and consciousness is not dictated by the sex of the physical body.
Some books I read and keep, knowing that one day I will read them again. Other books I read and give away. I will be giving this book away.
Well, Dorothy Walters is human too, yet she has experienced the highest form of spiritual arousal not once, not twice, but on a regular basis for decades. It happens when she slows down, tunes out and quiets herself. That makes sense. Everything she says makes sense.
Of all the many--countless, actually--spiritual books I've read, "Unmasking the Rose" comes the closest to the Truth. The truth that spiritual experiences are not for the already-enlightened, but for everyone. Everyone who is willing to open that door and walk through it, that is. Not that we will all experience kundalini in either its blissful or painful aspects, but that we all have the POTENTIAL to do so.
I thank Dorothy Walters for telling her story so we will have the courage to LIVE our stories, wherever they might lead us.