Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This morning, I found an e-mail addressed to me that had been sent by mistake to my spam folder. I quickly read the letter, and then attempted to transfer it to my in box, but (seemingly) lost the letter in the attempt. I wrote her this response to be posted today, and then subsequently the letter itself turned up (to my relief).
Here is what I wrote:
Going through Kundalini alone is one of the greatest of life's challenges. One longs for an "expert," someone who can answer our questions, give us advice and guidance, and in general serve as a sympathetic ear for us in this most momentous experience.
Unfortunately, many lack such support, even today, when Kundalini is becoming more and more common around the world. There are, of course, some internet support sites (some are listed in the sidebar on the right). But there is no list of groups meeting locally or regionally, no list of available therapists or listeners. The Kundalini Research Network meets from time to time, and this year will it hold such a gathering in May--see their website as well as earlier entries on this blog).
My advice, always, is to try to find at least one person who is willing to become your "spiritual buddy," with whom you can share your intimate experiences. The listener does not have to be undergoing Kundalini themselves, but they should at least be serious spiritual seekers, and they should be able to share freely with you their own adventures on the path. If you can find (and afford) a transpersonal therapist, these can be quite helpful. And (again if you can afford it) methods such as massage or even acupuncture can also help alleviate symptoms (for some).
One thing you can do is to keep a journal. This will be quite helpful in terms of maintaining your own sense of advancement, and will serve you well in future when you can go back to review your progress.
Another possibility is workshops or attendance at presentations of spiritual teachers. Often it is reassuring simply to be in the presence of like-minded souls, and these sessions also offer the possibilities of meeting others whose experience is similar in some way to your own.
And, I think it is helpful to follow some simple spiritual practice, either quiet or moving, that will give you a sense of continuity and help to settle the inner unrest. You may also take comfort in reading some of the basic texts of Kundalini, such as Bonnie Greenwell's "Energies of Transformation," or "Kundalini Rising" (the recent anthology from SoundsTrue) or other books you may find just by going to the bookstore or checking out Amazon or the internet. And--don't forget the site http://www.kundalinisupport.org/ one of the most helpful of the various websites.
Overall, time is the best healer, generally bringing relief to unpleasant states and a sense of grounding and balance into your life.
Blessings to all.