Monday, May 31, 2010
Some let the angels
come into their house
like guests dropping by
for a visit,
some keep the door
locked against unwelcome intruders,
all windows tightly closed.
I say, let them enter
through every opening and aperture,
with wings spread wide
in billowing light,
faces radiant with love,
chanting their hymns
of transcendence and joy.
Let us listen
in full attention,
lifting our eyes
now and again
to behold, briefly,
this bewildering beauty,
this dazzlement of revelation.
And, should they leave,
let us savor
the scent which lingers in the room,
the single feather
we clasp in our hand.
(from "A Cloth of Fine Gold"
Sunday, May 30, 2010
A Language You Once Knew
A LANGUAGE YOU ONCE KNEW
There will be an invitation.
It will not come tied in ribbons
nor a message streaming down
from the sky.
There will be no Roman candles
nor brilliant colors
Instead there will be a soft
in your ear,
something in a language
you once knew
and are trying to learn again.
In order to hear it,
you will need to
put down all your packages,
stop everything you are doing
and stand very still
then wait. . .
until something stirs inside.
(from "A Cloth of Fine Gold")
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Maybe Somewhere (poem)
Maybe somewhere there is a monk
even though he lived
many years before
He is still there
saying his mantra,
Face of light.
May 29, 2010
This morning, as I listened to a CD of a lama chanting, this poem appeared. And, as the chant continued, I lifted my arms and felt the sweet energies of the aura around my face. As I moved my hands outward, I continued to feel the gentle bliss flows around and over my head. And as I opened my arms even more (now some ten or so inches from my temples) the energies became more and more exquisite. And then I saw (inwardly) , first, a goddess with many arms who thus revealed herself in divine currents of feeling, and then, suddenly, a quick vision of the god and goddess in union (the image that began it all for me so many years ago, Shiva and Shakti, male and female, potential and realization, emptiness and the forms of all creation).
Such blessings are bestowed when we offer ourselves to transcendent experience, allowing our vibrations to move to ever higher levels.
May 29, 2010
(image of the goddess Lalita found at http://www.shivashakti.com/tripura.htm)
Friday, May 28, 2010
Who Is Melchizedek?
Who Was Melchizedek?
In one of the Dead Sea Scrolls is part of an ancient text called “The Heavenly Prince Melchizedek.” This text, written a century B. C. E., lends (according to some interpreters) evidence that Jesus and Melchizedek are one, that is, they served the same purpose. A passage in the New Testament (Hebrews) refers to God as saying to Jesus, "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
But who was Melchizedek?
The title of the text, speaking as it does of a “Prince”, implies that Melchizedek was a specific being, one of high status. And indeed, in one of the Old Testament narratives, he appears as though he were an actual person. But most interpreters explain that “Melchizedek” was not a person or being but is rather merely the title or name of an order--and that this group consisted of those who served the spiritual welfare of humanity, not as public figures and ordained members of the priesthood, nor those who presided in church and temples, but rather those who served without title, perhaps invisibly on this and other planes, not occupying public roles in the certified religious institutions, but working instead “behind the scenes.”
Thus when God speaks to Jesus, he is confirming his mission as an “unacknowledged priest,” dedicated to divine purposes through his life service.
I suspect that even now there are those who are in truth included in Order of Melchizedek as unacknowledged priests, of whatever faith, akin to the Boddhisattvas, who also serve humanity, putting the needs of their fellow beings before their own advancement.
Indeed, there are many among us, unnamed, unannounced, who often move quietly through the world, doing their good work for humanity, though perhaps unnoticed by their fellows.
In researching “Order of Melchizedek” I came across this article. I don’t know what I think of it. In part, I feel it goes too far in co-opting the original notion into a more schematic format for modern readers. But another part of me is drawn to many of these ideas, for they are similar to some of my own beliefs. Interestingly, the ariticle combines the notion of Melchizedek with a network of Light Beings. You be the judge.
The article is found at: (www.pleiadianlight.net/)
My sweet friends
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
LIGHT OF A DIFFERENT FREQUENCY
They call it the ascending.
The soul divesting itself
of all the nonessentials
like a pilot desperately
throwing things overboard
trying to keep the plane aloft
in the storm,
or a wagon made lighter
as it struggles to make it
over the next steep hill.
It is laborious work.
It takes years or lifetimes
It comes little by little,
the tiny increments of joy,
the ongoing intervals
Always there is a polishing,
A smoothing away of the
Then something grows lighter
Shift to a higher register.
Light of a different frequency.
Pulsations flowing like light
Heart crying its rapture,
silence like pain.
Who can find words
for this constantly moving
upward, this always being lifted
to a higher plateau,
where the blood grows thinner,
ever more refined.
(from "A Cloth of Fine Gold")
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Entering the Next Level
Entering the Next Level
We are, of course, moving forward, encountering new experiences in our own journeys of transformation all the time. We never stand still, but keep moving on to new stages, unfamiliar and exciting levels of awakening.
But at times, many of us sense a sudden shift into a new level of awareness and response, a kind of “jump” into a still more advanced state of our common evolution.
And such swift shifts can be challenging. It may take us into more intense infusions of bliss, or it can awaken old unresolved issues, wounds of body and spirit. If we move ahead too fast, we risk being overwhelmed. If we close to the new energies and the expanded awareness they bring, then we fail to accept our role in this key process and thus fail to realize our life purpose.
Here are some suggestions that I offer as a kind of loose guide:
Be open to what is unfamiliar, but don’t lose all your boundaries. Don’t be swept away as by a swift current, but don’t dam up your inner responses so that your process becomes static and hence begins to wither up and die.
Do whatever you need to to maintain balance on all levels--whether it is counseling or medical advice, more physical exercise, a change of diet--all these are important. Your body is your physical vehicle and your emotional and mental bodies all have a role to play.
Explore new territory but don’t throw away all your maps. Test every “truth” from every source in the fire of your own discriminating mind. Remember Buddha’s advice, “Believe nothing just because I have said it. Weigh it in the scales of your own rational mind.” (Paraphrase)
Examine diverse views, various perspectives, even those that seem too “weird” or “far out” to be credible. Often there is a kernel of truth even in the most seemingly outrageous positions. Extract what is valuable to you, and leave the rest for others.
Don’t “give away your power” to any teacher or source or self-proclaimed prophet. None has a monopoly on final truth--though many may have gleaned helpful insights.
Listen to your heart. If it feels right, embrace it. It it frightens you or makes you uneasy, let it go.
Enjoy each stage as it occurs, allow time for sufficient integration before moving too fast to the next.
Follow a meditation practice, but choose the one that is best for you. Some like to sit quietly and clear the mind. Others do mantra, yoga, visualization, movement and so forth. There are meditation practices for every temperament and taste. If you are on a Kundalini path, let the energies themselves show you the way.
Many believe that we are now in a time of swift transformation like that referred to above. Our energetic and physical bodies are undergoing obvious changes. As always, the cause and final purpose are clouded in mystery, but we welcome the process. As the world scene “heats up,” as crises become more acute in every arena, we realize that these challenges are part of the overall transition now taking place.
This time of massive global change has been predicted for many centuries by numerous traditions and sources, including native traditions, Nostradamus and other prophets, even such writers as W. B. Yeats, who wrote in “A Vision” about the coming close of one era and the beginnings of the next.
As is often said, “Crisis is Opportunity.” Our crisis is upon us. 2012 has already begun. It is our time of challenge, and our chance to restructure ourselves and our universe.
May 23, 2010
(Mandala created by Stacy Wills--see more of her work at
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Why I Believe in the Light Body
Why I Believe in the Light Body
The notion of the light body is not new. It has been referred to in virtually all of the esoteric traditions past and present. Sometimes it is called by another name--the process of creating it may be described as the divinization of matter, creating the Merkabah vehicle, the evolution of consciousness, entering Nirvana, or attaining enlightenment. The Egyptian, Taoist, tantric, and Jewish traditions all have names for a similar or same process.
I believe in this phenomenon because I experience it frequently in my living room when I do my energetic practice and feel the energetic shifts occurring, always at a new level. I watch the process unfold as successive layers are peeled away, “like an onion,” as some say. I note the increased sensitivity not only to the inner energy but also to outer things. I sense a transition to an ever higher vibration, as if I am being molded into a “new” being, with a transformed nervous system that more and more feels like it belongs to a being from some other place, so that I am reminded over and over that I am not truly “of this place, of this time,” but am an alien among my own species.
And--of course--there are countless others undergoing the same experience. When we are lucky enough to find one another, we confide the details of our journey, realizations that the “ordinary, normal” person could not fathom. For the most part, we keep our altered identity secret from others unless we sense that they are like minded souls.
One friend remarked, “Why should I read scientific books about cellular transformation, when I experience it constantly in my own body?” Indeed, if you are part of the process, you will know it. It is the actual transformation of consciousness (we become aware of an infinitely wider field of possibilities, of ways of experiencing ourselves and the world, than before); it is the true evolutionary shift of the species. The notion of a “light body” is not a metaphor, but a reality.
Evolution is not an easy process. We often feel we “signed up” for this mission before we got here. And we sometimes kid among ourselves that we might not have agreed so readily had we known how difficult and prolonged the journey would be.
But we are here, we are doing it, and more and more of us are involved as we move toward critical mass.
We enter by many portals--Tantric Buddhism, esoteric yoga, esoteric astrology,Taoism, the great mystery religions of Egypt and the Middle East, Sufism, mystical Christianity, mystical Judaism, native traditions--and many, many others.
All of these are leading us to a similar goal--personal transformation leading to universal initiation.
Kundalini is the driving force behind all of these movements. We feel blessed to be part of the process, for we know this is why we have come.
May 23, 2010
P.S. If you are interested in reading more about light bodies, here is a site containing some channeled information:
I cannot vouch for the validity of this information, but it does provide some thought provoking perspectives. And there are various other sites listed under "light body," with interesting material for reflection.
What is evident is that in these writings, "light" is often described in terms similar to Kundalini, and the process of awakening the light body is similar to that of Kundalini awakening. Each stage is marked by "infusions of light," which is then followed by a process of integration, until the body is ready to receive the next infusion. These stages consist of initiations of various kinds. The process literally changes the cells themselves, as they adjust to the new frequencies. And often the process involves considerable pain and difficulty as the body adjusts.
In essence, the descriptions of "light body activation" are also those of Kundalini awakening, using a different vocabulary to describe a related process.
Much of this material is channeled, and should be approached with considerable caution, but it makes for intriguing reading.)
Monday, May 24, 2010
I was never a priest
who stood in the temple
and made sounds
calling down god.
I was a little
in the dust
before my house.
One day Shiva
took me in
I did not care.
all drifted away.
All I wanted
was to dance
They speak of me still.
May 24, 2010
On this day 29 years ago, Shiva entered my body. Since then we have danced together many times.
(Image from British Museum, found on Wikipedia)
Sunday, May 23, 2010
New Age and Ancient Wisdom
The New Age has gained a bad name. What began as an attempt to rediscover and revivify ancient wisdom has become diluted, revised, commercialized, and packaged for sale on the marketplace. Yoga, one of the most sacred and (often) esoteric practices for centuries, has, in many venues, become an athletic exercise, devoted to enhancing one's physical strength and appearance. Do yoga to look good, is often the theme. Perform asanas so you can sweat and feel better is another.
Now, there is nothing wrong with doing physical exercise to improve one's health and bodily strength. But this is not the purpose of true yoga. The word yoga means (in one interpretation) "yoke." What is yoked is the inner self with the divine source. Each asana, each move, even the flicker of a finger or the turn of an eye, is part of that process of divine union, and blessed is the practitioner who is conscious of this. The enhanced physique, the improved appearance--these may occur as the byproduct, but they are not the intent.
The great gods and goddesses whose power was acknowledged and reverenced in the past become shrunken symbols worn as ornaments by those who often don't even know their names. The ancient texts are ignored or diluted so that the core messages are skewed, as if a nourishing soup had literally been watered down for a palate too weak to swallow the pure essence. Modern "prophets" who repackage ancient ideas in forms "suitable for the Western audience" go on T. V. and make millions for their offerings.
I think such activities are diversions, traps to lead us away from the true path. Some, observing the shallowness of much of the contemporary New Age scene, turn away from spiritual pursuits entirely.
But I believe that none of this detracts from the inherent truth and authenticity of the central message, given to us by sages from many eras and societies, and often spoken to us by the "teacher within". The message is simple: we and the Divine Source are one and the link between us and all other beings in our universe is Love Itself. There is indeed a "jewel in the lotus" but it is up to us to find it.
(Image from yoga.ask.com)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Shiva and Kali
The Tantric interpretation of Kali standing on top of her husband is as follows: (taken from Wikipedia)
The Shiv tattava (Divine Consciousness as Shiva) is inactive, while the Shakti tattava (Divine Energy as Kali) is active. Shiva, or Mahadeva represents Brahman, the Absolute pure consciousness which is beyond all names, forms and activities. Kali, on the other hand, represents the potential (and manifested) energy responsible for all names, forms and activities. She is his Shakti, or creative power, and is seen as the substance behind the entire content of all consciousness. She can never exist apart from Shiva or act independently of him, i.e., Shakti, all the matter/energy of the universe, is not distinct from Shiva, or Brahman, but is rather the dynamic power of Brahman.
Kali in Traditional Form, standing on Shiva's chest.
While this is an advanced concept in monistic Shaktism, it also agrees with the Nondual Trika philosophy of Kashmir, popularly known as Kashmir Shaivism and associated most famously with Abhinavagupta. There is a colloquial saying that "Shiva without Shakti is Shava" which means that without the power of action (Shakti) that is Mahakali (represented as the short "i" in Devanagari) Shiva (or consciousness itself) is inactive; Shava means corpse in Sanskrit and the play on words is that all Sanskrit consonants are assumed to be followed by a short letter "a" unless otherwise noted. The short letter "i" represents the female power or Shakti that activates Creation. This is often the explanation for why She is standing on Shiva, who is either Her husband and complement in Shaktism or the Supreme Godhead in Shaivism.
To properly understand this complex Tantric symbolism it is important to remember that the meaning behind Shiva and Kali does not stray from the non-dualistic parlance of Shankara or the Upanisads. According to both the Mahanirvana and Kularnava Tantras, there are two distinct ways of perceiving the same absolute reality. The first is a transcendental plane which is often described as static, yet infinite. It is here that there is no matter, there is no universe and only consciousness exists. This form of reality is known as Shiva, the absolute Sat-Chit-Ananda — existence, knowledge and bliss. The second is an active plane, an immanent plane, the plane of matter, of Maya, i.e., where the illusion of space-time and the appearance of an actual universe does exist. This form of reality is known as Kali or Shakti, and (in its entirety) is still specified as the same Absolute Sat-Chit-Ananda. It is here in this second plane that the universe (as we commonly know it) is experienced and is described by the Tantric seer as the play of Shakti, or God as Mother Kali.
Kali and Bhairava (the terrible form of Shiva) in Union, 18th century, Nepal
From a Tantric perspective, when one meditates on reality at rest, as absolute pure consciousness (without the activities of creation, preservation or dissolution) one refers to this as Shiva or Brahman. When one meditates on reality as dynamic and creative, as the Absolute content of pure consciousness (with all the activities of creation, preservation or dissolution) one refers to it as Kali or Shakti. However, in either case the yogini or yogi is interested in one and the same reality — the only difference being in name and fluctuating aspects of appearance. It is this which is generally accepted as the meaning of Kali standing on the chest of Shiva.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
More on Shiva
Only if Shiva
Yes, there was a Moment
the sky flew open in a brilliant flash,
Shiva’s eye awaking,
and I was present,
torrents of thunderbolts
all the vajras of heaven
unlocking, nada brahma, the silent word,
but what do I know
I saw but what can I say about
If you are seeking
explanations and prescriptions
then study lost ancient languages
rummage primal texts.
You will find phrases you can intone,
gestures to repeat at sunrise and dusk
through years of yearning,
eons of striving to shatter time.
But only if Shiva nods you alive
will you enter the first moment
when the sky tears open
and earth shudders,
the beginning of the dance.
August 16, 2001
(Image found on Wikipedia, which offers the following description:
An iconographic representation of Shiva called (Ardhanārīśvara) shows him with one half of the body as male and the other half as female. According to Ellen Goldberg, the traditional Sanskrit name for this form (Ardhanārīśvara) is best translated as "the lord who is half woman", not as "half-man, half-woman". In Hindu philosophy, this is used to visualize the belief that the sacred ultimate power of the universe as being both feminine and masculine.]
The same article goes on to say this about Shiva:
See also: Jyotirlinga
Apart from anthropomorphic images of Shiva, the worship of Shiva in the form of a lingam, or linga, is also important. These are depicted in various forms. One common form is the shape of a vertical rounded column. Shiva means auspiciousness, and linga means a sign or a symbol. Hence, the Shivalinga is regarded as a "symbol of the great God of the universe who is all-auspiciousness". Shiva also means "one in whom the whole creation sleeps after dissolution". Linga also means the same thing—a place where created objects get dissolved during the disintegration of the created universe. Since, according to Hinduism, it is the same god that creates, sustains and withdraws the universe, the Shivalinga represents symbolically God Himself.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The Power of Shiva
At first it was a carillon,
resounding all the notes
of my body, making a bright song
of my flesh and inner realms.
Then it became a bell,
awakening me everywhere,
sounding god in my body.
Now it is more like light
playing over a surface
the sun glinting over
reflections of itself,
mountains snow clad
shining white within the lake’s dark waters.
June 19, 2006
Yesterday I stopped in at the Tibet store and bought a CD offering a recording of the famous mantra “Om Namaha Shivaya” plus another track of "Om." The first consisted of a chorus of pleasant young women singing in sweet tones, very gentle and discreet. But somehow it didn’t feel right. Shiva is not a tame household god. Shiva is majestic and wild, containing and emanating the massive energies that sustain the world. He dances in abandon, and it is that dance and the strength it implies that maintains all the dynamic activity of the universe. He is not, I think, someone to be cooed to, as if you were singing a baby asleep in the cradle. Indeed, this approach suggested that this was a chorus of “nice girls,” trained in “ladyhood,” perhaps at a finishing school, and not truly grasping real “Shiva power.” I think they were not ready to approach this wheeling altar.
The next track consisted of deep male voices trained in Tibetan and Mongolian styles of overtone chanting, with a strong instrumental background, chanting “Om” as one continuous note. You had the sense that they had been there, knew the journey, and were not afraid to confront its profound implications. To listen to them was like taking a voyage into space itself, the farthest reaches of the cosmos. Nothing was left out--like space, the sound went on and on--into infinity, into the place where nothing is, where there is only this one “brahma nada,” the primordial tone from which the universe began.
When the second track ended, I thought there had been a mistake on the recording. It listed the first track as lasting more than 40 minutes, but I had heard it for only 10 or so. Then I remembered. I had simply not listened to all 40 minutes of those sweet voices, that seemed so unsuitable to me. I had simply skipped to the next section, for I felt that to do otherwise would have been like trying to hold god in a teacup.
The great gods and goddesses of antiquity are no sweet Mary, meek and mild. They are often ferocious in their energy, dynamic, with limitless creative force. They may be formidable, but they do command our respect and veneration.
(I should add, however, that this CD has sold tens of thousands of copies, so obviously it is a favorite of many. Indeed, there are many wonderful "soft" versions of Om Namah Shivaha, which means simply I bow to Shiva in all his glory. The chanting/singing of Vyaas Houston is a brilliant example of shakti power captured in a gentle rendition of this and other famous mantras and kirtans. But this particular recording did not--for me--convey the majesty and power of the Lord of all that is.)
"Never trust a god who doesn't dance." (Old saying)
May 17, 2010
(Image found on internet)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Poem by Rumi
The Grapes of My Body
The grapes of my body can only become wine
After the winemaker tramples me.
I surrender my spirit like grapes to his trampling
So my inmost heart can blaze and dance with joy.
Although the grapes go on weeping blood and sobbing
"I cannot bear any more anguish, any more cruelty"
The trampler stuffs cotton in His ears: "I am not working in ignorance
You can deny me if you want, you have every excuse,
But it is I who am the Master of this Work.
And when, through my Passion, you reach perfection,
You will never be done praising my name."
(image from Wikipedia)
Monday, May 17, 2010
Dancing with Buddha
This morning was special. After several days of "no practice," I stood in front of my Buddha thangka and waited (eyes closed), and immediately what flashed into my mind was an image of Buddha, and I was who he was. I sensed the tight curls around my head, the totally composed essence, the quiet contemplation of all that is. And then, I danced.
“At the still point of the turning world…
there the dance is…
Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”
Now, when I say "dance,' I do not mean ordinary rhythmic movements around the room. I stood perfectly still (or almost) and moved my arms and hands slightly, gradually moving into a slightly more obvious positions and gestures. (Body mudras.) What I did was enough. I felt the light move through my body, knew the places that were ready to receive bliss, those in slight distress.
The Buddha within remained still and watching, as the dance took place. Buddha was thus the still point of the turning world, and the dance which occurred was the movement and activity of the stars and all the universe.
We are, of course, all Buddhas. Buddha in this sense is our Source and our Destination. We have come here to exemplify and express our "Buddha nature" to the fullest.
But--much of the time we forget our essential nature. We go about pursuing the mundane activities of the world, not providing time to remember our precious connection with what is most important of all. Some even squander their energies in actions that harm, rather than help, our world.
Do not forget your Buddha nature (which you of course may name any way your please.) It is there always waiting for you, for it is you. At times you will contact it and think, oh, yes, this is what I have been seeking for so long. When those times happen, enjoy them fully. They are the inexhaustible fountain of joy, when we become whole and know who we truly are.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Be Prepared to Swelter (poem)
BE PREPARED TO SWELTER
If you want to go there,
check your boots and your
water bottle carefully.
Find the map
that the old one gave you
so long ago
and do your best to
you will make the wrong turn,
Be prepared to swelter
under many suns,
in countless rivers.
You will be shipwrecked many times,
or else burnt to cinder,
dust to dust.
You will meet strange winged creatures
who have no names,
from the sky
or rising up like cloud specters
They will tell you
how to continue,
what paths to follow,
but check carefully
what they say.
Sometimes you will fall
into canyons or caves,
and will not know
how to get out
until you see a
a faint light coming
from a crack or crevice,
lit wings beckoning.
When you at last arrive,
you may not remember
who you are,
what you were seeking,
why you came.
It will not matter.
Now only silence will do.
( from "A Cloth of Fine Gold")
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Let Yourself be drawn
Let Yourself Be Drawn
Let yourself be silently drawn
by the strange pull of
what you really love.
It will not lead you astray.
Oh, yes, and seek it everywhere,
even give it a name
if you are into naming things.
Do you know what it is
you are seeking?
Can you whisper
It is love itself,
the pool of love,
let it carry you
to its hidden depths,
in the currents
of your desire,
then yield to its longing
to enfold you utterly.
May 13, 2010
(Image from Wikipedia)
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Poem by Ivan Shamir
Advice from a Tree
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of your true nature
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go like leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And the delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!
- Ivan Shamir
Monday, May 10, 2010
Yesterday I attended a workshop offered by "Pachamama," an organization devoted to the preservation of the earth and to the cause of social justice. It is a large, international group whose work is recognized worldwide. "Pachamama" is a native term for "Great Mother," or earth herself. The workshop was on the theme of "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream," referring to the "Cultural Trance" our world is at present caught up in that allows the continuing devastation of our planet without recognition of the fact that we are in danger of destroying the only home we have.
This poem by Alice Walker (that I discovered today) seemed very relevant. And, of course, the energies of Kundalini are also the energies of earth and all it contains.
We Have A Beautiful Mother
We have a beautiful
We have a beautiful
We have a beautiful
The white stones
At the edge
Of the water
We have a beautiful
Her green lap
Her brown embrace
Her blue body
Everything we know.
(Image taken from Wikipedia)
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Kundallini Research Network Conference
It occurred to me that I had not posted an updated version of the Kundalini Research Network Conference for quite some time. Here is a more detailed description of the conference that is, as far as I know, the only conference of its kind (offered by an organization rather than an individual presenter) in the country. As I said earlier, it offers a wonderful opportunity for like-minded folk to gather, get acquainted, and share stories with one another.
Kundalini Research Network Presents
Perspectives on Kundalini:
Clinical, Research and Traditional Views
Spring Conference: May 14th-16th, 2010
Friday 7:30-9pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am-noon
Registration Fee: $150
Register on or before March 15, 2010 for only $125!
To register for the Kundalini Research Network Conference
and for accommodations please contact the Himalayan Institute
by clicking on their name below or calling them directly. Directions to
the Himalayan Institute can be found on their website.
The Himalayan Institute
Please check the website for updated information as program is subject to change without notice.
This conference will offer participants and presenters the rare opportunity to gather and discuss the powerful impact that yoga and meditation practices, spiritual emergence, transcendent experiences and the transformative power of Kundalini have on individuals. Through keynote presentations and panels of experts we will explore what the process of transformation and change looks like from clinical, research and traditional spiritual and yogic perspectives.
The conference will be held at the wonderful retreat setting of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. People attending the conference can also participate in the yoga classes, make use of the relaxing and healing services of their spa and stroll the hiking trails that cross their hundreds of acres of hills and forests. Delicious vegetarian meals are included in the modest accommodation fees for those staying at the Institute. There are also hotels nearby that people can stay at while attending the conference. Accommodations at the Institute and conference registration can be done directly with the Himalayan Institute.
Presenters' Biographies (alphabetical order)
Teri Degler award winning writer, is the author/co-author of ten books - including The Fiery Muse: Creativity and the Spiritual Quest (Random House of Canada) and The Divine Feminine Fire: Creativity and Your Yearning to Express Your Self (Dream River Press USA). Her books have been published in the United States, Canada, and Germany. Known for her sense of humor and the warm, supportive atmosphere in her workshops, Teri has taught in the United States and Canada. She has been featured on many radio and television programs, and her freelance writing has appeared in Family Circle, More Magazine, Today's Parent, The Toronto Star, and many other publications in the U.S. and Canada. Originally from Idaho, Teri has an MA from the University of New Mexico. For more information please visit Teri Degler.
Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D., LMHC, BCIAC EEG Fellow is the President of the Kundalini Research Network. He is on the faculty of New York Medical College and maintains a private practice in Bedford, NY providing biofeedback, psychotherapy, peak performance and meditation training (optimalmind.net). He did his doctoral research on Kundalini in the early 1980's at Temple University where he was honored as a University Scholar. He was the director of a private Jungian psychiatric treatment center in Connecticut. He prepared to become a monk under the guidance of Swami Muktananda and spent years teaching and studying Kundalini yoga in India as well as in the US. He has run ashrams, meditation centers, meditation programs and retreats internationally. He has served 5 terms as President of the Kundalini Research Network. His critically acclaimed book, The Soul's Journey: Guidance From The Divine Within, (www.thesoulsjourney.com) brings together his professional background and his extraordinary personal experiences of mystical states unfolded by Kundalini. It enables readers to grasp their potential for the direct experience of Divine in their own lives. He is also one of the authors in the new anthology published by Sounds True titled Kundalini Rising. This is a compilation of the writings of 24 leading authors in the field of Kundalini, several of whom are also part of the Kundalini Research Network. He also authored "Meditation as Medicine" in the May 2003 issue of the journal ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners in which he discusses the many health benefits of meditation and his research on the practice of mantra and its effects on heart rate variability. He is the founder and director of The Anam Cara Foundation, a non-profit 501 (C) 3 educational organization dedicated to teaching meditative practices to all. He also serves currently as President of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society. Dr. Edwards helps people from around the world dealing with Kundalini processes and spiritual emergence. He created a support website: Kundalinisupport.org in addition to all the information and resources made available on Kundalini through his website thesoulsjourney.com.
Penny Kelly is a writer, teacher, consultant, speaker, publisher, and Naturopathic physician. She is the owner of Lily Hill Farm and Learning Center in southwest Michigan where she teaches courses in Developing the Gift of Intuition, Getting Well Again Naturally, and Organic Gardening. She has a small publishing company, Kelly Networks LLC, that publishes books on the subjects of spirituality and health, and she is one of the founding members of the Tipping Point Network. Penny holds a degree in Humanistic Studies from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Clayton College, Birmingham, AL, and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in nutrition from the American Holistic College of Nutrition. She is the mother of four children and has written several books including: The Evolving Human; Robes - A Book of Coming Changes and Consciousness and Energy, Vol 1, Multi-dimensionality and A Theory of Consciousness. She is a contributing author to Kundalini Rising, published by Sounds True. For more information please visit: www.pennykelly.com
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Associate Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Ph.D. has been involved in the practice of a yoga lifestyle for over 35 years and is a Kundalini Yoga instructor. He has conducted neuroscience research for over 25 years and is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is also the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. His current research is on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices and includes studies on yoga for insomnia, music performance anxiety and public schools among others. He has traveled internationally meeting and collaborating with yoga research scientists and assists in coordinating the research component of the annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. He is the author of a comprehensive review and analysis of yoga therapy research and he also teaches an elective course at Harvard Medical School in Mind Body Medicine. Dr. Khalsa is also a contributor to the new anthology, Kundalini Rising, published by Sounds True.
Russell Park, Ph.D. is a transpersonal clinical psychologist and neurotherapist in practice in California. He is deeply experienced in working with people going through Kundalini processes and works with his wife, Jyoti Prevatt, Ph.D., running a healing retreat center, Kayumari, in Columbia, California. Dr. Park is co-author of The Power of Humility: From Conflict to Peace (written with Charles Whitfield, Russell Park and Jyoti, HCI 2004). He has been on the faculty of the institute of Transpersonal Psychology for 18 years and integrates biofeedback and neurofeedback into his life-transforming work with people. He teaches internationally along with his wife Jyoti. He is on the board of directors of the Kundalini Research Network.
Dale Pond has been involved in Kundalini Research for more than 30 years and is the corresponding secretary of the Institute for Consciousness Research. In 1975 she was introduced to meditation and spiritual laws and had a transformative experience that changed her life from the inside out. In 1977 she was fortunate to meet Gopi Krishna who shared his understanding of the Kundalini process. Then in 1988 she was blessed with an interior experience that would alter her perceptions about life as we know it and open her up to the hidden realms of our Spiritual Reality.
Paul Pond, Ph.D. is Director of Research for the Institute for Consciousness Research, has a doctorate in physics and has been involved in Kundalini experience and research for more than 30 years. He has written and spoken extensively on the subject. His focus has been on lifestyle issues and their impact on individual spiritual experience. Ever since he was first introduced to and experienced the concept of Kundalini, Paul was struck by the fact that there are laws of consciousness just as there are laws of physics. These “mental” laws operate on a much more subtle level than the physical laws of everyday experience and are contained in the basic tenets of traditional religious and esoteric thought. Kundalini is held to be responsible for mystical experience, genius and other exceptional states of mind.
Jyoti Jean Prevatt, Ph.D is an internationally renowned author, spiritual advisor and psychological consultant. She is one of the founders of the Kundalini Research Network. Her Ph.D. is in Transpersonal Psychology and her training includes two and half years of postgraduate study at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. She is a former director of the Spiritual Emergence Network and co-founder of Kayumari, a healing retreat center in Columbia, California. She experienced Kundalini awakening and subsequent transformative processes that continued for many years. She shares her experience in her book An Angel Called My Name. She and her husband, Russell Park, Ph.D., who is a clinical psychologist and author work with people going through Kundalini processes and spiritual transformation. For more information on Jyoti please visit her website: mothersgrace.com.
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D. is the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. He has two doctoral degrees, one in Sanskrit from the prestigious University of Allahabad, India and the second from the University of Pennsylvania in oriental studies. He is the successor to Swami Rama and an accomplished yogi deeply learned in the practices and the yogic texts related to hatha yoga, pranayama, Kundalini, tantra, meditation and more. He is the author of numerous books on these subjects and is thoroughly committed to living the ideals and practices of yoga in the world through humanitarian projects, eco-friendly agriculture and renewable energy programs, Ayurvedic medicine and more.
Dorothy Walters, Ph.D., experienced a dramatic and totally unexpected Kundalini awakening in l981,at age 53, while serving as a professor of English literature and women’s studies at Wichita (Kansas) State University. She shared her ongoing experience with almost no one for some 15 years, but kept a journal of her process. This event totally transformed her life, and since then her focus has been on exploring the Kundalini process through her own and others’ experiences. In l988 she took early retirement and moved to San Francisco, where she remained for the following 21 years. While there, she published three books based on her own spiritual awakening: Unmasking the Rose, A Record of a Kundalini Initiation;Marrow of Flame, Poems of the Spiritual Journey and A Cloth of Fine Gold, Poems of the Inner Journey. Dr. Walters also contributed an essay to the anthology Kundalini Rising. She has her own blog, Kundalinisplendor, featuring poetry, writing, photography and creative expressions related to the power of Kundalini in all Her forms. She hears from many people who read this blog and are seeking advice and counsel as to how to proceed on their own Kundalini journey. She serves as unofficial advisor and mentor to many of these, who often have no one else to turn to or are located in remote areas where no qualified teachers or counselors are available. She collaborated with Dr. Edwards in creating the Kundalinisupport.org website.
Barbara Harris Whitfield, RT, CMT is a researcher, therapist and author. She shares a private practice in Atlanta, with her husband Charles Whitfield, MD helping adults who were traumatized as children. She presents workshops on near-death experiences, thanatology (the study of death and dying), and spirituality. Barbara is the author of many articles and books including Full Circle: The Near-death Experience and Beyond (Simon and Schuster 1990), Spiritual Awakenings: Insights of the Near-Death Experience and other Doorways to Our Soul (Health Communications Inc 1995), Final Passage: Sharing the Journey as this Life Ends (HCI 1998), and The Power of Humility: From Conflict to Peace (written with Charles Whitfield, Russell Park and Jyoti, HCI 2004), and The Natural Soul (Muse House Press, January 2010). These books are the result of interviewing hundreds of people on the after effects of their near-death experiences and spiritual awakenings in general. Barbara is also one of the contributors to the new book Kundalini Rising (Sounds True 2009). Barbara has been interviewed on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Unsolved Mysteries, Oprah, Donahue, CNN Medical News, etc. and appeared in many documentaries for Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Canada and American Television. She is member of the Board of Directors of KRN and has sat on the executive board of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. She is a consulting editor and contributor for the Journal of Near-Death Studies. For more information please visit www.barbarawhitfield.com.
Charles L. Whitfield, MD, is a pioneer in trauma recovery, including the way we remember childhood and other trauma and abuse. A physician and front-line therapist who assists trauma survivors and spiritual seekers in their healing, he is the author of fifty published articles, and ten best-selling books on trauma psychology and recovery including Healing the Child Within and Alcoholism and Spirituality. He lives and practices addiction medicine, trauma psychology, and holistic psychiatry in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Whitfield is one of the authors in the compilation, Kundalini Rising, published by Sounds True. For more information go to www.cbwhit.com.
Friday Evening: 7:30-9pm
Conference Welcome and Opening: Barbara Whitfield, RT, CMT, Co-Founder and former President of the Kundalini Research Network
President's Address: Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D., BCIAC EEG Fellow and President of the Kundalini Research Network:
"Search and Research: Kundalini Encompasses All"
Saturday Morning - Clinical Views of Kundalini- 9am-Noon
Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D. - case studies of individuals seeking guidance for difficult Kundalini related and unrelated processes drawn from his 35 years of experience working with people.
Barbara Whitfield, RT, CMT - Expanding on her chapter in Kundalini Rising, she describes her experience with kundalini and near-death experiences and what she has learned about the difficulties. She will discuss what she calls a "spiritual bypass" or what happens when we try to ignore the lower levels of consciousness to get to the higher levels. Whitfield also outlines the differences between the voice of the ego and the voice of the soul, asking us to consider this question: Are we able to use the power of humility and compassion to find our True Self during spiritual awakening?
Charles Whitfield, MD - Spiritual Energy: Perspectives from a Map of the Psyche and the Kundalini Recovery Process - Charles Whitfield has worked for decades with people who have had spiritual awakenings and emergencies, using a comprehensive understanding of the psyche, the recovery process, and how they relate to our True Self, Higher Self, and ego. Whitfield outlines the pitfalls or "traps" that those who experience a kundalini awakening may encounter and the stages of recovery they can expect to undergo. He also explores these questions: How can we overcome past traumas brought up by spiritual awakenings? How do we cope with post-traumatic stress or denial when kundalini energy causes these kinds of unconscious issues to resurface? In this talk, he will review and expand on his chapter in the book Kundalini Rising.
Dale Pond - "Kundalini: A Psycho-physiological Response to Spiritual Reality" - In this presentation Dale will intimately share her psycho-physiological responses to the awakening of Kundalini Shakti and how this divine impulse continues to educate her about Spiritual Reality. After an experience in 1988, that she calls "Looking Back Through the Eye of God" an outpouring of spontaneous poetry and music flowed and a "blossoming of her intellect" inspired a passion for reading the lives of mystics and geniuses from all faiths. Through this reading she found understanding and guidance about the interior workings of the spiritual life for which she is forever grateful. To close this presentation she will share a meditation of poetry and music that has been weaved together to open us up to our Spiritual Reality.
Saturday Afternoon - Research Views of Kundalini- 1:30-5pm
Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Ph.D - Yoga Research: Past, Present and Future and from the Mundane to the Transcendent
Yoga was originally a practice for spiritual advancement; for the appropriate channeling of the innate Kundalini energy into the transformation of consciousness into higher and deeper domains. In modern society, yoga has been adopted widely both as a technique for health maintenance, stress management, and well-being enhancement as well as a therapeutic intervention for a variety of disorders. The scientific research in yoga and yoga therapy, past, present and future will be reviewed. This research in general confirms that yoga is indeed an effective mind-body practice that serves as a valuable self-care strategy to maintain health and reduce disease severity. However, there are also yoga and meditation research studies which have elucidated yoga's effects on more subtle psychological and spiritual characteristics. Although this research is in its early stages, it represents a promising future direction for yoga research.
Russell Park, Ph.D. - discussion moderator
Paul Pond, Ph.D. - Kundalini: Evolution, Lifestyle and Epigenetics
This presentation draws on the traditinal concept of Kundalini to illustrate the " biological" impact the process has on the human body and brain. The works of R.M. Bucke and Gopi Krishna are used to explore the evolution of human consciousness in terms of its relation to Kundalini. This relationship underscores the improtance of lifestyl both personally and globally. Finally, recent scientific research is sited to expand our understandin in modern terms of the Kundalini process and our evolutionary potential.
Penny Kelly - Eternity & The End of Time
Understanding the nature of eternity and what is meant by "the end of time" offers us an entirely new way of organizing consciousness and as the same time moves us forward dramatically in the evolution and unfolding of our selves.
Saturday Evening - Kirtan chanting with Satya and Ma Kirtan chanters - 7:30-9pm
Sunday Morning - Traditional Views of Kundalini - 9am-noon
Teri Degler - The Divine Feminine Fire: Shakti's role in creative inspiration and personal transformation. Ancient myths, legends, and texts from Tantra and yoga assert that your longing to know the divine, to become a better person, and to ease the suffering you see around you are related to your desire to express yourself creatively - and all that is fueled by the cosmic feminine force known as Shakti. This talk will explore Shakti's role in evolution, personal transformation, and creative inspiration - and delve into the surprising parallels found in Christianity and Jewish mysticism in Sophia and Shekinah.
Dorothy Walters, Ph.D. - Kundalini and the Elder: A Constant Unfolding. Many descriptions of Kundalini awakening focus on the earlier stages. How does the process change over many years? Can people experience awakening as elders?
Jyoti - Prayer Into Action - We are living in a time that is re-shaping our reality. The Great Mother's Global Awakening takes place through the individual and then spreads into a collective happening that is redefining our global villages. We have now arrived at a time of collaboration, a time of unity between all peoples. This is the time that brings us back to a way of life that is connected to the Earth and embraced by the Heavens. This is a time when the Mother of It All is moving amongst us.
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D. - our closing Keynote Speaker will give a presentation titled:Traditional Views of Kundalini And Its Therapeutic Applications in Modern Times
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