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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Wisdom from Lawrence Edwards and a bit of dialogue 

Lawrence Edwards is one of the most knowledgable and experienced teachers/meditation leaders in our time.  He is an invaluable resource for all seeking deeper awareness of the nature of Kundalini, both through his writings and recordings and meditation classes.  He also offers counsel in person or by phone for those seeking personal assistance in treading the difficult path of awakened Kundalini.  He is a psychotherapist with a Jungian perspective.



And this link:  http://theyogalunchbox.co.nz/lawrence-edwards-on-the-divine-power-of-kundalini-awakening/

To see these, go to the dates:
December 2016
Rick Archer from Buddha at the Gas Pump interviewed Lawrence for 2 hours on the extraordinary power of grace and revelation known in the yogic tradition as Kundalini.

October 7, 2016
New Zealand’s most popular yoga teacher, author and blogger, Kara-Leah Grant, offered a video interview of Lawrence speaking about a wide range of topics related to Kundalini awakening and unfolding.


from Lawrence:

Many ancient teachings are encoded in symbols and metaphor and are considered "self-protected", meaning that without the necessary level of teaching and understanding they won't be unlocked by lower minds.  To me this corresponds with Piaget's work on cognitive development.  After concrete operational thinking comes formal operational thinking and for the small percentage of the population who progress through that stage there are post-formal operational thinking levels of development.  These progress to symbolic, metaphoric levels of knowing.  Shakti can and does propel people out of their concrete thinking, but when they return they think about and speak about the experiences in concrete terms.  This happens with people when they have near death experiences as well, or out of body experiences, and then come back and talk in concrete terms once again.  I really think this is how religions and dogma are created and sustained.

The old Zen adage, "don't confuse the finger for the moon," exactly warns against taking the symbol which points beyond itself for the thing in itself.  The finger points to the moon but isn't the moon.  The symbol points beyond itself.  Shakti, the word, the symbol, points to the living, throbbing, pulsing, boundlessly creative, loving, rapturous, Consciousness, here, now, everywhere.  The point is to enter that state, here, now, everywhere, which transcends and subsumes, overwhelms and supports our ordinary reality.

Jai Ma!  Jai Ma!  Jai Ma!


from Dorothy:

One small comment:  of course, once we pass beyond the realm of the ineffable (back to familiar consciousness) we must indeed use concrete terms to try to communicate our experience, since that is the only vocabulary we have.  However, at times when we are ourselves in the state of divine rapture, we can feel similar energies and frequencies of others and then we “communicate” without language.  And the more we progress in our own evolution, the more sensitive we become to such wordless forms of communion.  It is bliss, bliss, bliss––always more, coming at unexpected times and in unanticipated flavors.

Jai Mai indeed!

from Dorothy:

Here is a question I am thinking about:  Is Kundalini the same as the Holy Spirit in the Bible?

from Lawrence:

Dear Dorothy,

Yes, that's it, that's pointing to the ineffable beyond words, beyond maps and symbols.  I wrote in my first book, The Soul's Journey, that Kundalini is known as Holy Spirit to Christians, though She is obscured by so many layers of dogma, She still reveals Herself through mystic lovers of the Divine.

Om Kali Ma!


from Lawrence:

Dear Dorothy,

. . .it isn't necessary for a person to experience chakras, nadis, etc. to know the Divine.  Kundalini is the power of revelation and transformation and if She doesn't need the symbolic, archetypal map of chakras and nadis to bring us into sublime realms of ecstasy, love, rapturous I awareness in unity with all.  People are getting so caught up in the chakra system and wanting experiences of that instead of wanting what She really has to give!  Of course, you already know this, and people need to understand She isn't bound by any particular map or system.  She created them and She will destroy them, transcend them, play with them, but never be bound by them.  Jai Kali Ma!

All love my dear friend,

Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN Senior Fellow, LMHC
Author of The Soul's Journey: Guidance From The Divine Within, Awakening Kundalini: The Path to Radical Freedom, Kali's Bazaar penned by Kalidas, and OM NAMAH SHIVAYA meditation and chanting CD

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