Transpersonal Awakenings – The Relationship to Kundalini
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Transpersonal Awakening – Is it Understood in the West?
While a transpersonal awakening (spiritual awakening) may not be disturbing to the mind, in some cases it can be, particularly if the experiencer has not sought it out, yet finds that the transpersonal experience occurred anyway. It is generally accepted in professional circles now that a transpersonal awakening, should it occur, will happen during the early forties of one’s life, but is not limited to this range. Those who experience it, often end up in a psychiatric ward for a period of time, generally about a month, and are diagnosed as schizophrenic, or as one suffering from bipolar disorder, just to name two possible diagnoses. In days gone by, the transpersonal experience was either described as a nervous breakdown, or mid-life crisis. The psychiatric profession as a whole doesn’t include spiritual experience into their diagnoses, but rely on their diagnoses for the mentally ill as being either schizophrenic, or suffering from bipolar disorder, neurosis, psychotic illness, or whatever, but never spiritual awakening, thus placing psychiatric diagnosis in a sterile, rather than fertile environment.
Acknowledgement of Spiritual Awakening in Psychology
Eastern traditions have been aware of spiritual awakening for centuries, and have incorporated it into their knowledge and experience. However, the psychiatric profession in the West chooses to either ignore this, or just remain ignorant of it. While this is the overall situation in the West, things are changing slowly. Some psychologists are beginning to recognize spiritual awakening as valid, and have termed it transpersonal awakening. One such psychologist is Dr. Malcolm Walley, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of North Hampton, in England. He is also the current Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology section of the British Psychological Society. The Transpersonal Psychology section has been functioning for 12 years at the time the documentary below was recorded in 2013.
Kundalini is better understood in the West these days than when it was first introduced from the East back in the late sixties and early seventies of last century. Well understood in India, Tibet, and some other eastern areas. Kundalini is the subtle energy force within the body that can rise up from the root chakra at the base of the spine, where the kundalini remains coiled like a snake, through to the crown chakra where cosmic, universal connections are made. A kundalini awakening can occur spontaneously, and once it has occurred, it is important to reground it and integrate it into one’s state of being. Those who have experienced a transpersonal kundalini awakening, and who have also grounded it, lead normal lives as well adjusted individuals who hold deep spiritual views on life. Many who have had the experience in eastern cultures become teachers and advisers to those going through the experience. Western culture is learning slowly that spiritual awakening is an important aspect of growth not to be seen as some kind of mental disorder, but as an opening of the spiritual conduit to the higher self.
The following documentary is all about transpersonal awakening, the kundalini, what to do if one experiences it, why ensure the experience is grounded, and more: