Lisa Erickson, 3
Interview with Lisa Erickson
I also like Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss, I think it makes the chakras and kundalini accessible to anyone. I also like the work of energy healer Cyndi Dale, although she writes more for fellow healers as opposed to seekers, but there is a wealth of information in her books, particularly for those experiencing physical symptoms, as you did.
There is also a book that came out last year called Kundalini Rising from Sounds True publishing that is a compilation of essays by many different seekers, teachers, scientists and authors, all on different aspects of the kundalini experience. The first part of the book is personal experiences, which is very helpful. Beyond that I think it really depends on what a person is going through.
As you mentioned, the internet is now full of information, and there are many more yoga teachers who work with kundalini now also. Part of the reason information was hard to find for so long is because the kundalini traditions were historically very secretive. It was believed that explicitly working with the chakras and kundalini could be dangerous.
I interviewed Cyndi Dale awhile back, and she mentioned that she was given a hard time by some when she first started writing books for the public on the chakras and kundalini. Many felt that kind of information should only be passed from teacher to student. But of course, this is a very old story– virtually every mystic tradition in every culture had strict limits on access to information at one point or another.
Personally, I think the age for all that is past. There is a groundswell of spiritual interest and awakening occurring at this point in history, and much (if not most) of it is happening outside of traditional lineages and institutions. So it's time for all this information to be available– people need it. As for the more general question of where to turn, although it may sound cliché, I do believe in the adage that 'when the student is ready the teacher will appear.'
I do think that when we truly put out intent or a question, we will be drawn to the right book, teacher, individual, or situation to help us. So that is always the first step, in my view. Does that answer your question? I wasn't sure if you were looking for concrete resources, or more general insight.
That was perfect. Great information and exactly what I was looking for. I'd like to focus back on your own personal and direct experience with meditation. I feel it is most encouraging to hear stories of personal success along these lines. Of course, success implies a goal and as you mentioned in response to my first question, effectiveness focuses on this same goal which can be very different for each individual.
In my opinion, these paths ultimately lead to the same point– that being heart, center, and greater awareness– which is evidenced in grounding, relaxation, healing and even transcendence. Regardless of path, self is realized more fully– a self compete with all of its diversity from one individual to the next. That being said, what method do you yourself routinely fall back on or gravitate towards personally that gets you most centered and self-true?