Jung's Seminar of Kundalini Yoga, presented to the Psychology Club in Zurich in 1932, has been widely regarded as a milestone in the psychological understanding of Eastern thought and the symbolic transformations of inner experience. With sensitivity towards a new generation's interest in alternative religion and psychological exploration, Sonu Shamdasani has brought together the lectures and discussions from this seminar. In this volume, he re-creates for today's reader the fascination with which many intellectuals of pre-war Europe regarded Eastern spirituality as they discovered more and more of its resources, from yoga to tantric texts.
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The purpose of Kundalini yoga is to raise consciousness, to awaken the Kundalini, or serpent energy of the lowest chakra, for the purpose of increasing awareness (Bhajan, 1977, 1997, 2003; Khalsa, 2009a). This theoretical dissertation engages in a dialogue between the Indian tradition of Kundalini yoga and Western depth psychology of C.G. Jung using hermeneutic and alchemical hermeneutic methods, resulting in a culturally situated, relational understanding. The researcher compares, contrasts, and synthesizes aspects of both into a "fusion of horizons" (Gadamer, 1976, p.xix). Similar to individuation, the ultimate goal of Jungian analysis, Kundalini mantras work with one's own subtle vibrations to elevate consciousness and increase awareness of one's own unconscious processes (Bhajan, 2003; Jung, 1932/1976; Krishna, 1967). Jung et al. (1964) suggested that through the transcendent function, in which there is a tension between psychic opposites, a third living, intermediate thing is created between the ego and the mysteries of life. The third function is similarly created in Tantric philosophy, which can serve as a bridge to a higher level of consciousness and ultimately to psychic and spiritual healing and freedom (Khalsa, 2009a). As society transitions from the Piscean Age into the Aquarian Age, the Kundalini yogic technology has become increasingly vital in navigating one's own consciousness, and as a means of connecting to a greater Awareness. For depth psychology and clinical psychology as a whole, the implications of this shift are enormously important. What is needed for this day and age is a "new relationship to intuition, emotion and instinct" (Bhajan, 2003, p.4). Through the use of mantra and the vibratory sound current, one can access the Divine, or pure Consciousness, and move beyond where Jung's depth psychology left off, beyond the opus, the Philosophers' stone, and beyond the third coniunctio. The experience of shuniya, the stillness at the center of the sound current, has the power to penetrate one's heart, lift the veils of maya and karma, so that one is able to see the reality of the pure Self through Divine consciousness.
What is consciousness, and how can we awaken? Inside, you will find a powerful compass, along with daily body-mind practices, to part the curtains around the theater of the world. Come unfold your potential!In 1932, renowned analyst Dr. Carl G. Jung gave 4 talks on the psychology of kundalini yoga. You may know Dr. Jung for his work with archetypes, ego, functions of personality, the shadow self, and other aspects of psyche. This book adds to those. It is a tour of his words and wisdom on the chakras, reorganized and couched in more everyday language for the benefit of all.What¿s inside?¿ Dr. Jung¿s insights on the ego, consciousness, and the unconscious. ¿ An introduction to kundalini yoga.¿ The chakras, in Jung¿s own words.¿ Over fifty exercises for health, happiness, and holiness.¿ Science! Today¿s knowledge of the brain and larger nervous system illuminates the fact of body-mind connections.¿ Advice tailored to each of the Jungian functions of personality: Sensing, iNtuiting, Thinking, and Feeling.¿ Making sense of what Jung called the Transcendent function.¿ How entheogens like ayahuasca can greatly aid awakening.Jung¿s views contrast with most views of development today, which either reduce human beings to biological machines or seek to prop up the ego. Here, you will find ways to remove blinders and let go of unpleasant tensions, false identifications, and excessive cares. Award-winning UCLA instructor and author Dario Nardi brings together yoga, Dr. Jung¿s difficult lectures, and neuroscience insights. For over a decade, he has used brain imaging to understand personality and the impact of various body-mind practices.
Our chakras—the seven energy centers located from the base of the spine to the crown of the head—govern every aspect of our health and consciousness. Resting in the lower chakra is the primordial life force of kundalini. With Chakra Meditation, Layne Redmond presents a complete program for awakening kundalini and bringing its cleansing, revitalizing energy up through all seven of your chakras. Combining five traditional yogic techniques—visualization, breathing, postures, sacred sounds, and meditation—Redmond provides a safe and effective system to tune each chakra and open you to inner sources of inspiration and personal power. This book-and-CD training program includes: Eight full-color chakra yantra (sacred geometry) illustrations to help focus your healing meditations The “Breath of Fire” practice to cleanse the respiratory system Yogic gazing techniques to sharpen concentration, release anger, and rejuvenate the eyes Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril) breathing to purify the energy channels in the body A full 30-minute chakra purification practice to enhance physical health, emotional balance, and spiritual growth
Account of the awakening of the kundalini process by Philip St. Romain, with reflection on the meaning of this process from the perspective of Christian spirituality. Foreword by Thomas Keating. Appendices by James Arraj. 2nd edition. Original work by Crossroads, NY, 1991.
"Introduction to Kundalini Yoga" by Guru Rattana (Gururattan Kaur Khalsa) is an ideal book for beginners. It answers some of your most basic questions about raising the Kundalini, explains the fundamentals and the benefits of Kundalini yoga and meditation, outlines what to expect when you begin a spiritual practice and helps you get started with your personal practice. A special section explains how you can use Kundalini yoga and meditation to attain personal power and inner peace. Contains some of the most popular yoga sets and meditations as brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan. 18 Sets, 22 Meditations, 14 MantrasIntroduction to the Basics of KYClear and Rest your MindStrengthen and Enliven your BodyFeel Good FastPrepare for Deep MeditationLarge Clear Format - Beautifully illustrated
Within the human system there are certain archetypes, centers, or vortexes of energy. As this energy or power exists at a different level than our conscious awareness it remains essentially dormant with most people, but when activated usually through meditation this force has a most profound influence upon our psychological, spiritual and physical nature. As this inner, subtle energy plays such a vital role in our overall being there is much to be gained from understanding this force, and how to benefit from its power. This information can be found in the ancient spiritual teachings of the Jewish Kabbala and the Hindu Kundalini Yoga, but the complexity of these teachings, particularly with Kabbala, makes it difficult to find useful answers as to how this inner power can be utilized. In The Green Serpent and the Tree, Dr. Judd cuts through the confusing terminology of these teachings and, in an easy-to-read style using practical examples and illustrations, logically explains:The inner nature of man and structure of the soul.How Kabbala and Kundalini Yoga can be reconciled, and how they augment each other.The difference between the symbols of The Tree of Life, and The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.Why the seven inner centers (Chakras) of Kundalini Yoga are the same as the ten centers (Sefirot) of Kabbala.The significance of the Green Serpent (Kundalini) and the functions of the various channels that connect the inner centers.The different centers, with a detailed description of their psychological and spiritual influence.Relationship of meditation with releasing the power from the inner centers.The practical value of meditation, its four stages, and the physical, psychological, psychic and spiritual effects.The risks involved in releasing these inner powers, and how to avoid them. The reason for the inter-relationship between Kabbala and Kundalini Yoga, and their original source. Although this book is written in an explanatory style which guides the layman through the intricacies of these two teachings as they relate to our inner powers, the material content contains much that will interest the more advanced student. Based upon thorough research, Dr. Judd outlines in logical steps why,The Tree symbol that is frequently referred to as the Tree of Life is misnamed.Any attempt to reconcile the Chakras with the Sefirot using the wrong Tree symbol will lead to inaccurate conclusions.The position of the Sefirot changes depending upon which Tree symbol is used. There are three central channels that connect the Chakras, rather than the one that is usually shown, and Kabbala supports this fact.This explains the different levels of power released from the same Chakra.Why some of the practices used to open the Chakras involve considerable risks Anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of Kabbala, Kundalini Yoga, the inner nature and powers of man, meditation, and the safe way to travel on the journey within, will greatly benefit from the information in this book.
This text looks at the parallels between yoga practice and Jungian analysis, focusing on Jung's ideas as experienced through bodywork. Previously hidden energy brings psyche and body together, uniting them in sacred union that gives birth to a new consciousness.