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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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
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.
The Origins and History of Consciousness is an important and wide-ranging interpretation of the relations between psychology and mythology. Erich Neumann undertakes to show that the individual consciousness passes through the same archetypal stages of development that marked the history of human consciousness as a whole. He draws upon the full range of world myth in the illustration of his thesis, and his account makes unexpectedly fresh and lively reading in a field not always notable for these qualities. Neumann ends the work with a trenchant commentary on contemporary society.
Tantra—often associated with Kundalini Yoga—is a fundamental dimension of Hinduism, emphasizing the cultivation of "divine power" (shakti) as a path to infinite bliss. Tantra has been widely misunderstood in the West, however, where its practices are often confused with eroticism and licentious morality. Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy dispels many common misconceptions, providing an accessible introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of this extraordinary spiritual tradition. The Tantric teachings are geared toward the attainment of enlightenment as well as spiritual power and are present not only in Hinduism but also Jainism and Vajrayana Buddhism. In this book, Georg Feuerstein offers readers a clear understanding of authentic Tantra, as well as appropriate guidance for spiritual practice and the attainment of higher consciousness.
Energy Medicine East and West: A Natural History of Qi provides a unique, comprehensive overview of Qi or bioenergy for students and practitioners of energy medicines, Chinese and Oriental Medicine, and all disciplines of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Mayor and Micozzi start with a comparative historical account of the ancient concepts of Qi and vital energy before covering theories of Qi, a discussion of the organized therapeutic modalities based upon Qi and its applications to specific health and medical conditions. Contributions are included from international experts in the field. The book moves from anatomical and bioenergetic complementarity of Western vital energy and Eastern Qi, through convergence of perspectives and models to demonstrations of how the traditional therapies are being melded together in a new, original and creative synthesis. David Mayor and Marc Micozzi are experienced medical practitioners, authors and editors. David Mayor has been actively involved in bioenergy research, practice and publishing for over 30 years, and is author/editor of Electroacupuncture: A practical manual and resource (2007), as well as other acupuncture texts and studies. Marc Micozzi is Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. As author/editor of Fundamentals of Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 4E (2011), and 25 other books, he has been writing, editing and teaching on bioenergy, Qi and related topics for 20 years. Endorsements "This wonderful book has assembled some 25 authors expressing well a view of qi which entirely does justice to its nature. Meticulously referenced, it is a milestone to set beside Maciocias Foundations of Chinese Medicine and Deadmans Manual of Acupuncture. Here at last are the beginnings of a true science of qi...There is truly nothing like it in contemporary literature. Alone, it lays the foundation for the beginnings of a modern science of qi."Richard Bertschinger, Acupuncturist and translator, Somerset, UK. "This book offers a timely and thorough examination of the experience and nature of qi, including a series of fascinating philosophical discussions with a direct application to our patients. Required reading for acupuncture practitioners seeking to justify and clarify their clinical reasoning."Val Hopwood PhD FCSP, Physiotherapist, acupuncturist, researcher and educator; Course director, MSc Acupuncture, Coventry University, UK. "Over the last decade most books on Asian medicine paid tribute to the aura of evidence-based medicine – experience counted little, RCTs were convincing. This book, at last, returns to an old tradition of debate, opening up quite a few new horizons. Reading it, my striving for knowledge was married with enjoyment and happiness. This book made me happy!" Thomas Ots MD PhD, Medical acupuncturist specialising in psychiatry, Graz, Austria; Editor-in-Chief, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur. "To simply review the chapter headings is to know the truly remarkable expanse of this book...a wonderful bridge between the mysteries of the East and the sciences of the West...well documented, well written, and enlarging both. Enlightening...nicely depicts outstanding advances in energy psychotherapeutics, thus ultimately helping to move forward the human condition."Maurie D Pressman MD, Emeritus Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA; Emeritus Chairman of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia PA; past President, International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, Lafayette, CO, USA.
Unleash your potential to live the life you’ve always wanted. Kundalini yoga engages your unique sources of energy—those that empower your spirit as well as your body. Drawing from the riches of ancient yogic tradition, The Kundalini Yoga Experience offers a system of physical poses, breathing techniques, and focused meditations that, when practiced together, will bring you increased physical health and strength, emotional balance, and a deeper sense of your own spirituality. With regular practice, you'll be surprised at how strong, healthy, and fulfilled you feel. Experiencing the power of Kundalini is your birthright—embrace it!
This first volume provides an original overview of Jung’s work, demonstrating its compatibility with contemporary views in science.
Although contemporaries, Carl Jung and Wilhelm Reich, two giants in the field of psychoanalysis, never met. What might have happened if they had is the inspiration behind this detailed investigation. Jung and Reich succinctly outlines each man's personality and compares their lives and their work, emphasizing points of convergence between them. John Conger provocatively puts Jung's mystical and psychological approach to spiritual disciplines on the same plane as Reich's controversial theories of "genitality" and character armor. The result is a heady "what if?" bound to intrigue and inspire readers.