The Psychology Of Kundalini Yoga
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|Author||: C.G. Jung|
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.
|Author||: C. G. Jung|
|Editor||: Princeton University Press|
"Kundalini yoga presented Jung with a model of something that was almost completely lacking in Western psychology--an account of the development phases of higher consciousness.... Jung's insistence on the psychogenic and symbolic significance of such states is even more timely now than then. As R. D. Laing stated... 'It was Jung who broke the ground here, but few followed him.'"--From the introduction by Sonu Shamdasani Jung's seminar on Kundalini yoga, presented to the Psychological Club in Zurich in 1932, has been widely regarded as a milestone in the psychological understanding of Eastern thought and of the symbolic transformations of inner experience. Kundalini yoga presented Jung with a model for the developmental phases of higher consciousness, and he interpreted its symbols in terms of the process of individuation. With sensitivity toward a new generation's interest in alternative religions 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 prewar Europe regarded Eastern spirituality as they discovered more and more of its resources, from yoga to tantric texts. Reconstructing this seminar through new documentation, Shamdasani explains, in his introduction, why Jung thought that the comprehension of Eastern thought was essential if Western psychology was to develop. He goes on to orient today's audience toward an appreciation of some of the questions that stirred the minds of Jung and his seminar group: What is the relation between Eastern schools of liberation and Western psychotherapy? What connection is there between esoteric religious traditions and spontaneous individual experience? What light do the symbols of Kundalini yoga shed on conditions diagnosed as psychotic? Not only were these questions important to analysts in the 1930s but, as Shamdasani stresses, they continue to have psychological relevance for readers on the threshold of the twenty-first century. This volume also offers newly translated material from Jung's German language seminars, a seminar by the indologist Wilhelm Hauer presented in conjunction with that of Jung, illustrations of the cakras, and Sir John Woodroffe's classic translation of the tantric text, the Sat-cakra Nirupana. ?
|Author||: C. G. Jung,Sonu Shamdasani|
|Editor||: Princeton University Press|
"Kundalini yoga presented Jung with a model of something that was almost completely lacking in Western psychology--an account of the development phases of higher consciousness.... Jung's insistence on the psychogenic and symbolic significance of such states is even more timely now than then. As R. D. Laing stated... 'It was Jung who broke the ground here, but few followed him.'"--From the introduction by Sonu Shamdasani Jung's seminar on Kundalini yoga, presented to the Psychological Club in Zurich in 1932, has been widely regarded as a milestone in the psychological understanding of Eastern thought and of the symbolic transformations of inner experience. Kundalini yoga presented Jung with a model for the developmental phases of higher consciousness, and he interpreted its symbols in terms of the process of individuation. With sensitivity toward a new generation's interest in alternative religions 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 prewar Europe regarded Eastern spirituality as they discovered more and more of its resources, from yoga to tantric texts. Reconstructing this seminar through new documentation, Shamdasani explains, in his introduction, why Jung thought that the comprehension of Eastern thought was essential if Western psychology was to develop. He goes on to orient today's audience toward an appreciation of some of the questions that stirred the minds of Jung and his seminar group: What is the relation between Eastern schools of liberation and Western psychotherapy? What connection is there between esoteric religious traditions and spontaneous individual experience? What light do the symbols of Kundalini yoga shed on conditions diagnosed as psychotic? Not only were these questions important to analysts in the 1930s but, as Shamdasani stresses, they continue to have psychological relevance for readers on the threshold of the twenty-first century. This volume also offers newly translated material from Jung's German language seminars, a seminar by the indologist Wilhelm Hauer presented in conjunction with that of Jung, illustrations of the cakras, and Sir John Woodroffe's classic translation of the tantric text, the Sat-cakra Nirupana.
|Author||: Dario Nardi|
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.
|Author||: David Shannahoff-Khalsa|
|Editor||: W W Norton & Company Incorporated|
Kundalini yoga is the ancient parent science of all other forms of yoga and meditation, and a clinically proven therapeutic modality that can have significant healing effects for a wide range of mental health complaints and disorders, from the moderate to the more severe.
Kundalini Yoga Meditation Techniques Specific for Psychiatric Disorders Couples Therapy and Personal Growth
|Author||: David Shannahoff-Khalsa|
|Editor||: W. W. Norton & Company|
An introduction to the yogic breathing and mind-body techniques of Kundalini yoga explains their potentially beneficial applications for such disorders as depression, ADHD, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
|Author||: David Shannahoff-Khalsa|
|Editor||: W. W. Norton & Company|
Explains how to use Kundalini yoga meditation to treat psychiatric disorders including, panic disorders, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and autism and asperger's disorder.
|Author||: Ajit Mookerjee|
|Editor||: Destiny Books|
Today in the West, scientists and philosophers, mystics and seekers of higher consciousness are intensively searching for means of releasing the vital energy (kundalini) that lies latent in each of us. Tantra, which does not deny the body, but harnesses its energies and powers for spiritual growth, is the most detailed and authoritative teaching of this kind in existence. In Kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner Energy, Ajit Mookerjee writes of the core experience of Tantra, the process in which the energy is awakened and rises throughout the energy centers (chakras) to unite with Pure Consciousness at the crown of the head. • The author drew on an extensive range of original manuscript sources for both the text an the magnificent illustrations found throughout the book. • Kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner Energy examines the modern accounts of the kundalini experience, both Eastern and Western, and describes the findings of the clinical studies and research so far undertaken in the West.
|Author||: Karena Virginia,Dharm Khalsa|
|Editor||: Sounds True|
For new and experienced students, practical guidance in kundalini yoga for happiness, health, and fulfillment Kundalini is a universal life force within each of us that, once awakened, holds the power to transform every facet of our lives. Kundalini yoga is the art and practice of activating this radiant energy. With Essential Kundalini Yoga, Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa present the core principles and practices of this revered tradition in an inviting and accessible guide. “Kundalini yoga opens joyous space for connecting deeply with the energy states of our being,” write Karena and Dharm, “It brings vital health to the body and opens our consciousness to new potentials of awareness.” Created for the modern practitioner, this book offers clear, comprehensive instruction in the key insights and practices of kundalini yoga. From philosophy and lifestyle, to working with anatomy and physical asana, to activating our energy bodies, Essential Kundalini Yoga is a uniquely practical and in-depth manual. Highlights include: Gorgeous photos illuminating step-by-step instructions Detailed instructions, explanations, and illustrations for core kundalini practices—mantra, pranayama, bhanda, asana, kriya, meditation, and more Seven traditional kundalini yoga routines, including a pituitary gland series for intuition, yoga for the immune system, and detoxing for radiance Understand the science of the practice, including its effects on the glandular system, spine, nervous system, and skeleton Meditations, mantras, and yoga poses to activate each of the chakras and bring health to your energetic body Remedies for common emotional challenges—dealing with fear, shame, and depression, among others Kundalini secrets for getting better sleep, aging gracefully, enhancing fertility, cultivating vitality, and more Rooted in tradition and infused with a sense of infinite possibility, Essential Kundalini Yoga is a joyful invitation for practitioners of all levels to awaken the vital energy within and receive the gifts that emerge from connecting more deeply with your own potential for creativity, abundance, and joy.
|Author||: C. G. Jung|
|Editor||: Princeton University Press|
Jung's lectures on the psychology of Eastern spirituality—now available for the first time Between 1933 and 1941, C. G. Jung delivered a series of public lectures at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Intended for a general audience, these lectures addressed a broad range of topics, from dream analysis to the psychology of alchemy. Here for the first time are Jung's illuminating lectures on the psychology of yoga and meditation, delivered between 1938 and 1940. In these lectures, Jung discusses the psychological technique of active imagination, seeking to find parallels with the meditative practices of different yogic and Buddhist traditions. He draws on three texts to introduce his audience to Eastern meditation: Patañjali's Yoga Sûtra, the Amitâyur-dhyâna-sûtra from Chinese Pure Land Buddhism, and the Shrî-chakra-sambhâra Tantra, a scripture related to tantric yoga. The lectures offer a unique opportunity to encounter Jung as he shares his ideas with the general public, providing a rare window on the application of his comparative method while also shedding light on his personal history and psychological development. Featuring an incisive introduction by Martin Liebscher as well as explanations of Jungian concepts and psychological terminology, Psychology of Yoga and Meditation provides invaluable insights into the evolution of Jung's thought and a vital key to understanding his later work.
|Author||: Gopi Krishna|
|Editor||: Shambhala Publications|
Coiled like a snake at the base of the spine, kundalini is the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being. Once awakened, often through meditation and yoga practices, it rises up the spine and finds expression in the form of spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers, and ultimately, enlightenment. This is the classic first-person account of Gopi Krishna, an ordinary Indian householder who, at the age of thirty-four, after years of unsupervised meditation, suddenly experienced the awakening of kundalini during his morning practice. The story of this transformative experience, and the author's struggle to find balance amid a variety of powerful physiological and psychic side effects, forms the core of the book. His detailed descriptions of his dramatic inner experiences and symptoms such as mood swings, eating disorders, and agonizing sensations of heat—and of how, with the help of his wife, he finally stabilized at a higher level of consciousness—make this one of the most valuable classics of spiritual awakening available.
|Author||: Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati,LaTeef Terrell Warnick|
What is Kundalini Yoga? Kundalini Yoga is the ancient practice of yoga to awaken Shakti or shaktipat. This Kundalini Yoga book teaches the control of prana or pranayama as taught by Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati for kundalini awakening. "Kundalini is the known as the coiled serpent power or energy dormant at the base of the spine" (at the lowest chakra called the Muladhara). Learning yoga is about more than poses and exercise but meant to lead the genuine truth-seeker to Spiritual Awakening For complete health and fitness, Kundalini Yoga encompasses the eight limbs of yoga which includes asanas, concentration, meditation and Samadhi Your sadhana practiced religiously leads one to become a master over ego and ignorance. Thus, the true practice of yoga is the union of soul and spirit and this should be the first question on the spiritual path: "How May I Come To Know God"? God may go by many names in many religions. But God is not a "man" up in the sky Essentially, all religions state that God is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent. So it doesn't take a stretch of the imagination to conclude that if God is truly everywhere and everyplace then He must accordingly be within you Intellectually, we may accept this fact but many of us have no idea how to reach the God that may be within us. This is a question that was first positioned ages ago and there are those that have answered the question for themselves and then provided a roadmap for others to find the same. Hence, came the Birth of Yoga. Yoga is the union of soul and Spirit. It is the means to this union and the state of Union. Over the ages have evolved many types and branches of yoga that may be more suited for the individual and yet they are all branches of the same Tree Kundalini Yoga is known as the shakti path to Soul Awakening or Self-Realization. Kundalini is equated with the intelligent female force that governs Mother Nature. The same power that brings the universe into manifestation is the same energy dormant within man that can be tapped into to reunite consciousness tied to the physical form and the ego with the Cosmic Consciousness the soul Awakens to in the deepest samadhi Through continued practice it will lead one to liberation from attachment to the physical body. It is a proven system for realizing one's spiritual destiny. Sincere and regular effort is required of any yoga path but they all lead to true happiness, inner peace and the dynamic joy of the soul. ""Many rivers... One Ocean; many branches... One Tree; many paths... One Destination; many stories... One Truth "" 1 S.O.U.L. Publishing"
|Author||: Darryl O'Keeffe,Guru Dharma Singh Khalsa|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
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!
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform|
Kundalini has been one of the most mysterious and well-kept secrets in the history of spirituality. Not anymore. Forget all Kundalini books. Most of them are either very abstract, occult, esoteric, with hidden information to not "enrage the Masters" or very "Goddess," "physically focused," "Westernized Yoga." Not this one. No compromises with any guru, organization or tradition. No secrets held back. No dogmas or elaborated rhetoric masquerading as true knowledge. No agenda. No BS. No Kundalini questions shall remain unanswered. Not only for "high initiates" or members of "hidden societies." It is for you. In simple and modern language. What you will find in the book: Rare Kundalini wisdom not found anywhere else. Disclosing the different levels of Kundalini awakening, its journey, and relation to Consciousness and Being. Know why awakening the Kundalini is of utter importance. Explanations on how to awaken it, raise it, and melt it into descending to its final reposing place. Real and direct first-hand knowledge-not from reading books or hearing stories. Suggestions for a powerful yet simple Kundalini Yoga routine. Straightforward practical instructions only. The Consequences of Kundalini Awakening and Grounding tricks to lessen any adverse side-effects. Revealing the truth about spiritual experiences and how to go beyond them. Cosmic Kundalini, "I-ego" and pure Consciousness uncovered. Helpful tips on how to prevent the "Kundalini syndrome," for a safe awakening of the Kundalini energy. The complete unveiling of the Spiritual Heart, one of the biggest enigmas in the whole of spirituality, in a clear and understandable way. And much more. This book is not for followers of any tradition in particular, but for those whose heart and mind are open to receive love and wisdom. The Crown Chakra is not the end. This book will teach you how to go beyond it, into your deathless and infinite non-dual awareness, where complete fulfillment, peace, love, and joy live. That's the true Home of the Kundalini. That's your true Home. Are you ready?
|Author||: Sonu Shamdasani|
Controversial claims that C.G. Jung, founder of analytical psychology, was a charlatan and a self-appointed demi-god have recently brought his legacy under renewed scrutiny. The basis of the attack on Jung is a previously unknown text, said to be Jung's inaugural address at the founding of his 'cult', otherwise known as the Psychological Club, in Zurich in 1916. It is claimed that this cult is alive and well in Jungian psychology as it is practised today, in a movement which continues to masquerade as a genuine professional discipline, whilst selling false dreams of spiritual redemption. In Cult Fictions, leading Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani looks into the evidence for such claims and draws on previously unpublished documents to show that they are fallacious. This accurate and revealing account of the history of the Jungian movement, from the founding of the Psychological Club to the reformulation of Jung's approach by his followers, establishes a fresh agenda for the historical evaluation of analytical psychology today.
|Author||: Shyam Sundar Goswami|
|Editor||: Inner Traditions|
The most comprehensive guide to chakra meditation and the ancient spiritual science of layayoga ever created. • One of the great works on yoga, available for the first time in the United States. • Full-color plates illustrate each chakra. With the growing interest in energy medicine in the West, the ancient Hindu tradition of chakra meditation has become increasingly important to both healers and spiritual seekers. While new to us, the chakras have long been studied in the East, with the spiritual science of layayoga having the profoundest knowledge of these energy centers. The fundamental aspect of layayoga is the arousing of dormant energy within the body through concentration and breathing exercises and the movement of this energy through the chakras to achieve supreme consciousness. Unlike kundalini yoga, which starts with the lower chakras and moves energy upward, layayoga meditation starts with the Sahasrara, the spiritual chakra that crowns the aura, and brings energy down to spiritualize each chakra in turn. Layayoga has long been viewed as the most comprehensive and deeply researched examination of the chakras available in the West. Its detailed, illustrated look at each of the chakras and the various meditations and mantras that go with them makes it a must for serious students of yoga.
|Author||: Théodore Flournoy|
"This book presents an investigation of abnormal mental or psychic phenomena. Twenty--even ten--years ago the phenomena which Professor Flournoy here describes in detail, and of which he offers a keen, skilful, psychological analysis, would have met with the sneers of popular science and the contempt of obscurantist orthodoxy; however, widespread and increasing interest in this area is manifesting itself both in Great Britain and the United States. This book presents a systematic scientific study of the mysterious psychic phenomena so long neglected by official science, but which are now beginning to assume their rightful place in the field of study and observation. The author undertakes a careful study of Mlle. Smith. Guided by two principles he refers to as the "Principle of Hamlet" and the "Principle of La Place", Professor Flournoy concludes that Mlle. Smith really possesses the faculty of telekinesis--the ability to move ponderable objects situated at a distance, without contact and contrary to known natural laws. On the other hand, he does not believe the phenomena manifested by her to be of supernormal origin. The various alleged "spirit" messages, "incarnations, " "gift of tongues, " and all other apparently supernormal phenomena, in his opinion, spring from Mlle. Smith's subliminal consciousness, and he exercises great skill and ingenuity in his effort to trace the very wonderful and astonishing manifestations with which he has had to deal to natural sources"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).
|Author||: Pamela Saharah Dyson|
Premka: White Bird in a Golden Cage is a compelling and beautifully unfolding tale, offering a haunting look into a teacher/student relationship. This intimate memoir, written by one of Yogi Bhajan's prized teachers and exalted students, is full of devotion, love, dedication, betrayal, loss and the healing unification of the self. It also reads as a love letter to a unique time in history-the '60s in Los Angeles and New Mexico, where love, music, art, spiritual exploration, often led to self-transformation. As a historical treatise and a spiritual mystery, this book offers unique insight into the origins of the Western Sikh movement and the proliferation of Yogi Bhajan's kundalini yoga.
|Author||: Various Authors|
|Editor||: Sounds True|
You have within you a latent energy waiting to transform your life. Known as kundalini, this legendary power is believed to catalyze spiritual evolution. But is kundalini real? And if so, how can we engage this energy to awaken our consciousness? For centuries, the secrets of kundalini have been guarded by masters and buried in esoteric texts around the globe. Kundalini Rising brings together 24 illuminating essays by some of today's most prominent voices to demystify this mysterious phenomenon. From personal accounts and yogic practices, to brain research and historical perspectives, this compelling anthology weaves together both the mystical and practical perspectives on the rise of kundalini energy to help support your own spiritual discovery. Contributors include: Lawrence Edwards, PhD; Bonnie Greenwell, PhD; Bruce Greyson, MD; Gene Keiffer; Penny Kelly; Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa; Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, PhD; Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD; Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD; Gopi Krishna; Olga Louchakova; David Lukoff, PhD; Andrew B. Newberg, PhD; Stuart Perrin; John Selby; Stuart Sovatsky, PhD; Swami Sivananda Radha; Dorothy Walters, PhD; John White; Whitehawk; Barbara Harris Whitfield; Charles L. Whitfield, MD; and Ken Wilber.
|Author||: Kathryn McCusker|
Stage by stage, this insightful book shows how to make Kundalini practice a part of even the busiest life, no matter how much or little yoga or meditation you've done in the past. It begins with an easy-to-follow account of the subtle body, the energetic part of you that includes the chakras and Kundalini itself. There is advice on all aspects of preparation, from motivation and setting up a practice space to using diet and ritual to purify your body and mind. Step-by-step exercises then illustrate the key stretches and yoga poses, there is a chapter on the vital art of pranayama (breath control) and another explains how to deepen your practice through the use of mantras (sacred sounds), mudras (hand gestures) and yantras (sacred diagrams). Finally, the twelve guided meditations in the last chapter, each one an effective combination of the techniques already explained, empower you to address specific issues you may like to enhance in your life, whether balance, creativity, love, anxiety, anger or fatigue. Designed to be easily integrated into daily life, the nurturing guidance in this book allows absolutely anyone to draw on the Kundalini power already present in their body to achieve lasting health and happiness.