How much we see depends on how awake we want to be. Most people don't want to be very awake, so they drink alcohol, maybe a lot of alcohol, or take Xanax or Zoloft or Quaalude or Thorazine or heroine or methadone or cocaine or qat / khat (Google it) or watch hours and hours of television every day or immerse themselves in religious fanaticism, and frequently some combination of two or more of the preceding ...
I just described hundreds and hundreds of millions of people, and truth be told, probably billions of people.
You don't have to look very far to see why the planet and the human species are in the unfortunate condition they are in.
Because my blog reaches many thousands of people all over the world, I know that not all of my readers fall into the demographic above. I also know that due to the kind of subject matter that my blog frequently addresses that a certain percentage of my readers do inquire more deeply into the nature of reality than the majority of people do.
For that reason I want to touch briefly in this blog posting on the higher centers of perception in the human organism. Mind you, what I am talking about does not necessarily have anything directly to do with religion or so-called "religious morality," in that fastidious religiosity may even blind an individual to the higher centers of perception. The higher centers are located in the brain and along the spinal column, notably in the region of the heart and at the center and the very top of the head.
Awakening them is sometimes a matter of pure, blind luck. You may just stumble unawares into an awakening. More likely is that if you engage in a program of yoga, or meditation, or bio-feedback, or mindful breathing, or deep, contemplative prayer, or fervent chanting of the names of God, or work with shamanic, sacred power plants, or shamanic drumming, or selfless service in love to others -- you just may begin to awaken the higher centers of perception and spiritual awareness in your being.
Usually, the awakening process comes about because of concerted, persistent, unrelenting intent to awaken. I have to say at the outset that I am not a self-realized, fully awakened man. My life is a work that is still very much in progress. That said, I do very much see and appreciate the value of awakening the higher centers, especially including the heart center and the third eye center.
In my own way I have time and again partially activated those centers. I have yet to experience a permanent Kundalini awakening of the sort that Gopi Krishna underwent, but I have had repeated, temporary, short-term awakenings of the Kundalini.
In the years before I left San Antonio I had a Kundalini experience that differed a little from some of the others. There was the familiar discharge of extremely high-voltage electricity up the spine and out the top of the head, but on that occasion it had a rapid, rhythmic pulsation. The sensation was of being a very powerfully charged, human spark plug. This was about the time that I was making the initial decision to go and conduct a nonviolent, peace protest on a nuclear missile silo at Minot Air Force Base, in North Dakota, USSA.
At the same time as the powerful, electrical discharge up the spinal column and out through the top of the head was occurring, I was having a memorable visionary experience in which I was seated in a comfortable chair in a very pleasant, wood paneled room with an expensive wood floor. The ambiance of the room was very commodious. I felt at ease, relaxed and secure. Directly in front of me was a low, expensive coffee table with a glass top. There were a small number of items on the table that attracted my gaze. The ones that most drew my attention were a pair of ancient, translucent turtle shells resting upside down. They were the color of aged, yellowed, writing parchment and were covered all over with inscribed symbols -- runes, magical sigils and alchemical notations. As I was taking all of that in, I raised my eyes to the window that was on the other side of the room, on the other side of the table.
Through the window I could see that a massive storm was rapidly approaching. The clouds were dark, low, menacing and moving in very quickly. It was the type of threatening squall line that produces tornadoes, damaging hail, destructive high winds, deadly flash floods, powerful lightning strikes, and the like. As I took it all in, I thought, "Oh, my, that does not look good." I consider that as of now, post-Fukushima and on the cusp of major, global financial turmoil and geopolitical upheaval that may possibly involve global warfare (please see African Ebola outbreak, just to give you one small idea), that we have begun to enter the first fringes of the oncoming storm.
It will be a doozy.
And I have had other Kundalini experiences over the years. What they tend to have in common is the repeated experience of tremendously powerful electrical surges up the spine and into the head and even out of the top of the head, arcing away into a great, unknowable, inscrutable, indescribable vastness that lies just beyond. There can be visionary and/or auditory experiences of various sorts that accompany the thundering lightning bolt up the spine. There are other senses that open up that are difficult to explain to those who have not had the experience. These would include telepathy, instant knowing, direct intuition, comprehensive unimpeded vision and sensing directly with the heart. The words don't do the experience justice; they are pale reflections of the richly textured and nuanced reality. The main point is to have no fear. Simply experience it. Flow with the Kundalini.
Of course, I am not the only person to have these sorts of experiences. Many people have had them and will continue to have them as long as there is a human race. I believe that Gopi Krishna is correct that the Kundalini force is a natural evolutionary impulse in the human race, driving us forward to a higher, more advanced state of awareness and being, both as individuals and a species. He died about 30 years ago, but he did leave us a legacy of a number of interviews, some of which are available on Youtube.com, if you care to watch them. He also wrote a number of very inspiring and instructive books that are widely available through major book sellers, in which he describes his singular life experience and the nature of his deep self-realization.
For those who are interested in awakening the Kundalini, all I can say is once awakened, even partially, your life will never be the same. Going back to your old life is probably not really possible or advisable. If you are really serious about awakening the Kundalini it is a comprehensive life project that will engage every aspect of your being. If you are not serious about it, don't start. That's my advice.
But if you are serious, you'll have to eat a healthy diet, lead a simple life, get your rest and keep yourself fit. If you like alcohol or narcotic drugs, you'll have to leave all that behind.
I once knew a person who imperiously said to me: "I must have alcohol."
That attitude is not very compatible with higher consciousness.
Gopi Krishna's books are of great value and I recommend them to you. They are available in many bookstores and also online. Just do a key word search on Gopi Krishna and Kundalini. There is also a great deal of worthwhile information at The Biology of Kundalini website.
For me the most important factor in awakening the Kundalini is clearly strong intent, whether overtly conscious intent, or a strong subconscious inclination in that direction, or both. Where there is a will, there is a way, and those who are strongly interested sooner or later find the way, or make a way.
In my case, I was familiar with the concept of the Kundalini and had heard about yogic lightning bolts up the spine, so when it happened to me I never had any fear. From the first second onward I just inwardly thought, "This must be the Kundalini lightning that I have read about," and simply let it do what it wanted. I put my conscious mind to the side and just observed what happened without trying to interfere.
That's the advice I would give to anyone. The Kundalini is a cosmically conscious energy that greatly outshines our feeble human intellects. The smart attitude in its presence is one of humility. There is a certain hierarchy in the conscious Universe, and the Kundalini occupies an advanced rank.
Those who want to know more about it will make it their business to find out. Those who want to experience the Kundalini will do so. For all I know, there are possibly one or more future Gopi Krishnas reading this blog commentary; individuals who may possibly in the future be self-realized Kundalini yogis of a very advanced degree of consciousness.
My Current Situation in Ecuador
After more than a year of intense struggle, the shaman who assaulted me has been indicted and there will be a trial, beginning in two weeks. I therefore need to pay my attorneys for assisting me, protecting me, guiding me, advising me and representing me and my best interests in a prolonged, difficult criminal proceeding. The process is now halfway complete.
I have been pushed to the wall by this ordeal, to my financial limits and beyond. The case is actually bigger than me, in that there certainly are other victims of shamanic abuse in the Amazon region. I am not the only victim. But unlike 99% of the others, I have elected to stand up and fight back, no matter the odds. And against all expectations, my assailant has been indicted and is going to trial. But the battle is not over.
I could not have come this far without the timely, crucial support of some of my readers and supporters. And I will not make it to the end of the process, without the support of still other readers and supporters. It's not my battle alone. I may be a sort of point man, out in front, more visible than others, but there are assuredly others who have suffered, and are suffering, in silence, because of fear, ignorance, intimidation, feelings of helplessness, being overwhelmed by trauma and shock or maybe because they were killed.
I have no illusions about what I am up against. I was almost killed. I was hurt very badly. I do not know any other place to begin to right the wrongs of this world than to engage whatever situation is right in front of me, the situation that has forced itself to my attention, front and center. That's the only way I know to proceed.
To do that I urgently need your financial assistance to bring the case to a legal conclusion. I retained one of the better known law firms in Quito and they charge accordingly. They are like attorneys anywhere. They do not work for a ham sandwich and a glass of lemonade. And neither would you! Especially not in a case like this, out of town, over in the Amazon, representing a gringo in a highly unusual case, virtually without precedent.
That's what makes it crucial. What happens in the Amazon is vitally important to what happens on this planet. The shamans of the region theoretically have an essential role to play in healing the Amazon and showing the way for humanity -- but not if they themselves are criminally corrupt and abusive to the very people who come to the region to consult the sacred power plants in search of hyper-conscious communion with Mother Nature.
And so I am seriously asking for your aid. I thank you in advance for your generosity. I know that some of you are more than able to assist me. For USA dollar contributions please e-mail me at:
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