Kundalini Meditation – a book, the practice and the Year of the Snake (2013)
Last month this book fell into my lap via the Book Club Featured Selection process and I just couldn’t say no.
I’m really glad I ordered this book – written by a Yoga teacher and internationally known Opera Singer
Kundalini means “the coil in the hair of the beloved” and refers to our coiled serpent-like energy which begins at the base of the spine, moving up through the chakras or energy centers and resulting in a feeling of bliss throughout the body, mind and soul for the regular practitioner.
The book looks and feels beautiful (as you can see from the cover) and contains all the exercises required to start a regular practice. There are also online resources available on Kathryn’s website so that you can download some of the meditations.
Kathryn McCusker’s Spiritual Journey into Kundalini Meditation
Kathryn is an internationally acclaimed Opera Singer and found that the practice of Kundalini Meditation gave her even greater benefits and help with her craft than her regular yoga practice. She was taught by a spiritual teacher and visionary called Yogi Bhajan who was originally a Punjabi Prince.
He brought his work to Canada and then the USA, has written over 100 books on the subject of yogic meditation and trained thousands of teachers.
I love Kathryn’s description of Yogi Bhajan’s intention for this body of work – “To create teachers not to gather disciples“.
I’ve had a number of experiences of Kundalini, not always during meditation though – it can feel like bliss…
My main experiences of kundalini bliss have been unexpected…and I didn’t always know what they were – until now.
The first time was during a meditation with Kai Kermani, author of Autogenic Training: The Effective Holistic Way to Better Health – where I happened upon a class at a professional learning event and decided to join in.
The resultant feeling of grace and bliss caused me to hug and kiss my business partner – and a few other people – after I left the event! I definitely felt that I was in a completely different space and set of awareness than everyday life at the time. It makes me think of Jim Carrey’s often-viewed video on the subject “I got there – and I’ve been trying to get back – ever since!”
Or kundalini can feel like tingles or movement of ‘something’ up the spine…
I’ve felt energy moving up my spine during yoga classes and sometimes during my training as an EMF Balancing Technique® practitioner.
It was especially noticeable during the training for Phases IX-XII, where even before the training started and I was sitting in my chair ready to begin, my body was swaying left to right for no apparent reason.
(It happens…I’ve learned to get used to it – one Shaman used to call me ‘Superman’ in her journeying classes because both arms would involuntarily go up in the air when I was laying on the floor journeying).
It’s funny sometimes but – as a Mom On a Spiritual Journey – what am I gonna do? Got to be me!
In that particular class, when our teacher Peggy Phoenix-Dubro arrived, she explained that we may feel ‘swaying’ sensations during learning and teaching these phases of the work since we would be working intensively with the ‘core’ or spinal energies and energy centers. Oh, so that was why.
I have worked with energy for a while – but when a book hits me ‘on the head’ like Kathryn McCusker’s did – I listen
Today, more validation.
He discusses the concept of shedding everything but love in The Year of the Snake – 2013!
Now that we have passed the great Mayan marker of December 21st 2014, Mark interprets the meaning of 2013 as follows
The best way to decipher the meaning of a year is to combine its Oriental Animal with its numerology. After the Oriental New Year occurs on the 10th of February, 2013 is a 6 Snake Year. The 6 = Task and Obligation, leading to Right Livelihood. The Snake has to do with shedding outmoded forms that have run their course, and undergoing the radical transformation necessary to emerge from the old. As you shed everything in the way of right livelihood, and awaken to the great love within, remember that no barrier can block the creative dream of your soul.
I’m starting 40 days of Kundalini Meditation Practice – unleashing my inner serpent – in The Year of the Snake!
The way I view the world – I take this as a sign that I’m on the right path with taking up this kind of meditation practice. After working through Iyanla Vanzant’s 7 days of Writing 40 Affirmations per day – I feel that I have the resolve to do this.
It also matches with my observations about mass media and the modern age, I believe I will feel more free after doing this work – and I intend to keep on practicing!
As Mark Borax so aptly says in his post
As the repressed life force of the world — kundalini (coiled serpent power) — uncoils and releases, it will surge through the world body from your head to your spine, as many others across the planet shed their skin and awaken from the mass deception of the modern age.
I’ll keep you up to date on my practice – let me know if you feel moved to join this practice too!
I’ll write regularly about my practice as the 40 days progress. I think it’s time for many of us to shift our patterns and uncoil from systems that are no longer working for us, as Mark Borax says in his Cosmic Weather report.
Ready to uncoil your serpent and become an energetic agent of change? I’d love to hear from you or share experiences on the Mom On A Spiritual Journey Facebook Page.
Uncoiling into kundalini meditation…
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