KUNDALINI - (Sanskrit kund, "to burn"; kunda, "to coil or to spiral") a concentrated field of intelligent, cosmic invisible energy absolutely vital to life; beginning in the base of the spine when a man or woman begins to evolve as wisdom is earned. Kundalini has been described as liquid fire and liquid light. The ultimate outcome of kundalini is the union of Will (sakti-kundalini), Knowledge (prana-kundalini) and Action (para-kundalini).

"Kundalini is the focused energy of the human body and human psyche. Energy can be either manifested or unmmanifested. It can remain in the seed or it can sprout in a manifested form. Kundalini means your total potential. But it is a seed; it's a possibility. The ways to awaken kundalini are ways to make your potential actual" 91 Osho, The ABC of Enlightenment

Kundalini is a runaway train that one spontaneously has to learn how to drive. However the more one learns how to drive the train the faster it goes. But if one defaults and resists learning how to drive the train it ends up derailing in a crash. Friction and difficulty occur not so much from the process itself but from our conscious and unconscious interference with it due to not understanding what is going on.

"The mystic, endowed with native talents...and following...the instruction of a master, enters the waters and finds he can swim; whereas the schizophrenic, unprepared, unguided and ungifted, has fallen or has intentionally plunged and is drowning." Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By

Kundalini cannot be separated from Eros or the Muse...the soul and Kundalini appear to be the SAME THING.

A kundalini awakening is simply the amplification of the play of the poles, charges, hemispheres and sexes. It is the energy that drives the Kosmos itself.

"The eros that can be named is not eros. Eros is the secret that cannot be named. Sometimes men have named it shaktipat." JR Haule

"Eros is the transformative force of life, love is the unifying force and sexuality is the creative force, the expression of our physical nature. Love is the expression of a conscious will to evolve toward a unified being. Eros, sexuality and love present the possibility of unifying the masculine and feminine within us." John C. Pierrakos M.D.

Eros is the syntropic-life urge while Thanatos is the entropic-death urge. However Thanatos is not a love of death, but a fear of death that draws one inextricably towards it. Thanatos is also a fear of life, and appears to be a default on Life/Eros due to an ignorance of Eros/Life. Thanatos is the tendency to want to become "nonsentient' to avoid the validity, depths, complexity, demands, challenges and even the pleasures of life. Freud's description of Eros and Libido included all creative, life-producing drives. While he defined the death drive in “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” as "an urge inherent in all organic life to restore an earlier state of things". In psychoanalytic theory, Eros is characterised as the tendency towards cohesion and unity, whereas the death drive is the tendency towards destruction.

"Ride your horse along the edge of the sword
Hide yourself in the middle of the flames
Blossoms of the fruit tree will bloom in the fire
The sun rises in the evening."
--Zen Koan

Trying to put kundalini into words: tumescence, insurgence, outburst, protrusion, incarnation, emergence, epiphany, prelude, opening, elevation, emanate, exsurge, mount the barricades, bloom, conflagration, breakthrough, magnify, crescendo, accumulate, upsurge, levitate.

"The Kundalini creates the universe out of Her own being, and it is She Herself who becomes this universe. She becomes all the elements of the universe and enters into all the different forms that we see around us. She becomes the sun, the moon, the stars and fire to illuminate the cosmos which She creates. She becomes the prana, the vital force, to keep all creatures, including humans and birds, alive; it is She who, to quench our thirst, becomes water. To satisfy our hunger, She becomes food. Whatever we see or don't see, whatever exists, right from the earth to the sky isÉnothing but Kundalini. It is that supreme energy which moves and animates all creatures, from the elephant to the tiniest ant. She enters each and every creature and thing that She creates, yet never loses Her identity or Her immaculate purity." Swami Muktananda, Kundalini: The Secret of Life.

"To this day I find myself trying to get a handle on that Shakti and make it mine. But I can't possess it--I can only be possessed by it." Joseph Chilton Pearce, The Biology of Transcendence, 87

Throughout this book the term kundalini awakening is used interchangeably with metamorphosis, spiritual alchemy, spiritual acceleration, the inner marriage, the sacred marriage, The Passion and even The Great Bliss. The energy of kundalini could be variously called prana, chi, mana, Baron Carl von Reichenbach's odic force (od), Wilheim Reich's orgone, Ken Wilber's Spiritual Eros, Henri Bergson's elan vital, Tielhard de Chardin's radial energy, Freud's libido, archeus, etheric energy, vital life-essence, vital energy or life force. and even Sheldrake's morphogenetic fields. Also around the world it is referred to as ka, ichor, inua, sila, manetuwak, oloddumare, qi, Tao, ki, aether and quintessence.

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