The Spiritual Crisis Network lists the following specific resources related
to Kundalini as websites and books that some members (who have experienced
Kundalini) have found useful. Further information on kundalini can also be
found in chapters of some of the general books on Spiritual Emergency, listed
on the Spiritual Crisis Network Resources webpage.
The SCN does not specifically recommend any particular website or book listed
here as information to members. It is important to recognise that what
information one person finds helpful, another may find unhelpful and that what
may help to 'ground' the energies of Kundalini in one individual, may actually
activate Kundalini in another and possibly further increase 'symptoms'.
It is important to use your own discretion and discernment when viewing any
website or reading any book related to Kundalini and to seek professional advice
and support where appropriate. The SCN specifically does not recommend any
practices aimed at the activation of Kundalini as Kundalini energies can be
overwhelming to many who experience it. Please take care of yourselves.
The Spiritual Crisis Network welcomes any suggestions for additional resources
that individuals have found particularly helpful regarding Kundalini Awakening
and Spiritual Emergency. If you would like to suggest a specific resource to
be added to the list, please email us at info (at) spiritualcrisisnetwork.org.uk
— A webpage
on Kundalini Awakening from the spiritual perspective of Shri Adi Shakti;
A comprehensive website, detailing some
definitions and 'symptomology' of Kundalini and giving information on Kundalini
from a spectrum of perspectives, including 'Spiritual Awakening' and also the
Biology/Physiology of Kundalini;
— An interesting website on
Kundalini Awakening with information as well as some visual imagery and symbols
associated with Kundalini Awakening, including a visual animation of
Kundalini-shakti rising through the spine, up to and through the
A website on Kundalini Awakening by Kurt Keutzer with answers to Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ) and detailing 'Selected References';
— A website on Kundalini Awakening from 'Shared Transformation', including
Chapters 1—15 of El Collie's book 'Branded by the Spirit', on her own
experience of Kundalini Awakening, which was unfinished when she died in April 2002;
interesting website by the Institute for Consciousness Research, inspired by the
Work and Experience of Gopi Krishna, with Research, Articles, books and a Newsletter;
A useful webpage specifically on 'Spiritual Emergency Type Kundalini Awakening';
— A website on Kundalini Awakening from the perspective of The Patanjali
Kundalini Yoga Care organisation which provides PKYC books, services and
— The Kundalini-Gateway website includes an email list, for the free exchange
of information, advice and friendship for those experiencing Kundalini Awakening.
It includes Member essays, Poetry and Art Work in addition to information on
'symptoms' and Member experiences;
website on Kundalini Awakening by Bonnie Greenwell PhD in the USA, including
a Kundalini Research Network, a link to her question and answer blog and a
'Consulting and Email Service';
— An interesting website of the Kundalini Research Foundation in the USA,
which is initiating a large-scale research project into Kundalini Phenomena.
The website includes Articles and Publications;
— A website
on 'Kundalini, Survival & Support' by Bob Boyd with Forums, a 'Survival Guide'
— A short webpage
with information on Kundalini Awakening and its 'symptoms';
(The site http://lingerinthelight.com/index.html#.html is under construction) —
account by Didi Laru on Kundalini Awakening which includes reference to certain
medical conditions as well as articles, poetry and meditations;
— A website on Kundalini Awakening from the perspective of Mudrashram
Institute of Spiritual Studies, detailing a talk given by George Boyd at
'Babaji's Parliament of Yoga and World Religions on 19 December 1992;
An interesting webpage (and artist's image) on 'phosphenes'— a word for
a common experience during Kundalini Awakening of the non-ordinary perception
of 'inner lights' seen through the inner/third eye (NB, you might have to
google 'phosphenes' to get this page);
— An interesting website from the perspective of
Kundalini and Christianity with an online audio series on A Christian Understanding
of the Chakra System. The author also runs a discussion forum, including a quite
lively debate on kundalini and spiritual emergency;
A website on Kundalini Awakening from the perspective of the ancient teachings
of Tantra and Kundalini yoga, including an interesting 'Sri Yantra',
illustrating the Ascent of Kundalini;
— A website by Lawrence Edwards PhD, author of 'The Soul's Journey —
Guidance from the Divine Within' (listed under 'Books' below) and the founder
of the non-profit organisation, 'Anam Cara',
wrote his doctoral thesis on 'the extraordinary
effects of Kundalini' and established a Kundalini Support webpage
answers to commonly asked questions and additional resources. Lawrence runs
courses and workshops and is available for telephone consultations from people
the UK. An email newsletter is also available.
The following books are listed as specific books on Kundalini. In addition, some
of the general books on Spiritual Emergency in
also have useful chapters on Kundalini.
Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe), The Serpent Power — The Secrets of
Tantric and Shakti Yoga, Dover, 1974;
A comprehensive book on both the philosophical
and mythological nature of Kundalini, the yoga and esoteric anatomy associated
with it, the chakras or psychic centres in the human body and their progressive awakening.
Sri Aurobindo, The Integral Yoga, Lotus Press, 2005;
A collection of letters
from Sri Aurobindo, one of the foremost Indian philosophers and mystics of the
twentieth century, on spiritual matters including Kundalini and an evolution of
Consciousness which is spiritual and supramental.
Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D., The Soul's Journey: Guidance from the Divine Within,
Writer's Showcase, 2000;
Part biographical, Lawrence Edwards Ph.D. describes
is own initiation into the mysteries of the Goddess Kundalini, whose vision he
saw in meditation. Lawrence writes a number of spiritual stories as revealed to
him by the Goddess Kundalini with a depth-psychological commentary after each
story. In particular, Ascent to Union is a beautiful spiritual analogy of the
inner journey of Kundalini through the Chakras to Union with the Divine.
Bonnie Greenwell Ph.D, Energies of Transformation: A Guide to the Kundalini
Process, Shakti River Press, 1995;
An accessible and well respected guide,
based on Bonnie Greenwell's own experience as well as the accounts of others.
She explores the mythology and various concepts around Kundalini energy,
including the subtle body and Chakra system. In particular, Bonnie helpfully
categorises the different types of experiences that can arise and their
relationship with western physiology.
Gopi Krishna, Kundalini – The Evolutionary Energy in Man (with psychological
commentary by James Hillman), Shambhala, 1997;
A classic first-person account
of Kundalini Awakening by the Indian-householder-turned-spiritual-teacher,
Gopi Krishna with psychological commentary by James Hillman which lends an
additional western depth-psychological perspective to Gopi Krishna's process.
It is very honestly written, revealing Gopi Krishna's transformational struggle
to find balance amidst a variety of inner experiences and powerful psychological
side effects including mood swings, eating disorders and agonizing sensations
Gopi Krishna, Living with Kundalini, Shambhala, 1993;
Gopi Krishna's complete
autobiography, with additional material to that contained in Kundalini —
The Evolutionary Energy in Man.
Gopi Krishna, Ancient Secrets of Kundalini, UBS Publishers' Distributors Ltd.,
A clearly written description of the process of Kundalini Awakening and
its associated non-ordinary states of consciousness, with commentary on the
specific yoga sutra on Kundalini, the Panchastavi, as well as links to modern science.
Gopi Krishna, Kundalini — Path to Higher Consciousness, Orient Paperbacks, 2005;
Another autobiographical account by Gopi Krishna.
Gopi Krishna, The Awakening of Kundalini, Institute for Consciousness Research
and Kundalini Research Foundation Ltd., 2001;
Another recommended book by Gopi
Krishna, based on his research into Kundalini. Gopi Krishna questions whether
meditation is always beneficial.
Genevieve Lewis Paulson, Kundalini and the Chakras — Evolution in this
Lifetime — A Practical Guide, Llewellyn, 2006;
An interesting and practical
book on Kundalini and the Chakra system, including some colourful illustrations
of the rise of Kundalini through the Chakras and the descent of Kundalini
into the subtle aura.
Mary Lutyens, Krishnamurti — The Years of Awakening, John Murrey, 1975;
An interesting biographical account of what the famous Indian spiritual teacher,
Krishnamurti, called his 'years of Awakening'.
Lee Sannella, M.D., Kundalini — Psychosis or Transcendence?, H. S. Dakin
A groundbreaking work by the psychiatrist Lee Sanella M.D.
who records fifteen medical case studies of patients undergoing Kundalini Awakening.
Sanella argues the case that Kundalini Awakening is not a 'psychotic episode'
but a psychophysiological transformation process.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Kundalini Tantra, Bihar School of Yoga, Bhargava
Bhushan Press, 1996;
A comprehensive book on Kundalini Tantra and the Chakras
from the perspective of Swami Satyananda Saraswati and the Bihar School of Yoga.
The book contains colour illustrations of (and a chapter on) each Chakra.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Taming the Kundalini, Yoga Publications Trust, 2002;
This book is a collection of letters from Swami Satyananda Saraswati to a Disciple
on spiritual matters including Kundalini and explained in a personal way.
Sri Jaideva Singh, Siva Sutras — The Yoga of Supreme Identity, Motilal
Banarsidass Publishers Limited, 2006;
Siva Sutras are considered to be a revealed
book of the yoga — the supreme identity of the individual self with the Divine
through Kundalini. It is an esoteric book from the yoga tradition of India with
an interesting glossary of Indian Sanskrit terms.
Sri Jaideva Singh, Spanda-Karikas — The Divine Creative Pulsation,
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Limited, 2005;
A commentary on the Siva Sutras
which may be of interest to those who enjoy esoteric discussion of yogic texts on
Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga, The Divine Life Society, 2005;
and classic book by Swami Sivananda (who founded the well-known Sivananda Yoga
Centres world-wide) on the Essence of Kundalini Yoga, with illustrations of
the various Chakras and an interesting pull-out chart on the Chakras and their
corresponding shapes, colours, locations and other qualities and functions.
Philip St. Romain, Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality (2nd Ed),
Contemplative Ministries Inc, 2004;
An interesting book on Kundalini from a
Christian perspective with comparisions from Hindu theology and the Chakra system.
Philip St. Romain considers the 'Bright Night of Kundalini' to the 'Dark Night
of the Soul' in Christian mysticism and the 'transforming power of Grace'.
Robert E. Svoboda, Kundalini, Brotherhood of Life Inc., 2006;
Explores the process
of Kundalini Awakening from the mystical yoga tantra traditions, including the
chakras, nadis, mantras and illustrated yantras.
Dorothy Walters, Unmasking the Rose — A Record of a Kundalini Initiation (with
Foreward by Andrew Harvey), Hampton Roads, 2002;
An autobiography by Dorothy
Walters who describes her own Kundalini Awakening which began in her fifties
and which took ten years to fully assimilate. Of particular interest is the
variety of psychic experiences that Dorothy has had and her reliance on her
inner guide, 'the solitary voice within' throughout the extremes of her process
White Eagle, On Divine Mother — The Feminine, & The Mysteries, White Eagle
Publishing Trust, 2004;
An interesting book on Kundalini in the context of the
creative power of the Divine Mother with specific reference to the Egyptian
Mysteries as well as a Gnostic Christian perspective on Kundalini from White
Eagle's teachings of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Holy Ghost.