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Kundalini Energy: Dark Night of the Soul

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A Look at This Mystical Phenomenon

      
         In March of 2005, during the beginning of my Enlightenment, I experienced my 'Dark Night of the Soul' (what I call my 'Tunnel of Hell'). This mystical experience, also called 'Kundalini' by the Hindus, is one I will never forget and will cherish always.  Whatever words we choose to describe the experience, the desired outcome is the same: Moksha or Enlightenment.
   
         With God's Love, Grace, and Guidance, I endured my 'Dark Night' for 3 nights, and emerged an Enlightened Soul.  I made 3 promises to God before He came to me.  I later realized it wasn't about religion and its practices, but about the behaviors I send out to the world (and feel about myself).  My 3 promises are:
 
 
1) I will believe His words to be truth (I was seeking guidance). Whatever He continues to tell me or show me, I will follow His guidance.
 
2) I will do service to humanity according to His will. Whatever gifts He bestows on me I will use them to serve others as He wishes.
 
3) I will live my life by His guidance: Change whatever He asks me to change, do whatever He wishes me to do, and go where ever He leads me to go, no matter what it is, whether I personally like it or not.
 
 
           Although I was mystically lead to these experiences, I made a free will choice to pursue my Enlightenment as far as I could go in the physical world.  I truly believe we are all called to these experiences when it is our time.  God's presence is very strong and loving; a feeling that's indescribable.
 
          This phenomenon will become more prevalent in the next few years; it serves a more global Spiritual purpose. There are already many reports of people experiencing their Awakening.  Their right-brain (feeling, perceptions, etc) take the drivers seat, and the left-brain (analytical thinking, black and white ideals, etc) takes the back seat. 
 
          Enlightenment will open our hearts to humanity, and to ourselves.  We come to realize we are one with the Universe and we feel its magnificent energy within us.           
 
           I have seen several books written by psychiatrists, scientists, medical doctors, etc. on this phenomenon.  Some books were written about their own experiences and others were case studies on their patients.  Now that my book is done, I hope to find time to read these wonderful books. (see the link -  Recommended Reading of Distinguished Docotors)
 
          For me, the word 'faith' means: Believing in something I cannot see, but I can feel.  Something I cannot prove with facts, but somehow know.  It is following the guidance I feel in my heart, knowing that Love is the most important purpose of my existence.  All the paths we take separately as human beings will lead to this one word - LOVE.
 

Kundalini Energy:
Energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine until it is activated, as by the practice of yoga, and channeled upward through the chakras in the process of spiritual perfection

Moksha:                                                                     Literally 'release' is the liberation from samsara (the cycle of death and rebirth or reincarnation and all of the suffering and limitation of worldly existence).

In Hindu Philosophy, it is seen as a transcendence of phenomenal being, a state of higher consciousness, in which matter, energy, time, space, causation (karma) and the other features of empirical reality are understood as maya (illusion).

Liberation is experienced in this very life as a dissolution of the sense of self as an egoistic personality by which the underlying, eternal, pure spirit is uncovered.

This desireless state concludes the yogic path through which conditioned mentality-materiality has been dissolved, uncovering one's eternal identity prior to the mind/spirit's identification with material form.

Liberation is achieved by (and accompanied with) the complete stilling of all passions — a state of being known as Nirvana (Buddhism).

          I've added the section below for reference. Notice it is the exact definition of the 3 promises I made to God during my Tunnel of Hell. I don't believe it's a 'coincidence', I believe it's purposeful.

In Hinduism, there are 3 margas (paths) through which a person can attain moksha.

The 1st path is jnana-marga -  translated as awareness or insight. When a person becomes aware that he or she is simply a drop in the ocean of Brahman (God) and begins to detach him or herself from worldly statuses and possessions, he or she can begin to move towards moksha.

The 2nd path is karma-marga - this path requires one to act dutifully without any thought of selfish gain.

The 3rd path is bhakti-marga - refers to a selfless devotion and commitment to a personal deity.

 

Dark Night of the Soul:              

Back in the 16th century, the Christian mystic St. John of the Cross wrote about the Dark Night of the Soul. He captured for every age thereafter the essence of an “arid and dark night of contemplation” during which spiritual seekers are inevitably confronted with the reality of their own misery.

The first Dark Night of the Soul generally occurs for sincere practitioners when the blush of initial enthusiasm for the spiritual path begins to give way to the recognition of the reality of our condition: our bondage to our own fixations.

The habits we enjoy, we recognize as desperate distractions from our fundamental discomfort in the world. The people we criticize or denigrate, we recognize as mirrors of our own feelings of worthlessness and self-hatred. Where ego anxiously seeks meaning and refuge, we find a deep, dark void.

Our lives seem to have fallen into a crevice. We can no longer fool ourselves that the pursuit of worldly success, food, friends, sex or the latest techno gadget is going to bring us ultimate happiness. Yet, we are nearly beginners on the path, and so we also doubt the way forward.

We don’t know which way to turn; no way seems like the right way. We no longer feel we have a stable identity or a secure place in the world. We experience deep grief and fear.

This is a supreme moment of choice for any person. When we fall into ‘gaps’ where old ways cannot be resurrected and new ways have not yet solidified, we have an opportunity to discover our real motivation, our real longing, and to take responsibility for that, affirm it and act on it.

This first Dark Night of the Soul is the time to stop fighting, fixing, running from or identifying with our fear and sadness. It is a time to sit quietly, allowing obsolete self-concepts to fall away.

Then, in contemplation in the space of the heart, we rediscover the diamond-like natural longing for Reality, for God, that is our true inheritance, our royal road to wisdom. It is time to allow the ourselves to rediscover the indestructable Self-knowledge that got us onto the path in the first place.

When we do discover that vajra longing, affirm it, cultivate it and grasp it as our one and only guide, all questions of purpose, meaning and direction will end. We will have discovered the life process itself.

This Dark Night of the Soul is also the time to cry out, to reach out and ask for nourishment from our teachers and the wisdom masters who guide us and love us. It is the time to gather whatever confidence you have in life, and turn decisively toward life, even in the midst of despair.

If the Dark Night of the Soul is traversed with courage and supreme softness, with responsibility and surrender, on the other side is a new confidence in life, a new awareness of how the life process is always moving us toward greater Self-revelation, and a new appreciation for the loving responsiveness of life to our sincere efforts to Self-realize.

In Ma’s love,
Shambhavi
        

 

"Faith is a dark night for man, but in this very way it gives him light" -St. John of the Cross (from: Dark Night of the Soul) 

 
"Do not resist change. Accept change as one of the prerequisites in your life to spiritual illumination. A positive mental attitude overlooks many things that happen and sees the overall picture of what is progressing in your life" -  Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami 
 
 
"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called" - 1 Timothy 6:12
 
 
"All know the Way, but few actually walk it" - Bodhidharma
 
 
“We know that God will work all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” - Romans 8:28

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