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Time to check in again. The new batch of stuff is getting closer and I can give you more of a preview.

As noted, I’m finished with personal psychology etc. for now. I’m going to try and offer a view of Kundalini experience that’s in key with what Glenn put out, more so than the post-theosophical stuff you mostly get now (although they dovetail fine).

From Glenn’s position you can look out over a wide landscape where all sorts of other things fit perfectly. Before he ever started the meditation that awoke Kundalini he was always interested in traditional religion and shamanism from a psychological angle. I’ve noticed that those who are instinctually into the fantastic really dig Glenn. The interface of all that with mythology will show some great ways to re-understand reality. I’ll be talking about the imagination a lot, giving ways to think about it that separate it from the idea of “false or unreal”, as well as the mythic from the “fictional”.

With reference to my own experiences, Glenn’s written examples, and some other stuff from the (mostly modern, not all) literature on spiritual experience, I’m going to try and show the shape of transpersonal as an exploration, bound up with how the world fits together, in a loose model you can use, trying to give flavour and feeling. I’ll link everything in to all the literature that explains it best. And all of this will happen in a new format which will shake things up a little.

By the end of the initial tranche, if you awaken Kundalini, you should be in a more advantageous position for harmonising your experiences, taking advantage of the work of preceding generations, and staying out of the rubber room.

Here’s a taster that may surprise you. I’d like to introduce you to this wonderful lecture by J. Stephen Lansing:

A Thousand Years in Bali

Sorry I couldn’t get it to embed. (If you want to get rid of the subtitles just pick the top option, “Choose language…”)

I reference the feeling behind these ideas a lot right now. Expansion of the holotropic spontaneity stuff, out from the personal and psychological, into the ecological and the cultural. This vid so beautifully introduces you to how patterns at a basic level “on earth” form through self-organizing complex systems. The background is ecology. I have a feeling you’ll be as glued as I was, but what you’ll note too is where he covers human beings partaking in this process via mythic imagination, ritual and democracy. It’s all very practical and actually observed in operation on mundane levels, unlike what most people think “myth” is — there’s nothing “escapist” about the mythic imagination, it is absolutely life and death**.

The vid is a perfect demonstration of a) How these relationships form in nature and ritual; b) How some of our modern science is actually able to understand this very well if we actually use it; and c) How if we use the wrong myths we ignore the science and slaughter the relationships. Always important to know who the good guys are.

What comes up on this blog will I hope get “under the skin” of such a view of reality and apply it to a life more like yours, especially if that life undergoes the amplification of energy and imagination in Kundalini. The deep meaning comes vivified under your eyes, as recorded in experiences going back millennia. The actualised shaman is the steward of his entrainments.

Stay tuned folks!

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** “In using Escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter.” — Tolkien, On Fairy Stories, and yes, modern fantasy culture figures in too…


Spiritual But Not Religious in 2012 – XV

SBNR’s very effectiveness, and the loyalty shown it, has made it some enemies. The new-atheist arguments about SBNR being pseudoscientific, incoherent and “just plain wrong”, are probably best known at the moment. (Although one should not overlook the religious and academic arguments about lazy, anti-community narcissism either. ^_^)

Some of this is incitement to discrimination, and should be opposed — but the arguments themselves usually implode if prodded. They often lack a proper understanding of myth. Usually they are talking to their own constituencies and rarely if ever address the great SBNR writings or achievements, preferring to beat up on the less educated, an unedifying spectacle.

Accusations of “pseudoscience”, for example, against pop SBNRS who talk of “humanity evolving to a new species” or a “new quantum spiritual reality”, are really silly when used to dismiss SBNR altogether — scientific terms are simply being used mythically, something scientists themselves frequently do. Since scientists publicise their visions for the non-scientific to live by, they should not be surprised when their mythic terms are turned to new uses. That’s what humans do with the stories they tell. That’s life in this species.

Of course, it would be nice if all those pop SBNRs could themselves learn to tell mythic from literal uses of terms! :) And I’ll continue to argue for exactly that over the weeks ahead by showing how sensitivity to language can improve SBNR. But the solution to oversimplification is not some other oversimplification. Myth exists and certain scientific words have become mythic words.

Adherents of orthodox scientism have to pretend myth doesn’t exist, another unedifying spectacle. Although this can never be admitted, scientistic anti-SBNR is itself based squarely on myth — the myth of the world becoming free of both religion and spirituality (see part II of this series). These prophecies imagined a world with no imagination, and told a myth about a world with no more myth. Without understanding it, they thus were keeping myth and imagination alive.

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Addendum to this post: quiz!

Who said this:

It’s so beautiful — it’s such a magnificent thing to live in the universe and to understand the universe in which you live, to be a part of life and to understand the life of which you are a part, to understand why you were born before you have to die… And it’s so sad that people go to their grave without understanding why they were born in the first place.

Answer next post!