So I read a book called Kundalini and the Chakras by Genevie Lewis Paulson a while back. Doing the practices brings changes. Little did I know that meditation could bring on a second puberty. One goes through phases on this path and some of them are hilarious. When you meditate with the intention of freeing the energy of consciousness, interesting things happen and it’s best to not overdo it. There’s blocked chakras and nadi which come unblocked and the energy must go somewhere and then balance. These blocks or snags probably have a lot in common with Freud’s ideas and/or Wilhelm Reich’s concept of body armor in the musculture. Reich related body armor to character armor or rigid personality traits. He described how fascism depends on a tension in certain muscles which produce the behavoir on which authoritarianism can thrive. It occurs to me that this is why China suppressed the Falun Gong gatherings several years ago! Authoritarian control, in part, depends upon people feeling tense and restricted in their bodies. Large gatherings of people mindfully moving their bodies and calmly balancing their energies together are very dangerous to institutions of power.
(I’m all over the place with this stuff, a real essay or book is coming.)
Two books which have quietly and powerfully moved me this winter are Kundalini and the Chakras by Genevieve Lewis Paulson and Kundalini: Exploring the Energy of Awakening, (a book of essays by many authors.) I recommend them both. I owe my new good health to an 85 year old woman named Genevieve Lewis Paulson. It’s amazing how good one can feel just by breathing in different imagined colors. And that is just the beginning. Things like negativity become more apparent and controllable while other things like recreational use of substances seem rather boring while under this new influence.
I can’t wait to see the cherry orchards bloom back home while being within this new perspective.