I remember first reading about Paul Levy’s experiences about 12-15 years ago. If memory serves, he had a rough relationship with his father, before his kundalini ‘exploded’ in a sudden and radical way. This phenomenon typically plays out very differently from person to person; it seems to depend very much on the experiencer’s “contents” (psyche, spirit, and body) that need to be “moved” to clear the path for a pronounced up-shift in consciousness to occur.
The process can range from blissful to shockingly unpleasant and physically painful – causing the person and those around him to often respond with fear. Spiritual emergence can quickly become a spiritual emergency, and contemporary western civilization is not prepared to support someone anywhere along this spectrum. The following article, which originally appeared on in5d.com, is somewhat unique in that it tends to be women who experience and write about kundalini. ~Whitehawk
Imagine having a kundalini awakening and having the gift of literally seeing the connection of all human beings, then being diagnosed as psychotic. That’s what happened to this man after his spiritual awakening!
by Paul Levy
In 1981, I was sitting in meditation when, just for an instant, a bolt of lightning flashed through my mind. I began acting so unlike my normal self that a friend brought me to a hospital, afraid I was going crazy. Though I was let out of that hospital after three days, the experiences that began to unfold were so overwhelming that I was hospitalized a number of other times during that first year. I was diagnosed as having had a severe psychotic break and was told that I had a chemical imbalance and had manic-depressive illness. I was put on lithium, and at times, haldol (an anti-psychotic). I was told I would have to live with my illness for the rest of my life.
I was one of the lucky ones, as I was able to extricate myself from the medical and psychiatric establishment. Little did the doctors realize that I was taking part in some sort of spiritual awakening/shamanic initiation process, which at times mimicked psychosis but in actuality was an experience of a far different order. In 1993, after many years of struggling to contain and integrate my experiences, I started to teach about what I was realizing. I am now in private practice, assisting others who were spiritually emerging and beginning to wake up to the dreamlike nature of reality. In a dream come true, psychiatrists consult with me and send me patients.
In ancient wisdom cultures it was understood that there were certain individuals whose craziness was the sign of a passage into a higher consciousness. They realized that the person needed to be both honored and supported in their process. Continue reading