WHAT THE VAK IS KUNDALINI?
In that first year or so into the surrender/bliss experiences, I had little explanation of it to even know it was called Kundalini. I am not sure when I began to connect my experience to that word. I do recall early on, coming across an illustrated article showing 17th century paintings and drawings of so-called "chakras." The author was also describing "Vak," or the notion that "Nada" (sound) creates the cosmos.
I began to freak-out as I was reading the article and immediately discarded the publication. In those fragile years I was very vulnerable to the environment, to people, and rhetorical statements. I also recall going into one particular bookstore near Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati that often triggered a freak-out. I also became adept at instantly de-escalating such episodes.
Many years later I was able to read quite a lot about Kundalini without freaking out. I came to realize that most of the authors (both Eastern and Western) were not writing from first-hand experience of its bliss, rather were assembling notions having to do with divination and health remedies around a mythos described from their reading of other authors doing the same thing.
Only the few books that mention sensations along the body core and describe it as the Spirit Current, are likely to give you an accurate picture of the septenary structure of Kundalini. Not unlike a metasphere, the heart of the structure is at the midpoint of a vertical polarity extending feeling beyond each pole of the body. The structures are called chakras (Skt. for circles or centers).
Tradition separates out these centers as conduits of energy within and without the apparent one or single body object; they go on to distinguish objects of every kind that are other than that one we call self. Whereas the reality may be that all those "objects," even "the ego I" are merely places or locations of an action as discovered in the earlier and lengthier consideration of metaspheric perspective .
I illustrated (in the book) the traditional "Kundalini" spirit path through these centers. However, in the animated intro to the interactive web edition, the septenary centers are given dynamically more visual, non-verbal metaspheric expression in order to communicate the great extent feeling-observation can play in one's realization, if not the understanding, of metasphere .
To bring that feeling home, several years ago (2007), I expanded that web animation considerably to a moderate length, and in association with a musician and producer, we brought it to market as an aid to meditation. The Digital Video Disc is titled: Metasphere: The altered state of Heart, (go to the "heart" tab at top of screen for notes about that offering).
The liner notes, are available here without purchase of the DVD. Liner notes do not come with the DVD, since they were only recently written for this website. The notes describe and mainly explain the symbolism I used to depict the chakras. Traditional Hindu Chakric art interpretation is abandoned, since my experience did not contain that cultural influence. Mine depicts abstracted traverse from singularity to multiplicity.
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