Sunday, December 13, 2009

OCD or Kundalini?

Sometimes I try to figure myself out, and other times I just let it go. This is one of those times when I am particularly curious about what motivates me. 

For the past year I've been having a great time making mixed media, taking online art classes having to do with collage, spray painting, stenciling and photography, thinking that this time I was going to stick with it, when all of a sudden, a little over a month ago, something reminded me of Fr. Thomas Keating, his books, a workshop of his that I attended in June of 2006, and how I had tried the method of centering prayer he teaches, but was unable to really get into it. As I recounted here, I went to the Contemplative Outreach website, where I found a link to a course that will be taught online by him and others through Sounds True. At the Sounds True site I found a treasure chest of podcasts with teachers from many different paths, and have been listening to them ever since. Not only that, but I have signed up for the online centering prayer course that starts in January, I've signed up for a retreat at the San Damiano Center in Danville with Dr. James Finley, also in January, attended the day-long Vipassana meditation retreat two weeks ago, then last Saturday a meditation and yoga class at Bernal Yoga with Saul David Raye in the morning and a Kirtan and Puja with him and others, including a Vedic priest, in the evening, where I ended up dancing like I did in my hippie days, and today I would be in a two day class entitled The Eight Limbs of Yoga with Mariana Caplan, if it weren't for the fact that I have a beastly cold and couldn't go. Hopefully I will be able to catch the second half tomorrow. 

Now for the OCD and Kundalini part. I just listened to the most recent Sounds True podcast interview with Dr. Lawrence Edwards. You'll have to read about him because there is no way to succinctly describe someone who is on the faculty of a medical college and who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the effects of Kundalini, an "energy" for which he offers a very intriguing description here

In any case, what he said during the podcast made me think that perhaps I can stop trying to figure out why I am on this wild goose chase, because rather than just being an example of my obsessive, sometimes driven, nature, it could very well be the sparks of the Kundalini energy awakening in me and propelling me on my search for a transformative spiritual path that will connect me to the divine in me and in all. So there you have it.   


sfauthor said...

Nice posting. Do you know about these kundalini books?

arvind said...

Dear Anna!!

I suggest following site to gain the proper understanding of kundalini power and seven chakras:

Kundalini yoga or kriya yoga is an ancient form of yoga and often misunderstood in today's world.
However I believe that ultimate aim of any form of yoga is to "awaken kundalini" which is sometimes also called as "enlightenment" or "salvation" etc etc.

Please visit and mail me for any suggestions or questions.


Christine said...

I am in awe of your art and your quest for a transformative spiritual path and I believe you will find it. Just reading your words is soothing to this person's soul. Thank you.

anna maria said...

Hi Christine,
thank you for you comment. I'm still on the path, searching and studying. The problem is, it leaves very little time for anything else, so, as you can see, I haven't posted since Dec. 12!

Anonymous said...

I really like your one-paragraph/one-breath-summary, I think I am going to steal the idea too for something I will write...
I :-)
think your journey trying to reach something is already part of your goal. I admire you.....