I recently read an article by Charles L. Whitfield, MD on the “Perspective from a Map of the Psyche and the Kundalini Recovery Process.” In his article, his discusses the different stages of emotional recovery during Kundalini, and spiritual bypass of these steps as traps in the Kundalini recovery process and becoming stuck at that stage.
“Stage 0 is active illness where there may be acute symptoms of Post Traumatic Distress Disorder (“PTSD”) that is current day events triggering and reminding us of our past trauma, depression, anxiety, or other mental conditions. In stage 0, there is no active recovery occurring. In stage 1, recovery begins of the stage 0 conditions. After stage 1 is complete usually after at least a year of recovery work, there may be emotional release and movement of energy. Once stage 0 conditions are resolved and stabilized, then stage 2 recovery may begin.”
“Stage 2 recovery involves the healing the effects of past traumas, sometimes called adult child or codependence issues. “Adult child is a term that has been used to refer to anyone who grew up in an unhealthy, troubled, or dysfunctional family. Many adult children may still be in a similarly unhealthy environment, whether at home, in one or more relationships or at work. Because a Kundlaini arousal often brings up our unconscious material, working a stage 2 recovery will likely help us heal, and authentic humility assists us with this and in our spiritual growth. Humility is facilitated by having the courage to make the choice movement by movement, to let go of ego-centered thinking and behaving.”
“Stage 3 recovery is the state into which we may be compelled prematurely by having a spiritual awakening. It includes the experience of spirituality and its incorporation into our daily life. It is an ongoing process. In this stage we make meaning of our past. We are now more aware of being free of old beliefs and can work through conflicts faster as we create more stability in ours lives.”
“Trying to avoid this work of stages 1 and 2 recovery can also be called premature transcendence or high level denial.” What happens is that our false self will usually pull us back until we work through our particular unfinished business in stages 1 and 2, since these stages of recovery are unavoidable. Hope you find this interesting and helpful!
Excerpt from Charles L. Whitfield, MD on the “Perspective from a Map of the Psyche and the Kundalini Recovery Process.