Whether it happens all at once or gradually over time, spiritual awakening is an experience that may be accompanied by great insight, ecstatic bliss, or a mystical infusion of light, love, and vision. But it can be an overwhelming experience, too, leaving those to whom it’s occurred searching for answers and understanding. Written by a transpersonal psychologist and non-dual teacher, this book will help you understand the phenomenon of spiritual awakening, and provide guidance and support for you on your spiritual journey.
At the heart of most spiritual traditions is the understanding that we are one with all of existence. This realization, also known as spiritual awakening or spiritual emergence, can occur spontaneously, after years of spiritual practice, or through many other portals. Although awakening is often considered a purely positive experience, many people are not prepared for the ramifications of such a life-altering event. When your perception of yourself and reality has been altered, you may find yourself with more questions than answers. Where can you turn?
Based on over thirty years of case studies, as well as the author’s own experiences,When Spirit Leaps explores the why and what of spiritual awakening, revealing how this phenomenon occurs across all traditions, and exploring the various ways it can happen. Including discussions on kundalini energy, meditation, yoga and qigong, breathwork, near-death experiences, and much more, this inspirational book offers companionship and practical solutions to common challenges along the spiritual path of awakening.
With this book as your guide, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the process and different portals of awakening, and find comfort and support in the real-life stories of those who have experienced this shift in consciousness and faced its challenges. Most importantly, you’ll learn how you can embody this awakening and live joyfully and effectively without attachment to a personal sense of self, but as the oneness with all that is your true nature. No matter where you are on yourspiritual journey, this book will help you along the way.
About the Author
Bonnie L. Greenwell, PhD, is a transpersonal psychotherapist and a non-dual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti. She has specialized for more than thirty years in mentoring people going through transformative experiences related to spiritual awakening and the kundalini process, the subject of her doctoral research at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP). She has an eclectic background including work in psychiatric units, a rehab center, as director of the Transpersonal Counseling Center at ITP, and years of private practice. Greenwell studied Jungian psychology, Jin Shin Do® acupressure, Psychotropic and Radiance Breathwork, kundalini, kriya, and Ashtanga yogas, and many Buddhist meditation practices before finding her ground in non-dual teachings. She was founder and director of the Kundalini Research Network, has lectured and trained therapists in Europe, Australia, and the United States, and established Shanti River Center for non-dual education and counseling in Ashland, OR. She is anauthor and a contributor to several anthologies.