Biology of Kundalini Kundalini & Schizophrenia
Kundalini & Schizophrenia F actors that trigger both schizophrenic breaks and kundalini awakenings include circumstances of impossible dilemmas, doublebinds, and avoidance/attraction etc... That is situations in which we cannot proceed in a logicalprefrontal manner, but which force us to spin our wheels and to experience angst, perplexity and frustration. Since energy is not utilized in a normal fashion it builds and leads to a psychoenergetic crisis—the energies of flight fight, having no resolution basically kick off either a psychotic breakdown or breakthrough—usually a bit of both. Koans, of course operate in a similar fashion to confound the normal rational thinking process leading to the overload of the nervous system and the sudden progress to a new level of awareness. Symptoms of schizophrenia include: thought disorder, withdrawalretardation, hallucination, estrangement, psychosis, sensory gating deficits, voices, delusions, obsession, paranoia, feels out of time, out of space, loss of body boundaries, and nonexistent as a person. Prior to any consideration of consciousness what so ever, please, revert always to the master healer...of all time...for he has the last word on everything. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEglHjd_gUQ&NR=1&feature=fvwp —Terence McKenna, Schizophrenic or Shamanic? http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSvKByYOPdo&feature=fvw —Levels of Consciousness, Bipolar Disorder, Spiral Dynamics, Psychology of Being. Excellent overview of how our level of consciousness skews our perception of spiritual awakening and psychotic breaks by Sean Blackwell, http:// bipolarorwakingup.blogspot.com/ The perturbation of everyday consciousness reduces the filtering system and presents a scale of consciousness that spans from schizophrenic to mystic. This transnormal impact of consciousness if interpreted adequately by the rational mind is then called mystic revelation. If however the rational mind is off kilter then ones interpretation is called schizophrenic. When we penetrate beyond everyday consciousness we are both more animalessential and more Godlikeomnipotent. We experience a range and subtlety of interconnectedness that would be simply frightening and crazymaking to our normal socioconditioned repressed mode of being. Thus we only get to sense the true nonlocality of consciousness during peak events—either awakenings or breakdowns. That is not to say that our supersenses are not there in ordinary life, it is just that we simply filter out the information in order to cooperate with the dumbed down operational level that society adheres to. There is an enormous “leveling” system that goes on unconsciously in communities where noone is “allowed” to be more awaken than the others, and we are subtley or overtly punished if we are. It seems like embeddedness (attraction/aversion) in duality leads to nonduality. For if were not “affected” by the symbols, myths and archetypes that we use to give “story” to our lives, no psychic tension would arise to propel us out of the vice of “normal” consciousness. As the subtlepsychic levels arise we become hyperaffected by the imagery and our story of duality and this builds up such a psychic tension that a kundalini awakening is sparked off. After an awakening we become psychosomatically differentiated from the images, symbols, myths, stories and personal identity that we were so involved in before. Thus consciousness has become separated from its contents. Perhaps this is the difference between a schizophrenic and a mystic. The mystic has become emancipated from the persuasions of psychic content, while the schizophrenic has become lost in them. The perturbation and removal of normal consciousness and the consequent disruption of egoicmetaprogramming is not regression—it is not going backwards—but merely the removal of adaptive/repressive functioning in the present. This creates an entirely new consciousness that has never occurred in ones history, yet may have features similar to infantile being. This loss of the sense of the known self (ego) is standard procedure in many of the extreme kundalini events and in the overall metamorphic process itself. Contributing to this perturbation of consensusadaptive consciousness is both the extreme amplification and expansion of consciousness during peak events and the consequent damage done by neurotransmitters, free radicals and metabolites. The higher we climb above the "norm," the further we thus fall into the downside of these acute neurological events. This is the shamanic journey to the heavens and then into the hell realms. Both extranormal conditions could be classed as regression by an ignorant observer; but both high and low are equally part of the path toward the emergence of the life of the Soul. There must indeed be a suspension or cataclysmic breakthrough of the norm for the infinitely larger soul’s life to be born. So rather than "regression” in the service of the ego, we could more aptly state that during a kundalini awakening we undergo "suspension” of the ego in the service of the soul. For those that are breaking out of consensus mind and who are leaning toward inflation or the schizophrenic end of the scale, this vulnerable condition is NOT the time to be intensive meditation, shadow work or primal processing. For these people stabilizing and structure building is needed more than uncovering therapies as the interpenetration of the levels of consciousness proceeds. Humor, because of its trickster element is a great tool for establishing rationality, because laughter builds up the prefrontal lobes. The practices for the periods of unstable integration between the levels of consciousness should be of an embodiment and boundary building nature. Of selfdefinition through internal exploration via neoshamanistic practices of a selforiginating nature. The work of Miguel Ruiz, Byron Katie and Alberto Villoldo would be valuable at this stage to establish the self/other boundary and build up the coreself. Therapists attending to people undergoing kundalini awakenings could benefit from reading Ken Wilber’s writings on schizophrenia such as Chapter 17 of The Atman Project. This piece entitled schizophrenia or Mysticism is very good, yet I would like to add a distinction. I think that awakening from “normal conscious’ runs a scale between schizophrenia and mysticism and each of us has a gravity to a particular point on that scale. But throughout the duration of an awakening we may sometimes be closer to the schizophrenic end of the scale and sometimes closer to the Mystic end of the scale depending on how stable and adaptable the rational faculty is at the time. “Mysticism is not regression in the service of the ego, but evolution in transcendence of the ego. The mystic seeks progressive evolution. He trains for it. It takes most of his lifetime—with luck—to reach permanent, mature transcendent and unity structures. At the same time he maintains potential access to ego, logic, membership, syntax, etc…He follows a carefully mapped out path under close supervision. He is not contacting past and infantile experiences, but present and prior depths of reality.” 183 “I have frequently agreed with, and often argued for, the fact that true regression can and does occur; that some who call themselves mystics are actually caught in some form of regression; and that some true mystics occasionally reactivate regressive complexes on their way to mature unity states.” 175 “In my opinion, a dual process is thus set in motion: the self begins to regress to the lower levels of consciousness while, at the same time, it is opened to flooding by aspects of the higher realms (particularly the subtle.) Put differently, as the individual moves into the subconscious, the superconscious moves into him. As he regresses to the lower, he is invaded by the higher. He is hit by the submergentunconscious as well as the emergent unconscious. I personally see no other way to account for the phenomenology of the schizophrenic break. Those who see schizophrenia as all regression totally overlook its real religious dimension, and those who see it as all superspiritual and superhealthy just fly by the evidence of actual psychic fragmentation and regression.” 176 Some of the chemistry could be similar between kundalini and various mental illnesses, because of kundalini’s perturbing revelatory quality, nothing is left unseen and unfelt within one...there is no where to hide. The former repressive hold of the ego is released by the dissolution and so the psychic tension is let fly...in whatever form we have stored within us. Relationships are particularly good at triggering kundalini awakenings because our brain's primary matrix is constructed in relationship to our primary caregiver in infancy—thus relationship later in life can trigger the release of incredible psychic forces bound up in such complexes as avoidance/attraction, doublebind, relentless dilemma, rejection and abandonment. Complexes, are webs of associations created by intense or repeated activation of an archetype. Psychic storms based on these kinds of primary archetypal patterns build slowly over the course of a life, underneath the repressive lid of our ego's coping mechanisms and defenses. One wonders what is left after all our compensations and camouflages are penetrated; is there a life at all if we are not doing all this secondary work of trying to prop ourselves up, defend ourselves or kill ourselves? But unless things build up to popping point, unless kundalini sparks up, we will remain in the clutches of the vice that we built to protect ourselves from the reality we were born into. The ego will not voluntarily go into that "hole" in our primary matrix...spirit however willingly goes there in equanimous embrace to find light in the dark. Kundalini is a spiritual force that arises spontaneously to save ourSelf from our self. If you are congenitally schizophrenic, or interpret events in a mythic or highly personal way then it is best to steer clear of trying to raise kundalini, because the "self" is just not strong enough to ride out the dissolution of self and the intensity of archetypical opera:248 1/21/2011 8:06:13 AM
and visionary impulses that arise during certain periods. schizophrenia and Glutamate. It is likely that it will also reduce the severity of such events. which no amount of rational thought or empirical science can quite erase. Armageddon. The limbic regions especially the hippocampus contain high concentrations of NMDA and AMPA glutamate receptors. G. the egg. This process of alchemy via correspondence between the inner and outer worlds is mostly geared into the visual cortex it seems. That is during the peak kundalini stage first there is abnormally high concentrations of glutamate and over excitation of nerve cells. They have originality. which is undifferentiated or "one with" local environs. by being possessed by the figments of our alchemical imagination. threat of the opposite. “The Dreamer who dreams our dreams knows far more of us than we know of it. suffocation. free radical generator and neurotoxin that interferes with biochemical systems and damages the thyroid. genius. triumph of the Antichrist. Since lysine blocks the NMDA receptors it might protect them from damage during radical kundalini events. “We have noted that in the world of the infant the solicitude of the parent conduces to a belief that the universe is oriented to the child’s own interest and ready to respond to every thought and desire. The NMDA receptor is activated by the neurotransmitter glycine as well as glutamate. thiamine or coenzyme Q10 along with desiccated thyroid to help thyroid damage. and oriented to the weal and woe of man." R. and now supports. Laing Symbols of the Collective Dream Positive Images —Center. Volume 1: Primitive Mythology schizophrenia maybe a hypoglutamatergic illness: excessive glutamate metabolism leading to the damage of receptors and exhaustion of glutamate as a neurotransmitter. the snake. hero or heroine. This flattering circumstances not only reinforces the primary indissociation between inside and out. Mary and child. The resultant impression of an omnipotence of thought—the power of thought. followed by a hypoglutamate period of burnout and recovery lasting 5 or more years until the glutamate receptor systems have reinstated themselves. either resistant or responsive to the child itself. Adrenochrome acts as a hallucinogen. that means that the archetypal layers of the psyche are actually superior to the intellect and the associative mind is a mere student or tool of this mind beyond the mind which is inconceivably vast and unfathomable. I think this state of pathological grandiose inflation is the fate of many a Guru and rather than true transcendence it represents infantile fusion and indissociation. Histamine protects against NMDAinduced necrosis in cultured cortical neurons. governed by rules of response and command. Some of the schizophrenic type symptoms of kundalini awakenings could be due to hypertonality of the nerves activating the release of Ca2+ thereby killing off neurons. exquisite beauty. stranger danger. We project our interiors and this adds fuel to the heat of our internal flame. The Masks of God. At this time the repressive mechanism of the prefrontalSuperego is reduced and we have more access to potent dream visuals. HigherSelf accepting terms.) In his book What Really Causes schizophrenia. new society. linked to an experience of immediate effect. but even adds to it a further habit of command. androgyne. antecedent to all teaching. depth. not by physical laws: a portentous continuum of consciousness endowed with purpose and intent. profundity and transpersonal meaning way beyond anything arrived at via the intellect. world domination. Under kundalini’s incideous power even the strongest brains can fall into morbidgrandiosehypersubjectivity and think that the universe is made for them and that they control the weather and the stars. it was found that there were an increase in glycine receptors possibly as compensation for the reduced glutamate activity. supremacy of the opposite sex. quantum. one chosen for leadership. It is through the madness of this kind of collective wakingdream that events like the holocaust or wars in general are undertaken. cosmic conflict. B. With the perturbation of consensus mind and the sometimes instantaneous new levels of sensing and consciousness. Coupled with a supplemental program that includes high doses of niacin. Bunney. portent and love of the archetypal realm of the Gods would be such a shock to our habituated dissocation. Thus glutamate toxicity leads to a glutamate deficiency. dissolution in the Void. stuck. Harold Foster proposes that schizophrenia is not caused by excess dopamine but by excessive levels of a metabolite of adrenaline—adrenochrome. new earth. sacred marriage. and as histamine levels were increased.g. Dr. ghost. alien invasion. It appears that it might be advisable to take glycine supplementation during awakening as it has calming rather than excitatory properties and is used in bipolar treatment and for hyperactivity. desire. abduction. We can run into trouble with patterns of cyclic metabolic disturbance if the interpretation the subjective experience of our awakening remains in the mythicarchetypal realm. (See Histamine for more on this. decay. Negative Images—Fire. This subjectivefusion with manifestation is similar to an infant’s magical uroboric perspective; a state of oceanic indissociation or egocentric fusion. New Jerusalem. lost paradise. Because the complexity. witch. They are contagious chemical. play of the opposites. no nurture.D. law of One. Foster suggests that treatment should include methods to reduce adrenaline producing stress and slow down its metabolism to adrenochrome. If we were exposed to the full impact of this greater mind without our normal restrictive filters we would probably never return to the limited state that we call sanity. malevolent entities. king or queen. puny outsider. to bring the world to heel—Freud identified as the psychological base of magic. as we know. death. Sugar consumption and allergin exposure should also be reduced. and when reinforced in turn by these remains as an absolutely ineradicable conviction. The child’s world is alert and alive. As these images arise biochemically within us they themselves become the resonant filter via which we find synchronous information and events in the outer world to reinforce the energetic power of the archetype we are preoccupied with. we must then learn to recognize this newfound awareness in rational. Some researchers speculate that overactivity of the brain's cannabinoid system may contribute to schizophrenic symptoms Glycine is essential at the NMDA receptor site. as an infinity of nested archetypal memes arising spontaneously from the Void impacting us all. and the researches of Piagest and his school support this view. dismemberment. Also to reduce kundalini it might be worth investigating inhibitors such as Llysine which functions as antagonist to glutamate receptors. These various symbols also arise in the collective daily consciousness as impulses of joint active imagination…there is indeed probably a progressive spiral pattern to the successive emergence of these various inspirational symbols above and beyond the interference of media. logos of origins. It has been found that about half the patients classified as suffering from schizophrenia have low histamine levels in the blood. Dreams are reflections of the archetypal psyche. entities or events. messiah. High doses of glycine at 30 g/day gave significant antipsychotic results. That is we must claim responsibility for our Self as it incarnates at an accelerated pace and not project the cause of our condition onto external people. Studies found that high levels of glutamate antagonists were present. I think this is probably what happens in the majority of mental breakdowns. Kundalini is a radical amplification of our subjective eye and subjective experience that is why those with unstable neurology can be driven over the deepend. interrrelatedness.. falling. the purple and red in spiral dynamics). Since dreams are our greatest teacher. is an illusion that dominates men’s thought in most parts of the world—to the very present. Note that the dream life we have is inclusive but transcendent of who we are as a conditioned being. this infantile notion (or something much like it) of a world governed rather by moral than by physical laws. deity or saint. As an integrated
1/21/2011 8:06:13 AM
. possession. however in schizophrenia these are reduced. fool. Increasing NMDA function with glycine agonists maybe a potential new strategy for the management of schizophrenia. Dreams impact us at a species level to affect alchemical transformation via emotionalcellular retuning.” Joseph Campbell. And. that is magically and mythically charged (e. return to beginnings. Dreams offer us a deeper human experience and understanding than we can arrive at during our waking state. UFOs. kept under control by a superordinated parental peresonality instead of impersonal physical forces. dangerous abyss. axons and reducing the number of NMDA glutamate receptors. their health improved. visions and the full spectrum of psychic supersenses—including precognition (temporal penetration) and biotelepathicnavigation (nonlocality/spacial penetration).Biology of Kundalini Kundalini & Schizophrenia
psychic contents that arise during an awakening. new humanity. certain religious and magical beliefts. chaos. new birth. To avoid spiraling into prolonged metabolic and cognitive chaos we must accept these new levels of awareness and physiological condition as coming from “us” and not from an alien entity or God. Archetypes and Health There are common themes in the symbols and archetypes that arise during the energy flux of both kundalini and schizophrenia. which has given rise to. Divine child. clown. evil ruler. and glutamate levels decreased in the prefrontal and hippocampal regions of schizophrenics. PhD. We are dealing here with a spontaneous assumption. They are probably keyed into cosmic and annual solar/lunar cycles also. a mere nod or shriek. Quadrated fourfold structure to the World. apotheosis as God or Goddess. lost.
He says the archetypes (inherited patterns of behavior) are objectively real and crucially important for meaningful human life. Can you not see then the potential for brain damage coupled with circumstantial dehumanization through environmental deprivation. (See Toxic Brain Syndrome and The Ammonia Hypothesis) —The connection between pathogens. methylimidazoles. Erich Jantsh. Hence professionals that deal with kundalini have to be of a postconventional. These biotoxins can be cause and effect in cyclic periods of mental illness as well as physical disorder. The only reason why this is so is Ignorance! Because an awakening involves mechanisms that lead to the death of old mental pathways. Trials of the Visionary Mind: Spiritual Emergency and the Renewal Process; John Weir Perry State University of New York Press. Michael Persinger. coined the term "selforganization. contested and stopped this can cause grave danger to the individual. the necrosis of neurons and axons and inferior cells throughout the body—if this is not undertaken in life affirming circumstances then much more extensive dieback can occur—and if conditions are not suitable during the rehabilitation phase then the time specific period for retraining the brain in preferred pathways and states is forfeited. Studies in rats show that all catecholamines (excitatory neurotransmitters) including norepinephrine (NE). There is an interview with Jeffery Mishlove—Visionary Experience or Psychosis with John W. They will be effective to the extent that they too participate in the Mystery along with their clients. infection. autoimmune disorders and lowered fertility. The art to life is to disembed from the symbols of mindstuff so that we can use them. Science. mental. kundalini is autopoietic. And all because of our wholesale ignorance over this natural process of spiritual death and rebirth. M. Archetypal Fixation If we lack powerful connection to our Muse’s higher art and purpose. Biochemists and physiologists are now recognizing that these regulators or products of their metabolism as potential endogenous toxins. dopamine. and many more. William James. Using our mind in ways that perpetuate metabolic toxicity creates “enterometabolic disorders which have a relationship to inflammation. cause themselves to come into being.Biology of Kundalini Kundalini & Schizophrenia
human we can still "have" our story. Also the energy and cyclic flow of the awakening should be honored. Dreams. running out their own dramas. Chronic illness can occur due to the presence of biotoxins which the body is unable to eliminate.D. so too the conditions for a spiritual birth may not be constructive and alchemicallycocreative with the universe to bring about the spiritualized individual. The elevated energetic activation of the autonomicmedulla and emotionallimbic brain can hold us captive. In schizophrenia the individual has no objective distance between him and the objects or contents in his mind and by being perpetually and totally engrossed in the internal drama his biochemistry spirals out of control leading to catabolic breakdown of tissues and affecting long term cellular and neurological processes and structures. stress. instead of them using us. Also Volume 5 of Carl Jung’s Collected Works: Symbols of Transformation. humanist bent. if the process is countermanded. They need to specialize in selfactualization. The archetypical content should be respected and perhaps seen through various lenses. Like physical formation and birth of a child." The science of selforganization concedes that the most interesting structures in nature are not caused in the usual sense but." Another term for this is Autopoiesis. While individuals in the throws of an awakening are as sensitive and vulnerable as they will ever be. The psychotherapy industry is slowing addressing the issue. Some of the authors contributing to this book include: Rhawn Joseph. Endogenous toxins are produced like ammonia. 1998. inflammatory and immune disorders. and biotoxins produced by intestinal bacteria and these are just a few. not human excellence and evolution that they will treat kundalini as though it was a form of disease. are toxic to neurons as well as glial cells. but programs entered into us via our origins and our position in the collective unconscious. Using our mind in healthy ways lowers the body’s burden of metabolic toxins. The Living Labyrinth: Exploring Universal Themes in Myths. with a thorough understanding of the nonordinary nature of this chemistry. Human life is all symbols. In a sense these captivating figments are not us. which in turn reduces the inflammatory cascade. tryptamines. Plus neuron excitotoxicity also occurs with excess glutamate and nitric oxide. but it should never be dismissed as delusion or mere projection. They "selforganize. but when they are hyperproduced they can generate pathogenic toxic products under the action of certain conditions such as mental disorder. modifying and motivating them. Archetypal Validation For the initiate there is a lot of support out there nowadays. musculoskeletal pain and degeneration. Certain levels of these compounds exists in a healthy organism. Religious Experience highly enough.
1/21/2011 8:06:13 AM
. by Ralph Metzner is a good overall map of universal symbols and concepts to the transformational process. through various kundalini institutes and Spiritual Emergence Network SEN in various countries. this can lead to the energy of awakening remaining in the symbolic phantoms of our archetypal matrix. provide the crucial link between the material and spiritual worlds; shaping the conscious contents by regulating. The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience. That is it occurs under its own innate chemistry. Spirituality. alcohol or exposure to drugs or exotoxins and pollutants. rather. Other potential endogenous neurotoxins include: tetraisoquinolines. the process whereby an organization produces itself. suppressed immunity. If this happens then the whole cascade of chemistry that packs enormous energies and psychic forces can be prematurely deflated and then it turns into a selfdestructive bomb in the bodymind of the awakener. Perry. I cannot recommend Neurotheology: Brain. If we can objectively gain distance from the content of our mind and emotions. Consequently this can lead to such a devastating production of free radicals and catabolic agents that the mind of the individual can be permanently damaged. and the Symbolism of Waking Life by Jeremy Taylor; Paulist Press. great care should be taken to reassure them and not drive their chemistry into a paranoiac downward spiral. biotoxins. the physiology and the larger picture of the evolution of the human species and life in general. But there is a danger that because psychotherapists are trained in pathology. Believe me when one is studying pathology one takes on a bit of the stigma and paranoia of the pathology. Follow the works of John Weir Perry for an interesting look into the archetypal symbols that arise within the psyche during awakening. Eugene d’Aquili. This might be the best material out there on the impact of the archetypes on the psyche. free radicals; and an acid pH generates a different kind of metabolism. betacarbolines. Andrew Newburg. But just as the environmental conditions (physical. We live in a mind soup of psychoconfabulation. we can then be still enough for our higher purpose and spiritual vocation to emerge from the maelstrom. For it is this rationalizing process that integrates the archetypal imaginal world (reptilian/old mammalian brain) into the 21st Century prefrontal lobes. and epinephrine. 1998. methylmalonic acid. but we must keep it in its place by running it through a progressively rational interpretation. Bruce MacLennan in his chapter in the book Neurotheology P30514 says that archetypes as described by Jung. It is a cosmic birth—the Universe is birthing itself through us. emotional and spiritual) may not be condusive to the true wellbeing of a human birth.