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New from KRN Board President Lawrence Edwards, PhD
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA - Meditation and chants audio CD
The mahamantra, the great mantra, Om Namah Shivaya, is a throb of your own divine Self. You are the Auspicious One, Shiva. Limitless is your power, love and ecstasy. That is your true nature, your true home and refuge. Kundalini Shakti gives you the sublime form of mantra, opening the way for you to abide once again in the truth of your radical freedom.
Through chanting and meditation, become absorbed in Om Namah Shivaya, watching as the power of the mantra transforms mind and body into perfect vehicles for the ecstatic One already residing within you as you. The mantra will empower you to live with the boundless wisdom, love, and creativity that radiate from your true Self.
This album includes brief meditation instructions, meditative chants of Om Namah Shivaya, and silent tracks for timing your meditation. The meditation ends with the ringing of a beautiful Tibetan gong (which can be used separately on any smartphone for a ringtone or alarm tone), followed by chanting Om Namah Shivaya to ease your consciousness back into the day. The Om Namah Shivaya chant on this album is the one that so many people attending Lawrence’s programs and retreats love for its power to ease the mind and plunge you into the depths of pure Consciousness. In the stillness of meditation Lawrence first heard Om Namah Shivaya being chanted in this way as the mantra arose spontaneously within the spaciousness of Consciousness. Shaktipat diksha is the ultimate gift that this mantra has to bestow on souls ripe for awakening.
Awakening Kundalini: The Path To Radical Freedom - 7.5 hour audio program - 6 CDs
Discover a Potent, Creative Force for Spiritual Transformation
Kundalini is the power of Divine within that compels us to evolve and grow—identified by cultures and traditions all over the world as a key to the most profoundly transformative experiences we can have. With its ability to connect us to the energy of creation and elevate us to a higher state of consciousness, Kundalini awakening is crucial to the deepening of our spiritual evolution. But the deep spiritual unfolding that Kundalini offers can also be confusing and difficult to grasp—so how can we approach this universal power with preparation and wisdom?
An Essential Guide for Navigating the Kundalini Experience
In Awakening Kundalini, Dr. Lawrence Edwards, who has devoted his life to understanding and teaching about Kundalini, presents an essential guide to harnessing this boundless energy. In six in-depth sessions, he offers a comprehensive exploration from the physical, psychological, and spiritual perspectives, with insights and practices for recognizing what Kundalini is, how it manifests, and when your body and mind are ready to initiate an awakening of consciousness. “You are born with Kundalini,” says Dr. Edwards. “You just need the right conditions to unfold it.” Through seven hours of teachings, learn how to open to the freedom of awakening while avoiding the pitfalls, misunderstandings, and projections that are so often a part of the spiritual journey.
“Kundalini reveals the divine nature of the entire universe and every being within it-and shows us our true capacity for limitless compassion, connection, and love,” Dr. Edwards teaches. Join him to discover how to tap into this profoundly transformative force, and through Awakening Kundalini, realize your ability to live “radically free.”
– The soul’s yearning for transcendence and freedom
– The three upayas (means) that support Kundalini’s acent
– Cultivating “Witness Consciousness”—the ability to watch without judgment whatever arises and dissolves in our lives
– How Shakti, the vibrational power of mantra, helps to unfold Kundalini energy
– The importance of discernment and healthy boundaries when it comes to spiritual practice
– The unlimited ways in which shaktipat, the descent of grace, can reveal our true nature
– The body’s chakra system and its role in Kundalini awakening
– Our shadow sides, and how Kundalini can illuminate the darkness that hides our talents and lures our ego-mind
– Telling the difference between sat (what is true) and asat (what is not true)
– Kundalini empowered practices for one to do use at home.
Awakening Kundalini: The Path To Radical Freedom - book
This new book offers teachings and practices not included in the audio program, while the audio program includes guided meditations, mantras and chants unique to the audio version.
With his unique expertise in modern psychology, neuroscience, meditation training, and spiritual traditions, Lawrence Edwards clarifies for readers the many dimensions of Kundalini awakening, including practices and meditations for recognizing its manifestations and preparing the body and mind to enter its expansive, empowering flow.
When experienced skillfully, Kundalini can be the most profoundly transformative experience of our lives. Awakening Kundalini makes available a complete and practical resource for tapping into this transformative force, and realizing our ability to live “radically free.”
“This book is a revelation that is a service to all of us—beginner, initiate, sage. It is a book about awakening that inspires awakening. It is a book about honoring the feminine that is a true sacred marriage of the masculine and feminine—remarkably clear and beautifully poetic. The book is elegant in the truest scientific and consciousness-based ways—simple and so powerful. Lawrence Edwards supportively guides us on our own heroic journey in a way that demonstrates he is what he writes about—so humble and so wise. A real teacher.”
—Andrew Hahn, PsyD, Founder and director of the Guided Self Healing Training Institute
“A rare combination of a highly trained, articulate Western mind and a deeply personal experience of this extraordinary subject. Wise, elegant, and inspiring. Highly recommended.”
—Lee Lyon, Founder and director of the Foundation for Integrative Meditation
“This book is an indispensable guide for anyone on the path of spiritual awakening. Dr. Edwards has devoted his life to studying and practicing the unfolding process of Kundalini, the subtle spiritual energy within everyone that leads to the highest states of consciousness. His depth of knowledge, personal experiences, and devotional poems illuminate the pages of this extraordinary book. Acknowledged worldwide for his professional experience in guiding people along the spiritual path—particularly through the mysteries of advanced yogic practice—Dr. Edwards is a gifted and compassionate guide. His devotional journey will inspire all who read his book. It is destined to become a classic in the field.”
—Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, author of Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey through Alzheimer’s
“Lawrence Edwards has given us an incomparable gift: a detailed, compassionate, and brilliantly clear guide to the greatest mystery and greatest revelation of our existence. It tells the story of his call to the profound process of awakening known in the yogic tradition as Kundalini, through his early visionary experiences, his meeting with his Indian teacher, Swami Muktananda, and how his life unfolded from that fortuitous meeting. Drawing on the rich legacy of numerous traditions—Jungian, Western psychology, scientific research, traditional yogic and mystical ones—this book is an incomparable aid in taking us beyond the confines of the delusionary certainties of our ego mind toward the experience of the deepest ground of our own being. Kundalini—known by other names in other spiritual traditions—is the path of reunion with the Divine Consciousness that lives and breathes in all of us—capable, as he says, of transforming our mind, our body, and every aspect of our lives. There is no one better qualified to explain and teach it, or to accompany us on our own mythic journey of discovery.”
Author of The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul
“This book is ‘state of the art’—the most comprehensive discussion of the Universal Life Force known as Kundalini. Edwards explores spiritual principles with his unique expertise in psychology, neuroscience, meditation training, and spiritual traditions. Western psychology has mapped our psychological and emotional development. Western medicine has mapped our physical development. Now Edwards shows us, in unprecedented depth, each step of our spiritual development. Toward the end of this excellent read, Edwards helps us to experience the realization that we humans are capable of and entitled to the wonder and splendor of each moment.”
—Charles L. Whitfield, MD – Author of Choosing God: A Bird’s Eye View of a Course in Miracles
—Barbara Whitfield, RT – Author of Spiritual Awakenings: Insights of the Near-Death Experience and Doorways to Our Soul
“This book makes me very happy. First, as a woman, it is fundamentally reorienting to read the work of a man who is devoted to the wisdom and transformative power of the divine feminine. As a psychiatrist, it is immeasurably helpful to have a clear framework to understand the gift of the extraordinary consciousness beyond our usual body-mind perspective. Understanding the creative process of Shakti’s unfolding in the evolution of our Self is a much-needed perspective in interpreting the physical, mental, and emotional challenges that can arise in us—whether or not we are actively seeking to cultivate the vital flow of Kundalini. Dr. Edwards provides detailed guidance for exploring meditative techniques and other tools to work with this ancient tradition in our everyday lives. Further, he provides a balanced treatment of the psychological process encountered in inner work, including the healthful role of the ego mind and working with our shadow in the process of Kundalini awakening—essential but often neglected topics in spiritual guidance. This is an inspiring reference manual for my work with others.”
—Mary B. O’Malley, MD, PhD, Harvard trained psychiatrist and sound healer
Kali's Bazaar penned by Kalidas
You may laugh out loud, be moved to tears or pulled into deep contemplation by what you encounter in Kali's Bazaar. Readers will return often to this accessible collection to draw from its wellspring of devotion, revelation and celebration of the Divine present in every moment, every being, and all of creation. Bring inspiration, clarity, and practical instruction to your spiritual path or meditative practice through insightful and often ecstatic poetry from a devoted master meditation teacher who has more than 40 years of experience. Dr. Edwards has trained in Buddhist, yogic, Kundalini and other mystical traditions, in addition to his professional training in depth psychology, biofeedback and neurofeedback.
"This collection of devotional poems, a rarity in today's world, will awaken the heart of love within any reader whatever their spiritual tradition... These poems are in the tradition of the great ecstatic poets such as Rumi, Kabir, Hafiz and others. They transport the reader beyond this world of duality into unconditioned Oneness, a rare gift indeed!"... Olivia Hoblitzelle, 2009 Best Buddhist Writer, author: Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's
Dr. Edwards earned his PhD as a University Scholar Fellow at Temple University. He has an extensive background in meditation, mindfulness, Kundalini and yoga. He has run meditation centers and an ashram in the US and taught at a variety of institutions in India, Canada and the United States. Dr. Edwards is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Soul's Journey: Guidance From the Divine Within. He is the founder and director of The Anam Cara Foundation. Visit: TheSoulsJourney.com, and AnamCaraFoundation.org.
New from Charles Whitfield, MD
Wisdom to Know the Difference:
Core Issues in Relationships, Recovery and Living
Wisdom to Know the Difference. This book addresses in detail these common Core Issues in Relationships, Recovery and Living, —how they come about and choices and solutions to use them to your advantage, heal and experience peace.
• Needing to be in control
• Difficulty trusting
• Difficulty being real
• How to handle feelings
• Low self-esteem (shame)
• Dependence versus Independence
• Fear of abandonment
• All-or-none thinking and behaving
• High tolerance for inappropriate behavior
• Over-responsibility for others
• Neglecting my own needs
• Grieving my ungrieved hurts, losses and traumas
• Difficulty resolving conict
• Difficulty giving and receiving love
Based on over 35-years of clinical experience assisting people with addictions, trauma survivors and people with various problems in living, Dr. Whiteld describes how to identify and handle each core issue. Dr. Whitfield lives and practices in Atlanta, GA. He has been voted by his peers, since 1993, as one of the Best Doctors in America, and has been a guest researcher and consultant at the CDC since 1998.
New from Barbara Harris Whitfield:
Victim To Survivor and Thriver: Carole's Story:
Hope for survivors of childhood trauma, abuse or neglect
Carole was a victim of repeated child abuse. Her story demonstrates the deep healing that is possible with knowledge, the courage to face buried pain, and the love of safe others. Her riveting true story is intertwined with my life and that of my husband Charles Whitfield, MD (author of the bestselling Healing the Child Within). This is our story, too, of walking together with Carole along her path of recovery. As you read, you will learn how Carole transformed her suffering and loss, a "less-than" life-- into joy for living and even serenity. This is not a fictional account, nor has it been scrubbed clean of the horrors of living with childhood abuse and neglect. In fact, Carole's story contains a depth of sadness that only the adults that were repeatedly abused as children may understand. Carole broke through --awoke-- to find joy and laughter mixed with the tears of her realizations and she turned them into strength, hope, confidence and finally peace. This story of triumph over abuse is for all victims and those who care for them; clinicians as well as loved ones.
This story demonstrates that:
1) When we think of ourselves as "victims" we believe we are "depressed."
2) When we enter into our own healing process, we become "survivors" and experience the bittersweet movement of our emotional pain.
3) Finally, with the support of safe others --we become "Thrivers" and live without fear.
We become fully awake and alive. We discover who we really are and we find serenity. In this story I share my experiences and research into Near-Death Experiences. Charles Whitfield brings to bear his knowledge and experience with healing childhood trauma. And then the reader can witness Carole sopping up our knowledge and love like a sponge. So may you. Quotes from Carole's Story: "The thunderstorms are just as beautiful as a sunny day. And so is life!" "Carole's story is beautiful and contains thunderstorms and sunny days --and they are all framed with the courage and love we shared!" This book includes the latest research from the Centers for Disease Control on the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study. It was reviewed by former victims who have experienced the movement of survivorship and then the transcendence to Thrivership. If you or someone you know has gone through repeated abuse or trauma of any kind, then this powerful story may bring what you have longed for -- a way to heal, a way out of suffering, and the knowledge that you are not alone.