Awakening: the imperative of compassionate support (with resource links)

“The deal is we’re creating a kind of inhibitory process for awakening.”

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., interview : CRAZYWISE (film)


“We have seen, in some of our cases, that a schizophrenic-like condition can result when the person undergoing the Kundalini experience receives negative feedback, either from social pressure or from the resistances of his own earlier conditioning.”

Lee Sannella, Kundalini: Classical and Clinical in SPIRITUAL EMERGENCY When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis edited by Stanisla Grof, M.D., and Christina Grof

As Gopi Krishna forewarned, more and more individuals now experience spiritual awakening “without a net” and the results are devastating. There is a precious window during which compassionate in-person care can make the spiritual healing process much healthier and safer. Social neglect around spiritual emergence and integration exists as part of the same systemic ills that the emergence wants to heal through individuals. Most unfortunately, common neglect easily fosters division in the psyche that is again spiritually lethal (maddening) and/or physically lethal for the person.

In light of the risks to person and increasing prevalence of the events, it’s imperative that the experience of spontaneous spiritual emergence be normalized as any major incident that leaves an individual immediately dependent upon others, as if an infancy. Great creative potential is lost when the healing process goes unsupported, misunderstood, and otherwise mistreated.

‘Imperfect Bloom’ - first tulip, spring 2019 - see the rabbit?

‘Imperfect Bloom’ - first tulip, spring 2019 - see the rabbit?

When we don’t receive compassionate care, we are most susceptible to self-judgment, which easily invokes self-harm and outright harm to others. The antidote is compassionate self-care, disciplined spiritual practice (of one’s own leading), and total avoidance of intoxicants and pharmaceuticals that would hinder and or halt the healing process all together.

“If you don’t first start with communities of support, then of course the brain is going to stop functioning so well because the brain is a social organ.

Relationships are just as important as brain processes.

And I feel very deeply that if we could make that clear to everyone, we could have a shift in how we actually take care of each other.” 

Neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel in CRAZYWISE documentary film (2017, Phil Borges)

The books listed below provide information that can help guide individuals through the spiritual integration/healing process. The information can also help healthcare practitioners, family members, and friends who wish to help support individuals through the healing process. It should be noted that immediately following spontaneous emergence, a person may be disinterested and/or incapable of reading and, thus, dependent upon the support of well-read and/or experienced teachers.

The first two books are specific to Kundalini emergence. Both include notes on the potential hazards associated with spontaneous Kundalini emergence. The third book addresses a variety of potentials, including near death experience.

The sample of Peter Levine’s work in Somatic Experiencing is specific for those healing from sexual trauma. David Lynch Foundation provides information and resources specific to Transcendental Meditation as a means for healing traumatic stress. A more extensive list of spiritual emergence resources available via the CRAZYWISE website.



by Gopi Krishna

KUNDALINI The Arousal of the Inner Energy

by Ajit Mookerjee


A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crisis

by Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof, M.D.

THE STORMY SEARCH FOR SELF includes a chapter with recommendations for family and friends on how best to support loved ones through the spiritual integration process


Sexual Trauma: Healing the Sacred Wound

Peter A. Levine PhD


Women’s Health Initiative

David Lynch Foundation


CRAZYWISE : Resources

Megan HollingsworthComment