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Unmasking the rose : a record of a Kundalini initiation
Walters, Dorothy.
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Charlottesville, Va. : Hampton Roads ; Enfield : Airlift, 2002.
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xvi, 233 pages ; 22 cm
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When she was in her early fifties, Dorothy Walters, a Midwestern college professor, had a profound experience that took her ten years to fully assimilate. She didn't almost die and come back; she didn't get abducted by black-eyed aliens; and she didn't float out of her body to visit other dimensions. No, she had a mystical experience that spontaneously unfolded right in her own body. Her kundalini awoke.

Kundalini is well-known in the East as the basic life force energy that normally sleeps in most people but can suddenly stir and start to radically transform everything in one's life, restructuring the self at the deepest level. When kundalini stirs-and this especially can happen at midlife--potentially all of consciousness gets illumined by its dazzling light. As Walters reveals, awakening kundalini can be a joyous and tumultuous ride until the body and psyche settle down. For her, it was an experience characterized by unimaginable bliss and bodily ecstasy as well as periods of intense pain and suffering.

"After years of avoiding psychic or intense spiritual encounters, I was singled out and captured by a new spiritual energy, one that appeared to originate within my body. My awakening was abrupt and unforeseen, my life transformed in a single instant of grace."

Unmasking the Rose is Dorothy Walters's frank and personal narrative of that ten-year ride on the kundalini wave, a unique day-by-day chronicle of her changes in which her only teacher was the inner guide, the solitary voice within.

For Walters, the process was well worth the extremes, for it opened for her a path of authentic union with the divine, with the "Beloved Within."

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A middle-aged, Midwestern college professor who had never meditated, done yoga or even had a massage when her transmutation began, Walters (Marrow of Flame: Poems of the Spiritual Journey) proves in this personal narrative that the esoteric spiritual transformation of Kundalini is theoretically available to everyone. Enigmatic, ecstatic kundalini is the "snake" coiled at the base of the spine that winds upward, awakening all in its path, culminating in an explosion of the divine. Walters's journal-based story spans years to chronicle a sublime ecstasy and pain as she strove to balance the kundalini intensities in her body and psyche. Although the varying voices of the journal format detract from the effort, Walters generally gracefully untangles and illuminates an intensely personal and highly individual spiritual passage, an effort praised by prolific author Andrew Harvey, who wrote the introduction. Walters's journey began while she was focusing meditatively on an image of Hinduism's Shiva and Shakti in union. "Almost instantaneously, I felt a great surge of ecstatic energy in the lower chakras and then, within seconds, this intense force rushed upward and into my head. My very crown seemed to open in rapture, and for many minutes, I felt the energies of the unseen immensity flow in, as if petal after radiant petal were unfolding in my crown." Thus electrified and propelled to a new depth, Walters has created a worthy, probing memoir, useful for anyone seeking a firsthand account of " `God moving through your body.' Each visitation... a moment of holy embrace." (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved