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The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1932 (Jung Extracts) Paperback – 21 Jul 1999


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"The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga serves as an excellent introduction to the higher realms of consciousness.... I enthusiastically recommend this book as an introduction to realms of analytic thought generally outside the classical and mainstream views."--David Nichol, Psychoanalytic Books: A Quarterly Journal of Reviews

"In these four lectures ... Jung placed some very complex Indian concepts within the Western psychological understanding of his time, thereby helping us to grasp better both systems of thought and realization."--Betsy Halpern, Quadrant

"Shamdasani has performed a valuable service by editing these seminar notes and making them available to a wider audience. In addition to Jung's four lectures [he] provides an excellent introduction as well as informative footnotes.... This volume is a welcome addition to the Bollingen Seminar Series."--William E. Kotsch, Journal of Analytical Psychology

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Dr Jung: Ladies and gentlemen, we have just had a seminar about tantric yoga, and as there are always misunderstandings in the wake of such an event, I am devoting some time to the discussion and elucidation of any questions that you may have. Read the first page
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Worth reading both for Jung and for Shamdasani 26 Feb 2006
By Robin Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jung's ideas on Kundalini are brilliant, but reveal more about Jungian psychology than Kundalini.

As with all of Shamdasani's writing, his introduction provides a historical context that both enriches Jung's interpretation and tells us much of the era in which his ideas emerged
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Helpful for the not so spritual 7 Jun 2010
By N - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love Jung & I Love Kundalini yoga, but before I ever stepped foot in a yoga class, I read as much as i could find at the time. This book was very helpful to me. its also been very helpful when I explain the very spiritual, intangible practice of this very specific type of yoga to my atheist / scientifically minded / concrete thinking friends. Even some of my new age-y friends have trouble understanding when I describe sitting in a room full of white people wearing turbans, chanting in Sanskrit and waving their arms around for 90 minutes. But this book really helps bridge the divide of understanding. Jung takes a very scientific approach and breaks it all down. its a great book, even if you're not planning to don a turban and chant Sanskrit for an hour with your finger oddly entwined.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Makes it very clear 25 Mar 2014
By Alpine Plume - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this because it makes this topic very clear and easy to understand.

As usual, Jung can get heady at times but overall this is good.

Most is from his lectures but the introduction really explains the topic very well.

Highly recommend.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
More Body Centred Holistic Purview 1 Oct 2013
By Greg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In my personal experience-Jungian oriented psychotherapy- my painful introduction to psychosis was derived not personally like his, but from the learned experience of psychiatric 'patients' and my personal physical illness. Thanks to him and his gutsy instinct for Oriental wisdom and practice, especially Kundalini, I suppose now in my twilight years, I see just what he meant by the importance of alchemy, for the collective dissociated consciousness we so blindly endorse and celebrate, as normality.

By alchemy, I mean to our need to culturally embrace, to embody and emotionally contain the spiritual tension between Kundalini- for me an often sudden and emotionally overwhelming sometimes fatal release of maybe even lifetimes of fight/flight stress- and as such the ego/superego's fearful inability to assimilate to this .

Meanwhile this powerful phenomenon stalks or strikes us negatively through our rejected transcendent function, the body, so that subjectively we now experience its sudden uninvited unraveling as the root of all illness,yet paradoxically at one and the same time,a spontaneous invitation to real healing. Thus " Blessed is he who suffers, for he knows life" Gnostic Gosp.Thomas.

The sad fact that conventional medical practice continues to encourage us to stigmatize, indeed repress this, is a major hurdle.
interesting perspective 3 Mar 2014
By Jan Colombo - Published on Amazon.com
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As a student of Kundalini Shakti as a living practice, I am always interested in the process by which these ideas came to the West. This slim volume providew one episode in that ongoing story. While i disagree with Jung's conclusion that Kundalini practice is not for the Western student, his insights are important.
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