Dr Sannella has not had a kundilini experience, but compiled this book based on the experiences of other people who came to his psychiatry practise and from books by mystics etc. On the plus side it provides a wealth of experiences and some quite interesting medical facts.
On the negative side probably only about 10% of the case histories he cites are kundalini experiences, which makes this book very frustrating reading.
The definition of a kundalini experience is very clear. it is provoked by only a very few types of practise all of which involve the base of the spine. The energy soars up the spine and provokes a very profound experience. Few have genuinely had such an experience.
Sannella dismisses this definition - one which Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus and numerous other people all agree on and says that because his [few] observations don't match with this definition - the definition must be wrong.
The reality is that he has lumped just about every possible spiritual experience into the kundalini category - rebirth, out of body, ego death, shadow visions, ordinary visions, hallucination, even synaesthesia for goodness sake. He has also cited a number of meditators who were not properly trained in the techniques they were using, whose experiences went profoundly wrong - the energy they generated circled round and affected a number of their more precious organs - heart, liver, stomach and made them profoundly ill. Such is the danger of meditating in ignorance, but he doesn't even mention this, all Sannella does say is that all these gurus must have got it wrong because the experiences of these poor unfortunates don't match the definition.
Gandhi once said when asked what he thought about western civilisation that he thought it was a good idea. He might have added that in the process of civilisation a little humility was needed in the west as well. Our American cousins do have a tendency to write books about subjects of which they have little experience and no wisdom in order to make money. This book is one of them.
This book is a breakthrough for western people experiencing difficulties with kundalini. I need to find out about the kundalini clinic mentioned on the cover of the book. Please help me to connect to this clinic. It is hard to get to the publisher through the internet. I would prefer to have this confidential but cannot find the address or phone number for Integral Publishing and Lee Sannella other that this. If you have this information please email me. Thanks, Bluez
If you are working in the medical field - especially if have to diagnose - use this book to get an idea about a natural development which up to now occured very infrequently but which is going to be happing more often during the next years.