299. Joan Shivarpita Harrigan

Joan HarriganBri. Joan Shivarpita Harrigan, Ph.D. is the spiritual director of Patanjali Kundalini Yoga-Care (PKYC-USA). Shiva has practiced, studied, and taught Raja yoga and Advaita Vedanta for more than thirty years. She has been tutored as the designated successor for America in the Kundalini Vidya lineage founded by Gomatagiri Maharaj, learning the oral commentary teachings of Traditional Kundalini Science from her spiritual mentor, Swami Chandrasekharanand Saraswati. A retired psychologist, she has been a brahmacharini (novice) in the Shankaracharya Vedic monastic order since 1987. She is the author of Kundalini Vidya the Science of Spiritual Transformationand Stories of Spiritual Transformation: The Fulfillment of Kundalini Process (to be published soon).

Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care is a spiritual guidance service for qualified spiritual seekers. Based on Traditional Kundalini Science (Kundalini Vidya), it supports serious aspirants in advancing their spiritual progress by providing individualized spiritual practices designed for their particular needs. The specialty of PKYC is to assess the kind of spiritual process that seekers have, to assist them in reaching a stable higher level, and to support them in their continued spiritual advancement by providing ongoing spiritual education, consultations, recommendations, and guidance so they can progress more skillfully and dedicatedly. This helps the divine within make efficient, untroubled, and speedy progress toward Liberation, awareness of oneness with the One.

Interview recorded 7/12/2015

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289. Bonnie Greenwell

Bonnie GreenwellBonnie is a non-dual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, and a transpersonal therapist who has specialized in working with spiritual emergence issues for 30 years. She has published several books and articles related to kundalini and spiritual awakening, most recently “The Kundalini Guide” and “The Awakening Guide”, available on amazon.com. These are based on assessments and consultations with over 2000 people over the years, and also reflect her own experiences of awakening. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and founded a counseling and education center in Ashland, Oregon called Shanti River Center where she offers satsang, study groups, workshops, meditation programs and spiritual guidance. She was a founder and organizer of the Kundalini Research Network, and has trained therapists and offered seminars in Europe, Australia and the U.S, and currently does assessments by phone and skype with people in awakening processes from all over the world. With a broad background in eastern and western mystical teachings, energy work and psychospiritual counseling, she describes her role as being a mentor or a mid-wife for people going through the spiritual awakening process.

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Interview recorded 4/25/2015

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279. Aisha Salem

Aisha SalemAisha is a Woman in Truth. For more than 12 years, she has been cultivating and realizing in deep surrender, the Truth of Being across its different dimensions. Her dedication has brought her into realization of her Self as Universal Consciousness, beyond Existence into the Absolute and back into existence as the True Incarnation – as the Black Light of Being/the Black Mother.

Aisha (born March, 1979) was born and raised in a non religious family in Denmark.

At the age of 24 the question “Who am I?” rose in her mind with the demand for Truth. Due to complete surrender in Love of her Self as All, Life broke loose knocking down every illusion of individual existence through one and a half years of extreme spiritual unfoldment.

Her massively expanding consciousness sent her through daily trances, bodily burning, periods of bodily paralyzation etc. as Life demanded her to swallow the pill of purification – becoming pure Life itself. In the realization as Universal consciousness, the answer became clear. God is Love is Life is Me.

The return to living invited for integration through the solving of every puzzle Aisha had regarding human life and living. Being a single mother in service as a spiritual teacher, she touched upon every aspect of living; including man/woman, parenting, family, friends and nature – all was embedded in/as the One reality of Life, of Love itself.

After years of being in service as a spiritual teacher and by the fulfillment of all desired aspects of her human life and living, Aisha was (8 years after the initial rise of demand for Truth) called into solitude of retreat – out of every context. The calling into Silence invited for the passing beyond the final belief in Self – to realize Absolute Truth by emergence of- and solidification as Reality beyond consciousness; basic Space/pure Awareness.

For two years she was out of reach – merging only with the Void beyond existence. A deep cultivation which flipped the entirety of her Life/God-realization into Nothing/Truth-realization, by the implosion of Self into Space – from Love into Clarity by recognition of what is prior to God. It was a deep integration with and beyond the Head-space, which revealed pure Mind.

The reappearance of Life started happening as the emerging of the balance-point between the Light and the Darkness – Love and Clarity as One and the Same. Aisha once again started accepting invitations from abroad, once again traveling, sharing Truth with the planet.

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Despite Aisha being a realized Being, her cultivation never Ends. The deeper cultivation of her three bodies of Being; her Action body, Truth body and Enjoyment body is in ever ongoing evolution.

The recent stages of Aisha’s evolution, has been revolving around the total integration into the human form with its deep cultivation of the True Human Qualities in a coming together of her Heart’s realization as pure Light and Mind’s realization as the Void, into the thick substance as Black Light, now incarnating deeply into the intimacy of the Earth, with integral individuality – as Truth in form.

Website: aishasalem.com

Interview recorded 2/21/2015

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278. Bernie Prior

Bernie PriorBernie Prior, known as B, is an awakened contemporary teacher whose life is utterly devoted to the awakening of humanity.

Born in 1954 in England, his childhood and teenage years were marked by profound mystical experiences.   At age nineteen he awakened in the realisation of One-ness and at thirty-three he awoke in the Absolute. Within this unfolding he was graced with the rare and profound realisation of the Bhagavati, the Divine Feminine Principle. During the period of these realisations B led the life of a successful display artist in London. After enlightenment his known life up to that point was entirely shattered.

B’s teaching crosses the range of human and universal experience. With deep compassion, humour and uncompromising truth B points the way to awakening to one’s real nature and destiny; to evolve from the mis-identification with a separate-sensed self to fully embodying Life AS Living Awareness.

He speaks powerfully, uniquely and very practically of the divine nature of the Masculine and Feminine and of the potential for that Divinity to be known and lived directly between man and woman. True partnership is revealed as a sacred evolutionary path to Self- Realization; that is a profound calling to bring the Divine Union from which the dance of Duality springs into the very sphere of our relating to each other and to all of Life. It is the direct and immediate participation as Awareness in the ongoing evolution of Consciousness and its forms.

B is the Originator of The Form – Reality Practice™, a movement practice for the evolution of consciousness to manifest Great Love on Earth. The movement awakens the practitioner to the truth of the formless nature of all forms and integrates that as an ever-growing, conscious way of deepening Being. The very movement of one’s life becomes an expression of Source through Greater Reality landing in the heart, the body and the self.

The Form is practiced and taught world-wide by B and Accredited Teachers as a pure and powerful Way of Belonging, transformation and self-mastery. B is based in New Zealand and travels extensively holding talks and residential retreats around the globe.

Website: bernieprior.org

Interview recorded 2/14/2015

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261. Gurucharan Singh Khalsa & Karuna

Gurucharan Singh KhalsaGurucharan is a leader in the design and delivery of applications of meditation and controlled breathing. He is the author of several texts on yoga and meditation including 21 STAGES OF MEDITATION: Kundalini Yoga As Taught By Yogi Bhajan. He is currently Research Professor in Contemplative Science and Transdisciplinary Dialogue at Chapman University while continuing a broad based consulting and clinical counseling practice.

Whether in his clinical psychology practice, or in training yoga teachers, he has been most interested in the application of simple, immediate and impactful tools that elevate well-being and solve the daily challenges of modern life. Gurucharan has a distinctive ability to teach from 45 years of personal meditation experience while maintaining the pragmatic approach of a clinician and the skeptical approach of a researcher. His doctorate in counseling psychology and his immersion in the study and understanding of classical eastern techniques have both served his commitment to the elevation of people.

Gurucharan is an expert in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and has been his interpreter and compiler of his teachings since they met in 1969. In addition to developing the 21 Stages, he co-authored with Yogi Bhajan Breathwalk: Breathing Your Way to a Revitalized Body, Mind and Spirit and The Mind: Its Projections and Multiple Facets.

KarunaKaruna is a classically trained actress and former Ford model. She began teaching yoga professionally while at drama school in Bristol, England, and later helped develop The Life Centre’s yoga program in London.

Karuna continued her journey of self discovery as she studied Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Lakota Sioux healing tradition. As her exploration of spiritual practices continued to deepen, she attended a Kundalini yoga class in Los Angeles taught by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa.

Immediately, Karuna was captivated by this amazing technology—unlike any other yoga she had experienced—in which posture, breath, mantra and meditation blend into a rich whole. Gurmukh invited Karuna to apprentice with her, a great honor, as Gurmukh was trained by Yogi Bhajan himself, whose teachings are the foundation of The Yoga of Awareness.

Today, Karuna shares those treasured teachings with yoga students in Boulder and all over the world. Karuna teaches daily group yoga classes and private lessons, leads weekend intensives on varying themes including relationships, women’s issues and mastering challenges, and conducts retreats internationally. She is an Associate Level Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy and arranges teacher training programs and modules with Lead Teachers from the Kundalini Research Institute. In addition, she organizes special events featuring world-renowned Kundalini Yoga teachers, artists and musicians under the Light On Kundalini banner.

True to her spiritual name, which means “compassion,” Karuna likens herself to a coach, helping her students push beyond self-imposed limits. Her classes are filled with humor, music and the spirit of transformation.

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