378. Lawrence Edwards

Lawrence EdwardsLawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN Senior Fellow, LMHC has practiced and taught meditation for over 40 years. He is the Founder and Director of The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching meditative practices from a variety of traditions. The mission of the Anam Cara Foundation is to make meditation instruction available to everyone. Lawrence has offered thousands of free meditation programs at universities, hospitals, churches, meditation centers, yoga centers, hospice groups, prisons and more.

Dr. Edwards maintains a clinical practice in Armonk, NY, offering Optimal Mind® Training, transpersonal psychotherapy, spiritual mentoring, biofeedback, neurofeedback, hypnosis, peak performance training, and meditation training. He also works with people interested in spiritual growth, dream work and Kundalini processes. He has served as President of the Kundalini Research Network since 2006 and is recognized around the world for his wisdom and skill in working with Kundalini.

Dr. Edwards has studied and practiced in the Kundalini yoga tradition, Tibetan Buddhist and Huichol Indian shamanic traditions. These rich reservoirs of wisdom have expanded and deepened the transpersonal and Jungian psychological perspectives of his professional training. His mystical experiences began as a young child and have continued throughout his life. They have been the real guiding force behind his studies and training. His profound experience of the Divine present in everyone, at all times, and in all places has lead him to a life of service in teaching and supporting others on their journeys into the Divine.



Transcript of this interview.

Interview conducted 12/17/2016

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  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:03:53 – The Thunderstorm Experience
  • 00:08:01 – The Great Goddess and Kundalini
  • 00:12:11 – Divine Intervention and Dedication to Service
  • 00:15:31 – The Symbolism of Kundalini and Shakti
  • 00:19:48 – Shiva and Shakti: Physics and Cosmology
  • 00:23:54 – The Body and Consciousness
  • 00:27:49 – The Involution of Consciousness
  • 00:32:02 – The Evolution of Consciousness
  • 00:36:08 – The Fulfillment of Longing
  • 00:40:05 – Kundalini Unfolded and Becoming the Living Reality
  • 00:44:22 – Kundalini Awakening and Lifetimes of Evolution
  • 00:48:36 – The Nature of the Body
  • 00:52:33 – The Vision of Goddess Kundalini
  • 00:56:31 – The Indivisible Unity of Consciousness
  • 01:00:41 – The Role of Shaktipat in Liberation
  • 01:04:39 – The Black Void and the Causal State of Consciousness
  • 01:08:39 – Kundalini Energy and Kriyas
  • 01:12:47 – Letting Go and Opening the Door to Life
  • 01:16:41 – Support and Medication in Kundalini Awakening
  • 01:20:25 – Unfolding and Expansiveness of Consciousness
  • 01:24:07 – Accessing Universal Consciousness through Kundalini
  • 01:27:38 – Riding the Bubbles of Thought and the Unfolding of Consciousness
  • 01:31:29 – Different perspectives on the Divine
  • 01:34:49 – The Call to Go Further in Spiritual Practice
  • 01:38:35 – The Challenge of Fulfilling the Dharma as a Teacher
  • 01:42:38 – Dealing with Disillusionment in Spiritual Teachers
  • 01:47:00 – The Face of the Infinite
  • 01:50:49 – The Power of Kundalini Shakti and the Inner Guru
  • 01:54:52 – Poetry and Pretenses
  • 01:58:40 – Spiritual Emergency Network and Kundalini Resources