603. Tara Springett

Tara SpringettFrom her teenage years onwards Tara has been deeply interested in personal growth and self-development and has dedicated her life to this quest.

Tara holds an M.A. in Education and has post-graduate qualifications in gestalt therapy, body awareness therapy, and transpersonal therapy. She is a fully qualified and licensed psychotherapist and counselor. Tara has worked as a drug counselor, counselor for adolescents, and general psychotherapist since 1988.

Tara has been a dedicated Buddhist practitioner since 1986. In 1997 she received encouragement from her Buddhist teacher Rigdzin Shikpo to teach meditation to others. In 2002 her Buddhist teacher Venerable Garchen Rinpoche also encouraged her to teach.

Tara has since taught ongoing meditation groups and combines Buddhist wisdom and her experience in counseling when assisting her clients with their personal growth, self-development, and improvement.

Since 2011 Tara has specialized in helping people suffering from kundalini syndrome.

Tara is the author of several self-help books. She has been featured in numerous publications and has appeared on various radio and television shows in Europe and the US. Tara is a regular contributor to beliefnet.com.

Tara (born 1960) lives in the beautiful countryside of Devon in England where she also works in her private counseling (Skype) practice together with her husband Nigel. In her free time, Tara loves to walk in nature, visit old-fashioned English tea rooms, and lavish many hours of work on her flower garden.

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Some points covered in this conversation:

  • Kundalini can be scary if you don’t know what it is: consciousness expansion.
  • ‘Higher consciousness healing’ to facilitate the process of kundalini awakening.
  • Kriyas (involuntary movements) may happen in the beginning phase of kundalini awakening. We shouldn’t repress or encourage them.
  • Traumas get stored in specific parts of the body. The physical body is permeated by an energy body, in which we feel our thoughts and emotions, including our ‘unconscious’ thoughts.
  • How different traumas reside in different chakras.
  • Kundalini is a subtle psycho-spiritual process.
  • Four levels of spiritual practice.
  • For balanced development, it’s important to continue working with the chakras, particularly the lower ones, even after reaching a high state of consciousness.
  • The importance of infusing bliss into all the chakras and purging them of negativity.
  • The foundational importance of morality and ‘loving kindnesses.’
  • Being authentic and honest, even if the world doesn’t appreciate it.
  • According to Buddhism, evolution continues on subtler levels after enlightenment.
  • Deification in Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Mental health issues and kundalini symptoms can coexist.
  • Kundalini awakenings are always accompanied by a strong spiritual motivation.
  • The importance of regular routines.
  • It’s extremely rare for kundalini to cause mental health issues, and only then if one has a disposition for that.
  • Psychedelic drugs can cause problematic kundalini awakenings.
  • The importance of preparedness before pursuing advanced teachings.
  • Love and forgiveness indicate you’re on the right path.
  • Profound inner changes usually result in corresponding changes in outer life.
  •  A ‘tantric relationship’ can accelerate your mutual development.
  • Long retreats vs. daily practice.
  • The middle path between extremes: surrender vs. control, caution vs. trust, rational thinking vs. intuition, judging vs. accepting.
  • Kundalini awakenings are conducive to good health.
  • A kundalini awakening begun in a past life can continue in this one.
  • Nine stages of consciousness.

Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.

Interview recorded June 19, 2021.

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.