Kuṇḍalinī: The Lived Experience, Psychology and Eastern Metaphysics
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Throughout this talk, Ann Mathie will explore the physical and metaphysical experience of Kuṇḍalinī that can arise spontaneously or as a result of spiritual practice. These experiences will be framed within the Tantric and Yogic worldview to understand how Universal forces play an intrinsic part in human design. Viewed through the lens of Sāṅkhya Philosophy; the metaphysics which underpins most of India’s traditions in Yoga and Tantra, Ann will examine how these forces are the modus operandi of our psychology and the means to transcend mundane existence. To unpack the Kuṇḍalinī phenomena further, she will investigate yogic texts which describe the subtle body model of the sun and moon and how this amṛita inducing phenomenon occurs. She will also point at theories in current science that mirror these ancient insights.
From a very young age, Ann has been fascinated by this topic through her fathers’ anecdotal experiences of Kuṇḍalinī and his involvement with Zen priest and scientist Dr Motoyama, a leading scientist in the field of Kuṇḍalinī research. Her own experiences with Kuṇḍalinī furthered her need to understand these phenomena and has led to more than twenty years of research and an MA in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at the School of Oriental African Studies (SOAS). Ann has been conducting phenomenological and philological research in the Yogic, Tantric and Buddhist scholarly tradition. She is also a meditation and yoga practitioner and teacher.