At the table we had 2 counselors and I wasn’t sure how much I could say without crossing the line. I wasn’t sure where the line was. After all, these kids were under allopathic medicine care and we know that not all doctors are looking at yoga philosophy with a kind eye. And so I didn’t know how far I could go with yoga philosophy as it is quite different from the allopathic way of looking at the world. But I had to be true to myself so I kept repeating “in yoga we believe….”
I explained to them that there may be abilities, regarded as supernatural, that may come with enlightenment and these are recognized in yoga as ‘siddhis’. Often those with awakened Kundalini have symptoms alike those classified as schizophrenia and as such, they become clients of mental hospitals.
Gaen asked – do the meds help them?
The meds simply numb them delaying their energetic/spiritual development – I said.
We talked about what is normal and what is mental sickness. We discussed how the line between these is often not very clear and we also reflected on the degrees of ‘normalcy’. They all didn’t like the stigma of mental illness; they didn’t even like the word “normal” or “sickness”. Amma expressed the feeling that she doesn’t have anything in common with her peers in high school….
“I feel completely different, like living in a different world” she said. I could appreciate how precious this program was for them – a safe place where they could be “different” and all was good.
Finally Gaen asked – so how do they know if it is schizophrenia or Kundalini?
Ahhh – I was waiting for this question… and I faced a dilemma of how to answer it. The doctors are certainly not able to see the difference because they don’t believe in this ‘alternative stuff’.
There is a fine line between mental illness and Kundalini experiences. Many times it may be a medical issue even though people would like to think it is a Kundalini experience. So it is always best to check if the nervous system is functioning OK medically. Just to clear it from medical point of view.
The usual issues resulting from Kundalini would come up during meditation and after meditation they would disappear. It could be unusual feelings of heat, visions, voices, movement of the body, pain in parts of the body, dizziness, strong headaches, feeling energies in the body…
But even if these are only mental issues, Kundalini yoga can be very helpful, providing one has a competent guide and one works with a psychiatrist and the guide at the same time.