Interview with Bonnie Greenwell (July 30, 2009)
Bonnie Greenwell presently moves as a Zen-oriented dharma teacher in the progressive style of Adyashanti, who gave her dharma transmission in 2004, after several years as his student. She came to Zen with a rich background in the yoga tradition and more than 25 years of experience as a transpersonal psychotherapist, known internationally for her work with kundalini. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and she is currently on the adjunct faculty there. She is licensed as a counselor in California and Oregon, and has specialized in working with spiritual emergence, and training others to recognize and support spiritual awakening. She was a founding member and director of the Kundalini Research Network, and authored Energies of Transformation: A Guide to the Kundalini Process, as well as contributing to other spiritual anthologies. In recent years she compiled talks and held discussions with Adyashanti, editing two books for him, Emptiness Dancing, and a second on the passage from awakening to liberation which is not yet available. (Look to this site for a notice when it is!) She is currently writing a trilogy of books on awakening, kundalini and liberation.
Bonnie has experienced deep awakenings through both yogic and Zen transmission and practices and is currently dedicated to helping others find completion and freedom through awakening. She has found the teachings of the ancient Chinese masters, classic Vedantic scriptures, and modern Advaita Vedanta teachers to be the most direct in pointing to liberation.
She views the activation of kundalini as an adjunct to awakening, which transforms the interior energy flows to support the evolving and stabilizing of self-realization. Kundalini arising often initiates a process she terms de-construction, when old patterns and conceptual frameworks fall away. This ultimately creates a shift of identity so that the naturally harmonious peace of being dominates our life experience. She has worked with hundreds of people who report kundalini arising, many before an experience of realization either through practices or spontaneously, and many after an awakening of consciousness and realization.