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When Spirit Leaps


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Bonnie L. Greenwell, PhD, is a transpersonal psychotherapist and a non-dual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti. She has specialized for more than thirty years in mentoring people going through transformative experiences related to spiritual awakening and the kundalini process, the subject of her doctoral research at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP). She has an eclectic background including work in psychiatric units, a rehab center, as director of the Transpersonal Counseling Center at ITP, and years of private practice. Greenwell studied Jungian psychology, Jin Shin Do (R) acupressure, Psychotropic and Radiance Breathwork, kundalini, kriya, and Ashtanga yogas, and many Buddhist meditation practices before finding her ground in non-dual teachings. She was founder and director of the Kundalini Research Network, has lectured and trained therapists in Europe, Australia, and the United States, and established Shanti River Center for non-dual education and counseling in Ashland, OR. She is an author and a contributor to several anthologies. Foreword writer Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. Adyashanti is author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, Emptiness Dancing, True Meditation, and The End of Your World. Based in California, he lives with his wife, Mukti, and teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live Internet radio broadcast.


"In this seminal work, Greenwell provides us with a detailed understanding of how to respond to both the sublime and beatific realizations, and the emotional and mental challenges that naturally arise as one integrates transcendent wisdom with everyday life. When Spirit Leaps is a must-read for all who wish to understand the complexities and pitfalls that occur, in one form or another, to all who are engaged in the process of spiritual awakening."
--Richard Miller, PhD, past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and author of The iRest Program for Healing PTSD and Yoga Nidra--Richard Miller, PhD
"Bonnie Greenwell is a wonderful guide for both the awakening of mind and of your body's energies. Understanding energy work is an important bridge between the two worlds of infinite awareness and everyday reality, which has not been clearly described, and yet is so important for the unfolding awakening. You will find When Spirit Leaps a gift in navigating the awakening process of body, mind, and spirit."
--Loch Kelly, author Shift into Freedom--Loch Kelly
"Some spiritual seekers mistake intellectual understanding for Realization. Others have a genuine Awakening, but are frightened or confused by the experience because they don't understand it. I think that seekers should consider the cultivation of both experience and understanding a lifelong project, as Bonnie has done. One of the fruits of her dedication, which is rare among spiritual teachers and writers, is that she appreciates the multidimensional nature of reality, and is thus comfortable embracing paradox. I think you will find this one of the more useful and memorable spiritual books you have ever read."
--Rick Archer, Buddha at the Gas Pump--Rick Archer
"Any time a great writer tries to tackle higher consciousness, they can get lost in their own dogma. Bonnie Greenwell's new book does not get lost--it represents a lifetime commitment to help raise humanity's awareness of higher consciousness, how to live with an awakened kundalini, and offers wonderful, simple exercises that can help the process along the path in a clear and positive manner. Bonnie has put forth her lifetime of working with and studying people in the process of self-realization and even God realization. The end of the book shows insights into what this really means: that perfection is never 100 percent perfection, and awareness of this is awareness of what it really is in and of itself. It is a masterpiece of divine words with a pure heart and positive message. Anyone who reads this book will benefit from the experience."
--Tom Kay, founder of,, and the last person to interview Gopi Krishna--Tom Kay
"When Spirit Leaps is the essential guide for spiritual awakening and transformation. It is for both the awakened teacher and the truth seeker in transition. It is also essential for those of us who may know our path very well, but are not familiar with other paths. One size does not fit all, and it is very important not to be dogmatic in our approach. This guide helps teachers see there are more ways than one. It is a profound, loving, and thorough book. In Zen it is said, 'If you want to know the way up the mountain, ask someone who comes and goes on it.' Bonnie Greenwell is such a one."
--Tom Thompson, spiritual teacher and consultant for over forty years; cofounder and director of The Awakened Heart Center for Conscious Living in Pittsboro, NC--Tom Thompson
"Bonnie Greenwell's new book When Spirit Leaps summarizes in a pragmatic fashion over thirty years of her psychospiritual practice, research, and personal experience about how to make one's way through the process of spiritual awakening in a lucid, inspiring way. Regardless of whether one's awakening experiences were spontaneous or the result of years of yoga or meditation practice, or whether they have been blissful, crisis-filled, or something in-between, this book takes you through many key components of how spirit can unfold within our awareness, including the areas of kundalini and non-duality. It will be of great benefit to experiencers, spiritual teachers, or health professionals that specialize in this emerging field."
--Ted Esser, PhD, spiritual counselor, former director of the Spiritual Emergence Network, and assistant chair for the psychology department at Sofia University--Ted Esser, PhD
"This is a deeply touching, transforming, and empowering book. Different from inspirational autobiographical accounts of those seekers who suddenly found themselves in touch with spiritual realities of their minds, this book is written by an experienced psychologist, researcher, and trained clinician. Bonnie Greenwell used her professional skills in service to the spiritual search. As a result, the book both inspires and provides practical, pragmatic tools to one's own process of spiritual awakening and transformation. Most importantly, the book overcomes an illusory division between the spirit and the body by grounding spiritual awakening in lived reality of one's embodied every day. ... Like Bonnie's earlier books, this volume is destined to become an instant spiritual classic."
--Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, MD, PhD, professor emerita of psychology and comparative religion at the former (1975-2014) Institute of Transpersonal Psychology--Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, MD, PhD

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