My kundalini awakening occurred at the age of 26 in 1976. At that time, I had been practicing meditation under the direction of the Self Realization Fellowship and had recently taken a class with Yogi Bhajan. I was practicing one of the yoga poses that I had learned from him when a ball of energy rose up my spine to the top of my head. I was completely immersed in white light. I did not "see" the light, there was no sensory perception or ego awareness, only light. It was an event and not an experience. When I returned to my personal ego awareness, I realized that my consciousness was irrevocably transformed.
Unlike Gopi Krishna and many others, I never experienced any trauma from the kundalini awakening event. For me, it was a simple, direct, complete, and healthy transition. I vividly remember going to work the next day and when a colleague greeted me in the morning by asking "What's new?", my first thought was to tell him that I was united with God last night, but I decided to reply "Not much, what's new with you?"
I could write a book describing the events leading to the Kundalini Awakening and my life since that event, but suffice to say, at this time, I have retired from a career in Information Technology and I am in the process of developing my own style of contemporary, inter-spiritual sacred dance which I have called Radiant Dance.
Much of my spiritual training was under the guidance of Sufi master Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, son of Hazrat Inayat Khan who brought the Sufi message to the West. I felt a resonance with the Sufi teachings and accepted initiation into the Sufi Order of the West in 1981.