Introduction to Issue 13
Since this is issue #13, it seems fitting to acknowledge that among Native Americans as well as Wiccans and other nature revering religions, 13 is regarded as the number for transformation. This is because there are 13 moons in a year, and as Jamie Sams says: "As every year is completed, a cycle of transformation in the growth and healing process of the Earth Mother's children takes place. These cycles of healing and enlightenment bring forth the powerful aspects of the female principle every time Grandmother Moon comes full." (from The 13 Original Clan Mothers) The following is from the "press packet" we have been mailing across the country for the past 13 moons:
"Through Shared Transformation, we highlight useful, experiential (and not simply doctrinaire)
information about the Kundalini process... Although we often borrow terminology from the yogic, Hindu and other
religious traditions, we do not espouse any single doctrine and we publish views from any and all spiritual paths.
The newsletter is not intended to proclaim or promote a specific theory or dogma, be it religious, psychological
or philosophical. Rather, we aim toward an all-inclusive forum where individuals from varying belief systems can
freely exchange insights and tell their own truths. By revealing our personal struggles, our inner revelations
and our unique numinous experiences, we support and inspire each other in a deeply meaningful way. This sacred
sharing is the heart of Shared Transformation." As far as I know, what we are doing in this newsletter is
not being done anywhere else. And while I love writing these articles, I never intended my own work to monopolize
the newsletter. There are a lot of silent voices among us that need to be heard. And please don't think that
because we've published your letter or article that we don't want to hear from you again. Most of us would really
be interested in "progress reports" from those who have already told us a bit about their experiences.
The "credentials" that matter to us most is that our writers have had personal experience with Kundalini
or psychic awakening. Even if others have already told stories similar to your own (or that seem more extraordinary
than yours), this isn't a contest. The similarities are, in fact, what makes each story so relevant for everyone
else. No one has all the answers, but each of us has experiences and a perspective that is a valuable part of
our collective journey. All of us who can contribute are needed to keep Shared Transformation true to its name:
a shared exploration of this awesome spiritual journey!
— El Collie
© El Collie 1995