Screening Recruitment Letter
As part of the requirements for a doctoral dissertation research project for Sofia University in Palo Alto, California, you are invited to participate in a study regarding your interpretation of an unnamed physiological experience and how that interpretation can affect the experience itself.
By participating in this research, you may benefit by gaining new and deeper insights into your experience. Your contribution to this study may be a valuable addition to the small amount of research presently available regarding this experience and may be of benefit to individuals with similar experiences.
Participating in this study will involve one and possibly two 90-minute, zoom.us recorded interviews. These interviews will be informal in nature and will be conducted by Paul Ambrose MFT, doctoral student at Sofia University. The location of the meeting will be online. Your identity will be protected. All information received from you will be kept strictly confidential as to source.
In order to be selected for this study, the following requirements and criteria must be satisfied:
You must have characterized yourself as having experienced the pertinent physiological symptoms. This will be determined according to the results obtained in the administering of the Revised KAS (See Appendix B).
You must have not used hallucinogenic and/ or psychotropic drugs just prior to your EPR experience, or show signs of a severe personality disorder, active psychosis, or signs of suicidality. You must also not have been diagnosed with any type of movement disorder, such as Parkinson?s disease, multiple sclerosis, or a brain tumor. This will be determined through the administering of the screening tool found in Appendix B. Answers to the later interview questions may also be used to determine the presence of these conditions when relevant and if further answers reveal information that was not first provided during the screening process it will be used for this purpose.
You must be able to agree to the terms of being a participant in this study, which entails one and possibly two 90-minute interviews in which you will be asked in-depth questions about your life experience. These interviews will be recorded. Your identity will be protected and kept confidential.
If these criteria are met and you are interested in participating in this study, please reply to the researcher here on this forum message.
This is an invitation to participate in a research study entitled ?Understanding Energetic Physiological Release as ?Spiritual Emergence/Emergency; A Phenomenological Investigation into How Interpretation Impacts the Experiencer?.
This study is being conducted by Paul Ambrose, M.A., doctoral student in the Transpersonal Psychology program at Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA, and is under the supervision of Jay Dufrechou, Ph.D., professor at Sofia University. This study will examine the lived experience of Energetic Physiological Release (EPR), sometimes referred to by various other names including but not limited to kundalini awakening, physio-kundalini syndrome, and/or ecstatic epilepsy.
The goal of this research study is to better understand how interpretations of this experience affect the process. Interested participants will fill out a revised version of the Kundalini Awakening Scale and write a brief autobiographical narrative about their experience. Selected participants will complete one and possibly two 90 minute (maximum) interview(s), which will be recorded for later transcription and data analysis.
I am looking for individuals who have had an experience with a specific list of physiological symptoms found in a revised version of the Kundalini Awakening Scale (KAS) and who are willing to discuss their interpretation of this experience in terms of the meaning it had for them. Benefits of participation include: 1) helping to understand the experience you have, and 2) contributing to further psychological understanding of how people make meaning of their experiences with EPR.
If you identify with the symptoms given in the revised KAS, or feel confident nominating somebody you know who fits the above criteria, please contact me. Contact information is provided below. After you contact me, you will be asked to answer some brief questions, including writing a short narrative of your experience. Based on the selection criteria and this narrative, I will select further participants to participate in recorded interviews. If you are selected for the follow up research, you will be informed and invited to participate.
Paul Ambrose, M.A.
Have you used any hallucinogenic and/ or psychotropic drugs such as LSD or Ayahuasca prior to your EPR experience? If so, which drugs have you used and how much time elapsed after taking those drugs before your EPR experience took place?
How often do you consume alcohol and/or marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, or any controlled substances including prescription drugs? Was your alcohol and/ or marijuana, cocaine use, etc. greater or less than it is now when you began having your EPR experience? Would you now consider yourself to be dependent on alcohol and/ or marijuana?
Do you suffer from, or have you experienced incidents of psychosis? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) lists symptoms of active psychoses that include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking, grossly disorganized or abnormal motor behavior, a severe lack of initiative or motivation to be goal-oriented, and a diminished emotional expression (DSM-5, pp. 2-3.
Do you suffer from, or have you ever been diagnosed with any form of personality disorder? Personality disorders are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as paranoia,schizophrenia,borderline personality,*histrionic personality, and/ or obsessive-compulsive personality. The DSM-V describes these personality disorders as present whenever there are significant and consistent impairments in your sense of self over time.
Do you suffer from, or have you experienced thoughts of suicidality either before or after your EPR experiences?
Have you been diagnosed with any type of movement disorder, such as Parkinson?s disease, multiple sclerosis, or a brain tumor?