On one level, Chopin in the Attic is a simple story of a girl who lived with a form of epilepsy – its attending auras, visions and hypnotic dreamy states – without alerting her parents or anyone else until age seventeen.

On another level, it’s a complex story about human consciousness and the profound mystical experience, the heart of which is taken from journals I composed as a very young woman, over 40 years ago.

I discovered the writings of Dr. Deepak Chopra in the late 1990s, and this was for me a Divine favor – no hyperbole. Dr. Chopra understood the dynamics and details of the spiritual emergency that I had lived as a young woman. His books strengthened me.

In 2002, I was introduced to The Awakening of Kundalini by Gopi Krishna. His spiritual awakening, so similar to mine, took my breath away. Gopi Krishna’s story of achieving the super-conscious state, spontaneously from 1937 onward, strengthened me.

Although at first, it frightened me.

Elisabeth Bell Carroll