Awakening of Kundalini
Kundalini is a Sanskrit word meaning either “coiled up” or “coiling like a snake.” There are a number of other translations of the term usually emphasizing a more serpent nature to the word – e.g. ‘serpent power’.
The caduceus symbol of coiling snakes is thought to be an ancient symbolic representation of Kundalini physiology.The coiled and dormant ‘feminine’ energy, refers to the vast potential of psychic energy contained within us all. It is normally symbolized as a serpent coiled into three and a half circles, with its tail in its mouth, and spiraling around the central axis (sacrum or sacred bone) at the base of the spine. The awakening of this serpent and the manifestation of its powers is a primary aim of the practice of Kundalini Yoga. The image of coiling, like a spring, conveys the sense of untapped potential energy that will spring into action soon. For now we remember in small doses.
Kundalini can be described as a great reservoir of creative energy at the base of the spine. It’s not useful to sit with our consciousness fixed in our head and think of kundalini as a foreign force running up and down our spine. The concept of kundalini can also be examined from a strictly psychological perspective. From this perspective kundalini can be thought of as a rich source of psychic or libidinous energy in our unconscious.The kundalini is also the primary energy source for our
spiritual vehicle. This means that people who do not have the”spiritual nervous system” (the chakra system) awakened are half alive. They are alive on the output; they are not alive on the intake. They feel only when they are active, only when they are”putting out”; they do not feel anything else. They live life in a numbed state. In some cases they live in a dangerously numbed state. This is how a person can have a cancer growing in his body and not know it or can have a kidney disease and not know it until the disease becomes so advanced that there are symptoms.To wait for symptoms is to wait for the secondary system, the nervous system, rather than the primary chakra system, to give feedback. By then it may be too late.
The concept of Kundalini comes from yogic philosophy of ancient India and refers to the mothering intelligence behind yogic awakening and spiritual maturation. It might be regarded by yogis as a sort of deity, hence the occasional capitalization of the term. Kundalini is a dormant energy within most people.
Kundalini energy is an ancient concept derived from Hindu texts and ancient yogic scripts. Kundalini is a Sanskrit term that translates to “coiled one,” which is why the symbol for Kundalini energy incorporates a serpent coiled around the spine approximately three and a half times. Kundalini is often illustrated using two serpents intertwined around one another as they twist upwards, ascending the spine in a circular motion, representing the awakening and balancing of each chakra. Kundalini-experiences are often understood in terms of the Hindu chakra system, the understanding of psycho-spiritual energy centers along the spine. According to Hindu tradition the Kundalini raises from the root-chakra up through the spinal channel, called sushumna, and it is believed to activate each chakra it goes through. Although the opening of higher chakras is believed to mark advanced spiritual enfoldment, it is important not to measure spiritual growth solely by the opening of higher potentials. According to this view chakras might be under- or overdeveloped and lower chakras are thought to be just as important as higher.
Kundalini energy can begin to unravel, starting from the base of the spine and working its way up to the crown of the head, as a result of spiritual practices and/or life events affecting your chakras and personal growth. This process can be extremely slow or can occur suddenly and all at once, almost as if it was an explosion of energy.
According to yogis, the two nerve currents that move up the spine represented by serpents are a combination of masculine and feminine energy. Ida is the left channel, or the serpent pictured on the left, representing white, feminine, cold, and the Moon. Pingala is the right channel, which is red, masculine, hot, and is associated with the Sun.
In the middle, there’s the Sushumna, or the central channel, which the Kundalini moves through and upwards, from the root chakra or the Muladhara chakra, all the way up to the crown chakra or the Sahasrara chakra. The energy runs from the base of the spine, from what Yogis refer to as Mother Shakti all the way up to the spine to Lord Shiva, the crown. Once the Kundalini energy reaches the brain, or the upper chakras, the Yogi soul is said to be free, the divine masculine and feminine energies merged and enlightenment is achieved or experienced.
Kundalini may unravel and arise from the base of the spine (or sometimes from the feet) due to spiritual practices, or in response to life events, and when this happens it may move gradually, uncoiling like a snake, or quickly and explosively, into the gut, the heart or the head. This event can be startling and chaotic, frightening or blissful, and it usually triggers months and years of new sensations and changes in the person who awakens it. It may feel like the body’s wiring has moved from 110 to 220, and it takes time to adapt to it. It is understood in the eastern tradition to be a significant adjunct to spiritual realization, but it is rarely recognized as such in western traditions, although Christian mystics have often been said to have intense energetic or physical problems.The power that comes through the lower part of the body is what energy healers call “Earth Energy.” It is the primal self, the physical self, as it connects to the elements: the tides, the winds, the animals, the soil, and the very rhythm of life upon our planet.
The human body is, quite literally, designed to be a *channel* for this energy. In a sense, each of us is a fragment of the total Planetary Soul which is reaching towards the sky. This process of reaching, however, is not without its perils or its fears. Since time began, there has been a certain sense of dread and apprehension about our connections with what’s “up there.” As we work, as we play, we also *wonder.* We reach for the heavens, but we also shrink back at the same time.
It’s a feeling unlike any other. Many of those who have experienced it have been fascinated and terrified all at the same time. The sensation often begins as a sudden surge of energy that starts at the base of the spine and rapidly moves upward, giving an individual the clear experience of being plugged into the wall and lit up like a Christmas tree. The rise of “Kundalini Energy” is as ancient as history itself. It is also called “The Serpentine Fire” as it makes its way up the spinal canal (also called the sushumna) in an alternating spiral that would resemble a pair of intertwining snakes if it were seen clearly for any length of time. Ageless symbols of healing speak louder about this energy than any description I could give. We see the rise of the Kundalini portrayed very aptly in the design of the Staff of Hermes, also known as the Caduceus. The modern medical profession has adopted this symbol as their standard—two snakes intertwined around a pole that is lifted high for all to see. Under certain circumstances, the Kundalini energy awakens and begins to rise through the body, piercing and opening the chakras as she moves in her undulating, snake-like fashion. As Kundalini releases stored and blocked energies, her movement can be quite intense, sometimes painful, and often leads to mental states that seem out of this world.Within a western frame of understanding it is often associated with the practice of contemplative or religious practices that might induce an altered state of consciousness, either brought about spontaneously, through a type of yoga, through psychedelic drugs, or through a near-death experience. According to the yogic tradition Kundalini is curled up in the back part of the root chakra in three and one-half turns around the sacrum. Yogic phenomenology states that kundalini awakening is associated with the appearance of bio-energetic phenomena that are said to be experienced somatically by the yogi.
This appearance is also referred to as “pranic awakening”. Prana is interpreted as the vital, life-sustaining force in the body. Uplifted, or intensified life-energy is called pranotthana and is supposed to originate from an apparent reservoir of subtle bio-energy at the base of the spine. This energy is also interpreted as a vibrational phenomena that initiates a period, or a process of vibrational spiritual development.The source text for the concept of kundalini is the “Hatha Yoga Pradipika” written by Swami Svatmarama (English translation, 1992) somewhere between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. Any examination of the topic should include this work. The pradipika is one of the later developments in yoga sacred texts. Hatha Yoga is strictly speaking a forcing technique which has as its primary aim the forcing of the arising of kundalini.
According to yogic terminology the force of Kundalini is supposed to be raised through meditative exercises and activated within the concept of a subtle body, a body of energy and finer substance.
Kundalini-experiences are often understood in terms of the Hindu chakra system, the understanding of psycho-spiritual energy centers along the spine (Scotton, 1996). According to Hindu tradition the Kundalini raises from the root-chakra up through the spinal channel, called sushumna, and it is believed to activate each chakra it goes through.
Each chakra is said to contain special characteristics (Scotton, 1996). In raising Kundalini, spiritual powers (siddhis) are also believed to arise, but many spiritual traditions see these phenomena as obstacles on the path, and encourages their students not to get hung up with them (Kason, 2000). Although the opening of higher chakras are believed to mark advanced spiritual un foldment, it is important not to measure spiritual growth solely by the opening of higher potentials. According to this view chakras might be under- or overdeveloped, and lower chakras are thought to be just as important as higher.
Circumstances that stimulate Kundalini awakening are many and varied, but are usually triggered by such things as extended periods of meditation, yoga, fasting, stress, trauma, psychedelic drugs, or near death experiences.It is possible to find acknowledgement of this spiritual movement in many yogic and tantric traditions, Tantric Buddhism, Taoism, gnostic mystical tradition and some Native American teachings, and indigenous societies. An image of a rising snake in the body signifies its existence in the esoteric art of many cultures. The capacity to intensify and raise energy in the body has been explored for thousands of years. It is a natural human potential.
Kundalini Yoga is a meditative discipline – or a system of meditative techniques and movements – within the yogic tradition that focuses on psycho-spiritual growth and the body’s potential for maturation. The practice of Kundalini Yoga consists of a number bodily postures, expressive movements and utterances, characterological cultivations, breathing patterns, and degrees of concentration.
The movements and the body-work should not – according to some scholars of religion – be considered mere stretching exercises. The concept of life-energy – pranotthana – is central to the practice and understanding of Kundalini Yoga. It also gives special consideration to the role of the spine and the endocrine system in the understanding of yogic awakening. Recently, there has been a growing interest within the medical community to study the physiological effects of meditation, and some of these studies have applied the discipline of Kundalini Yoga to their clinical settings.
The main emphasis is a difficult regime of breathing techniques meant to increase the store of “prana” in the body. The well-known physical postures are only meant to be an aid to maintain peak physical fitness, so as to support the real work of the breathing practices. All of this has, according to tradition, to be accompanied by prolonged and unbroken meditation practice.
Many people want to know how to awaken the Kundalini.
There is a very powerful technique for Kundalini Awakening based on a Kriya Yoga technique. This technique will not only awaken the Kundalini energy, moving you towards spiritual enlightenment, it also can improve your health and remove all stress and unhappiness in your life.
This Kriya Technique for Kundalini Awakening is probably one of the easiest ways to enter a blissful state of meditation. It is what would be termed a “purifying technique” as it will purify the energy channels of your body allowing more energy or Shakti to move through.
Here is the technique in three parts:
The first part of this technique for kundalini awakening is to focus your breath starting at the base of your spine all the way up your spine and out of the top of your head. Do this for the inhale. As you inhale move your focus from the base of your spine, up the spine and out of the top of your head as though you are “breathing up” the energy.
You do not need to imagine anything. This is not about imagination but focus. Focus your breath to move up the spine and out the top of your head.
And the focus should be relaxed. You are not to force anything. You are simply gently suggesting the energy to move in this direction. So do focus the energy up but allow the kundalini energy to move on it’s own without force.
It may seem quite strange to focus your breath where your breath does not go but it is very effective. Breath is energy, “prana.” And simply by focusing the breath in a certain area, the energy moves to that area.
After practicing this for a while, you will start to feel the energy rising. The sensations will be subtle at first but over time can become very blissful. It can almost feel like an orgasm, a rush of bliss moving up your spine.
The second part of this technique for kundalini awakening is it to move the breath down your front as you exhale.
As you exhale, move the breath from the top of your head to the third eye, (located between your eyebrows) then to your throat and then to your heart chakra, located at the center of your chest.
Stop the breath at the center of your chest. And then again, inhale from the base of your spine, repeating the process above.
The third part of this technique for kundalini awakening is to awaken the energy. Because an enlightened teacher would not give this technique without initiating you into this technique.
This calls for the teacher to give you shaktipat, to actually awaken your kundalini by touch, chanting or simply by focusing their energy on you.
So to awaken this energy yourself, there is an easy technique but a very important one.
And that is to silently repeat the name of an enlightened teacher, Guru or Saint that you feel connected to whether you have met them or not. If you are of a particular religion, you can repeat the name of a saint of that religion. Otherwise, choose an enlightened teacher who you admire.You can repeat the name as you inhale, and repeat the name as you exhale. The reason for this is that you take on the Shakti (energy) of what you focus on. So simply by repeating the name of an enlightened Guru or Saint, you take on their energy, their state of bliss. This technique is thousands of years old and is still used today because it is so effective.
If this step makes you uncomfortable, you can repeat “peace” instead.
Really, you are awakening that, which is in you, not something from the outside.
But enlightened teachers are the outward manifestation of what is inside you. A Saint or Guru have awakened what you wish also to awaken.
So by focusing on their name, you awaken that energy in you.
It has nothing to do with them as a personality or body but the energy that naturally radiates from them.
Kundalini awakening can trigger a wide range of phenomena, both positive and negative.
It can cause significant changes in the physical, emotional, sensate and psychic capacities, cause stress in vulnerable areas of the body, open the heart and mind to major shifts in perspective, and cause many unique and unfamiliar sensations including shaking, vibrating, spontaneous movement, visions, and many other phenomena.
Kundalini awakening offers a profound opportunity for those called to follow a spiritual path.
It gradually releases many patterns, conditions and delusions of the separate self.
It can be threatening to the ego-structure because a person may feel a loss of interest in their old life and identity, and consciousness may go into unfamiliar expansive or empty states that are disorienting. It also makes people who are unfamiliar with it afraid they are ill or losing their minds.
So understanding is important.
Like any energy of creation (prana, electricity, atoms) this energy can be activated and misused by those who are not spiritually motivated or have not completed this process and are therefore not free of personal patterns.
It is very helpful to understand the process and the intention of your own life force as it awakens you so that you may discover wisdom, love and authentic direction in your own life.
Simplicity, contentment, unconditional acceptance and presence are hallmarks of an awakened life.
These heightened vibrations and energies commonly move through the body when someone has reached a certain point of readiness in spiritual or energy practices, and seem to function as a clearing process as the identity shifts into a new perspective.
Kundalini energy may also awaken in response to an injury, a traumatic or highly emotional event, in response to deep devotion, or to an encounter with another person who can transmit intensified energy.
Upon doing energy exercises (meditating) you may later feel a very strong but gentle figure-eight motion of the energy coursing through the chakras/body/mind.
You may even feel like your body is actually moving like a gyroscope as the vortex of energy circulates. It is an amazing feeling!
Don’t awaken or lose concentration – it is the Kundalini.
At this point there is a symbiosis within your body.
The power that is released is (maybe) very uncomfortable the first time you feel it.
And you will realize that something is drastically different.
The surge is incredible, springing like a snake with such force up through your chakras that your awareness is heightened to an insurmountable level.
It may “strike” you by surprise the first time..
When the Kundalini springs forth, there is a tremendous energy surge.
It is likened to a cosmic explosion within a tiny structure, the body.
This may be felt throughout the body as a vibration, buzzing, stinging sensation sometimes see as a kaleidoscope of rushing dancing lights in the mind’s eye.
An inner light, heavenly sounds, mystical chimes, or the cosmic all-pervading Om sound may be heard and felt.
There may be a strong overall electrical feeling to your body.
This may also make you more sensitive to many vibrations of daily activities: sounds are louder, colors are brighter and clarity of surroundings and thoughts.
One may have dreams of spiritual and religious symbols, most notably a snake integrating within your body.
The psychic sense of smelling sweet odors, hearing music and singing.
The existence and development of the Kundalini will mark the person with the permanently co-existing awareness to God/Tao/Spirit, a feeling of Bliss, Oneness, Ecstasy, Nirvana.
Many scholars feel opening the heart chakra is often the key to awakening the Spirit of the Kundalini.
Thus an overwhelming love for all things.
While meditating this may happen and it easily breaks your concentration because of the surge.
It breaks concentration from the mere force of it.
One cannot stay “there” for long without some practice.
Total awareness and concentration is required within this level.
One is ultimately propelled through space and time.
Since we are dealing with Universal Energy, the Kundalini energy works on the chakras as well; cleaning any residual by cleansing and heightening the chakra pieces of the energy puzzle.
This is why some people may feel so much discomfort at times.
But in essence, the discomforts shouldn’t last too long.
It is a good sign to actively work on the chakras and it’s properties, cleaning, clearing, grounding and most of all circulating the energy.
The chakras hold memories, feelings and emotions so it’s important to regularly clean and clear these points to allow for smooth Kundalini energy to flow.
Also, one should get used to the ‘new’ energy of the whirling open chakras before ‘attempting’ to ‘touch’ the Kundalini force.
In the dam example mentioned earlier, the water/energy needs to flow.
If you recognize it early you can get a good start in dealing with the energies.
To start the flow of Kundalini, lay down flat on your back, body straight (no pillow). Concentrate on the area around your base chakra (behind the vicinity of your genitals). Begin to breathe deeply and then tighten and release this area a few times. Visualize the Kundalini coming into the end of your spine (your tailbone area). Because the Kundalini is coming from the root area, it is reddish orange in color. Use this in your visualization as you move it up your spine and out the top of your head (through the crown chakra). You may experience heat (Kundalini fire) so don’t be surprised. I get this unintentionally during deep remote viewing and it gets so hot I feel like I’m about to ignite! If you feel the Kundalini stop somewhere it is because of a block. Let it be! It is actually working on the block. After you feel it start to move again, continue bringing it up the spine as mentioned before. Kundalini awakening cannot be forced. It can only be achieved if it’s truly desired at a soul level; however, there are actions you can take to help you awaken your Kundalini energy. An awakened Kundalini can be a beautiful thing, as it can help individuals experience higher consciousness, access their psychic abilities, improve manifestation, open their hearts, raise their vibration, and increase their overall levels of compassion and creativity.
Kundalini energy can sometimes be awakened through the breath, yoga, or simply through awareness. You could try meditating and using a standard breathing technique, inhaling from the base of the spine or abdomen and then envisioning the energy flowing to the crown of the head, and then exhaling in the opposite direction.
You can also practice Kundalini yoga, an ancient stream of yoga that involves a combination of yoga poses and meditation. Kundalini yoga is very focused on awareness in general and activating all of the chakras.
Kundalini is most often awaken through Yoga meditation – which include Mantra Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Laya Yoga or Kriya Yoga. I have prepared a meditation to help you on your path should Yoga not be available to you.
To prepare for this meditation – you might want to tape record the words on this page to listen to as your move through the meditation. Please speak slowly and softly.
Allow lots of time for the meditation – as you will need to relax when you are finished.
You may want to listen to music or be in a quiet place – or be in nature.
Find a quiet place … free of distractions.
Adjust the lighting and room temperature.
Adjust clothing . . . footwear . . . eyeglasses.
Sit down or lie down
Find a position that is comfortable for you.
Quiet your mind . . . Still your thoughts.
Relax your body
Your face . . . your jaw . . . relaxing
Your shoulders . . . your neck . . . relaxed
Your arms . . . your hands . . . feel at peace.
Your torso . . . your hips . . . letting go
Your legs . . . your feet . . . totally relaxed
Focus on your breathing.
Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose.
Retain the breath as long as is comfortable.
Exhale through the mouth slowly and completely.
Repeat for two more breaths . . . or as is comfortable.
Now focus your attention on your chakras.
Starting from the top of your head visualize your crown chakra opening.
Watch as pure white light enters your crown chakra
and slowly spirals down through your spine.
The white light opens your third eye chakra.
You may experiences vibrant colors especially in blue, and violet . . .
The white light moves down to your throat chakra releasing your blockages.
You may feel like chanting or singing.
Allow the tones to resonant from your throat.
Do this as long as is comfortable . . .
The white light now enters your heart chakra.
You experience a feeling of unconditional love and compassion.
The white light enters your solar plexus.
Gently your fears – anger – tensions are released.
See the white light enter your spleen chakra
releasing pain and guilt linked to that chakra.
The white light now enters your Root Chakra the seat of your kundalini energy.
As it does, it begins to activate the energy of the base (root) chakra.
Feel the energy suddenly emerge from your Root Chakra,
Spiraling up through the base of your spine as if it were a coiled snake.
The coiled snake represents the spiraling DNA –
opening, activating, bringing you to higher levels of consciousness.
Allow the energy to flow through your chakras.
See the energy wheels rotating.
When your are ready – return your consciousness to your physical body.
Relax and balance your energies.
You might want to drink some water.
If the Kundalini awakens suddenly, there can be numerous physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms including nausea, sweating, and increased energy. This makes sense given that an over-active, under-active, or blocked chakra can manifest into physical and emotional symptoms, just as your physical and emotional health affects your chakras as well, it’s all interconnected!
It is said that the initial awakening process of the Kundalini can feel very strange in the gut, or in the region of the solar plexus chakra, as if you’re riding a roller coaster and you just experienced a sudden drop. It can also feel as strongly as an orgasm!
The process can be much slower if there are any serious blockages on your chakras. Energy needs to be able to flow freely when the Kundalini travels up the spine, so any blockages could prevent this energy from moving upwards.
If you are called to experience a kundalini awakening, to be shifted and changed from the depths of your being, do so carefully and with guidance. Take your time learning the practices from your chosen spiritual path. Know the signs and symptoms of a kundalini awakening. Be prepared to undergo a major shift in consciousness. Prepare to be awakened.