Kundalini is an energy that exists in everyone’s body, usually in a dormant state. This means that most people never feel it and never know it is there. But in a very few people, perhaps one in one thousand, this energy becomes aroused, activated. This can be a happy event or it can be scary and disruptive, depending on whether you aroused your kundalini on purpose or by accident.
The Sanskrit word, kundalini, means coiled, like a snake. Kundalini energy is not recognized by medical science, and is often little understood even among teachers of Yoga and meditative traditions. It is, however, mentioned extensively in the literature of Yoga and Tantra (both Buddhist and Hindu).
Because the word “kundalini” has become widely used, many people, I believe, consider it to be metaphoric or legendary. This statement by Yogi Bhajan, for example, suggests a somewhat metaphoric view of kundalini: “(Kundalini is) the creative potential in the man.” (Kundalini, Evolution and Enlightenment, edited by John White, Paragon House, 1990, p. 25) Yet those like me, who have aroused their kundalini, cannot possibly consider it to be a metaphor. It is quite literal.
Here is the story of kundalini as found in the Hatha Yoga literature , and as I have experienced it: Kundalini can be “awakened” or “aroused” from its “slumber” at the base of your spine by intense meditation or intense breath control practices. Hatha Yoga and Tantra Yoga, in their traditional forms, are designed to arouse kundalini so that the practitioner can use the tremendous energy thus released to increase the potency of his or her meditation and other spiritual practices. The Yoga literature cautions the Yoga practitioner, however, that he or she must undergo extensive preparations before attempting to arouse his or her kundalini. Otherwise it can cause trouble.
The yogi or yogini who successfully and safely arouses their kundalini gains a great ally on their spiritual journey. That ally is an energy, a vitality, that smooths the path, that makes the steep slopes easier to climb, and that acts like a sword to cut through inertia and conditioning. In short, Kundalini can change you quickly. It can advance your spiritual aspirations. Moreover, according to authors of some of the Tantras (ancient writings), aroused kundalini energy is essential to a yogin (practitioner of yoga, male or female) attaining complete liberation in this modern distracted age (called Kali Yuga).
I disagree, preferring the metaphor of many paths ascending to the top of that mountain. Yet comprehensive Yoga that incorporates Kundalini arousal certainly offers a well-charted and well-worn path for the serious seeker.
What happens when your Kundalini is awakened?
You’re likely to perceive a partial kundalini awakening as a feeling of intense (even electrical) energy originating from your legs and expanding higher into the body, with particular awareness being placed on the main 7 chakras.
If you ask this I will assume you have some experience with meditation, and a similar principle applies – your awareness and relaxation will ‘scale up’ the experience, while your mind and tension will ‘scale down’ the experience.’
Keep awareness of the fact that a true kundalini awakening is incredibly intense. You can liken it to liquid fire or ice flowing up through your spine and you will have to exert a great amount of willpower to maintain awareness and relaxation.
What I call a ‘partial’ awakening is one where you feel the energy, your chakras become activated, but you still possess ego, your mind is not peaceful, and your perception of the energy still maintains a degree of separation.
A true kundalini awakening will be the most intense experience you ever live. All the sensations derived from the functionality of your energy body functions will be the most intense you have ever perceived them, and you will be surprised that you can feel so much arousal, desire, will, love and unity without an external object – for yourself, by yourself.
It far bypasses normal ‘chakra activations’. Your entire being becomes competely overcome – fighting it is a bad idea – acceptance is the key.
Signs of a Kundalini Rising
Individual experiences of Kundalini process vary considerably, but the basic signs of a Kundalini rising that a person might experience include:
– feeling different, not fitting in
– a deep dissatisfaction or a yearning for inner development
– inner sensations of light, sound, current, or heat
– a heightened inner or outer awareness; increased sensitivity
– feelings of energy flowing or vibrating within
– special abilities, capacities, and talents
– non-ordinary phenomena; altered states
– spontaneous bodily movements or breathing patterns
– emotional fluctuations; psychological issues coming forward
– atypical sensations or sensitivities
– an interest in spiritual growth or in metaphysics or the esoteric
– compassion and a desire to help others
– a sense that something non-ordinary, transformative, or holy is happening within
– personal development, and optimally, spiritual transformation and realization
Awaken Your Kundalini
( This is just one easy way to awaken the kundalini, there are many methods. Always choose one that suits you best )
Many people want to know how to awaken the Kundalini. And as there are techniques for Kundalini Awakening, most of the techniques are kept secret by masters until the student is ready to receive them.
Here 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.
I will explain 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 your 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.
What Happens in Our Life After Kundalini Awakening?
The person with higher spiritual energy could analyze and compare the changes in his life with the spiritual and psychological development of a normal person.
Changes in Emotional Level
A sense of tranquility will be developed and the person is not much affected by the sorrows that are inevitable in human life as the aspirant will comprehend the life from the outer sphere.
Becomes More Productive
A person who is subjected to the various stages of development of kundalini can experience the increased awareness, enhanced mental clarity increased creative imagination, possess the attribute of infinite intelligence and extrasensory perception (ESP). This makes him develop certain skills easily as compared with others.
One will become neither theist nor atheist and will have an intellectual agnostic approach towards the life. The person will be in the path of acquiring the true wisdom.
“The best service to the world is one’s own enlightenment” Sri Ramana Maharishi.