Kundalini

Kundalini energy sits at the base of the spine, at the muladhara or root chakra. It is said to be like a coiled rope or a serpent because of the way the energy itself is coiled. For most people this energy sits dormant for their entire lives. For others, it will awaken over time. It begins to awaken when people start to engage in spiritual practices such as meditating, yoga, and working with spirit in any way.

The kundalini energy enables the brain cells to register spiritual experiences and stimuli. The quality of the physical body, especially the brain and the nervous system, is improved or upgraded. Should a person have a highly awakened kundalini he/she may become a genius, a great charismatic leader or a great spiritual teacher. In addition to this, yogis and spiritualists say that when the kundalini rises through the crown chakra that you become enlightened.

If you decide that you want to raise your kundalini, you would start by getting control of negative thinking and self-defeating thoughts. You would also maintain a healthy diet and a healthy level of exercise. This allows the energy to flow without impediment, which is when problems are more likely to occur. You can also purify through pranayama- breathing exercises. Prior to beginning the higher chakras, especially the heart chakra and the crown chakra, must be activated as well. Activation of the heart chakra helps to use the enhanced intellectual capacity that is brought on by kundalini to be used harmlessly. Activation of the crown chakra enables you to bring spiritual energy into your body to awaken the kundalini safely and to help regulate it. When the Kundalini is awakened, the positive and negative qualities of the person will be magnified. Grand Master Choa Kok Sui says that kundalini is like fertilizer; “whatever seeds are in the ground will be stimulated to grow”.

It used to be that awakening kundalini was very uncommon. In the last one hundred years or so, there has been a shift in lifestyle from physical labor to more mental activities that involves much more concentration, such as working on a computer. Since meditation is essentially a way of concentrating or focusing the mind, the tendency towards having a kundalini experience has increased in individuals even without a specific meditation practice of any kind.

Some of the common symptoms that your kundalini may be wakening are:

•Muscle twitches cramps or spasms.

•Energy rushes or immense electricity circulating the body.

•Involuntary bodily movements (occur more often during meditation, rest or sleep): jerking, tremors, shaking; feeling an inner force pushing one into postures or moving one’s body in unusual ways.(May be misdiagnosed as epilepsy, restless legs syndrome (RLS).

•Headaches, pressures within the skull.

•Racing heartbeat, pains in the chest.

•Numbness or pain in the limbs (particularly the left foot and leg).

•Emotional outbursts; rapid mood shifts; seemingly unprovoked or excessive episodes of grief, fear, rage, depression.

•Altered states of consciousness: heightened awareness; spontaneous trance states; mystical experiences.

•Ecstasy, bliss and intervals of tremendous joy, love, peace and compassion.

•Psychic experiences

•Intensified understanding and sensitivity: insight into one’s own essence; deeper understanding of spiritual truths; exquisite awareness of one’s environment (including “vibes” from others)

•Enlightenment experiences: direct Knowing of a more expansive reality

Some of these symptoms would happen regardless of whether you intended to awaken kundalini or not, others are avoidable by being purposeful and careful about how you proceed. It is best to ensure that you have someone that you can talk to about the process and your experiences before starting.

If kundalini feels out of control or seems to be rising too quickly, there are some steps that you can take to slow or stop the process.

  • Take part in non-spiritual activities: exercise, go for a walk, read a book, talk to other people, play a game with others, eat something heavy (avoid eating too much raw food because it’s a spiritual food)
  • Grounding: Imagine that you have roots growing from the balls of the feet, picture a tree rooting into the earth
  • Don’t be afraid: stay calm, don’t let fear take you over. Know that what you see and what you experience is a natural process of spiritual development.
  • Get advice from experienced people:  Guidance of a person with firsthand experience would be good. Even reading a book on the subject will help
  • Delay/stop your spiritual development: Depending whether you want to continue this process you can either stop your spiritual development or delay it.

Awakening kundalini isn’t for everyone, but if you decide it is for you make sure that you do some research and that you don’t rush it.

*Please note that the symptoms listed can be caused by other conditions as well. If you are experiencing these types of symptoms for a period of time you should always seek the advice of a physician. If you are having a number of the symptoms, especially if they’ve come on suddenly and are experienced along with a spiritual practice, consider that it may be kundalini.

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About Reena Davis

I am a certified yoga teacher and a student of all things spiritual.
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9 Responses to Kundalini

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  2. kevin says:

    This is a good, informative post. I had a completely unexpected awakening five years ago, that completely changed my life.

    My awakening happened one morning, after an intense period of meditation (over the course of five years). I felt as if a giant serpent was moving up through my spine, shattering each vertebrae, one at a time. As the serpent penetrated my heart, I thought I had died, but I was still conscious. Then as she moved into my head and out through the top of my skull, my mind dissolved into infinity, I felt I was both nothing and everything at the same time, yet neither of these.

    This was one of the most terrifying, yet blissful moments of my life. Since that awakening, the divine serpent has guided my life.

    Namaste, Maheshwari 🙂

  3. amoonfull says:

    I have some mixed feelings about certain symptoms that you have mentioned.
    (•Muscle twitches cramps or spasms.
    •Headaches, pressures within the skull.
    •Racing heartbeat, pains in the chest.
    •Numbness or pain in the limbs (particularly the left foot and leg).
    •Emotional outbursts; rapid mood shifts; seemingly unprovoked or excessive episodes of grief, fear, rage, depression.)
    A lot of these symptoms have to do with our nutrition as well.
    Muscle cramps usually occur because of a lack of potassium in the body. Eating bananas regularly helps prevent them.
    Headaches can occur for various reasons. 1.dehydration 2.long periods with an empty stomach 3.poor nutritional habits 4.chemicals in our foods 5.stress etc…
    4. certain medical conditions or just a lack of proper circulation.
    Emotional outbursts can also be cause by an imbalance of hormones which have to do with our diet as well. Processed foods and sugary drinks have an effect on our endocrine system. In the case of women, birth control pills have a huge impact.

    I feel the article is very informative, but again, there are some things I can’t comprehend because of my knowledge in other areas. However, you mentioned other things that I was not aware of and i’m glad you wrote this nonetheless.

    I also have a question. As a certified yoga instructor, have you come across students who love yoga only for the purpose of maintaining fit but have no spiritual inclination, nor are they interested or even believe in the power of the spirit? I’d love your insight.

    • What you say is very true. I didn’t mean to imply that kundalini was the only explanation for any of these symptoms. It’s just another thing to consider, especially if you’ve been doing intense spiritual work. Any of the symptoms I mentioned that are ongoing should certainly be checked out by a physician and not automatically chalked up to kundalini.
      I definitely come across students who only want a workout. Those students don’t tend to stick with my class I’d say. I chant at the beginning and end of class and that seems awfully weird to some people. And that’s okay! We’re all on our own paths and I’m not here to judge anyone else’s. Yoga is a great work out and that’s all some people want. They can get just a work out without the spiritual messages from other people. But sometimes people come thinking that’s all they want and chanting ends up being their favorite thing in class (or more often savasana- I’ve had a lot of requests to come home with people to help them sleep 🙂 ). Or something that’s said really hits home. I think whoever shows up is meant to be there and whoever opens themselves to spirituality is meant to do that.
      Thanks for commenting! I’m thinking I should probably do a little modification on this post to make it more clear!

      • amoonfull says:

        you have a point, especially after some spiritual work, some of these symptoms can become more frequent. it’s happened to me. not very often though.

        chanting before and after yoga sounds amazing. last week when i took a yoga class, i got in a bit late, but at the end, we finished with an ‘ohm’. it was great. and yes, i do agree that some people take yoga for the physical benefits, but it makes me wonder, that’s all, how a hard core yogi would not even consider spirituality. nothing against it, i just wonder. because the spirit is so powerful. but i guess when the time comes for people, it comes at their own pace.

  4. anonymous Indian says:

    hello Yogawithmaheshware 🙂 thankyou for this enlightenment. all symptoms are matching as kundilini awakening, i have no idea “where am i? or from where i came?” here, so on. By childhood i was an unconventional girl and unable to cope up with this life thinking as too harsh. And those questions may be made my kundilini awakening. It was purely an unexpected way which i suffered & operated open surgery for cyst- hormone imbalance, felt embarrassed may be just because i know nothing about these spiritual thing. But i was very introverted person and felt out of world being and same time everything else in many past life times. I became to synchronicity to 2011 awakening. I never believed in numerology but somehow it resonated to me (like numbers as 33 or other etc), but now i am too unconventional and satisfied as all is that one god as me, or anybody together. I think being having any supernatural powers is actually pure natural and my intention was just to be as truth of life and according to that these mystic or mysteries revealed by themselves as per our living clarity in now which is a free living than before i think, & that’s of-course what as important.. 🙂 I have few effects of awakening as seeing aura & colors in everything (depends on my concentration), synchronicity of numbers and words. And i think everyone have their angels if need any help. …. One time i got number 66 and caution board, then the bus engine got heated up and everybody leaved that bus…. i can’t predict future but i never even desired all these things, but it happened to me very abruptly and changed the way i think. My friends called me as i am changed including my parents. But i became multi-dimensional with past recollection somehow,..I just don’t know all these till 2013. And i am totally in vegan organic food shift, do some yoga fitness unconditionally, loving life & others more than before and drink lots of water… not completely healed but understood as waking times ..little apologize for my long comment…as just love to share my story and your article gave me much hope and support that i am not alone….. 🙂 namastey /|\ ..

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