Kundalini is the name given to the evolutionary energy that is in all things. It is the feminine power of the universe sometimes called Shakti (Sanskrit word for power). It is the vital energy of the universe like the force in star wars it is in everything and surrounds all living things; it is the essence of life. In yogic literature and tradition it is said that each one of us has laying dormant within us the seed of this energy which is said to be located at the lower base of the spine.
Kundalini is often used to refer to the power of the Divine present in each person. She has two aspects. One maintains the entire existence of our body, mind and spirit. The other aspect, considered dormant, is the power of Consciousness to know the Divine in Its infinitude as Self. This potential power, innate to all of us, can propel our awareness from the paltry limitations of individual existence, with all its wants and needs and deficiencies, to Unity Consciousness- (Lawrence Edwards-Phd)
It has been called many names but they are speaking about the same thing. Every spiritual tradition has its name for Kundalini - Holy Spirit, Grace, Shekhinah, Anima, Chi, Bodhicitta- and every saint and mystic has known Her blessing. Seekers on all paths need Her grace to succeed on their journeys. For this reason shamans, yogis, monks, priests, nuns and aspirants of all types approach Her as humble servants of the divine. Kundalini awaits the great awakening, the most profoundly important event in the long life of the soul, a life that extends over countless cycles of physical birth and death.
The awakened Kundalini can stir up everything from latent diseases of the body to emotional or psychological disturbances. Some people feel like chaos has descended upon them, not grace, as Kundalini renovates body, mind and relationships. Symptoms of Kundalini arousal include: sweating, trembling, sensations of heat and cold, rushes of energy through the body or up and down the spine, fear, anxiety, weight loss or gain, food cravings, dissociation, visions, out-of-body experiences, body movements and hatha yoga postures happening spontaneously during meditation, retention of breath and other changes in breathing patterns, mantras and sounds arising from within, distortions of time and space, profound stillness and peace, healings, habits or addictions dropping away, inspired creativity, and states of boundless ecstasy and love arising for no apparent reason. This is just a partial list of what may be experienced. These signs of Kundalini process may be confused with or misdiagnosed as anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, dissociative disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and other diseases. While initial experiences may focus on physical, emotional and mental purification and transformation, shifts in values, attitudes and behaviors will also occur and have a major impact on relationships. Changes in appetites for food and sex along with attitude and value changes are the most stressful areas of transformation for relationships.
Awakening can also occur through other various yogic practices and disciplines developed over thousands of years specifically for preparing the mind and body for this vast influx of power and aiding in the arousal of Kundalini. Prayer, devotional practices, chanting, selflessly serving others; meditation, mantras, ritual dance, drumming and many other sacred endeavours can awaken Divine Consciousness, Kundalini.
Spontaneous awakening of Kundalini can be precipitated by near death experiences, traumatic experiences, pain, deep sorrow, prolonged periods of one-pointed concentration, or even in dreams through the initiation given by a wise being. It’s even possible for one to have been initiated in a past life and have the signs of awakened Kundalini continue in this life without any recollection of the past-life Shaktipat.
Spontaneous awakenings are probably the most common and are always a sign of grace, similar to winning the lottery when you never buy a ticket but this also can be harder for the person experiencing it. Even with all the effort in the world and all the prayers and practices does not guarantee an awakening. Even when receiving shakitpad from a guru /realised one or someone who has successfully navigated the rising it does not guarantee its success for once it has been awakened it must then be sustained on order for full Kundalini activation.
Though Kundalini awakening is regarded as the greatest prize on the spiritual quest, the blessed soul receiving this grace is on its way to the realization of the highest, the awakening and its attendant process of renewal is not without danger. When the dormant or potential aspect of the Kundalini arises, Her single intent is the transformation of individual consciousness with its vehicles - mind and body - into fully expanded Consciousness of the Divine. That process of transformation and purification is marked by both sublime experiences of Divine ecstasy, as well as by dark nights of the soul, by physical, emotional and mental states of ecstasy as well as periods of purgation and distress.
Kundalini opens the doors of perception to vast realms of Consciousness. Your meditation may include visions, lights, colors, sounds, journeys to archetypal realms, and infinite expanses of utter stillness throbbing with an absolute fullness of Being. Tears of joy may stream down your face as love beyond measure courses through your body. The Kundalinis gifts are incomparable. After receiving them no one is ever the same.
------Kunda yoga: The word "kundalini" literally means "the curl of the lock of hair "
It is a metaphor, a poetic way of describing the flow of energy and consciousness that already exists within each one of us. These practices enable you to merge with, or "yoke" with, the universal Self. This merging of individual consciousness with universal consciousness creates a "divine union" called "yoga." *of the beloved."
"...the flow of energy and consciousness that already exists within each one of us." *
There have been cases many reported which speak of Kundalini awakenings driving the recipient mad and that their bodies’ functions broke down feeling as if they were on fire. These were early signs of the energies trying to awaken in containers not yet prepared. The body and nervous system had to be ready to hold and manage this immense energy. The technology of Kundalini yoga can aid us in developing a strong nervous system capable of holding the energy. Once awakened the process is like a cosmic makeover, all aspects of our being are effected and transformed.
What Can I accomplish with Kundalini Yoga?
With Kundalini Yoga you can build a healthy body, develop a balanced mind, make contact with your infinity, your innate inner wisdom as well as open the door so that you can exceed your full potential.
It gives you the vitality and health that is your birthright. It makes you radiant, peaceful and strong so that you can meet life's challenges of life
Support is essential for anyone experiencing Kundalini awakening and evolution. Finding skilled and knowledgeable individuals who can assist and guide without pathologizing or taking advantage of the vulnerable state one is in can be difficult. Out of desperation and ignorance people give up their power and discrimination to teachers or practitioners who create dependence, demand loyalty or secrecy or otherwise compromise the autonomy and integrity of the seeker. The guru market is worse than the used car market, be wary! There are few bad intentioned individuals, but ignorance can be nearly as harmful. If youre seeking support ask whomever youre approaching for help - potential teachers, counselors, psychotherapists, health professionals - about their experience and knowledge of dealing with spiritual experiences, Kundalini and the dynamics of spiritual transformation. If you dont like their answers, move on. Ive listed resources and organizations for people to contact for possible help, but they dont come with a blanket recommendation. It is critical that you carefully check out anybody you are considering giving the privilege of entering into your sacred process. It is also critical to remember that you can always expel them if you feel your boundaries, integrity or autonomy are being violated or if you become aware of them doing that to another person. - Stanslov Grof
Man in the 20th century has evolved to be the superior species on this planet. We have made technological advancements beyond our wildest dreams, explored the farthest reaches of space and evolved from a single cell organism to the amazingling advanced being we are today. Scientists agree many of us are only using 3-5%of our brains, they have discovered that we actually have 22 DNA strands and not 12 like previously thought so why are they?
Mankind is on the brink of its next evolutionary jump. We are changing. Things are changing. We are a vast multisensory computer that is waiting for the operating software to be uploaded. The Age of Aquarius takes us into the golden age of spirit, awakens us to our relationship to our divine inheritance and the fulfillment of our spiritual destinies. As the old ways crumble away a new definition of what it means to be human will be realized, we are experiencing a major spiritual upgrade. Our bodies needed to evolve to this point in history in order for us to handle and manage the great energy that is streaming onto the planet and being released within us. Through the understanding of our spiritual journey and upgrading our mental, physical and emotional bodies we can bring about the new age.