I am holding a webinar on Kundalini and Awakening these days, and I thought I would share notes from a recent session on ways to calm down energy and find your center of stillness. Kundalini is your own internal energy field, an aspect of prana, but it has become heightened, as if you are at a higher frequency, when it has been activated through spiritual practice, energy practices, trauma or for other reasons. If you have an awakened energy field it tends to get more intense when you are anxious, when your body is under stress, or when you are excited – perhaps around the energy of someone else with awakened kundalini, and paradoxically when you are relaxed such as in the middle of the night when you are trying to sleep.
This new energy is both a transforming and a clearing process so you may find your body shaking or vibrating, or heat rising or emotions shifting or unusual psychic experiences. You can feel disoriented and as if parts of you are falling away. This is the ego structure coming apart – beliefs and attachments to appearances, drives, interests, activities that you do because you should but you are not authentically aligned with –these fall away. When the energy is focused on certain areas different phenomena arise. When it is in the lower chakras you may feel ungrounded or overwhelmed with sexual energy, and as it moves upward you may lose interest in sex, feel intense heart sensations, or have challenges with your throat.
FIND THE CENTER
The third chakra is manipura, located behind the naval on the inner wall ofthe spinal column. Although awakening is generally considered to begin at the base of the spine, some yoga systems say manipura, located behind the naval in front of the spine, is the center of awakening, actually where kundalini takes place, and it is the link between the higher and lower planes of existence. It is a pivotal opening in this location, because from here the awakening is ongoing, and consciousness begins to change. When it opens here you may feel it like an intense blast and there is a reorganization of the pranic flow in the body, and this becomes the new base of kundalini. When energy opens here it is believed you can get glimpses of higher planes of existence. This causes many of your biases, patterns and beliefs to begin to fall away as a new perspective begins to emerge. You may have past-life patterns arise, or karmic patterns may become more clear, so they can be released. You can have discomfort as all this energy is being rearranged.
Ultimately there is a deep inner peace in your center as things settle down. There is a sense of stillness in the center of the activity of life, and the tendency to get entangled in thoughts becomes less and less. You can learn to be calm and be centered in this part of the body. Yogis even say that as this center becomes stable you can be free of disease and have the capacity to create your own life. I think what happens is you learn to listen to an inner knowing located deeper in the body in the 3rd and 4th chakras – you tune yourself to moving from an intuition here instead of the old patterns circulating in the mind. You might call this presence or a sense of being here now – this part of us lives in this moment, not entangled in the past and future thinking of the mind. Gradually our perception of ourselves as a separate self diminishes and we feel connected to the world in a different way.
Many people have heart openings and samadhi experiences through the higher chakras that give us glimpses of unitive consciousness before this center in manapura is stabilized. Energy can move up in meditation or spontaneously and we have glimpses and short periods of feeling ecstatic or dissolved into an unlimited consciousness, but to embody and live an awakened life we have to be consciously in touch with this center, and allow ourselves to clear out the old conditioning and patterns held in our body.
This is what is trying to happen to you – this is how kundalini is related to spiritual freedom and realization.
Here are some basic guidelines for bringing more calm into this process
Try to release fear, become more curious, and be open to being in relationship with this energy as a helping aspect of yourself, supporting your intention for spiritual awakening.
Orient yourself toward a spiritual awakening – whatever that means to you. Let this longing become more central in your life.
Take good care of your body physically – listen to what it wants and be attentive to what you eat and drink. If possible release stress from your environment. You may find you are more sensitive and less able to tolerate places and situations where there is pain or tension or you pick up the energy of many other people. Your senses are heightened.
Find the quiet stillness in the center of all this change and all the chaos of life. You do this by breathing deep into the belly, taking time to relax, sensing into this area as the center of your beingness. Imagine you can move from the center — the hara — or even and think from this area.
Write out any conflicts going on in your mind — release the thoughts out of your head and onto paper so you no longer need to carry them around.
Creative expression — art, poetry, music, movement all help in expressing what is inexpressible
You may find using a grounding pad or blanket is helpful, especially when you try to sleep at night.
Some practices on you-tube that may be helpful
IRest Yoga Nidra 20 minutes by Richard Miller
Irest Yoga NIdra. By Richard Miller Yoga of the Heart
Chakra tuneup with Himalayan Singing Bowls.