The energies that come with spiritual awakening are a mystery to most people who do spiritual practices, and even for those who do energy practices like Tantra, Reiki, breath work, or martial arts, expecting only bliss and healing. Many practices and circumstances can ignite a range of more challenging phenomena as a clearing and transformative energy process begins.
I was interviewed yesterday about the kundalini experience by Ingrid in Germany who is setting up an internet forum on energy called the Kundalini Congress (kundalinikongress) that should be available in a couple of months in the US and Germany. We talked about my work with kundalini, and my understanding of ways to deal with the challenges it can bring.
Once you begin to see the body as a molecular structure, an energy grid that carries thoughts, emotions, and sensations from one point to another, and stores patterns and memories within its structure, it becomes easier to understand the phenomena that arises when kundalini is activated. All beings live with both conscious awareness and energy flow. This energy flow is called prana in the yogic model, chi or qi in Chinese systems, and ki in Japan. In the west a few have termed it “bioenergy” but it’s full potential is little understood. Yogis say that it activates the body at conception, and after the development of the infant the residual is wrapped in a coil at the base of our spine and holds our field in stasis until we die. Then it uncoils and leaves the body.
Kundalini can begin to uncoil itself as a result of energy or meditation practices, in response to a trauma, or through a variety of other causes. Initially it can feel overwhelming as it rushes through the body from the base of the spine, or it can unwind gradually like a snake, and then feel blocked or concentrated on one area of the body. When this activation happens the entire energy field is amplified Many phenomena may arise, depending on the lifestyle, history, proclivities and practices of the person so affected. There can be shaking, vibration, heat, emotional upheavals, changes in perspective, odd physical symptoms, shifts in eating habits, difficulty sleeping , waves of bliss and clarity, waves of fear and discomfort, brain fog, psychic moments – many passing experiences. This is because your entire structure is reorganizing itself and consciousness itself is changing, clearing itself of what is not necessary if you are going to live more present in the moment, more authentically here and now.
Very few schools of meditation or energy or healing speak of all these changes directly and most schools of psychology or medicine have no paradigm with which to address these experiences. Somatics programs are an exception as they include the body in their studies but often those who understand the need for energy release do not understand the spiritual implications. We live in a culture based on Christian perspectives that for the most part deny the connection between spirit and body, probably because of the repression by the early church founders of pagan practices , mystery schools and indigenous rituals that opened the body to allow altered states of consciousness.
But we are clearly moved through the flow of energy, healed or transformed by the flow of energy, and only alive as spirit when energy is flowing. When spirit leaves it rides on the energy that leaves when we pass on. Probably it is these energies that account for evolutionary adjustments in our species. Hopefully as we in the west begin talking about this and more people encounter their own inner transformation we will discover the gifts of kundalini and learn more ways to support our spiritual awakening processes.
If this is a topic impacting your life or work you may be interested in my website www.kundaliniguide.com or my books “The Kundalini Guide” and “The Awakening Guide.” I also do occasional workshops and webinars for people in this awakening process.