Kundalini is your life force energy. Kundalini is also believed to be power associated with the divine feminine.
During a Kundalini activation or awakening you become conscious as the energy spirals upward activating each chakra. In people who have not experienced as kundalini awakening their energy remains coiled like a tightly coiled serpent at the base of their spines.
Chakras are spinning energy centres, or energy wheels, that connect the physical and non-physical aspects of your being. they change your subtle prana into physical energy like electrical transformers. Your vital energy or prana travels through your superhighway of meridians and nadis to distribute energy throughout your body.
With adequate practice and guidance, you awaken and activate the dormant kundalini energy within you. Then you experience limitless perception and see innumerable perspectives at once. You also understand your feelings perfectly and sense how others are interpreting the world and how they feel.
The Story of Shiva and Shakti
Kundalini is an incredibly powerful storehouse of psychic energy that like a serpent is coiled up at the base of your spine. Kundalini is sometimes called Shakti. Imagine a resting snake, coiled eight times, waiting to unleash its magnificent power at the base of a great mountain.
Kundalini Shakti has within her an infinite potential of energy. She is the force of creation, resting, longing to rise up to be in union with consciousness at the heights of spiritual bliss. Once awakened, kundalini uncoils and ascends through your central channel in the spinal column (sushumana) to your crown chakra (sahasrara) at the top of your head. This is what triggers an awakening of consciousness and a transcendent spiritual state.
Lord Shiva symbolizes consciousness and the unmovable power of the observer. He has been meditating for thousands of years while Shakti danced for him. Her longing is to be at one with Shiva. Her dancing provokes him to open one of his three eyes. She beckons for him to dance with her. He closes his eye and rests back in meditation for thousands more years.
Shiva waits for absolute clarity that Shakti’s true desire is to join Shiva in harmonious union. As her longing intensifies she determines that she must dance with her beloved Lord Shiva. He hears her and his three eyes open. They dance together and all at once the universe unfolds into creation. All of nature is created as a result of their union.
The witness is consciousness which is unmoving and unchanging. Nature is all that dances, all that moves and changes in this world. The witness or seer within you is Shiva and the nature of all things around and within you is Shakti. Spiritual awakening cannot take place when Shiva and Shakti are separate, in duality. This duality dissolves with the merging of Shiva and Shakti. Then a spiritual river of oneness opens up through which your kundalini flows.
What is Kundalini Activation?
When Kundalini is awoken or activated, the energy rises up from the base of your spine from your root chakra. The energy ascends to the crown chakra and the pineal gland. When the pineal gland is activated a major change in consciousness is experienced. Awakening the kundalini energy causes a state of vision that is super sensory where you can access your highest potential.
A true kundalini awakening produces unconditional bliss and oneness. These can be experienced only in Samadhi. Samadhi means to be at one with all things, feeling no separateness or duality from anything in creation. Samadhi bliss is independent of the way life plays out for you. It is a state of mind that yogis strive to realize and stabilize after many years of mastery and tutelage from experienced gurus.
Kundalini is the concentrated energy of awareness or attention. It is the energy that manifests with consciousness when it becomes free from thought. A dedicated meditation practice can enable kundalini to flow as the cessation of thoughts is a goal of certain forms of meditation on the path to oneness.
When Kundalini awakens you experience a deeper empathy and even telepathy with others. You experience greater sensitivity, higher energy levels, and psychic abilities or deep knowing. Also, ageing can appear to slow down, creativity and charisma can increase, as can internal peace and knowing. There is a sense of being part of all of creation and the greater mysteries of life are no longer mysteries.
A kundalini awakening is the movement of the energy of your subtle body. Before experiencing an awakening you will have to open and purify the channels of the subtle body. If you are not rightly prepared a kundalini awakening might cause a breakdown. Your light body may not be able to handle the energy properly and your bio-electrical field may short-circuit causing a wealth of kundalini awakening or ascension symptoms.
Kundalini Awakening Can Be Dangerous
If you are unprepared or the kundalini awakens spontaneously, you may experience changes in motivation, appearance, diet, weight gain or loss, sensations in the crown of the head, and shifts in personality. An unguided or underprepared person might not be able to handle. Spontaneous arousal of kundalini energy may be caused by intense energy work, use of psychoactive drugs, sexual experiences, abuse or trauma, yoga practice, or life events.
Kundalini activation may cause spiritual distress and a total breakdown. This may result in a massive life crisis. Some people lose their jobs and relationships as their energy shifts and they cannot relate to their colleagues, friends, and families anymore. Some experience difficult emotions from a traumatic past as if the trauma is being relived in the moment.
It is very important to be well trained and guided with a strong and steady spiritual practice. Then you are more likely to manage these astonishing changes and sensations. It is wise to follow a dedicated spiritual path, know the signs and symptoms of a kundalini awakening, and be aware of the changes that may occur. To guide you through the rough times it helps to have the support of spiritual masters.
Awakening Your Kundalini Energy
Stop thinking and open your sushumna nadi. The awakening of your kundalini requires that prana or life force energy enters into the sushumna or central channel. This occurs when the prana is freed from thinking about the external world. To open your central channel practice alternate nostril breathing with yoga and tantra practices for focus, breath, and movement.
Have a dedicated spiritual practice. You can attempt to experience a kundalini awakening by practicing tantra, yoga, as well as other spiritual practices with fervour and dedication for many years. It is unskilful and not advised to rush this process by taking drugs or by partaking in advanced practices meant for practitioners with years more expertise.
Study with a master teacher. Choose someone with personal experience in spiritual awakening to prepare yourself for a safer transcendence into a higher consciousness and state of oneness.
Check to see if your awakening is an authentic kundalini awakening. If you are not in a state of Samadhi then what you may experience is not truly a kundalini awakening. It may just be some of your energy centres waking up and gaining life force energy.
Know where your kundalini energy arises from. Kundalini rises from different points of origin. The kundalini life force energy can arise from your navel or third eye chakra as well as your root chakra. Depending on your chosen kundalini yoga path and teacher, your practices will differ. They all lead you to experience your kundalini activation and awakening.
Take your time learning the practices from your chosen spiritual path. Know the signs and symptoms of a kundalini awakening. Be prepared to undergo a major shift in consciousness. Prepare to be awakened and activated.
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