For many people, Kundalini energy is dormant, and never awakens. They are never aware of it.
For others, it emerges, creating a deep connection to one’s primal life force, our pure essence. It is pure vibrant, pleasurable energy that helps us connect to soul, soul purpose, and inner wisdom.
This emergence is commonly called an “awakening”, “enlightenment” or “self-realization.
If we are unaware of Kundalini, and its impact, the movement of the energy can be puzzling, or even troubling. Rest assured, it is quite positive, once it is fully emerged, and helps us fall away from ego and into our soul path.
Many Eastern philosophies and spiritual practices acknowledge it and teach their young how to welcome it into their bodies and souls.
In the West, we have often misinterpreted it, misdiagnosed it as a psychological disorder, medicated it, or even forced its submission (usually encouraged by some very strict religious beliefs).
Legend describes Kundalini as a serpent goddess sleeping at the base of the spine, coiled three and a half times around the first chakra (tip of the tailbone). This Kundalini is divine Shakti energy, the energizing potential of life itself, a living goddess who enlivens all things.
Kundalini in Sanskrit means “she who is coiled”. When activated, it rises upward through the body, through the chakras (energy centers), until it emerges through the top of the head, also called The Tenth Gate, or Heaven’s Gate, connecting to heaven or infinity.
When this journey of energy is completed, it is said to confer a state of enlightenment upon the individual.
It is quite common for Kundalini to be activated in menopause for women and in the 50-60 age range for men. This is often labeled by psychology as a “midlife crisis” and treated as a problem, when it is actually a positive activation of life force.
Kundalini is often also activated via meditation and spiritual practice (Kundalini yoga gently facilitates this awakening). It can also be activated via shock, near-death experience, a tragic loss, severe drug interaction, hallucinatory event, or even an intense physical experience. I have had clients who activated their kundalini during sex, with a powerful golf swing, during a raging rafting ride, and, quite spontaneously, while reflecting on a beautiful environment.
As it travels, Kundalini may release stored and blocked energies, which can be quite intense, sometimes painful, and may even cause mental states that seem out of this world.
Conversely, it may not travel, due to block or energy scar from the past that prevents its progress. This is where Soul Awareness Healing helps. The block may cause pain, frustration, feeling frozen or ineffective in life, or a myriad of physical problems, conditions or disease.
Imagine this heavily condensed primal force as electricity moving through water. If you have witnessed water suddenly forced at great speed through a small hose, you have an idea of the thrashing type of action some people experience on the physical level, if Kundalini is not activated gently and incrementally.
It can cause distress, on the physical, mental and emotional layers. The effect can last for minutes, days, months, or even years.
The upside is that it is becoming more and more obvious and known, and practitioners like me can recognize and help facilitate it.
Signs of Emerging Kundalini:
The signs and symptoms of kundalini could be any and all of the following (please be aware that these symptoms could also be major symptoms of pathological disease):
- Muscle twitches, cramps or spasm.
- Energy rushes or immense electricity circulating the body,
- Itching, vibrating, prickling, tingling, stinging or crawling sensations,
- Intense heat or cold,
- Involuntary body movements (occurring more often during meditation, rest or sleep): jerking, tremors, shaking; feeling inner force pushing one into postures or moving one’s body in unusual ways.
- Alterations in eating and sleeping patterns.
- Episodes of extreme hyperactivity or, conversely, overwhelming fatigue.
- Intensified or diminished sexual desires.
- Headaches, pressures within the skull.
- Racing heartbeat, pains in the chest.
- Digestive system problems.
- Numbness or pain in the limbs.
- Pains and blockages anywhere; often in the back and neck.
- Emotional outbursts; rapid mood shifts; seemingly unprovoked or excessive episodes of grief, fear, rage, depression.
- Spontaneous vocalizations (including laughing and weeping – are as unintentional and uncontrollable as hiccoughs).
- Hearing an inner sound or sounds, classically described as flute, drum, waterfall, birds singing, bees buzzing but which may also sound like roaring, whooshing or thunderous noise or like ringing in the ears.
- Mental confusion; difficulty concentrating.
- Altered states of consciousness and heightened awareness.
- Heat, cold, strange activity, and/or blissful sensations in the head, particularly in the crown area.
- Psychic experiences: extrasensory perception; out of body experiences; pastlife memories; astral travel; direct awareness of auras and charkas; contact with spirit guides through inner voices, dreams or visions; healing powers.
- Increased creativity: new interests in self-expression and spiritual communication through music, art poetry, etc.
- Intensified understanding and sensitivity: insight into one’s own essence; deeper understanding of spiritual truths; exquisite awareness of one’s environment (including energy or “vibes” from others).
- Enlightenment experiences: direct knowing of a more expansive reality; transcendent awareness.
Steps to Take:
- Rule out any organic disease which could cause the symptoms.
- Seek help and support from someone who has experience with Kundalini energy.
- Reduce stress and learn to stay grounded. You spiritual adviser can help you with this.
- Eat well – stay away from greasy foods and sugars – and any drugs that intensify symptoms. Some people have trouble with caffeine, others don’t.
- Exercise and move often.
You can doubt you are sane when you are in the throes of a Kundalini experience, but rest assured that you are not. If you have determined you are not suffering from illness or mental disease, the process can be endured and completed. The energy does eventually break through and connect you to a more serene and grounded life.