No matter what religion or faith one follows, Kundalini awakening is essential for spiritual advancement and ‘self realization’. It may be termed differently in different cultures but the concept of primal energy remains the same. The primal energy (Kundalini) remains in a static form in our body at the Root chakra level til it’s activated. Needless to explain the benefits it showers while ascending upwards through the Chakras from Root to the Crown after getting activated. Energy, in dynamic state works wonders. Since this energy makes its upward journey, like a serpent, through the Chakras, it is essential to ensure that the Chakras are open to make way for this soul-stimulating energy. If the Chakras are blocked, the serpentine energy is not able to reach its destination (crown chakra) and eventually descends down to the Root Chakra once again. The rising of Kundalini towards her celestial abode (crown chakra) has been portrayed as a journey filled with joy and ecstasy and after reaching her destination, she resumes her downward journey towards the Root. As she travels back through the Chakras, the whole body bathes in the shower of her love, eternal bliss and inexplicable joy. It’s an experience which is hard to explain in words. It is also believed that once awakened, kundalini never goes back to Root chakra and on her way back from Crown chakra, she settles down in Solar Plexus. It is a symbolic of rising above the level of basic instincts.
Signs of Kundalini awakening
Signs may differ from one individual to the other but commonly found ‘signs of awakening’ are:
- Involuntary jerking / throbbing / trembling in the body
- Intense feelings of pleasure or bliss
- Feelings of cold / chills in the body
- Intense heat in the spine, or a particular chakra
- Sensation of energy flowing through body like electricity or internal lightning bolts
- Feelings like snakes or ants crawling on the body, particularly along the spine
- In some cases, confusion, uneasiness or uncertainty about what’s happening, may occur
- Sudden emotional shifts or mood swings
- Increase in the experience of inner colors and lights
- Inner sounds may be experienced in the form of music, ringing or even thunder
- Sudden outbursts of creative, intellectual, or spiritual insights
Real life experience shared
Gopi Krishna, in his invaluable scripture titled ‘Kundalini-Path to Higher Consciousness’, explains his own experience with Kundalini awakening as follows:
Suddenly, with a roar like that of a waterfall, I felt a stream of liquid light entering my brain through the spinal cord. Entirely unprepared for such a development, I was completely taken by surprise; but regaining my self-control, keeping my mind on the point of concentration. The illumination grew brighter and brighter, the roaring louder, I experienced a rocking sensation and then felt myself slipping out of my body, entirely enveloped in a halo of light. It is impossible to describe the experience accurately. I felt the point of consciousness that was myself growing wider surrounded by waves of light. It grew wider and wider, spreading outward while the body, normally the immediate object of its perception, appeared to have receded into the distance until I became entirely unconscious of it. I was now all consciousness without any outline, without any idea of corporeal appendage, without any feeling or sensation coming from the senses, immersed in a sea of light simultaneously conscious and aware at every point, spread out, as it were, in all directions without any barrier or material obstruction. I was no longer myself, or to be more accurate, no longer as I knew myself to be, a small point of awareness confined to a body, but instead was a vast circle of consciousness in which the body was but a point, bathed in light and in a state of exultation and happiness impossible to describe.
Your body is a conduit for the ‘energy’
It is important to have the Chakras opened before awakening the ‘Primal energy’ (Kundalini) as otherwise all the effort involved in kindling the fire (energy) would go waste. In case all the Chakras are not open, the serpentine energy would rise from the Root Chakra and on confronting any blocked Chakra on the way, would slither down back to its source without reaching the desired destination. There are many ways to awaken Kundalini ranging from, meditation, yoga, rigorous physical exercise, (supervised) breathing exercise, devotional practices, to Karma yoga (paying attention to one’s actions/ deeds). Apart from ensuring a free passage for the Energy to rise, it is imperative to prepare the body and mind for the electrifying effect which might be created in the process. Many beginners, in an attempt to fulfill their natural desire to have the Kundalini awakened, commit a serious error of initiating the spiritual process without creating enough buffers in their bodies to sustain the gyrating effect of the energy generated. If one is not ready, it may seem like putting too much of load on an electric circuit which does not have the capacity to hold that much power; the circuit would surely fuse in such cases. Hence, it is important to make the body a healthy, balanced and resilient vehicle in order to make it a stable conduit for channeling energy. To ensure proper physical and mental health, it is necessary to maintain a healthy diet, regular exercise, frequent cleansing practices and proper breathing exercises.
‘Energy’ may turn destructive
Although the ‘energy’, paves way for spiritual and eternal bliss, devouring all the imperfections and impurities in the mind and body, yet it has the potential to turn into an unleashed berserk beast, smashing and destroying all that falls in its way, if the conduit (body) is emotionally and intellectually unstable. This means that an ‘energy’, which would under normal circumstances, shower happiness and joy in the course of its journey through the body, results in more of confusion, chaos and suffering on the mental level and may adversely affect the physical side too. The body may suffer a psychic shock.
There have been instances where people have experienced sudden / instant awakening resulting in complete transformation and spiritual realization but in majority of cases it has been reported to manifest itself in piece meals which means that it comes in sparks rather than as lightning bolts. Such electrifying moments may, more often than not, result in outbursts of creativity, insight, philosophy and divinity, unfolding at the same time, the complete truth about the ‘self’, ‘Higher self’ and the ‘Matrix’ we live in. While the information revealed is useful for our spiritual advancement, it may, at times, create some fear on being able to visualize the unseen and the unfamiliar.
Therefore, it is always advised to start the awakening process only after strengthening mind and body with meditational and yogic practices.