All About Yoga
About Kundalini Awakening
The awakening of kundalini allows a great shift in the perception of the world. It
transports a person into another plane of being. No matter what spiritual path
one follows the ultimate achievement is to reach this domain. Ordinary
consciousness and transcendental consciousness cannot be maintained at the same
time. It is necessary to pass through an intermediate zone of change where
perceptions, feelings and experiences undergo a transformation. The adventure is
always the same; it is a journey through the border region between the known and
the unknown. Kundalini Awakening is a physiopsychospiritual process.
Everybody needs to know something about kundalini as it represents the next evolutionary step in the
consciousness of mankind. Our present consciousness is not independent, as the
mind depends on information supplied by the senses. If one has no eyes one
cannot see, if one has no ears one cannot hear, however when kundalini awakens
and the superconscious emerges and one’s experience becomes completely independent
and knowledge also becomes completely independent of the senses. It becomes
In the Vedic traditon kundalini is the name of a sleeping dormant
potential force in the human being. In Sanskrit, kundal means a coil
and thus kundalini has been described as “that which is
coiled”. Kunda in Sanskrit means “ a deeper place, pit or
cavity”. In the Christian tradition the terms “the path of
the initiates” and “the stairway to heaven” refer to
this awakening. In the African Healing Tradition it is referred to "the
sickness of calling or the call of the Ancestors."
To awaken kundalini purposefully one must prepare through various techniques.
Yoga postures, breath and meditation are some of the ways of preparation that one can practice in order to have a
comfortable process of awakening. This awakening can happen spontaneously or
gradually. With the awakening of kundalini there is an energy that moves up the spine and into
the brain and this energy excites the sleeping and dormant areas. Therefore
kundalini rising can be associated with the waking up of the silent areas of the brain.
Most commonly, kundalini at rest or dormant is illustrated as a sleeping serpent coiled
three and a half times. Of course there is no serpent residing in the base of
the spine. The serpent is an ancient symbol deeply embedded in our collective
psyche that represents unconsciousness.
In Scandinavian, European, Latin America, Middle Eastern, Asian and African
countries the concept of the serpent power is represented in monuments and
ancient artifacts. People have known about kundalini in all parts of the world.
In all the oldest mystic cults of the world you will find the serpent. In the
21st Century we can perceive of kundalini in any manner we like because
actually, energy has no form or dimension, it is infinite.
There are many people who have awakened their kundalini, not only saints and
sadhus, but poets, artists, warriors, writers and scientists. When the energy of
kundalini is activated visions of God can take place and there is a drawing of
creative intelligence and supernatural abilities that begin to be experienced.
Kundalini rising is creative energy. It is the same energy that is expressed when
someone composes or plays beautiful music. It is the same energy, which is
expressed in all parts of life, whether it is building a business, fulfilling
the family duties, creating a child or reaching any goal you aspire toward.
These are all expressions of the same creative energy.
When kundalini rises, the physical body actually undergoes many changes.
Generally they are positive, but if you do not have a guide they can also be
negative. The cells in the body are completely charged and a process of
rejuvenation also starts. The voice changes, the smell of the body changes and
the hormonal secretions change.
The DNA strands become fully activated and enlivened.
Methods of Awakening
Awakening by birth-If the parents were highly evolved, one can have an
awakened kundalini. This means that from the time of birth
higher faculties will be operating either partially or fully. If a
child comes with partial awakening he/she may be called a saint, and if
he/she comes with full illumination, he/she is know as an incarnation,
avatara or son/daughter of God.
2. Sound-One can have an awakening
of kundalini through the steady regular practice of the use of specific
sounds or mantras or nada yoga. This is an effective smooth method of
evolving. This requires time an practice.
3. Austerities and
purification-Through this way of processing the mind, the emotions and
the whole personality are cleansed of all the dirt, complexes and the
patterns of behavior that cause pain and suffering. This way of
awakening kundalini builds personal will and needs to be done under
guidance and supervision from an experienced teacher. This is a
difficult path to step upon.
4. Herbs-This does not mean drugs.
This method of awakening is very sacred and very few people know about
it. It is rapid and should never be approached without a qualified
guide. It can also be dangerous if the specific dosages are not
5. Yoga-The awakening through
specific intention of yoga occurs by a specific process of
concentration, meditation and communion; the union of individaul
consiousness with the absolute or supreme.
6. Breath-This way of awakening
kundalini needs preparation in a calm, cool and quiet environment,
preferably at a high altitude, with a diet only sufficient to support
life. This method can be explosive and it increases the life force and
heat in the body.
7. Tantra Kriya Yoga-This is a
simple methodic way and practical way of awakening. This is the best
method for modern western man and householders. This also requires a
guide or teacher.
8. Performed by a Teacher or
Guru-This method is called Shaktipat. Shaktipat is perfromed by a Guru
and the awakening is instant. It is not permanent or intergrated. It
gives the aspirant a temporary experience.
9. Self-surrender-This way of
awakening is allowing the awakening to happen naturally. Let nature do
it. Evolution takes place whether we participate or not.
10.Spontaneous Awakening-This type
of awakening is beginning to be experienced more often in the 21st
Century among all people. Symptoms occur dissappear and then reoccur. If
the person is not aware what is happening they can be hospitalized and
medicated. It is important they seek appropriate guidance as soon as they feel something is happening that not be determined.
individuals who experience the awakening of kundalini behave in
peculiar ways; they think in a different style or pattern. They may see
auras and visions, feel strange in the body, suffer from body aches and pain in the
spine and head, hear strange sounds, become emotional with mood swings and talk about things which seem to
be all sorts of nonsense. The actions and words of people who are
undergoing kundalini awakening appear nonsensical, deviant and
oftentimes mad to the person of ordinary consciousness.
Mystics throughout the ages have been persecuted for their experiences,
which to the normal mundane consciousness are insanity. Socrates was
poisoned because he did not behave normally. Joan of Arc and the
witches of Salem were burned at the stake as were many others. Jesus
was crucified because his teachings were not understood. Al-Hallaj, the
Sufi saint, was skinned alive because he spoke the truth without fear
of the society. All have been persecuted and harassed by the mundane
populace for theirs visions, and words that arose as a result of inner
work. Due to this lack of understanding, many of the esoteric doctrines
became hidden from the majority of people.
Of course this was long ago. We now live in more enlightened times or
do we? People who are shown to be out of the norm relative to society
are locked up or medicated until they are better. How is it determined
when one has mental illness or when one is having a spiritual
awakening? Some people in the western world are locked up as mentally ill
would be recognized in the eastern world as undergoing a higher
spiritual experience. We are only now beginning to be able to
differentiate between the broken, insane mind and the opening of an
Many people have heard of kundalini rising, but fewer have ever
discussed the descent. When the descent of kundalini occurs, it means
that the mental plane of the human being is no longer influenced by the
ordinary mind, the supermind takes over. This higher form of
consciousness rules the body, mind and senses and directs one's life,
thoughts and emotions. When kundalini descends one comes down to
the gross plane with a totally transformed consciouness. Life becomes a
non-event. One associates with everybody and discharging one's worldly
obligations just like people of ordinary consciousness. However, one is
involved but detached. Life becomes very simple. The old
adage "be in the world but not of it" applies here. One
is then able to understand pain and all the mundane affairs of life
including duality, multiplicity and diversity- the whole drama or play. One
becomes self realized.