Inner Healing Path




By Susan Munro, RP-CRA.

Kundalini Awakening

Kundalini is a dormant energy within most people.  For anyone that has studied some of the Eastern Philosophies, for instance the Hindu mythology, Kundalini is a serpent goddess who lies asleep at the base of the spine, coiled three and a half times around the first chakra. Her name is Kundalini Shakti, and she represents the unfolding of the 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 kundalini is activated, it then enters the body via the base chakra and then rises along the primarily channel in the body and completes a circuit.  Most noted is its shape of a snake.  Usually the symptoms start at the left big toe, winding its way up the leg up through the various chakras until it finally reaches the Crown of the head.  However, tradition states that it becomes uncoiled at the base of the spine.  When this journey of energy is completed, it is said to confer a state of enlightenment upon the individual.  Not to say that the person is enlightened, but that the journey of enlightenment has begun.

Chakras are energy centres in the body.  There are seven.  Each of these energy centres are connected with a major endocrine gland.  For more information on this, please see article on Chakras.

Although it is reputed to be in the body at puberty, it doesn’t “activate” for all people.  It does activate primarily in menopausal women more often than men.  Men and women who actively meditate for extended periods of time or adhere to spiritual practices, have a greater incidence of activating this energy.  And also can be activated by shock, whether by a near-death experience, a tragic loss or a severe drug interaction.  Yoga, Qi-Qong, fasting and stress are major factors as well.

Under the afore-mentioned circumstances, the kundalini energy awakens and begins to rise through the body, piercing and opening the chakras as she moves in her undulating, snake-like fashion. As kundalini releases stored and blocked energies, her movement can be quite intense, sometimes painful, and often leads to mental states that seem out of this world.

This energy is a heavily condensed primal force, similar to the potential energy found in water (electricity). When released, it creates a vertical connection between the chakras and moves up the central channel of the body.  We have three channels; central, sun and moon.  These channels are known as nadis.  If by analogy, you push a lot of water through a small hose, you know that it starts to move around like a snake.  This thrashing type of action is exactly what a person may experience on the physical level.

If one is in a system of spirituality that works on individual chakras, the activation of one chakra connecting to another may also cause distress, on the physical, mental and emotional layers.  In most systems, the base chakra is opened first and then it is connected to the heart chakra, to be guided by love and caring.

Although this whole process is healing in nature, its effects can sometimes be quite unpleasant. Such effects may last for minutes, days, months, or even years.  The upside is that it is becoming more and more obvious for practitioners such as myself to recognize it and help can be given.  

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):

Ø      Muscle twitches, cramps or spasm.

Ø      Energy rushes or immense electricity circulating the body

Ø      Itching, vibrating, prickling, tingling, stinging or crawling sensations

Ø      Intense heat or cold

Ø      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. 

Ø      Alterations in eating and sleeping patterns

Ø      Episodes of extreme hyperactivity or, conversely, overwhelming fatigue

Ø      Intensified or diminished sexual desires

Ø      Headaches, pressures within the skull

Ø      Racing heartbeat, pains in the chest

Ø      Digestive system problems

Ø      Numbness or pain in the limbs (particularly the left foot and leg)

Ø      Pains and blockages anywhere; often in the back and neck.

Ø      Emotional outbursts; rapid mood shifts; seemingly unprovoked or excessive episodes of grief, fear, rage, depression

Ø      Spontaneous vocalizations (including laughing and weeping – are as unintentional and uncontrollable as hiccoughs)

Ø      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.

Ø      Mental confusion; difficulty concentrating

Ø      Altered states of consciousness: heightened awareness; spontaneous trance states; mystical experiences (if the individual’s prior belief system is too threatened by these, it can lead to bouts of psychosis or self-grandiosity).

Ø      Heat, cold, strange activity, and/or blissful sensations in the head, particularly in the crown area.

Ø      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.

Ø      Increased creativity: new interests in self-expression and spiritual communication through music, art poetry, etc.

Ø      Intensified understanding and sensitivity: insight into one’s own essence; deeper understanding of spiritual truths; exquisite awareness of one’s environment (including “vibes” from others).

Ø      Enlightenment experiences: direct knowing of a more expansive reality; transcendent awareness.

Ruling out any organic causes of disease, this kundalini process is a Spiritual Crisis for many people.  Becoming more than human is a bit of a leap for most of us, but it IS a heritage.  Many people have gone through the rigors of this transformation and come out the other side of it.  It is imperative that if you are feeling a majority of the above listed symptoms, that you seek help, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process and it is interfering with your normal life. 

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 understand that the symptoms are not a sickness and you are not suffering from a mental disease, the process can be endured and completed.  The energy does eventually break through and connect all the energy centres and you will function on a different reality, one much more serene and grounded than ever thought possible.

If you find yourself dealing with uncomfortable kundalini awakening symptoms, you should look at this list and see what you can actively do to help yourself first:

1) Support. Find others who have knowledge of this experience.

2)  Purify. Abstain from any substance that triggers a reaction in your body, like recreational drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine prescription drugs.  Avoid sugars, greasy foods and additives.  Go natural. Eat well, especially protein which is generally grounding. Get a massage and blood-pumping exercise (esp. important to move energy on all levels).

3) Manage Stress.   This is major transformation on a spiritual level, so you must make time for it.  Make a list of where you are giving your time that is not productive.  Also, make a list of what you NEED in life, right now, not tomorrow and then set about getting these needs met.

4) Educate Yourself. Read about Kundalini.  There are many fine books out there from people who have gone before you (booklist will be available on this site shortly). There are internet sites as well.

5) Consider Therapy. As Kundalini brings up unresolved issues, this is the best time to deal with them. It will take some of the bumps out of the road.  Try to find a therapist that understands this process.  It can be a worse scenario if the therapist thinks you are coming unglued and tries to convince you that you need drug intervention.

6) Start a Spiritual Practice.  May be it is time to practice meditation, yoga or some spiritual practice, OR you might need to stop meditating for a while if it increases unpleasant Kundalini awakening symptoms.  If you notice your symptoms get better or worse, follow what your body tells you. This is trial and error.

7) Ground Yourself. Kundalini is most difficult when the energy is moving upward without enough energy moving downward to balance.  Sitting on earth, getting into nature, feeling earth in your hands, taking homeopathic remedies or flower essences (which are gentle).  Hug a tree or sit beneath one.  Use visualization techniques that “root” you to the earth.  All these things have to be experimented with to see what suits you.


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Susan Munro, RP-CRA.
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