Kundalini Energy

Kundalini energy is a Hindi word for sacred, transformative energy that awakens the consciousness. It literally means coiled. In yoga, a “corporeal energy” – an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force or Shakti that lies coiled at the base of the spine. The kundalini resides in the sacrum bone in three and a half coils and has been described as a residual power of pure desire.

Kundalini is described as a sleeping, dormant potential force in humans. It is one of the components of an esoteric description of the ‘subtle body’, which consists of nadis (energy channels), chakras (psychic centres), prana (subtle energy), and bindu (drops of essence). Kundalini is described as being coiled up at the base of the spine, usually within the root chakra. The image given is that of a serpent coiled three and a half times around a smokey grey lingam.

Through meditation, and various esoteric practices, such as Kundalini Yoga, Sahaja Yoga, and Kriya Yoga, the kundalini is awakened, and can rise up through the central nadi, called sushumna, that rises up inside or alongside the spine. The progress of kundalini through the different chakras leads to different levels of awakening and mystical experience, until the kundalini finally reaches the top of the head, Sahasrara chakra, producing an extremely profound mystical experience that is said to be indescribable.

Chakra Kundalini Diagram

During kundalini awakening, the kundalini rises from the root (or muladhara) chakra up a subtle channel at the base of the spine and from there moves up to the top of the head merging with the crown chakra (also known as the sahasrara). When kundalini energy is conceived as a goddess, then, when it rises to the head, it unites itself with the Supreme Being (Lord Shiva). Then the aspirant becomes engrossed in deep meditation and infinite bliss.

The arousing of kundalini is said by some to be the one and only way of attaining Divine Wisdom. Self-Realization is said to be equivalent to Divine Wisdom or what amounts to the same thing: self-knowledge. The awakening of the kundalini shows itself as “awakening of inner knowledge” and brings with itself “pure joy, pure knowledge and pure love.”

This energy builds up in the base of the spine waiting for a stimulus to awaken its potential.

Once active, an intense outpouring is experienced, usually around 38-42 years old, triggering what appears to be a midlife crisis.

Moving up towards the spine, in men a blockage can occur in the heart chakra if the man finds emotions hard then a physical illness can manifest. If the man is allowed to release the emotions, mostly negative, and to express positive emotions, then the blockage will be cleared.

In women, kundalini will block at the throat if the woman has been unable to express herself in order to get what she wants. A thyroid problem can result. If the woman is able to find her voice and expression, then the blockage will disappear and energy continues to flow.

The following physical and psychological effects are either common signs of an awakened kundalini or symptoms of a problem associated with an awakening kundalini (commonly referred to as Kundalini syndrome or physio-Kundalini syndrome):-

– Involuntary jerks, tremors, shaking, itching, tingling, and crawling sensations, especially in the arms and legs
– Energy rushes or feelings of electricity circulating the body
– Intense heat (sweating) or cold, especially as energy is experienced passing through the chakras
– Visions or sounds at times associated with a particular chakra
– Emotional upheavals or surfacing of unwanted and repressed feelings or thoughts with certain repressed emotions becoming dominant in the conscious mind for short or long periods of time
– Headache, migraine, or pressure inside the skull
– Increased blood pressure and irregular heartbeat
– Emotional numbness
– Antisocial tendencies
– Mood swings with periods of depression or mania
– Pains in different areas of the body, especially back and neck
– Sensitivity to light, sound, and touch
– Trance-like and altered states of consciousness
– Disrupted sleep pattern (periods of insomnia or oversleeping
– Loss of appetite or overeating
– Bliss, feelings of infinite love and universal connectivity, transcendent awareness

In psychiatry recently, there has been a growing interest within the medical community to study the physiological effects of meditation, and some of these studies have applied the discipline of Kundalini Yoga to their clinical settings. Researchers in the fields of transpersonal psychology and near-death studies have described a complex pattern of sensory, motor, mental and affective symptoms associated with the concept of kundalini, sometimes called the Kundalini Syndrome.

Rising of kundalini is not an endpoint but an awakening, a start of transformation. Most of those who experience this will discover who they really are and will gain contentment in their new lives and a stronger connection of who they really are.

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Energy: Chi, Prana & the 7 Chakras

The Body is not what it seems to be with the naked eye. It is not a solid mass. It is actually a system of little particles or points of energy separated from each other by space and held in place through an electrically balanced field.” – David M. Cumes M.D.

Energy is our life force. We have complete control over it. How you perceive an event or outcome can influence it heavily.

Energy is the force of life. Also called an Aura which can be described as a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person, like a map of their thoughts and feelings.

We can feel other people’s auras by their body language, tone of voice and posture. We can tell when something is wrong with a friend or loved one because their energy level has changed.

We sense other people’s emotions and energies by using our own body and emotions, and react to hundreds of subtle vibrations at once which is controlled by the persons energy levels.

In Indian the energy is called Prana or Shakti. In China it is called Chi, life force, This universal concept of energy underlies the physical world. This energy can be harnessed for healing properties.

In China acupuncture has been around for over 2000 years, influencing the flow of Chi through the body’s meridians. The Chinese agree with the saying energy flows where attention goes, as they believe that The Chinese say that “Chi follows Yi,” where “Yi” is the mind or intention/attention.

Based on their knowledge of energy, the Chinese developed techniques to deal with it. To enhance health, Qigong and acupuncture were developed, in turn enhancing their understanding of energy. Based on that understanding, martial arts were developed, like Tai Chi and many others.

In India the chakras were discovered, and the intricate energy system supporting and interconnecting them. Here also techniques were developed to use that knowledge, like yoga and mudras. Many of these techniques entered into use in other countries as well.

Taking control of our energy enables us to take control of our state or mood. If you generally have a negative aura you may find people keep away from you. Changing this consciously by altering your thought process to become more positive will open up more doors and make you more approachable.

There are 7 chakras that relate to locations in the body, functioning as pumps or valves regulating the flow of energy through our energy system.

The functioning of the chakras reflects decisions we make concerning how we choose to respond to conditions in our life. We open and close the valves throughout the day. Positive thoughts make our energy levels higher.

The Seven Chakras

Whilst these chakras are not physical they are aspects of consciousness like auras but much denser.

Chakras represent particular parts of the physical body and consciousness. Tension in the consciousness causes tension in the related chakra. The location of the stress depends on why you feel the stress.

After a period of time, or depending on the level of intensity, a symptom can be created at a physical level.

Chakras help to vitalise the physical body interacting with physical emotional and mental aspects.

The loci of life energy, aiming to use the universal life force to keep the spiritual mental emotional and physical health of the body in balance.

People may operate from their power chakra being more frequently argumentative, others from their sexual chakra being more flirtatious, often attracting the wrong type of people.

Negative thoughts cause the electricity of the brain to change and so the meridian energy changes. This means that the organs connected with the meridian are not properly nourished with vital energy and disease develops.

The energy feedback changes in the chakra due to the bad thought. This thought has less vitality as it is out of the cosmic pattern and a block in the chakra occurs.

Negative thinking drains away the energy of the aura and allows negativity from the out-side to pour in.

When negative thoughts are radiated to the environment, all similarly negative thoughts will be attracted. The negativity becomes stronger and happens more often. Negative thoughts are against the universal plan of loving and attract bad conditions for life.