The word ‘Kundalini’ is gaining a lot of buzz in the western world, with more and more people practicing kundalini yoga every day. In the ancient Indian tradition, kundalini is said to the life-force energy (also known as prana, or chi in Chinese) that flows through the body’s various energy channels, also known as nadis.
These nadis connect to special energy points called the chakras and facilitate kundalini flow across them. Kundalini, nadis, and the chakras are not a part of the physical body, and therefore, there’s no scientific way of measuring kundalini flow within the body.
Yogic science believes that all of these are part of the spiritual body and have a major impact on our minds and bodies.
For most people, Kundalini rests at the base of the spine (coiled up 31/2 half times) near the root (Muladhara) chakra, and it lies there in a dormant state.
When we practice kundalini yoga, we awaken this sacred energy. It starts flowing upwards into the seven chakras through the main Nadi, known as the Sushumna.
According to eastern traditions, kundalini’s awakening is a significant spiritual process that allows the consciousness to expand beyond measures and realize the absolute. It is considered to be a very auspicious event for people who practice spirituality.
However, it is important to note that kundalini awakening can be a mixed bag of both pleasurable and daunting experiences. Therefore, it’s advisable to practice kundalini yoga under the supervision of a trained master.
Awakening of kundalini can significantly change an individual’s physical, emotional, and psychic abilities. It can completely change your perspective of the world and people around and cause major lifestyle changes.
Based on my own experiences and that of others, I have compiled a list of some of the signs you can expect to experience during the awakening of this life-force energy.
Detachment from the External World
When your kundalini energy awakens, you start to feel a sense of detachment from what is happening in the outside world. You won’t care much about what’s happening around the world. You won’t bother much about news, politics, and events.
You will also be detached from your material pursuits, such as earning more money, achieving recognition and fame, buying expensive clothes, roaming around inexpensive cars, going to parties and pubs, and much more.
Achieving worldly desires will not give you the kind of excitement it used to earlier. It will completely change your interests and pursuits in life. It can have such a powerful effect that you will start questioning the purpose of your own existence.
From childhood, we are taught that we need to compete with others in order to survive and thrive in life. We are told that we need to push our way through the crowd to move ahead.
Over time, such beliefs get permanently ingrained within our subconscious mind. But when your kundalini rises, these beliefs start breaking. We don’t see others as separate from ourselves. Hence, phrases like ‘survival of the fittest’ holds no more relevance.
We are told that we need to be financially well-off to lead a life of contentment. But what exactly does being ‘financially well-off’ actually mean?
For some people, owning luxury houses and shiny expensive cars is basic, while for others, just paying off your student debt or loan is the way to financial freedom. How exactly does one set the bar of survival and sustenance?
Unfortunately, there is no objective answer to such questions. At least, I personally could never find one that satisfied me. If you know the answer, please let me know in the comments.
We don’t have a definite answer to such questions because these questions are a trap created by Maya (the illusion). It keeps us confused and entangled in thoughts. Working within the veil of Maya, we create more questions out of every answer.
It keeps you running your entire life in an endless cycle, and it isn’t easy to get out of it. When kundalini rises in the body, your illusory self starts to disappear, and at the same time, the absolute (or the higher self) starts to reveal itself.
You Experience an Emotional Upheaval
When the kundalini rises, it hits various energy points in the spiritual body, and as we result, we experience a tremendous emotional roller-coaster. This energy first hits the base of the spine at the root chakra or the Muladhara, which causes the release of trapped fears and emotions associated with it.
Slowly it makes its way up to the solar plexus (Manipura) and the heart (Anahata) chakra. As this happens, we experience a wide range of emotions within us. Some of them are pleasant, while others can be downright terrifying.
At this point, you are confronted with the deepest of your hidden feelings and emotions. You are immediately taken to the past, where you relive all the traumas and abuses you have undergone.
For some people this can be a very terrifying experience. And in some cases it leads to seeking psychiatric help.
We should never see this as a negative experience because this is more like cleansing your system of unwanted negative energy and healing emotionally.
I will share one of my personal experiences with you. My father died of heart attack about 5 years ago and I still remember that whole scene. At that time, it was very traumatic for me and it was difficult for me to come to terms with it.
I could see his lifeless body in front of me, and those images disturbed me for a very long time. Those images still come up at times, but they don’t haunt me anymore because I’ve had a realization that nothing dies. We move on to other dimensions for higher experiences and learning. But more on that later.
While I was working on raising my kundalini, my first experience was a vision of my father’s death. It was like reliving the entire experience all over again. Terrified, I used to keep anxiously awake during nights. I used to dread closing my eyes sitting in meditation. My heart used to pound, thinking about experiencing that situation all over again.
But it’s very different now. The very fact that I’m telling you about my father’s death sitting at ease in a café and sipping my cappuccino says it all.
It’s not that I’ve become emotionally numb. I do feel sad at times and miss him. But now I know that death is a transition from gross to a subtle form of existence. It is simply a departure from the physical realm. It is not the end.
Your Social Life is Disrupted
A classic sign of kundalini awakening is that you lose interest in socializing. You’re not interested in chitchats and gossips anymore. You don’t like to dress up for parties and occasions.
Even personal occasions like attending thanksgiving dinners, marriages, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, etc., don’t hold much importance to you anymore. Even when you attend such occasions you feel disconnected.
You don’t like to talk to people much because you feel that you can’t really share with them whatever is going on within you. You are not interested in making small conversations or impress people through humor.
Most of the time, you’ll want to be left alone with your thoughts and feelings. Since your consciousness is being elevated to a higher level, you no longer seek quick fixes in the momentary release of dopamine.
In fact, some people will even call you arrogant or a social misfit. This will generate a mix bag of emotions and it be hard for you to understand what’s going on. You will feel confused and not be able to justify your reasons for staying aloof.
People close to you will be naturally worried for you and may even ask you to seek psychiatric treatment. Honestly speaking, if you feel like talking to someone about how you feel, seeking out psychiatric treatment is not a bad idea. There’s no harm. Talking to someone may make you feel light inside but don’t expect much out of it.
The thing is that people with dormant kundalini will not be able to understand what you’re going through. Under such circumstances you can reach out to kundalini yoga masters and talk to them about how you feel.
You Start Doing Things You Never Did Earlier
One of the prominent signs of kundalini awakening is that you suddenly start thinking and doing things you never earlier thought you would do, ever.
For example, if you were not an outdoor person, you find yourself unhappy indoors. You sneak out of the house the moment get an opportunity. You even make excuses to go out irrespective of the weather conditions.
Now you like spending time in nature. Small things like the chirping sound of birds, watching the rain, insects crawling in the grass, breathing in the fresh air, walking in the park, etc., fascinate you more than your profit and loss statements.
You don’t crave people’s attention anymore. In fact, you want to get away from them. You can’t stand any form of negativity anymore. You just abruptly cut-off people who give you bad vibes, no matter how close they were to you earlier.
You like to pursue new interests and hobbies like singing, painting, dancing, writing, and much more. You don’t do these things to get attention anymore. You do them just because they make you happy. You don’t feel shy or concerned about what others will think of you. YOU DON’T CARE.
When I workout in the evening on my terrace, I start dancing in between breaks listening to my headphones’ music. Now I’m on my terrace in the open, and everybody is watching, but I don’t care.
If you have ever met a Sufi saint or a yogi, you will understand what I’m talking about. They are completely absorbed in what they’re doing that they don’t care what others think about them or what is going on around them. Kundalini flow in such people is potent, and they are completely detached from the external world.
You Develop Empathy and Compassion
When your Kundalini awakens, you start feeling what the other person is going through, as if it’s happening to you. Being an empath can be emotionally draining and extremely overwhelming sometimes.
You start feeling sad when you see poverty and injustice. You feel compassion for the underprivileged and differently-abled people. You have the unending urge to reach out to people and offer help. And you do all of it unconditionally. You don’t expect anything in return for your help.
You stop obsessing about making money, going out to dine at expensive places, buying fancy clothes and gadgets. Your mind is preoccupied with thinking about existence, consciousness, and life in general.
Your whole paradigm changes from “what I can get from others” to “what can I give to others.”
You Realize Your Higher Purpose
Awakening of kundalini energy is marked by a profound realization of the higher purpose of life. We spend most of our lives trying to pursue selfish goals, most of which don’t give us the kind of happiness we desire.
For almost one and a half decades, I struggled to create a profitable business for myself. I tried but kept failing. Eventually, even when I succeeded, it didn’t satisfy me. There was no sense of fulfillment. In fact, I felt empty inside.
It was only when my energy system was fully aligned, and when I opened my heart, could I experience the unconditional love I always desired. The irony is that it was always there, but I was blinded by the glitters of the material world and could not see that the true source of unconditional love and compassion was within me.
I realized my higher purpose – to raise human consciousness. Money and fame lost all appeal. It’s not that I have an aversion towards money. It’s just that money is not the primary driving motivator. My intentions of creating value are based on promoting harmony and empathy in the world.
Each one of us have to realize our higher goals in life. That endeavor requires personal growth and spiritual development. Surrendering to the divine will and raising our internal vibrational energy will help us to fulfill our destiny on this planet.
Is Kundalini Awakening Really Dangerous?
Kundalini energy that lies dormant inside us and keeps us from understanding the true nature of ourselves. All our lives we act according to beliefs that have been programmed into our subconscious mind.
Kundalini awakening is an event that marks the birth of true intelligence within us and allows us to see the world as it is without being influenced by past memories or beliefs. It enables us to understand our real purpose and that we are not just the limited minds we think.
There is no doubt that raising kundalini is an uncomfortable event for most of us. But then that is true for everything. Without discomfort there is no growth either, worldly or spiritually. I consider awakening kundalini to something like purging ourselves of the negativity so that our consciousness can shine in full light.
Let’s take an example of a person suffering from tumor. Now the only way for them to get cured is to get operated and get that tumor out of their body. Now if they refuse to get medical treatment fearing that the operation can cause death, they will never be cured.
Same is the case with kundalini. It’s like a surgery of the mind. It’s going to be uncomfortable because it’s going to change your whole paradigm. It’s going to shake your concepts and beliefs to the core. So it’s bound to be uncomfortable. But does that mean we should not purse it altogether?
Kundalini yoga should not be practiced if you are beginner or suffering from severe stress and depression. If you have a serious mental health problem, your first action should be to consult a certified mental health professional.
You can first start will simple 10 to 20 minutes breathing meditation and yoga exercises before you move on to kundalini yoga. In fact, it’s advisable to practice kundalini yoga in the presence and guidance of an experienced master.
When the kundalini completes its cycle and balances energy flow across all of the seven chakras starting from Muladhara (root) chakra and ending at Sahasrara (crown) chakra, we attain enlightenment.
Enlightenment is the realization of absolute love and freedom from karma and the cycle of birth and death.
Why do people believe kundalini is dangerous?
The main problem here is that people are so immersed in samsara (the physical world we live in) that they are unwilling to believe anything other than what is perceived by their senses. For them, the physical is the ultimate reality, and there’s nothing beyond.
This is exactly the reason why so many people fear death.
When the kundalini rises to the third eye chakra’s location in the region between the two eyebrows, the boundaries between physical and non-physical starts to blur.
And that scares them. I will admit that it is a scary experience, but the revelations we get after the awakening of kundalini are so eye-opening that it’s impossible to ignore them.
People get scared because they start losing the fake identities they build over many years. The truth is harsh, but at the same time, wonderfully beautiful. Once the overpowering ego dissolves, there is a huge sense of relief. It is the bloated ego that creates pain.
Kundalini awakening is an enlightening experience that according to ancient eastern texts take place after many rebirths. It marks the fulfillment of highest human goal of self-realization, where the limited individual consciousness merges with the primordial cosmic consciousness.
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