Kundalini is thought to be a source of life force/pranic energy and consciousness that has been coiled at the base of the spine since the moment we were born. This energy generally lies dormant. It is symbolized as a serpent that is coiled three and a half times within us at the base of the spine. The science of Kundalini awakening invokes those dormant energy centres in the body. The three kundalini coils represent the three Gunas, Rajas, Sattva, and Tamas. The half coil symbolizes transcendence.
It remains with us until we die, at which point it returns to its source, the divine soul. Yoga and spiritual activities can help to liberate the life force or pranic energy. Kundalini Yoga is a centuries-old technique that allows you to channel strong energy and improve your life.
Understanding Kundalini Awakening’s Science
For people seeking spiritual enlightenment, awakening the Kundalini is thought to be the ultimate objective and the highest achievement. Individuals can attain higher consciousness and greater awareness, which opens the door to tremendous personal development and transcendence. A Kundalini awakening is a long-term process of personal growth.
It takes perseverance, bravery, and the resolve to let go of old habits and ways of being that don’t serve you any longer. Awakening this energy can result in a variety of positive effects, including heightened mental focus and awareness, a deeper understanding of spiritual concepts, greater creativity, enhanced intuitive skills, and a stronger connection with God. It ascends the spine to the crown of the skull.
Understanding chakras and their function in the body is necessary before you can understand the Kundalini awakening stages. Your body has 7 chakras, which are energy centres that can have a severe effect on your physical, mental, and spiritual health, if they ever get out of alignment. Each chakra is linked to a specific body area and how well it should work.
An introduction to the seven chakras
- Root Chakra
The root chakra is the body’s first chakra, located at the base of the spine. It keep us grounded and linked to the earth’s energy. When this chakra is out of balance, a person begins to feel unstable, lacking in ambition, fearful, insecure, and frustrated. When you balance your root chakra, you feel more stable, confident, balanced, energetic, independent, and strong, and these negative feelings disappear.
- Sacral Chakra
The sacral or orange chakra is present just below the belly button and helps you connect with your sexual desires. When the sacral chakra is out of balance, a person may experience mood swings and irritability, feel exhausted and uninspired, become manipulative, or become obsessed with ideas of sexuality. One feels more alive, content, cheerful, satisfied, compassionate, and intuitive when it is in harmony.
- Solar Plexus Chakra
The third chakra, known as the solar plexus or Yellow chakra, is situated behind the naval region, below the rib cage. This relates to self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-knowledge. This chakra is also in charge of intuition.
- Heart Chakra
The Anahata or the heart chakra connects the lower chakras (connected with matter) to the upper chakras (associated with spirituality). This chakra, as the name implies, can influence our ability to give and accept love—both from others and from ourselves. It is also called green chakra and is located just above the heart, in the centre of the chest.
- Throat Chakra
The throat or Blue chakra is related to expressing oneself and being creative. This chakra is placed directly above the heart and is in charge of speaking the truth and sharing your opinion with others.
- Third Eye Chakra
The Ajna Chakra or third eye chakra governs self-awareness, wisdom, intellect, detachment, insight, comprehension, and intuitive reasoning. It regulates the brain, eye, ear, nose, pituitary gland, pineal glands, and neurological system functions. Ajna Chakra imbalances can cause headaches, nightmares, eye strain, learning disabilities, panic attacks, depression, blindness, deafness, seizures, or spinal misalignments.
- Crown Chakra
The crown chakra is found at the top of the head and is the highest of the seven main chakras. Violet or white is the colour associated with the crown chakra. The ability to communicate directly with the Supreme Being and conscious energy is the function of this chakra. You can increase self-awareness and balance your other chakras by making an effort to balance this one. When the crown chakra is out of harmony, people frequently experience depression, loneliness, irritability, and other negative emotions.
Stages of Kundalini Awakening
According to ancient Hindu scriptures, the Kundalini’s awakening includes three phases.
- An individual has a great deal of bodily and mental suffering during the first phase. Depression, anxiety, frustration, helplessness, muscular twitching, and even near-death experiences are all symptoms. At this point, our ancestors’ and our previous incarnations’ traumas and hurts will begin to heal.
- In the second phase, the individuals begin to challenge the general societal conditioned beliefs. They start questioning the common customs and beliefs of society. The Kundalini Shakti begins to move beyond physical and psychic sensations during this phase. Some of the blocked energy that was unable to be released in the first phase will begin to clear in this phase.
- When we let go of expectations and allow things to happen, we are in the third phase. Instead of attempting to control things, we allow divine energy to look after us. We stop making judgments about others. We learn to be happy and satisfied with what we have. The words of other people, no matter how terrible they are, no longer have an impact on us. Our life becomes simpler during this stage as we understand the truth of our existence.
How Safe Is a Kundalini Awakening?
One can awaken the Kundalini through severe meditation and breath control methods. The purpose of Hatha and Tantra Yoga is to awaken the kundalini, enhancing the effectiveness of meditation and spirituality with the great energy it produces. The yoga dictum warns practitioners that they must first prepare before attempting to raise the kundalini. Otherwise, it may cause issues. Those who successfully activate their kundalini receive a wonderful spiritual partner. That companion is an energy that makes the steep slopes of life easier to climb.
To experience the energy release known as a Kundalini awakening, people frequently practice Kundalini meditation. People describe bodily feelings like warmth or tingling, disorientation, and perhaps brief discomfort during a Kundalini awakening. Some argue that if a person is not properly prepared for the experience, they may suffer long-term negative effects. There is no evidence to support claims that meditation has long-term side effects.
The Kundalini awakening process can be quite spontaneous at times. In other words, you aren’t actively working toward awakening, and you’re not mentally preparing yourself for it, but awakening happens. This happens primarily because our karma from both past and this life strongly influences the kundalini awakening. While you may be eager to experience a Kundalini awakening, it is a natural process. Practicing this tradition requires the supervision of a dependable and knowledgeable guru or teacher.
In the absence of preparation, the instantaneous shift in perception can be incredibly overwhelming, despite the energy of divine force being inherently healing, nurturing, and loving.
The bottom line is that Kundalini meditation can be beneficial even if it does not result in a full-fledged awakening. Indeed, some practitioners see it as one of the most potent styles of meditation. Although you may notice some changes right away in your wellness, it will take patience and dedication to achieve maximum benefits.