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How do you actually tap into this supreme energy of Kundalini? The answer to this question has two dimensions in it – the physical and the mystic or the subtler dimension. That is why very easily people gets baffled and bemused by it.

Without being pedantic, it can be divulged that there are two principles that yogis of ancient India used to follow in order to upraise this primal energy – the manifestation principle and the vehement principle.

The Manifestation Principle:

The Yogis, who followed this principle, understood that a seed manifests itself into a magnificent tree if necessary environment is provided to it. Kundalini is like a spiritual seed, resting in the deep of the Muladhara. By simply providing it a suitable sattvic environment through various forms of Yogasanas (yogic physical postures), Pranayamas (breathing techniques), Kriyas (specific yogic techniques related to internal cleansing), Dhyanas (meditations), Satsangs and Sevas (selfless service) this euphoria can be attained. This process is gradual, steady and one doesn’t need to jeopardize anything to walk on this path of realization. These techniques are available to this date and can be learned by anybody who is interested. Sincere seekers can practice them on a regular basis with reverence to beckon all the benefits of Kundalini awakening.

The Vehement Principle:

Yogis under this category believed in forceful awakening of Kundalini. It is like physically getting into the kunda which stores this ultimate energy and use it for one’s own purpose. Someone nicely explained this principle as follows. It’s like building a very giant dam on a perennial river. The dam is made so high that the flowing river eventually rolls back and finally fills itself up to that glacier where it was born. The water stored this way up there on the mountain top has tremendous energy in it. The vehement upliftment of Kundalini from Muladhara to Sahasrara is also similar to this.

The yogis who used this principle had to renounce everything first and then had go through various austerities before being allowed to participate in classical Kundalini yoga sadhanas. Many a times these sadhanas included Tantras along with other forms of practices. They were often mistaken to be black-magicians and people tried to curtail them by force. The practitioners were exasperated about it and therefore mostly did their sadhanas in clandestine ways.

Hence, it is very difficult to say if these forms of practices still in existence or not. Even though many people want to learn these sadhanas, no one really knows where to find a proper master. Somebody nicely said that these practices are like walking on a sharp blade, if anything goes wrong it can ruin you for eternity. Hence, on this path finding a proper guru who has awakened his Kundalini successfully is of utmost importance. Only being stoic is not enough, as by choosing a wrong master lots and lots of people have already sabotaged their own lives.

Which one is better?

Undoubtedly yogis of both kinds were real life spiritual aficionados. They had complete mastery over the nature and the human system. So, it won’t be right to point one as good and another as bad. They vary in their intentions and hence in their techniques. The intention of the first kind is to attain liberation or enlightenment and that of the second is mostly to gain Siddhi which looks like occult.

Both of them has its own profoundness and could guide an individual to his ultimate possibility. However, looking at our present day scenario one would possibly consider the former principle as safer and more practical.

Kundalini Rising, Part 3: The Solar Plexus Chakra

“The Manipura Chakra is as radiant and bright as the sun dominating the dawn. Draw in the prana and hold it there while meditating on the fire element. This meditation dispels the deeply ingrained fear of death” – Gheranda Samhita, one of the three classic texts of Hatha yoga.

 

As we rise up through the seven blossoming Chakras, with the corporeal energy of Kundalini in tow, we become more aware of our divine union with all things. We discover that the universe itself is a giant blooming flower in and of itself, and we are its slowly opening eye. Conscious awareness is upon us. Our vehicle is the divine feminine, Shakti. We are ready to be transformed, and fire will be the medium of our transformation.

In our last article we opened the Swadhisthana Chakra, or Sacral Chakra. Kundalini has been awakened and has now moved up to the third level: The Manipura, or Solar Plexus. The fundamental quality of this chakra is transformation. The fiery aspect of this Chakra makes it the seat of our unique identity, where we are free to project our power and charisma into the world.

This is where our Will to Power (Nietzsche) and self-discipline become manifest. Just as fire transforms solids into liquids and liquids into gas, the inner fire transforms our unconscious into conscious awareness. The Manipura is our energy center, radiating vital prana, the sum total of all energy that manifests in the universe, throughout our entire body.

The main deity associated with this Chakra is the Hindu deity Agni, God of Fire

The Manipura is symbolized by a yellow lotus with ten fiery petals. It is located in the area of the solar plexus just above the navel. It is associated with the element of fire (the inverted red triangle), so the sun is a popular symbol, but its primary planet is Mars. The direct translation of Manipura is “The City of Jewels.”

The main deity associated with this Chakra is the Hindu deity Agni, God of Fire, who has two heads, one denotes the creative aspect of fire and the other denotes its destructiveness. He is ever-young, being born and reborn every day in the crucible of his own fire. A lesser deity associated with this chakra is Rudra. His name has been translated as, “The Howler;” and so he howls inside us, turning ‘red’ with passion and a will toward a higher calling.

 

It is also associated with digestion and movement. In this respect, our emotional self and mental correlate which are found within intuition and “gut feelings.” When this Chakra is balanced we feel endowed to lead our lives with dynamism, power and authority. Self-love is important here. When in tune and balanced, our solar plexus puts the ego-mind (or small mind) in check, and then Big Mind is free to engage and ‘feel’ the cosmic threads that bind and connect all things. boosts self esteem, respect for others, calmness and initiative. You feel friendly, joyful and confident.

By meditating on this Chakra one is said to attain the prana to create or destroy the world. In this respect, an over-active Solar Plexus Chakra can lead to arrogance, conceit, and self-centeredness. If this happens we run the risk of becoming power-hungry, one-right-way, egotists.

When this Chakra is under-active, or blocked, we tend to feel unworthy and have a low self-esteem. Our emotional state is one of depression and anxiety. We tend to be doubtful and mistrusting toward others. This kind of stress can lead to a plethora of physical problems: poor digestion, ulcers, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, anorexia, bulimia, and even intestinal tumors.

Solar Plexus Meditation:

Wear something yellow, or imagine the color yellow. Better yet, meditate in front of a fire or a candle. While meditating, focus your prana on the solar plexus. Imagine a bright yellow Chakra spinning there, like a radiant sun. Imagine this internal sun nourishing your core, bathing your digestive organs in healing light, just as the external sun nourishes your skin.

Notice how you feel as a Differentiated Unity in the greater undifferentiated cosmos. Feel the benevolent power of the universe. Allow it to pour into you in the form of charismatic confidence and transformative control. Allow it to guide you up to the next level; to the fourth chakra: The Heart Chakra, the Anahata.

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Awakening, Kundalini Rising And The Unexplained Ear Ringing

by Conscious Reminder

When your Kundalini is in the process of getting activated, there are a lot many physical, visible signs of this change that you will observe. One of these signs is a ringing sensation in your ears.

When our kundalini is about to be awakened, we feel a surge of energy coursing through our body. This energy is crucial for bringing about the change.

This energy gives boost to the Kundalini energy which unfurls when acted upon by this force. This would mean that all our chakras will be receiving and processing a lot more energy than they are used to.

Among these chakras are also the third eye chakra and the throat chakra. It is the hyperactivity in these two chakras which causes this sensation in our ears.

Even among them, the former has more effect on the ringing, because it is the primary chakra which rules the senses.

Other effects, as per the different chakras include:

● When the root chakra is facing a surge of energy running through it, it kick-starts our survival mechanisms. Thus you will get jitters and anxiety.

● When the sacral chakra is overactive, it makes us greedy for the base and materialistic pleasures. You’d binge eat, or drink and would be vulnerable to addiction. You’d feel like indulging yourself more than is usual.

● An overactive solar plexus chakra focuses all our attention towards our own ego. It will make you selfish because you’d give priority to your needs over others, always.

● As opposite to the solar plexus chakra, an overactive heart chakra makes you completely selfless and you will always keep the needs of others, even if it comes at the cost of self sacrifice. You’d feel the need to liver others and be loved back so empowering that you will forget everything else.

● When the throat chakra is imbalanced it will make you to speak more, even babble without listening to others.

● The senses get disrupted when the third eye chakra is overactive. It includes hearing, and also vision, sensitivity to light etc.

● And an awakening in the kundalini allowed us to find our way to the spirituality which we possess and which is dormant in our crown chakra. It will help us find our connection to the spiritual plane.


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Kundalini Awakening Process

08.29.2014

BEGINNING:

It all actually started with little physical symptoms, like losing hair, sudden appearing red rashes that came as fast as they went away, itching skin, especially around the spine and many times directly above the tailbone… It was not pleasant that’s for sure… A few weeks after all these little symptoms appeared out of nowhere another anomaly started appearing as well. I slowly developed a sight of a whitish glow around my hands that seemed to physically follow my hands! It looked like a translucent version of my fingers that in slow motion would go after the physical hands… It was then when in the night I suddenly felt extreme vibrations going through the whole body. Felt like being electrocuted! Heavy vibrations buzzing from all kind of body parts head, heart, torso etc… You name it, all of them at the same time!

2 days after a repeatedly vibration attack in the night, I suddenly realized that I had a glowing dot in my vision, when I started to write something it was in the way on each letter that I was looking at. This dot soon showed it’s true nature. I started seeing moving particles in this dot and the dot itself became a yellow glowing dot with green outcast light. Inside I can see red tiny particles flying around and sometimes when I focus on it, I can see the dot forming pictures. I see most of the time white light that rotates like rotor blades or like pulsing water ripples! Then another time I saw butterflies floating and circling inside the dot! And also a little flower.

Well I continued with it without worrying about it too much and even today I still have the orb and can see the particles. It’s actually amazing, I learned how to read with it, but it is only possible when the font is not too small apparently, because otherwise the glowing dot covers letters and they seem to disappear completely!

LEARNING ABOUT KUNDALINI AWAKENINGS!

It was that time, when I first started to read about Kundalini Awakenings and risings. I did not know about it before and so I tried to read as much as possible. Many posts describe it as difficult to archive and some even say DON’T TRY TO AWAKEN THE SNAKE! But as with everything else, there are always two sides to a story. And it makes sense that people would try to monger fear around those who actually managed to have the Kundalini Awakening. People fear what they do not understand.

CHAKRA BREATHING

then started out of intuition started doing Chakra breathing and started with the heart. I could feel it and also different chakras. So I decided to try it the next days with in a meditation session!
It was then when I suddenly started feeling shaking sensation in my lower back, hips area. I didn’t know what it was, but it felt strange. Since that’s the first time it happened!

MAGIC HAPPENS!

Yep literally Magic can happen! The next day I laid down in the living room. I opened the balcony door the sunlight was shining through it… So I closed my eyes and lay there with my head towards the open balcony door. It also helped me to visualize light beams coming through the door and into my crown. I visualized the light going from chakra to chakra and continued with chakra breathing. I started from the root this time. I began breathing through my root and soon enough because of my relaxed state of mind, I got weird pictures in my minds eye that showed a red root coming from the earth underneath the balcony and literally going through the genitals inside my root chakra. It was THEN when I suddenly felt an odd sensation. I felt sexual arousal! Just without doing anything to cause it! The pictures formed movements inside my mind that supported the feeling and soon enough I started feeling inner sensations from down there that could be described as G spot orgasm! It was VERY Intense and I just relaxed further and let it happen. After it got less and less again I started opening my eyes and wanted to be sure that there was no one there… Because it felt so strange. But no… I was alone in the living room, same position etc. I was BLOWN AWAY, Literally!

AFTER MARCH

The next day I still had that odd sensation of something buzzing in the hips and shaking in the root area and 2 days in a row I felt sexual arousal literally the whole day… When I was sitting it was very strong, when I was lying it was even stronger, but the feeling from before could not be repeat afterwards.

2 Days I was running and driving around being sexual aroused and I had no idea what was going on. I read about sexual energy, Kundalini and then made the connection. That the life force, sexual energy etc. are all the same thing. It was Kundalini, it was aroused but didn’t want to move yet, so something was missing apparently!

One evening I started watching a music video of an Orchestra and in the first 7 minutes I felt strange buzzing in my hips once again and the sexual arousal got stronger, it could not be covered anymore, because it was definitely there! At minute 27 then the magic happened. The buzzing in my hips stopped and I suddenly got the weird feeling of something literally slithering up the spine. It pumped against ribs and shoulder blades. I mean literally pumped from inside to the outside! I was thinking what the hell was that??? It was a Kundalini Awakening as I figured out much later in the process.

In that same night of the awakening I could not sleep. I mean my body started jerking, buzzing me awake again, legs moved upwards without my control, like when a doctor knocks your knee with a hammer! I felt continuously balls or snake movements underneath my skin on the back! Upwards, downwards and pumping against my shoulder blades. But did not reach the head yet! Because I learned that THIS is undeniable and one will feel it for sure as pressure or headache or even dizziness etc. I was awake until 4:30 AM that same night and funny enough I was not tired the next day… It was like an energizing experience and I don’t want to exchange it with anything, because it’s that powerful!

3 days later

I am now 3 days after the last experience… The upward and downward movements are now felt as energetic currents that press against the spine and even little bloating of the abdominal area can be felt and SEEN! I never saw something like that. I mean literally when I took a close look down there above the genitals the skin suddenly moved a little bit up like it was breathing, I felt it from the inside, like a bubble that was exploding and visible on the skin!

I suddenly also start feeling magnetism around me. Some place’s my hands start extremely to buzz and I feel some kind of electric there!

AUGUST 29th, 2014

Last evening I was feeling like I wanted to sing. The energy was quiet and didn’t move very much at that time. I still felt my hands buzzing but other than that I only had a slight feeling of sexual arousal during the day! But then something strange happened. I wanted to start singing and so I listened to songs over headphones and started to sing with the songs. Then I felt it again. I felt the vibrations inside my body and the upward moving started again! Some voice tones resonated with Kundalini energy it seemed and so I got once again aroused and felt the snake moving through the spine and ribs. It was then when I especially felt my bones… Even needed to crack my neck a few times, because it was stiff! But undeniable the singing activated a movement once again!

In the night Kundalini was still working and I felt upwards movements. But this time it was more concentrated on different areas. Like it was right above the spine base and I could feel bloating and pushing as well as shaking. It seems Kundalini goes slowly upwards while removing tension and detoxes the body in baby steps! I think a whole awakening in one night would probably be too much and people would just go insane. I mean in every area it is working it produces pain and pumping feelings. If it was the whole body all at once I would not know what to do actually!

From End of August on I suddenly got a break. I could not feel anything anymore. No electric currents, no buzzing, no tingles, shaking and pinpricks anymore. It was like the energy left me and went back to sleep… This time was very difficult for me to handle, because from one huge contrast to the next, a dull life without much “life”. It was such a realization, that we are never really alive, if we can’t even feel our true self! The energetic part of us, which is infinite and Kundalini has the power to awaken us to this insight! One can’t believe this if one did not experience it! Kundalini came back 2 months later. December the 3rd was the second Awakening and since then the energy is working inside of me 24/7. It gets mostly pronounced towards the evening. From 5:00 PM up till late in the night I can feel the buzzing and vibrations inside and around my body!

I decided to create this blog in order to reach the people who run from doctor to doctor without any results… People who spend tons of money for check ups, blood work, EKG etc. If Kundalini is awakened it can be very sudden and most people feel the Awakening with a LOT of vibrations inside the body. But it can also manifest in a form that can be misdiagnosed as Epilepsy, Restless Leg Syndrome etc. A Kundalini Down to Top activation is very common and starts with tons of physical symptoms. Until the energy reaches the higher chakras. Some people very rarely experience a Top Down activation and for those individuals it can be extremely difficult. Because from now to tomorrow you are suddenly being opened to the bigger reality that was always there but hidden in front of your own eyes! You may start seeing Spirits, light; particles of energies, luminous lights in the air and you may start seeing visions with your Third eye! Simply know that you are not alone and that there are people just like you!

 

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Kundalini Yoga – yoga time

Kundalini, also known as laya, yoga derives its name from its focus on awakening kundalini energy which is conceptually thought to be a primal energy coiled at the base of the spine like a serpent. The style is somewhat of an amalgam of styles as it is influenced by shaktisim and tantra as well as a sort of combination of various elements of hatha and kriya yogas. Often referred to as the “yoga of awareness”, this style focuses on unlocking and realizing the full creative potential of an individual. As such, it is reportedly popular with various creative celebrities such as Madonna, Russell Brand, and Miranda Kerr, among others.

The origination of this style is somewhat muddied as it evolved out of multiple forms of yoga but the most common modern interpretation is from Yogi Bahjan, who introduced his own brand of this style (and the most common one known today) in 1968. He later founded the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization as a way to train new instructors in this specific branding and style of yoga.

The bulk of the focus in this style of yoga is on preparing the body to unleash the kundalini energy, particularly in the nervous system and the mind. Most of the poses in kundalini yoga focus on the third chakra, at the naval, and use bandhas to release and focus the unlocked energy. In this emphasis on chakras as they function within this particular yoga style, it is thought that kundalini energy is awoken when the inhalation and exhalation of breath combine at the third chakra. The energy is then directed to drop down to the second and first chakras, and before rising up the spine along what is known as the golden chord, penetrating all seven chakras. This emphasis on the breath can also been seen through the practice of breathing in one nostril and out the other as a way to cleanse pathways in preparation for the movement of this serpentine energy.

This style is much more spiritual than some other styles as it looks to connect an individual with their kundalini energy and in doing so, connect to their own energy fields through their chakras which in turn can connect with others. There is a major element of personal growth to be expected in this style of yoga due to an awakening of one’s consciousness. In doing so, some practitioners report having to confront difficult emotions that arise in this practice but ultimately it is for the better as the goal is to eventually release one’s self from one’s karma and uncovering one’s life purpose, or dharma. If your personal yoga goal is simply physical, this might not be the appropriate style for you at this time but if you are looking for a deeper connection in your practice, consider this style to connect to your own energy and unlock your creative potential.

Sexual Kundalini, Tantra, and Creative Manifestation

On the spiritual journey, as kundalini starts to rise from the base, progressively due to the spiritual work you may be doing (chakra meditations for example), the movement of energy can feel very sexual at times. And it can result in a strengthening of sexual desire that wants to be fulfilled. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for it to be expressed sexually, perhaps because the situation isn’t right for it, or else a potential partner isn’t available, or because the energy is meant to be contained and expressed in a different way, which can then become amazingly creative in your life. You may contain it and embody it, through particular practices of ‘tantra’…

Released Kundalini That Feels Sexual

Released kundalini energy might feel very sexual, but there is often a fine dividing line between this and purely creative energy — the two are very closely related. So what you may well find is that, by working to contain the feelings within, without necessarily expressing sexually, that you start to draw all manner of reflective manifestations in the field around you: a beautiful bird for example or some other creature in nature; powerful life-changing synchronicities; you may witness clouds shaping synchronistically in the heavens; and 5D connections forming with new people and creative situations coming into your life.

 

One essential aspect of activating kundalini and containing it, is that you’ll likely start seeing plentiful reflections of your Twin Flame around you. In the Openhand Approach, the Twin Flame does not physically incarnate. Rather it is the other polarity of the soul, which takes shape near the source, as the soul starts to flow into form — as it incarnates. So at this point, the soul notionally subdivides into two, one part — the Twin Flame — staying close to the source, and the other incarnating. When the soul is active and integrated enough within the incarnated journey, the Twin Flame then begins to generate reflections in the field around the incarnated soul, thus acting as ‘homing beacon’, drawing the soul through life — through the Universal Torus — inviting deeper integration and therefore progressive ‘ascension’ back to the source (an inner journey which is reflected into the outer world).

The question is, how do you master this movement when it might feel mainly sexual, but the sexual urges aren’t necessarily being reciprocated or there are no immediate circumstances for full sexual expression?

An Outline Practice of Tantra

This is where the practice of ‘tantra’ becomes essential, which to me, is essentially transcending the physical experience by penetrating through it with awareness and bringing the expressed energy fully back inside yourself.

Essentially you allow the kundalini energy to flow, supported by daily spiritual practice (pranic breathing for example); you might then witness someone who activates sexual urges in you, but where there’s not necessarily opportunity for that to be fulfilled. Nevertheless you may allow the feelings to flow, but being clear to bring the cycle of energy back within yourself. How to do this? It is the recognition that any kind of sexual fulfillment — orgasm for example — is generated by the sense of completeness that happens within you. It’s as if the realised aspect of yourself is meeting and uniting with the unrealised aspect right back at the source — you’re essentially having a unification process with your Twin Flame. Which is why it can feel so remarkable. But you do have to practice bringing the energy back inside and not attaching to the external subject. You let it flow out with the expression of your desire, but working to stay completely present and bringing the energy back to you in a cycle. You literally feel the embodiment of the energy within yourself. This can be practiced in actual sexual intimacy with a partner or by self pleasuring — being attentive during release to bring the cycle of consciousness back to the completeness of the source within. But as I’ve expressed, this tantric practice is not limited merely to sexual intimacy.

Please note: It’s also essential to add, that if an external reflection in someone is generating sexual desire within you, but the person is not reciprocating, it is best not to be imagining that you are sexually fulfilling with them through this tantric containment practice — the risk being that you generate unwelcome energetic connections through the field with them anyway, which would then be an invasion of privacy and the other person’s sovereignty. But it maybe that the reflections you see create an imaginary vision not related to the subject, which can then be fine to express sexually, through self pleasuring, in a divinely sacred manner — it not just being about sexuality, but deeply expressed sensuality, connecting widely through the senses, being gentle and sensitive with oneself.

(Explore sacred sexuality further in this Openhand forum thread.)

Where Blockages Created Distorted Tantric Experience

This form of tantra is highly advanced, and the movement of energy is likely to reveal internal blockages, such as in the sacrum for example, where unrealised soul might be attaching in relationship. If you notice this happening, it’s essential to strengthen your chakra attunement practices, but also being clear to work in daily life where attachment may be arising — it’s about softening into the blockage, exploring where there might be subconscious need, bringing this into awareness and realising the completeness of the One that you already are.

(Sample this Openhand Chakra Opening and Attunement Meditation to support your practice.)

It’s also essential to note, that distorted expression of releasing kundalini energy, which then sticks within particular chakras — such as the base for example — can allow in interdimensional entities, which then wish to exploit and harness the releasing energy. I’ve experienced them feeding purely sexual desire so as to harness this energy — which is one of the highest forms of divine energy — hence the risk of becoming a target. It’s essential therefore to be vigilant, totally conscious and aware in your own field, and always looking for aligned expression — the feeling and sense of rightness within how you express, and particularly sexually.

(If you feel entities invading your field, try this Openhand Releasing Entities and Implants Meditation.)

Practicing Tantra in Life

If we can master holding the rising kundalini, without necessarily having to express sexually, but then transmute inappropriate desire progressively into internal embodiment of the completion of the energy, then you’ll increasingly find that the energy is integrated into your field and life, to be expressed magically in countless ways: when you eat food for example, you fully taste it, being fully present with it, yet again, the delight of actually tasting and fulfilling as consuming, is embodied by witnessing the sense of completion within you as you eat.

If we practice this tantric approach, then you’re highly likely to witness reflections of your Twin Flame progressively all around you in life: in nature, in songs and music, in the twinkle of a persons eye, in the sign on an advertising billboard. You witness something, feel the arising of energy, but then embody it as a sense of fulfilled completeness in the moment. It feels utterly divine, like you’re constantly living with divine presence — the fulfillment of you — all around you. Not only does it feel magical, the contained internal potential, becomes a powerful creative manifesting engine in your life.

This embodied tantric energy is then ‘normalised’ within you. It becomes a way of living, where life is dancing around you, continually creating, and being fulfilled as a sense of completeness within. It can be expressed sexually, but doesn’t have to be. It is simply creative. Simply divine. I encourage all who resonate with my sharing to explore along the lines I’ve expressed, but in a way that feels appropriate for you.

(Experience advanced kundalini and tantric practices on the PARADIGM SHIFT World Tour.)

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Open 

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Unstable Kundalini Energy

Is it wise to become romantically involved with those whose Kundalini energy have not stabilized? When our Kundalini energy first rises, it is like lava shooting out of a volcano.  It is highly unstable and volatile as there is nothing subtle about this experience.  Our physical bodies go into crisis with many unexplained debilitating aches, illness, and chronic pains.  Our emotional state becomes unstable many times manifesting mental illness symptoms, including psychosis, auditory and visual hallucinations, and severe moods swings.

Kundalini energy heightens physical and emotional conditions that already exists within us.  So if you have mild mental illness, you will have the extreme form of that illness when Kundalini energy rises, and if you already have physical ailments, those ailments may become debilitating. Many become disabled and even hospitalized as we may be unable to work, attend school, or even have a stable family life.

Take all these problems and add another with similar problems who you are romantically involved.  My advise is to get professional or self help for your emotional and physical symptoms with someone who is familiar with Kundalini energy, and do not get involved romantically particularly with another whose Kundalini energy also is unstable.  Even becoming emotionally close with another who is Kundalin active when we are Kundalini active can create this sexual dynamic and emotional imprint that will keep us trapped in this dynamic.  It may take you years to separate from the other, even if we try to leave.

If you are interested in stabilizing your Kundalini energy, please see this tab on my Blogsite Homepage.  Blessings of healing light, Brooke (Copyright 2014 Kundalini Spirit with All Rights Reserved)

What is Kundalini Yoga?

Understanding Kundalini Yoga

With so many different types of yoga out there, it can be challenging to stay informed of each style. But in the spirit of a holistic yoga practice, we should strive to learn more about other approaches and, if appropriate, integrate them into our own practice or teaching.

Our yoga teacher training blog has covered various types of yoga already, but today we’re going to focus on Kundalini Yoga. It is among one of the oldest lineages and predates most other types of yoga, especially those being offered in modern studios.

What is kundalini?

Kundalini is the practice of discovering untapped energy held at the base of the spine that can be brought up through the body to awaken each of the chakras.  Kundalini yoga is an incredibly impactful tool for expanding awareness. “Kundalini awakening,” reached through a combination of movement, deep breathing, meditation and the chanting of mantras, results in an incredibly positive, energized and focused feeling.

Practicing kundalini yoga helps create resilience, strength and vitality, and leaves you feeling renewed and even exhilarated.

What is kundalini yoga?

Kundalini yoga incorporates sound, breath and postures to awaken and channel this source of energy. Postures for kundalini combine breathing techniques with poses focused on the naval, spine and other key energy points. Exercises may include breath of fire while doing a backbend, deep one-nostril or alternate-nostril breathing, shoulder stands, and seated meditations while chanting mantras.

Often the yoga instructor, as well as some of the students, in kundalini yoga classes will be wearing predominately white clothing. This is based on the teaching that white expands the aura or magnetic field. Kundalini classes also all begin with a process called “tuning in,” in which everyone chants, while seated, the phrase Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, which translates to “I bow to the subtle divine wisdom, I bow to the teacher within.”

Kundalini is worth incorporating into your yoga practice as a way to connect to your inner potential, respond to the things during your day that drain energy, and find renewed energy and vitality. Through chanting mantras, focused breathing and opening postures, kundalini expands our inner vitality.

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Kundalini Energy as Catalyst

Happy New Year!  In the new year, it is an opportunity to reflect on what I have learned about myself.  Shortly after the rise of my Kundalini energy in March 2011, I began to realize what this energy means to the world, and what it means to be Kundalini active.  It is both a blessing and a curse. Shortly before the rise of my Kundalini energy, I met a Kundalini active man.  After my Kundalini energy rose, I interacted with him for about four years, and it became clear to me how  Kundalini energy serves the world.

Kundalini energy serves as a catalysts for change, but many in the world whom we encounter are not ready for this change.  We frighten many people because interacting with us is like looking into a mirror.  We mirror back to others what they are not able to see due to their egos. However, when they encounter our Kundalini energy, it allows them to see things about themselves.

Many people I encounter react very negatively to me, and find my energy heightens their problems within them.  For example, if someone is a codependent, their behavior will worsen around me. If they have low esteem, their fears of being unworthy will be heighted around me.  Many have blamed me for causing these negative emotions, when in reality these problems are within them.  Although we can trigger these negative emotions, these emotions already exist within them.

Because Kundalini energy serves as catalysts, once we have served our purpose, we move on.  Just as catalysts in a chemical reaction does not remain with the reaction, we too move on to catalyze others.  It is helpful to know the catalytic purpose we serve for others.

Since meeting this Kundalini active man, other Kundalini active individuals have contacted me to engage, but I realize that these individuals will not likely remain in my life as I understand their purpose.  We would catalyze each other to assist each other in our spiritual growth, but the interaction may be quite turbulent due to the nature of Kundlaini energy.

I have declined these invitations as I have chosen to travel alone on my spiritual journey. I believe my path is the clearest when I am the solitary traveler. (Copyright 2017 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)

 

Kundalini Yoga and Sikhism

This is a slightly controversial topic from my knowledge on this aspect of Kundalini Yoga. I can only write from my experience through my training at Yoga West and what I’ve learned thus far about the two traditions.

I will tell you first off that Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. It is not a cult. It is simply a technology of using your body and training your mind to be able to embody your Divinity on this planet.

Yogi Bhajan, the man who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West in the late 60’s, was from India. He was a practising Sikh throughout his lifetime, and many of the practices of Sikhism were infused into Kundalini Yoga. Many who practice Kundalini Yoga become Sikh from what I can tell.

“When I started teaching Kundalini Yoga, I also began to give people Sikh Dharma. I didn’t want people to be misled. I did not want to be a Sat Guru; neither am I, nor was I, nor shall I ever be. Many people grow in stature and then want to be worshipped in their personal identity rather than taking people to their own Infinite identity. Values must be taught with Kundalini Yoga…

…It is true that as a person grows naturally and organically they will end up with the consciousness of a Sikh – a student of Infinity who is humble, serves all, and brings consciousness into committed action.” ~ Page 50, Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher Level One Instructor Textbook

From my understanding Yogi Bhajan wasn’t on a mission to convert people to Sikh dharma it was simply that many things in the Sikh traditions make sense from an energetic point of view and therefore as a way of life. Many of the teachings are drawn from the ten Sikh Gurus as we read through our text books we see this occurring over and over again.

This is something that was addressed in the first two weekends at KYTT by our teachers: there is a yoga technology given by Yogi Bhajan that works. Take what works. You do not have to be Sikh or convert to being Sikh. It is not a requirement to walk the path of the Kundalini Yogi.

At first I was like “oh I want to get rid of all the Sikh things” but now to be honest, I just take what resonates with me. At first I didn’t want to have the Sikh stuff because I didn’t come to the class searching for a new religion or anything like that. I just wanted the yoga.

Then I realized that much of what is incorporated are things that are simply about being a good person, being a good teacher, seeking for the Truth. Now I don’t filter as much because I’m not concerned with figuring out if this is Sikh or not. It just is about being a good person, being humble, and embodying Divinity.

Take what resonates and leave the rest. 

Sikhism is like most religions in this world. It provides a way of life that connects you to the Divine and provides you with a path to Enlightenment. And that’s great. I love being a good person and learning more things that will help me become a better person and more in tune with my Divinity.

Sometimes I’ve noticed with Yogi B. that his teachings are really clear and crystalline. They feel like they adhere to the Universal teachings. Other times I feel they are more human. It does not devalue his teachings to us but makes them more valuable because it shows how human he can be. He is human like us. And he is Divinity. And we can see both inside one man. 

That’s really special: to be able to see both aspects inside one person. It really tells us that we are both. All of us.

Yogi B did cause some stir in the Sikh community I’ve heard and read about. Apparently some Sikhs don’t like the way that he was presenting the Sikh religion. It’s a matter of perception. Yogi B did have strong opinions about Sikhism. Here’s some quotes from Yogi B about Sikhism from one of my text books, “The Master’s Touch”.

“Please don’t misunderstand that we want you to be this, we want you to be that. t’s not true. Actually, Sikhism is not a religion, believe me or not. If you really understand it, it’s not a religion. It became a religion, we make it a religion, because we want to escape persecution. That I can understand. What is a Sikh? A Sikh is a living sage who helps another person to become a Sage in every age. “Sikh” means “student”. A student is one who studies to be a student, and whosover becomes a perfect student becomes a perfect master. And what is a sage? The one through whom wisdom flows. A sage is not wise. A sage is one through whom wisdom flows.” ~ Page 50

“When I came to the United States and we became Sikh Dharma, religion was forced on us. You have to understand, I am very anti-religion. I know all the loopholes. I studied every religion. And I said, “Why do we have to be Sikhs? What nonsense is this? Forget it.”
Then I thought, “Wait a minute. There is one way to do it. Give them bana, give them bani, give them seva…. they will automatically become intuitive.” ~ Page 165

I don’t adhere to any one religion, and I’m grateful to be learning about a different perspective on the world. I’m grateful to be learning about Saints and Spiritual Master’s I’ve not heard of before.

I’m grateful that Yogi B was kind of a rebel himself. 😉

Here are some thoughts by Guru Raj Kaur on Kundalini Yoga and Sikhism.