Representative of the Sanskrit word for primal life force, Kundalini is often referred to simply as the Holy Spirit. Understanding it and how it relates to you can take time and study, but it is a powerful force that can affect many areas of life. Kundalini is tied directly to the seven chakras, more specifically the Root Chakra. The force of Kundalini is almost always directly related to the force of sleep and the awakening of the spirit that can occur through sleep, meditation, yoga, and many other practices. Also called “second birth” or “baptism by fire”, most western cultures see Kundalini as a metaphysical force with great power.
The Coiled Energy of Kundalini
Directly translated from its Sanskrit origins, Kundalini means coiled energy. Thus, the force itself is said to be serpent-like, as it rests in the soul until it is awakened through various practices. These exercises of spiritual awakening are practiced to achieve spiritual enlightenment, knowledge, or heightened experiences. This dormant energy force is also referred to by many as the “subtle body” and its rising is tied to astral projection and many other metaphysical experiences. As the Kundalini awakens, it can allow you to see other worlds and gain experiences not possible in the physical world. The force of controlling the Kundalini and awakening it at will can be a powerful tool.
Approaches to Awakening the Kundalini
Like all other worldly experiences, there are many different approaches to getting the Kundalini to rise. Because it is coiled at the base of the spine, the Kundalini will rise up from the root of your body and eventually to the top of the head. The two main approaches to awakening are the active and passive approach. For the active approach, it will be necessary to participate in physical exercises, such as meditation, yoga, visualization, and concentration. The passive approach involves complete surrender of control. Through release of control over the body, you may allow the Kundalini to awaken on its own, without the use of active physical practices. This can also involve working with another that has previously experienced the awakening of the Kundalini.
Physical Effects of Kundalini Awakening
Throughout the process of the rising of the Kundalini, there can be various physical reactions. Because this force is rising up out of the body, the physical body can be left with many involuntary movements and reactions. There are often involuntary jerks or tremors, energy rushes or vibrations, intense feelings of heat or cold, headache, feelings of bliss, and changes in sexual desire. These feelings can occur as the Kundalini awakens and as it begins to recoil, as well as through all other stages of the experience.
Yoga and the Kundalini
Since ancient times, yogis have practiced Kundalini Yoga in the hopes of connecting with the deepest levels of energy in the body and mind. Considered to be the center of all energy forces in the body, yoga is always tied to this coiled energy force. Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, all energy centers or chakras in the body will be opened to allow the body to become stronger and more harmonious with the mind. Yoga’s origins in Sanskrit translate to the “Union with Source”. All yoga is tied to the Kundalini and regular practice is believed to have transformative powers.
Gaining a Basic Understanding of Kundalini
In time and with practice, it’s possible to have an understanding of your constant connection to this deep energy source. This “Serpent Power” translates from the Hindu word meaning “sacred transformative energy that awakens consciousness”. With people worldwide studying awakening practices for Kundalini, its power is understood and appreciated in most cultures. Through meditation and many other exercises, you can find the path to connecting with and awakening this deep-rooted force.
Because it is connected to the Root Chakra, Kundalini can be found in all energy centers. Work with the Kundalini allows the body and mind to become more harmonious, as it connects all chakras in the deepest possible levels. As Universal Energy, Kundalini encourages spiritual enlightenment, healing, and energy flow between all chakras. With harmonious chakras, you will benefit from all energy centers working together to improve physical reactions, emotions, health, and many body systems.