To me specificity needs to be inherently useful. Otherwise, it’s just the ego mind creating new distinctions to make itself feel special. It’s why I also don’t use the term ascension, which has strong ties and a specific meaning with many in the new age community. Awakening doesn't make us care more about such distinctions; it usually takes us in the direction of caring much less.
But if you landed on this blog today, you probably have been wondering what a Kundalini awakening is, or if you've had a Kundalini awakening or another similar experience, you may be wondering what in the world is going on. So, I’ll chat a little bit about that to help clarify things and put you at ease in the shift.
If after reading this post you still wonder if you are having an awakening, please read this spiritual awakening blog post:
Am I Having a Spiritual Awakening?
The more interesting aspect of this is the question, “What is a Kundalini awakening?” A Kundalini awakening is when the energy rises up from the base of the spine (bottom chakra) to the crown of the head (crown chakra). The individual can feel all kinds of energetic sensations running through his/her back and into the rest of the body.
As I said, you can find more specificity about this elsewhere. Because ultimately, this just leads us towards any other type of awakening where we have to get to know ourselves to open up to what is flowing inside of us and releasing blockages to it.
The Importance of Understanding KundaliniBut I do recognize the importance of speaking to this topic. My understanding is that for centuries things like Kundalini yoga were only available to a small number of initiates, who were being guided by long-term practitioners. These days it’s much easier to become a Kundalini yoga practitioner, and it certainly is a lot easier to find a Kundalini yoga class. For most people, they get a little energy high afterwards, and it’s no big deal. It feels good, and then it dissipates. But every now and again, someone has a big energetic shift in the Kundalini as something opens or shifts. Or they may even have a Kundalini awakening, at which point they are getting much more than they had bargained for.
Truly, Kundalini yoga is not a feel-good toy. It’s a sacred spiritual technique designed to awaken the Kundalini and help someone come into the process of self-realization. This is a profound and intense process. Many of you who have had sudden awakenings know how unsettling, dramatic, and all-encompassing a spiritual awakening can be. Kundalini yoga can be a doorway into that space, and as such, it should be approached with a great deal of reverence, diligence, and care.
Ideally, there should be a teacher who really understands the many aspects of awakening and energetic experiences, but because of the growing popularity of Kundalini yoga, many of the teachers aren’t really fully-versed in the profundity of this process. They themselves may have only had small openings and never really felt the energy pouring through the body eradicating the ego and a host of old ideas, habits, and karmas. Thus, they don’t necessarily know what to do with someone who erupts into this space (and it can feel like erupting).