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The Kundalini is said to be a coiled force, arising from the base of the spine and awakening it to higher consciousness. In Hinduism, the kundalini is the energy of divine love. In some New Age circles, it’s a spiritual experience. In other words, it’s the same thing, but with different names. Though the term is sometimes used interchangeably with the Kundalini Awakening, it isn’t the same thing at all. In this article, we’ll explore kundalini, how it works, and why you should know.

What is Kundalini?

Kundalini is a spiritual and yogic concept that has been around for centuries. It is an aspect of the self or consciousness which is said to be dormant in most people. The awakening of this power offers transformative benefits to those who are willing to explore the process, but it also carries risks.   In the Hindu tradition, it is known as kundalini shakti and is regarded as a female force residing at the base of your spine. In other traditions, like Tibetan Buddhism, it resides at the base of your skull. Kundalini energy can manifest in a variety of ways, from subtle to overt and can be experienced by anyone who chooses to work with this energy. It is accessible through practice and meditation on physical exercises, like yoga poses or breathing techniques.  According to the yogis and mystics of India, the kundalini is a coiled force, arising from the base of the spine and awakening it to higher consciousness. This awakening is seen as a powerful and potentially mystical experience, often referred to as the Kundalini Awakening.

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The Kundalini Serpent Theory

In the Kundalini Serpent theory, the kundalini is a serpent-like power that’s part of our evolutionary process. When we enter our sexuality (reproductive mode), the serpent powers evolve and awaken. When the serpent power awakens, it “enters the cave” and we “emerge as a culture.” The cave is the subconscious mind, and once it’s entered, we become more conscious of ourselves and our environment.

What is the Kundalini Awakening?

The Kundalini Awakening is a spiritual experience that some claim is the result of “awakening” the kundalini. This awakening is said to happen with meditation or through certain exercises. This can lead to altered states of consciousness and the perception of a mystical experience.

Young woman in yoga position

Why is Kundalini Important?

The yogis of India believed that the kundalini is a universal energy that’s been repressed since time immemorial. When it’s awakened, it brings with it immense power and potential. It’s said to be a force that can be used for healing and other good things in the world. There’s also a “darker” side to this, which is why it’s important to be aware of the kundalini.

How to Experience the Kundalini

Meditate regularly to bring your mind back to the present. Get your life organized, so it’s easier to be present. Reduce stress, as it can add to your worry and remove any potential for meditative calm. Eat healthy, get enough sleep, and have a daily routine that you enjoy. Once you’ve got your head straight and your life is under control, you can start to meditate on the kundalini. When you’re in a meditative state, you’re more likely to feel the serpent power in your body. Recognize this and stay with it. If you want to experience the kundalini, you’re going to have to go with it. Let it lift you into altered states of consciousness, experience what that feels like, and come back down. When you come back down, examine the experience. What did you feel? What did you see? What did you sense? This is the process of Kundalini meditation. The meditation itself isn’t the important part, it’s what you do with the experience after that.

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The Benefits of Kundalini

The onset of the kundalini is said to be a life-changing process, where one may experience intense physical and emotional sensations. For most, this will manifest in the form of energy traveling up the spine from the base of the pelvis to the crown of the head. Many people feel this energy as a burning sensation leading up to an “ascension” or “awakening” experience. The benefits of kundalini range from healing on a physical level to spiritual growth and reconnection with one’s higher self. The feeling of vibrancy after an awakening can last for months or years, with periods when one feels heightened awareness and others where they feel more grounded and stable. One may also experience flashes of insight throughout their day, which offer insights into themselves or their relationships that they would not have been able to reach otherwise.  Kundalini yoga offers many benefits including relief from chronic pain and illnesses such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, cancer and diabetes. Depending on your genetics, you may see different results from different types of yoga.

Summary

The kundalini is said to be a coiled force, arising from the base of the spine and awakening it to higher consciousness. This awakening is seen as a powerful and potentially mystical experience, often referred to as the Kundalini Awakening.  The kundalini is said to be a universal energy that’s been repressed since time immemorial. When it’s awakened, it brings with it immense power and potential. It’s said to be a force that can be used for healing and other good things in the world. There’s also a “darker” side to this, which is why it’s important to be aware of the kundalini.

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