Kundalini Awakening: The Wrong Way… and The Right Way

‘Kundalini’ is one of those Indian words that are now used also more and more in the West, but alas, usually without any real understanding of what they mean.

As it is most often associated in Western psychological parlance with the word ‘syndrome’, indicative essentially of a host of troubles arising together,  the word ‘Kundalini’ itself has become  rather feared by the lay person; if the psychologist they may have rushed to because of some strange symptoms in themselves mutters something about ‘Kundalini’, first of all they may not even remember the exact word they heard, let alone know how to write it, and so a Google search may become difficult to do, and the poor people affected by those mysterious but very real symptoms are left in a limbo of ignorance aggravated by a quite understandable apprehension – plus the physical pain some of their symptoms may cause to them. Anyway, even a Google search would have led them mostly to frightening pseudo-explanations by some psychologists on this topic they don’t really know about. Too many of those  perplexed persons end up believing they must have some serious mental disease – or the doctor they were unlucky enough to consult told them so, and they believed him/her; a good number of the people institutionalized in psychiatric wards may in fact be unfortunate cases of a ‘Kundalini syndrome’ misinterpreted as mental illness and not treated adequately.

So let’s start with some simple information about what is the kundalini and what role it plays normally in our system.

The picture below shows how the various kinds of Energy present in the Total Reality enable our entire individual system to function:

Those energies constantly enter and feed our being, each of them through the corresponding ‘door’ (actually rotating wheel, called ‘chakra’ in India) that exists in us for receiving each one of them. For our normal functioning at the present stage of our evolution, the chakras  are hardly open at all, so as to let in, each of them, only a tiny amount of the cosmic energy it is the door to, the equivalent of a low voltage of it, one could say.

A few individuals here or there may have, already from childhood, some of their chakras more open than they normally are, which will give them some extraordinary capacities other people might be scared of, although for themselves it feels normal. But as we develop in consciousness, either spontaneously or as a result of intense specific breathing exercises or meditation practices, or because of a particularly intense emotional crisis, the coiled energy kept normally dormant at the very base of the chakras  (all located along the spine, but not in the physical body, so that they also extend above the head and under the sacrum) may get activated and start ‘awakening’, that is, rising up into all the chakras, opening more fully those ‘doors’ to increased amounts of the various energies, that will then flood our system.

If we are prepared for such a thing to happen, and have already flooded our being with the Peace from the higher spheres of the Total Reality, we will be more able to control and use positively these in-flowing energies and the many new experiences they will bring into our life, attuning us to the spiritual realms within us as well as around us, that we usually are quite unaware of in our presently very limited  consciousness.

But if we are completely ignorant of all this and these major changes happen to our system in an unprepared state, our panic may well make worse whatever problem is alarmingly presenting itself – especially if a whole number of them present themselves together!  So the best is to avoid as much as possible panicking, which only brings more confusion and turmoil at all levels of our being, and list out as precisely as one can the exact new phenomena one experiences at any level of one’s being.

Any major change happening without our wanting it deliberately in our routine way of functioning is usually seen by us as a disturbance, and our very reluctance to accept such a change will tend to prevent us from experiencing the positive and pleasant effects it may otherwise very well bring with it. For, let us remember, the kundalini awakening is as natural a growth process – if not yet as generalized – in us as are the adolescent changes we all have experienced, with their new hormones disturbing for a while the usual balance we were accustomed to in our body, until the changes stabilize into a consistent and enriched new way of functioning.

Of course with this other kind of change that the kundalini rising sparks off, our new way of being may not please the relatives or friends who would prefer that we remain always the same type of person as before. But what better example could we give them that a human being is not meant to remain for ever the same unchanging set of various habits and unchanging behavior?! Constant progress is the real law of life, and the joy of ever growing is what will keep us young and fit beyond the years of normal youth, and truly enjoying Life.

In case of real trouble with your kundalini awakening, common sense itself will dictate to you the best way to deal with the unpleasantness of the transition period: first of all, stop all forms of intense meditation or breathing practices, and let your system assimilate at its own pace the new energies and experiences coming in. This is not the time to get overexcited or start strenuous exercising of any kind. Just rest, and do quiet pleasant things that you genuinely like to do and that will have a relaxing effect on you.

This is not the time either to try and maintain at all cost your usual self-image or impress other people with the various outer skills you may have proudly developed earlier. You are entering a new phase of your life, be ready to let go of some of those previous skills, and see them gradually be replaced by new ones you never even dreamed of. Don’t be too serious, don’t ask too much of yourself, just take care of your overall well being as much as you can, possibly away from most other people, making for yourself the kind of psychological cocoon you need, being actually for a while something like a caterpillar slowly turning into a butterfly.

Cases like your own are steadily becoming more and more numerous, they will soon be common and become ‘the new normality’ (see my older post by that name) as our species in its entirety keeps evolving further. The Western present medical knowledge is not yet familiar with  this kind of inner growth changes and doesn’t yet know how to help those experiencing them, but we can hope that sooner or later they will catch up.

Among the already existing ‘specialists’ of inner growth (called ‘Yoga’ in India), Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s own advice  to make things happen in the smoothest way possible, was to avoid altogether focusing on any of your chakras but the chakra of the Heart: in the same area as the physical heart, but its inner space going invisibly further into our secret depths; it is there that we will come into contact with the inmost part of ourselves, the true core of our being, its very substance made of the loving Light whose unbelievable, ineffable sweetness will heal all our wounds and pains, if we let it.

The only part in us still conscious of being eternal and of being divine, the beloved and loving Child of our all-embracing Divine Father/Mother, it is our best Ally for reconquering fully our divine nature and way of functioning, also in the outer parts of our being – our mind, life-force and physical body. It is that flaming sweet Joy in ourselves that will gradually communicate to all the rest of our being its constant joy of growing and of becoming more and more, in its own unique way, its own infinite divine potential. In its total spontaneous faith in its divine Mother, this Soul in us will make us entrust into Her care our whole evolutive development, For only She, who knows each of us since ever, and much better than we know ourselves, will be capable of seeing what in us is ready and what is not yet, and to organize the circumstances of our life so as to give ample opportunity for the possible progresses to effectively happen, without burning any fuses in our internal wiring. In Her strong and helpful sun-like Presence, our way will become a happy sunlit path.

Sri Aurobindo and the Mother deeply wished that every human being taking up this evolutive challenge would do so with that simple child-like attitude, and would as a result find themselves blooming as naturally and painlessly as a flower does…  Let’s be that simple, let’s ask inwardly for that childlike simplicity if it is not our spontaneous way of being, and then even the kundalini rising will happen smoothly for us, at the right time and in the right way! Or the negative effects already occurring from some accidental kundalini awakening will be considerably lessened, while the positive effects, once acknowledged, will be on the contrary enhanced.

My fraternal best wishes to all of you who may be experiencing such a turning-point in your lives, as I myself did  many years ago…


24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dykewriter
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 13:41:11

    yes. that certainly describes the challenge of trying to cope with something one doesn’t understand and within a “support” system that is unaware of it



    • Bhaga
      Aug 17, 2013 @ 15:28:30

      Do you think this post contains some useful explanations, and/or recommendations for the ‘Kundalini syndrome” sufferers? If yes, would you mind indicating please which ones?…



      • dykewriter
        Aug 17, 2013 @ 15:44:57

        oh. um… okay. I will have to re-read it for that

        it’s hard for me to read large blocks of text

        normally, I speed ready by the paragraph

        so drilled down content is difficult to pick out unless I am reading for something specific

        mostly for me, I haven’t looked too much into this from my surface exposure to it last spring

        because I haven’t had anyone I could trust to talk to about it

        and talking about these sorts of things are more difficult for me than the general difficulty I have with communication with actual people in person

        honestly, this was so far outside of my experience that I have gone to biology and the brain subset to understand what’s happened and happening to me

        I have to go with the explaination that makes the most sense, given the givens of circumstances


  2. dykewriter
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 15:50:28

    I am sorry, I am able to read the first 4 paragraphs and then I can’t focus on the article to get sentences, never mind words

    I have a auto process buffer that withdraws from information that makes me uncomfortable

    just one more trigger from my phobia of people



    • Bhaga
      Aug 17, 2013 @ 16:21:04

      Now that you have read the first paras, perhaps next time instead of starting all over again from the beginning, you could try reading just a few of the next ones? And then only when that is done, next time go straight to the last two paragraphs? Or something like that?…



      • dykewriter
        Aug 17, 2013 @ 18:01:14

        last 2? I will try those

        it’s that I have no reference for the chakra concept
        it doesn’t connect to anything in my experience

        so my brain is struggling with it


  3. dykewriter
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 15:54:08

    Reblogged this on dyke writer and commented:
    For reference for the shared discusssion

    I need my comments for documentation purposes
    since I can’t use Office Productivity Software
    I blog to journal and to mitigate my loss

    heavy sigh

    being agoraphobic in the digital age is a lot better than the early decades of the modern era

    what is a modern hermit to do in the concrete cave jungle



  4. dykewriter
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 18:03:02

    hmmm… okay that did something else

    the lotus flower blossoming is one of the healing cycle terminus images, the cycle of emotional and cognitive harmonizing

    but that word has become something of a distressor term for me

    so I am in a wobbly state again



  5. donsalmon
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 19:15:06

    Hi Bhaga:

    Very nice article. I have one question: Sri Aurobindo in his letters frequently recommended focusing on either (or in some cases, both) the heart and the third eye center. I’m not aware of anywhere that he recommended against the third eye focus. I think I basically agree with you – many or most of Their recommendations are to focus in the heart center, but again, I don’t recall them ever warning against the head center (they did say it was harder for many, but not for all)




    • Bhaga
      Nov 04, 2013 @ 11:03:39

      Hi, Don!

      Sorry that your four comments got stuck in the ‘Pending’ section, waiting for approval while my outer life underwent the changes I related in my two recent posts. My answer to you then comes only now, I apologize for that too.
      Here goes:

      What Sri Aurobindo recommends to focus on, besides the Heart chakra, isn’t so much the Third Eye chakra as the Above the Head chakra, but even that one is included when Sri Aurobindo warns that the Heart chakra is the only safe one to focus on; I’ll try to locate again the quote where he says that, I remember I was so impressed when I read that years back. The Above the Head.chakra is best to concentrate upon only for those people who are too mental-oriented and find it difficult to concentrate on their Heart chakra. We are speaking of the initial stages of course only. Once the Psychic Being – the Being of our Soul, the Inmost Being within us – is sufficiently awakened and active, then the gradual opening of all the other chakras can happen in turn in a safer manner, when the time is right, and for that it is best to rely upon the work of the Divine Mother within us.
      This is what my understanding has been, after reading with great attention the many extracts of letters by Sri Aurobindo regarding that question; and so this has been my own way of practice too, which served me well.

      I hope this answers your question satisfyingly? Please don’t hesitate to ask further if necessary. I’ll answer to the best of my knowledge and ability.
      Quite a few more comments by other people on other posts are also pending, I discovered thanks to your query, now I’ll try to attend to all of them…!



  6. mbwilliams
    Aug 31, 2013 @ 16:46:53

    So does a kundalini awakening always involve an increase in energy, or is more generally associated with a widening of consciousness?



  7. mbwilliams
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 19:01:04

    I’m sorry to hear that dykewriter. It doesn’t really answer my question however.



    • donsalmon
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 19:09:53

      Hi MB: in my understanding, there is no single characteristic of kundalini awakenings. further, it is doubtful that most reported awakenings actually relate to kundalini. One way to test it – is the individual now aware on the inner plane – are their dreams fully conscious? Are they dramatically more aware of subtle energies in the environment, more open to synchronistic events?

      There are a wide range of psychosomatic symptoms that occur with meditation, most of which are phenomena of the surface consciousness. We read about kundalini and would like to think we’re having these amazing “spiritual” (though more accurately, occult) experiences but quite often are simply experiencing a response to an imbalance of different parts of our mind (or brain, if you like).

      Usually, making an extra effort to eat a very healthy diet (and far less food), exercise regularly in a moderate manner, insure good sleep patterns, use time and money wisely, endeavor to maintain positive, constructive thoughts and emotions as well as positive interactions with others, and to develop greater overall equanimity, is far more than enough to balance out much if not most of these “kundalini” experiences.

      Roy Eugene Davis, a disciple of Yogananda who has initiated over 10,000 people in the last 50 years and spoken before hundreds of thousands in India, the US and Europe, Africa and South America, said he has never once seen a healthy minded individual have deleterious kundalini experiences when pursuing a balanced spiritual sadhana.

      I would recommend to dykewriter to try the suggestions here and see if they are helpful.

      Bhaga, I found your article very informative.



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  9. dykewriter
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 00:21:08

    I have previously been unable to read the whole thing, the opening paragraph descriptions of frustration would trigger my frustration and render me unable to read.

    anyway, I was thinking today that when a body dies, it goes limp and then it moves, expelling all the stored energy before stillness and eventually rigor mortis sets in.

    seems to me that this would be that on the still living, last ditch effort to try to live wake up sort of call.

    I dunno. I wasn’t able to have a conversation that made sense to me about it

    so I had no choice but to interpret from within the framework that was comprehensible to me before my breakdown

    I was able to read the whole article now, but I dont find that this answers any of my questions either. I don’t understand anything other than my survival instincts have returned

    but that’s just existing and surviving, not living

    and nothing has changed so I am really just lost



    • donsalmon
      Sep 07, 2013 @ 11:05:13

      Dykewriter – if you’ll forgive me for perhaps being too forward – I would suggest that what is going on with you has nothing to do with kundalini, and I would urge you (rather than continuing to seek help online) to find someone in person who understands mind-body interactions (“neurobiology”, in the present day more acceptable language). You might look up “interpersonal neurobiology” and see if there is anyone in your area who understands this. For more on this, see http://www.remember-to-breathe.org.

      I don’t think you will find what you are looking for under “kundalini”

      Take hope, be positive, there are always far more positive possibilities than we can imagine. Slow down, let your mind and body quiet, and you will find the way out of your predicament.

      But again, it will probably be too difficult on your own. Find someone in person who can help you, and finally, if they have some kind of mind body understanding, it will most likely be far more helpful.

      best to you!



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