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Lesson 261 - Kundalini Surge (Audio)
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261.1 - A Case of Premature Kundalini Awakening (Audio)
Date: Mon May 16, 2005 11:55 am
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Q: I recently came across your AYP site and I found the lessons to be
absolutely mind blowing. I have been practicing meditation off and on for
the past 22 years but, till recently, have never been able to sustain it on
a regular basis. But recently I had an experience that has frankly left me
quite shaken. I desperately need your advice on the matter before I proceed
I have never had any remarkable experiences through meditation till about a
couple of months back. I was meditating as usual when suddenly I felt
something rushing through my body and my whole body started buzzing like I
was attached to a high power cable. I felt it throughout my body and mainly
in my head. It was like some powerful vibration had hold of me. I was fully
conscious throughout though my eyes were closed. The feeling was a bit like
I was being sucked under through general anesthesia. My eyelids started
throbbing madly, my breathing became deep and tortured like a bellows and my
heart started speeding up and pounding like I had just run 15 miles. The
blood was rushing in my veins like it was flush with intoxicating spirits.
Despite all this I wasn't scared and actually felt totally alive and
invigorated. For about a week after that my eyes felt heavy and sometimes
started burning also. Can you please explain to me just what happened to me
on that day? I have never been able to get that experience again though I
feel that vibration very, very mildly. But I desperately want to have that
feeling again. I have written to many learned people since then but none
have favoured me with a reply. Maybe they felt it was too foolish and
beneath their capabilities.
Can you please, please help me and possibly guide me in my future endeavours
in the spiritual world? I will look forward eagerly for a positive reply
from your side.
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
What you have experienced is a kundalini surge. It is one step on your
journey to enlightenment. The sensory symptoms are caused by increased inner
energy going through obstructions in your nervous system. As the
obstructions dissolve and the energy flow balances out, the contrasting
experience will seem less. That is a good thing, because excessive kundalini
energy flowing through obstructions, while exhilarating, can be exhausting
and unsettling (as you have noticed already). With sound yoga practices done
over the long term, experiences can be managed and will gradually refine to
be celestial. Even that will not be "It." The final destination will be
found rising in our everyday living and relationships, which become
permeated with unshakable inner silence, ecstatic bliss and outpouring
divine love. That is our destiny. That is the full union of our inner and
It should be noted that a dramatic kundalini surge like you experienced is
not a prerequisite for the full awakening of the ecstatic aspect of our
inner life. It can begin very quietly and build gradually over time as our
nervous system becomes more purified through daily yoga practices. In fact,
this is a prudent course for all to pursue, even those who have had a
dramatic awakening. In AYP we have a name for this gentle, well-regulated
kind of kundalini growth. We call it the rise of "ecstatic conductivity." It
is the same energy, progressing steadily in a natural and sustainable way.
We don't always have a choice on how our kundalini first manifests. In rare
cases, it can be problematic for some time after. It is a matter of karmic
tendencies we have in us, which are related to the kinds of practices we
have been doing both recently and in the distant past (previous lives).
In AYP we endeavor to keep it all going forward on an even keel, without
shrinking from the necessity of promoting our spiritual evolution. This
steady, stability-oriented approach is aimed at giving us the best
opportunity to complete our spiritual transformation in this lifetime, even
as we continue to live a normal life in society. Even if we do not complete
the journey in this life, we can make huge progress that will bring us much
joy. We are also building the habit of stable growth into our subtle nervous
system, so we can pick up where we left off more easily the next time
around. None of our effort is ever lost on the path of yoga.
There is a ways
to go, and I'm sure you'd like to make the journey as swiftly, enjoyably and
safely as possible. It is important to keep things in balance, to keep
moving forward while not getting too carried away with the energy
experiences for their own sake. The practices in AYP are designed for
promoting and managing this process. Spinal breathing is especially useful
for promoting and balancing the inner energies. It is the second practice in
AYP, right after deep meditation. You will see it returned to again and
again throughout the lessons in relation to cultivating the inner energies
in a balanced way. Deep meditation and spinal breathing are the essential
core practices of AYP. The many additional practices covered in the lessons
greatly enhance the results that come from these two.
If you continue through the lessons you will find much material that is
relevant to your experience. If questions arise that are not covered, feel
free to write. Do your research first. Make sure to review the topic
the website for easy reference to lessons on many subjects of interest. You
may wish to look up "kundalini" for more perspective on your recent
experience. Do go through the lessons in sequence from start to finish as
well. The AYP open, integrated system of practices is a progression -- a
For some reason, most traditional teachers avoid discussing kundalini
process and experiences -- sweeping it all under the rug. That is like not
telling our children about sexual reproduction when they are approaching
biological maturity. Kundalini is the spiritual equivalent of sexual
reproduction. It is the same energy operating with an expanded purpose in
our nervous system. It is spiritual reproduction within us!
It is hoped that the AYP lessons will provide some good perspective on what
has been happening, and useful practices to apply as you travel along your
chosen spiritual path. Practice wisely, and enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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