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Early Signs of Kundalini
June 7, 2010
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Q: I have understood that when kundalini awakens, it has to
start at the root and work its way up one chakra at a
time. In my own case, I have been frustrated that despite a steady,
though aggressive, twice daily practice of the full routine for over a year
now, I have not felt any energy movement from the root. I have felt quite
often what I think is energy movement, mostly in the ajna (brow) chakra and
crown region, during spinal breathing pranayama. A fellow practitioner told
me this must be kundalini, and that it can awaken from any point. This does
not sound right to me. Could you clarify please?
A: Your friend
is correct. Kundalini can be noticed beginning anywhere with a sensation or
symptom here or there. But the telltale indicator is "ecstatic
conductivity," meaning an instant ecstatic connection perceived between root
and brow and/or crown. Once that occurs, there is no turning back. From
there it continues to be a gradual process of increasing energy expansion
from the center (sushumna), assuming effective practices and self-pacing are
in use. And stillness rides on that, which is the outpouring we often speak
of. In fact, anyone who is meditating and feels rising love and a tendency
to engage in service is experiencing this process of energy expansion
beneath more dramatic energy symptoms which may or may not be present. So
kundalini is always expanding in there when we do practices, whether we
notice so-called energy symptoms or not. There are many ways that it may
express itself, and it evolves ever-outward from there.
going up the chakras in step-by-step sequence from bottom to top like a
ladder is an idealized scenario, and not accurate about what really happens.
It is a simplified classical way of explaining it, but bears little
relationship to the reality of kundalini awakening, which can vary according
to the pattern of purification and opening occurring in the individual
practitioner. So what you have going on there is good good early signs of
energy awakening. All you have to do is keep going and it
will expand gradually over time.
In any case, not to dwell on
it too much. Ecstatic energy awakening is a given with the rise of abiding
inner silence resulting from deep meditation. Paths that put kundalini
awakening before cultivation of abiding inner silence are putting the cart
in front of the horse, and we see it again and again in the often chaotic
So relax, practice, and enjoy life. You have the tools, and
signs of progress are there. When your nervous system is ready, it will move
to the next stage. One year is very short. Think how far you have come, and
how much more there will be in 2, 3 and 5 years. Most importantly, continue
to be engaged in your life in the present. It is
all we have. The past is gone, and the future can never be experienced in
the present. What we are doing today is the fruit of our past and
our future. As we continue to lay our
foundation in abiding inner silence, all good things will come.
Practice wisely, and enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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