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Lesson 125 -
Kundalini Heat (Audio)
AYP Plus Additions:
125.1 - A
Premature Kundalini Awakening (Audio)
- Kundalini, Change in Eye Color and Healing (Audio)
125.3 - Tibetan Buddhist Tummo
and Kundalini Heat (Audio)
Date: Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:00pm
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Q: I've been studying Kundalini for some time now, and have been feeling a
great deal of internal heat due to the Kriyas and meditations. However,
recently I read that the part of the head (Shushumna) that was once soft as
a child, needs to soften again in order for the heat to be released,
otherwise the Kundalini experience can be painful. The way this is
supposedly done is through Tummo Reiki? Can you shed any light on this for
me? I have curtailed my meditations and my Sadhana for a few days now, which
I so did not want to do.
A: I am not very familiar with reiki methods so am not able to comment much
on Reiki Tummo, other than to say it appears to be a more aggressive method
aimed at raising kundalini, beyond healing-style reiki. So perhaps it is a
cousin of other yoga systems aimed at raising kundalini first -- which
brings me to your situation.
As you know, in the lessons we go through practices for "global
purification" of the nervous system before we go much for stimulating
kundalini directly. These include deep meditation and spinal breathing. With
these as a foundation, the risk of kundalini difficulties is greatly
reduced. Of course, we'd all like to compress the time scale of reaching
enlightenment, so we press ahead, and sometimes even skip the prerequisite
global purification methods. Some traditions even skip them!
If you are running into too much heat, it can be obstructions in the nadis
and chakras, and premature awakening of kundalini into those areas of your
nervous system. Using only the old methods can be a long, slow and
uncomfortable grind to get through. Make sure you review lesson #69 on
kundalini symptoms and remedies.
Besides inner obstructions there is another reason for heat, and you should
consider this one carefully, because many kundalini traditions miss it. That
is the matter of balancing the rising and descending pranas (shiva and
shakti) in the spinal nerve. Traditional kundalini yoga uses mudras and
bandhas for this, but these are often not enough. Spinal breathing can do
wonders for balancing the rising and descending pranas, and in some cases
can end uncomfortable symptoms immediately.
Metaphorically speaking, Shakti is seeking her mate, Shiva, everywhere in
our body. She purifies (housecleans) as she continues her hunt for Shiva. If
he does not show up, she will get more and more frantic and raise all sorts
of trouble inside us. If we gently bring Shiva down into Shakti's realm of
the nervous system in spinal breathing, the two will be able to join in all
the places where Shakti is looking -- in every nerve and cell inside us.
This is the metaphorical explanation of how spinal breathing works to
stimulate and balance the pranas in the nervous system.
Also, with inner silence, the witness, all of this dynamic activity inside
the nervous system will be much more manageable. Don't forget that the
witness is not touched by any of this stuff going on, yet is in charge of it
all via the bhakti connection. Pure bliss consciousness is our platform of
"Self" that enables us to choose the divine desire to enter kundalini
experience. Being established in Self/witness also enables us to manage much
better whatever we might run into as we go through
the dynamics of raising kundalini. Inner silence, by definition, is deep
permanent global purification in the nervous system. This is why meditation
is the first advanced yoga practice, and remains the core practice
throughout the lessons. With inner silence, everything else can be like a
cakewalk. Without inner silence, everything else can be like jumping off a
cliff into an inferno. That's how it is.
Whatever your other practices are, if you make sure you are doing meditation
and spinal breathing on the front end, you should find some relief on the
heat. Once the balance between ascending and descending pranas is achieved
through spinal breathing on an ongoing basis, we have the ability to do much
more kundalini-wise with much less chance of difficulty. Our progress will
be more and our discomfort will be much less. In fact, doing right practices
can turn the journey into an endless joyride of ecstatic bliss. And we don't
even have to feel guilty about it, because that is the way our nervous
system is designed to operate. It is an ecstatic bliss machine. Everyone has
one of these. Oh my gosh, let's not waste a minute getting them all in good
As for the fontanel on top of the head, it is not my understanding that this
is a kind of pressure relief valve for kundalini going up. The popular model
of kundalini going up and out the top of the head is an over-simplification
of the process. Rather, there is a joining on every level in the body of the
two polarities that exist within us. On the physical level it occurs in the
chest where ascending and descending pranas meet. From there it goes up the
spine into the brain, then back down the front, and again back up the spine,
and so on in an endless cycle. It is part of our new spiritual biology. With
adequate global purification and balancing of the inner polarities, all of
this occurs with little heat and a lot of ecstatic bliss. So it is an inner
closed cycle of union, rather than kundalini blowing out the top by herself
-- Blowing kundalini out the top could happen, but that is taking the
process in the wrong direction, and is not very healthy. Better to cultivate
the inner lovemaking, and the rest will happen quite naturally, and quite
What does go out the top is a flood of radiant healing energy as a byproduct
of the inner joining of polarities. This comes later and is not experienced
as heat -- ecstatic bliss is what it is. Shiva and shakti energies joined
into something new, corresponding with the third stage of enlightenment --
Unity, divine love flowing through the nervous system and out to everyone --
One flowing out as love within One everywhere. In the Christian tradition it
is called "Christ."
Whether the fontanel opens physically or not I don't think is a primary
issue. Maybe it will happen, maybe it won't. If it does, it will be a
natural outcome of the process of enlightenment, not something we have to
worry about too much at this stage. The fontanel is over the pituitary
gland, which is said by some to be the seat of higher consciousness. In the
center of the head is the pineal gland, which is our receptor of divine
light. Above the pineal is the corona radiata which turns up into a cup
shape (which can be clearly felt and observed with the inner sight) as
energy goes up. It is the sahasrar, the thousand petaled lotus.
So we have the point between the eyebrows where a lot of ecstatic energy is
stimulated in and out with spinal breathing and the other advanced yoga
practices, the fontanel with energy going in and out mainly due to the
illumination of the pituitary, and the sahasrar, above the pineal and spine,
putting out a huge fountain-shaped aura. Things get pretty busy up there.
Then, inside the brain, there are the dynamics between the pituitary and
pineal (third eye activation) through the ventricles, down into the medulla
oblongata, and connected all the way down the spinal nerve to the
perineum/root. So many ecstatic energy dynamics are going on in the head.
Some day, spiritual neuro-biologists will sort it all out for us. In the
meantime, we have to keep going with advanced yoga practices that will
purify and open our nervous system, so the neuro-biologists will have
someone to dissect. Only kidding!
These are exciting times for sure. I wish you much success on your
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