The Kundalini Awakening Triggers: Traditionally, The Kundalini Shakti is picturised as sleeping at the Muladhara or root chakra. Meaning, that we are on auto-pilot, locked into gravity-bound aspirations. The logical first step is to 'awaken' the cosmic force. Since for most, The Kundalini is seated at the 'root chakra', primalities like Fear, Death, Survival, Security, Sex, Ecstasy, Physical Form, Dance, are obvious triggers. Some of these practices can seem extreme. Seeker Chitra Shoukya witnessed a Tantric meditating on a corpse in Kashi. But equally, The Kundalini responds to awareness’s light, a child’s laugh, the guru’s touch, a thunderstorm’s joy…
Strictly speaking any love, any joy, any inspired thought that calls the attention of the Kundalini is actually one that stimulates the root. We said, The Kundalini is at the root chakra. It is actually a singularity with a significant triad, one below the earth indicating it shapes the world, one in the head core and one at the root. Let's say someone experiences overwhelming love, this is drawn into the root chakra as it is a body response to body, etheric response to etheric release. This triggers a shift deep in the head core chakra which releases 2-27 energy messages. One of this goes to either below the feet or the root where Kundalini attention is stimulated.
For humans in cities, of the many core drives, the main one the Kundalini is interested in is sensuality, and so The Kundalini is often associated with sexual cults, but truly the Kundalini is associated with the joy of earthly life so glorious The Cosmic looks down.
“A beautiful, but deeply hurt woman, found she could not date someone -- she'd just freeze. We were giving healing to her at the root chakra, using a bija mantra, when her whole body began to tremble, and what seemed like a great pillar of smoke appeared simultaneously to bot Celia & Tarun. Spasms began rocking her body, arcing twists. When the session was done, her face was luminous, wet with tears... She told us I felt a great lingam of fire and smoke rise and something shifted... She went on in months to cast off her fears, to live a life filled with colour and aliveness..."
As the Kundalini wakes at the mooladhara, it may quiver up the Svadishthana, roar past The Manipura, The Heart, The Vishuddha, The Agya, The Sahasrara... There is a glorious rush, a deep connect, an infinite opening... This process maybe like a stampede of elements, or like a worm moving through the earth. Either way something primal is connecting with something cosmic.
TheVarious Kundalini Awakening Pathways...
Now according to traditional literature, The Kundalini must rise up The Sushumna, the central nadi, and as it moves convince the chakras to let it move freely. If it moves along one of 7-12 other pathways it can cause a range of issues.
The truth is that while The Kundalini can overload pathways including the sushumna it can use one of 15 different circuits to connect. But the kundalini has an innumerable set of circuits in the aura, all valid, some even more so. While many sense The Kundalini Awakening up the spine, this is when The Kundalini is using prana pathways. But it may use astral pathways, causal pathways, elemental pathways. We have identified many. Some are spiral from feet to head. Some are a jagged path from root to 3rd eye. Some avoid the body completely.
Also The Kundalini need not use a pathway at all. Meaning if at any chakra it works deep enough it can trigger an encounter between The Kundalini and Supreme knowing so profound an entire circuit lights up.
For example, an autistic child has formed an odd Joy-Awareness Kundalini Circuit and is able at times to bridge two worlds. And even at times create temporal shifts in space-time.
A seeker awakening at the astral plane, moves through the folds of an ‘astral goddess’ skirts and so dips into the joy/lives of 6 people. Looked at psychically there is a stable dance around the body.
In a divine avtaar's case, divine awareness forms from the heaven's a set of pipes that reach down to the chakras, these are surrounded by Shaktis that swirl in a complex way.
As God’s force & God’s Awareness collide, whether through traditional paths or quixotic ones within the human frame, incredible explosions of transformatory joy happen.
World Kundalini... Space Kundalini...Cosmic Kundalini Awakenings:
Now most often Kundalini Awakenings have been described as the Kundalini from the root, meeting The Lord in the 3rd Eye/ Crown. And this is cataclysmic. But as we mentioned earlier there are other Kundalini Awakening pathways and levels.
"Imagine a summer storm iridescent with lightning,
only it happens in your body,
And the lightning we were talking about?
Well it isn’t lightning either.
Is more the deep content of a child
massaged by his mother’s fingers...
It, whatever it maybe,
ripples up my body with exquisite slowness.
sparkling fingers touch..."
In this poem by Tarun written two decades ago, we experience the glorious fury of the shakti, but we see that it is not moving up the spine, but like a brushfire across the body. The path is a spiral one encompassing relationships.
Another seeker speaks of a swinging motion... we realise that the force is not going upward, but moving out from the chakra to the earth, then back, out, around and back... Like the censer of frankincense in the hands of an orthodox priest...
There are elemental awakenings these can be so fierce it is difficult to stay in the person's presence. "The feeling was of shuddering and flaming, as if the very air was burning, it was unbelievable and unbearable."Depending on its modality it can induce endless sleep, or fierce fevers...
"We were sending the energy upward in sweeps, as we typically do for Kundalini awakenings. As the sweeps increased we found the energy response in ther person was spectacular. First the chakras began to blaze open... But then it deepened and it was as if galaxies were flaoating around the room, hour after hour went, and the session kept deepening till the physical being seemed just a transparent outline through which stars seemed to pour... A few years ago we awakened a seeker's Kundalini at the Space Level. In the months and years after as we studied and pondered over the case we realised that a big difference in the Space Level awakening is that it involves reincarnation more fully. For as we traced the pattern we realised that a circuit had formed through the matrix of 17 past lives . Not just one life, not just one body. Consider this while the kundalini weaves through her knee chakra, it is fully opened at the root of another, her stomach, but an old crone's womb, the heart of a king, the throat of, hold your breath, a mountain... The force is only partly a prana pathway and so it circles out and is linked to a nieces chakras.
A seeker was jolted awake as she was confronted by a giant snake in her sleep. “I was dreaming, about walking down a road, when I came awake. Hyper-awake. But not the kind of dull awareness that we have when we are normaly awake. It was hyper real. Like days when you don't just glance at tree, but notice every vein of leaf, insects on its bark... In that hyperawareness I confronted a snake, a giant one. Every single scale gleaming and glittering. I felt cold. Chilled. Terrified. I felt like a rat hypnotised by a snake. It looked at me coldly, as if life had retilian eyes, eyes that saw with tremendous clarity. It looked at me as if death looked at me. As I would look at myself at death. I felt myself weighed. And I knew that I had to buck up. I had to take myself seriously or life would devour me and spit me out. I had been gifted something incredible, but it wasn't sweet. I had come face to face with reality."
One-offs versus Permanences:
While in some people's cases it takes just one touch, one encounter between the force within and the cosmic to create a full and lasting transformation. For many it is the first step.
“The lid of my head lifted.” Exclaimed Kaustav, award-winning adman. Magnificent! But with this have you hit The Jackpot? ‘Yes’ & ‘No’. ‘Yes’, for whether a one-night experience or lifetime’s light, you have glimpsed how wondrous life can be. ‘No’, because for most, the process needs to be repeated again & again for the flame to take.
Why? One may ask. Why, do the vast majority have to painstakingly repeat? As the Kundalini wakes at the mooladhara, and dances up the Svadishthana, roars past The Manipura, The Heart, The Vishuddha, The Agya, The Sahasrara... Some think, I've whizzed past the major chakras, hey I am done, now how do I fling lightning, or get a million worshippers to kiss my feet? That's like someone saying I've drawn up the blueprint why doesn't the blueprint keep the rain out? And that is because The Mooladhara's fears temporarily opened, but are closed again, the Svadishthana’s tangled desires are staging a rebellion, The Manipura’s power issues are distracting, The Heart’s love issues are overwhelming, The Vishuddha’s reincarnational tangles overgrowing, The Agya’s mental mazes still confusing, The Sahasrara’s soul puzzles only partly solved.
One of our most brilliant spiritual seekers a decade ago had begun to wake the full force of the earth shakti. She was told it could heal millions with a single touch. But everytime she used it she was in agony. Why? Was she fooling herself about the earth force? No. She was like a child on a racehorse, it was powerful, the hands of her ego weren't.
However even if incomplete, The Kundalini's act of touching, threading the key centres leaves an indelible impression that can be used again, and will stay lifetime after lifetime... Now we began the article with Tanya sensing her cosmic vastness... but has she as yet claimed it? Not yet in full. But she is getting there. Yet even without full power she will still be able to transcend death's hard exam.
"In one seeker's case, The Kundalini Awakening was glorious... But her family had their doubts... also as she deepened the process he found herself attracting partners like flies... The whole thing culminated when during a festival her saree caught fire, terrified she ran..."
Here the force of The Kundalini Awakening coupled with family disapproval lead to a critical lack of distrust.
“There’s a burning feeling at the base of my spine…then I sense a skeleton dancing in my womb. Exhilarating, and terrifying. I quietly discontinued practise.” Says Revathi*, HR Pro.
Here Revathi was confronted with Death, a Tantric had helped her family, but the price had been hidden. Spiritual awakening can confront us with the nightmarish.
Borderline Schizophrenic is what the psychiatrist had labelled her. Our diagnosis was different. She had from a difficult marriage broken away and gone to a half-baked Tantric seeker's embrace. He had in part awakened a deep Kundalini shift. The trouble they were both unfamiliar with its ability to take one up, and drown one. One day in meditation she became rigid, so rigid she was carried out contorted and hospitalised. With healing after healing, with the command no meditation at all, she began to reduce medication, get a job, reconnect with the world. The Kundalini has gone back to sleep.
Thanks to these negatives, The Kundalini has received bad press, but the truth is any encounter with The Cosmic stretches the psyche. A seeker had intensely invoked the white light. When it arrived the fierceness drove her half mad. We had to call on The Kundalini to save her sanity.
Sure there are terrors, but sooner or later, a courageous seeker will be blessed.