Kundalini Awakening

Kundalini Awakening: What is It and How Can I tell I am Having One

What in the World is a Kundalini Awakening? When I began my spiritual journey, the path to healing I was hit with just that, and maybe you are experiencing one as well. Kundalini awakening is a spiritual experience that can happen to anyone, and it often occurs when you are least expecting it.

It’s not always easy to tell if you’re having one because there are very few outward signs. But the symptoms of Kundalini awakening can include intense feelings of bliss or energy throughout your body, heightened awareness, and an increased sex drive. This article will explore what Kundalini is and how you might be able to tell if you’re having a Kundalini Awakening event.

Kundalini Awakening: What is It

We are potentially all capable of having a Kundalini Awakening. A kundalini awakening is when we experience a sudden and dramatic shift in consciousness that can bring about a positive, profound change in virtually every area of our lives. The term for such an event is more colloquially known as ‘kundalini rising’.

This is known in the east as a life force rising through the spine all the way to the crown of the head. We have energy points throughout and for many, these energy points are carrying blocage, once Kundalini is activated, it begins to clear out the blocked energy points, also known as chakras.

This increase in consciousness is reflected by significant changes in our lives and ways of being. It can bring about a radical improvement in health, relationships, career, creativity – you name it!

A kundalini awakening usually feels as if we have shifted into another dimension or frequency of existence. The energy can be so strong that the body has no choice but to adapt and change dramatically.

This usually leads to enhanced perception and awareness; feelings of great love, bliss, ecstasy; dramatic shifts in your sense of self and reality; new levels of vitality, aliveness, clearness/clarity/sharpness of thought, often accompanied by powerful creative energies – music being a frequent outlet for this.

Usually, immediately prior to a kundalini awakening you’ll have been feeling depressed, anxious, or stuck somehow – which is usually due to an accumulation of negative energy (trapped emotions). The Kundalini Awakening process purifies and transforms this energy into positive energy. This recognition results in strong feelings of gratitude and relief.

There are many benefits to experiencing a Kundalini Awakening: the sense of deep inner happiness; increased joy and creativity; receiving guidance from your higher self/spirit guides; enhanced intuition, sensitivity, psychic abilities; greater capacity for love/compassion with yourself and others; state-of-the-art stress management skills…to name but a few!

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Kundalini awakenings are caused by energy blockages in the body. Energy blockages are ‘trapped’ emotions or negative thoughts that have been suppressed for years and years, even lifetimes!

If you don’t want to go into the science of it right now just remember this: your kundalini is like a sleeping serpent (called Kundalini) that is coiled upward in the base of your spine. There are two small energy channels for Prana (energy) to flow through A (acupuncture meridian pathway) and B (another acupuncture meridian pathway).

Energy only flows when these two pathways open up. When you experience negative emotions or think negative thoughts, they build up and block the energy flow along these two channels.

Once energy is blocked, it’s like a dammed river. Instead of flowing freely it backs up and floods your body with negativity, which manifests as physical pain or illness.

So this negative emotion or thought causes you to feel pain in your neck for example! It might be slight pain or a horrible ache but it’s always there and at the same time you feel like something is going on inside of your head. You might even experience symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and more.

Now imagine a Kundalini awakening has taken place and that energy has been released! It’s like a dam has burst and all the negative emotions that were blocked inside of you are now rushing out, causing your body to go into a state of shock. This can happen very quickly or it may take several weeks for all the negativity to leave through an awakening like this.

The Benefits and Challenges of Having A Kundalini Awakening…

There are a lot of advantages to undergoing a Kundalini awakening. For example, when you release the negative energy from your body, it has nowhere else to go except up into your brain! So what you feel is like somebody injecting courage and confidence directly into your brain! You’ll feel happier, more relaxed, and more positive about life.

If that isn’t enough then there’s also an increase in Kundalini energy flowing through your body. If this happens while you’re in meditation then it can cause blissful states of Ecstacy that last for hours at a time. When this occurs you can feel an amazing amount of creativity and take over as you really have never seen life through your new eyes.

The other major benefit is pain starts to heal! This happens for a few reasons. For starters, once the negativity is removed, your body starts to heal all of its physical problems so you’ll find that you can recover much faster from injuries and illness. Then there’s also the increase in energy flowing through your body which pushes away any physical pain or discomfort you feel.

The main challenge of awakening kundalini for most people has nothing to do with what they’re experiencing physically, but everything to do with their mental state.   If you’ve ever tried meditating then you’ll know that after practicing a while it becomes easy to control your thoughts. However, when kundalini awakens, it throws all this out the window! You may find it impossible to keep your mind off certain thoughts and your attention span will be extremely short.

Kundalini will also put you into a heightened state of consciousness so that everything you do, see and hear will affect you much more than it used to. This can make everyday things like driving down the road or walking through a store very difficult for some people. You will begin to see how much energy people spend on the egoic world! 

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Signs of a Kundalini Awakening…

There are numerous signs of an impending kundalini awakening. The most common is feeling a strange sensation in the region of your Third Eye or crown chakra (or both). This could be experienced as an intensive tingling, heat/cold, pressure, expansion/contraction…anything really!

There are many signs to look for that confirm you’re in the process of having a Kundalini Awakening. If you experience any of these, such as feeling exhausted for no obvious reason; if you find yourself unusually agitated or anxious; having bouts of depression/sadness with no known cause; feeling possessed by an uncharacteristic urge to give away all your worldly possessions and start meditating 6 hours a day – then it’s highly likely that you’re going through the awakening process! **(I Literally experienced This)

The more intense your symptoms, the more significant and potentially powerful is what you’re going through.

Another sign that things are stirring up for a kundalini awakening is an increase in chaotic/unpredictable energy around you, such as sudden and unexpected changes in your life; relationships ending (in some cases they will), a series of unexpected events; things breaking down and/or coming to an end, etc.

You may also find that you’re in a heightened state of sensitivity at this time. Strong smells, bright lights, loud sounds, intense feelings such as anger or fear can all be experienced very intensely.

Awakened Kundalini with the waves crashing on the beach

It’s very common during a kundalini awakening for people to experience sensation(s) that they can’t explain. This is especially true if you have a mystical leaning or previous experience with esoteric subjects. In many cases, when people first start experiencing unusual kundalini awakening symptoms, they can’t help but wonder whether it’s all in their head or if they’re actually going mad!

It’s very important that you recognize when a real kundalini awakening is taking place. Your body will go through some massive changes and it’s essential to be aware of what they are so you can make the right decisions about your personal safety. So, how do you know if it’s a real kundalini awakening?

A real kundalini awakening will bring with it all sorts of new sensations, both physical and mental. People tend to experience their awakenings in many different ways; however, there are common themes present that are usually indicative of a true kundalini process: Spiritual energy moving up the spine (especially at the sacral chakra). A tingling sensation that starts in the spine and spreads throughout your body.

Sometimes this will be accompanied by a buzzing/ringing sound inside your ears or head. Everything you touch seems to give off some kind of energy. It’s like everything is vibrating! Your senses will become more acute (e.g.: taste buds are heightened).

You might start experiencing unusual sounds in your ears, for example hearing waves crashing when you’re somewhere quiet (like the supermarket!) Mental symptoms: You will think differently; for example, your mind might feel very clear (almost as if you’re on top of a mountain) and empty but at the same time full of potential.

You may even have powerful bursts of thoughts/ideas that come to you all out of the blue. Memory loss or fuzzy thinking, much harder to concentrate on things. You may notice that your attention span has decreased. Feel like you are on a mission or have come to do something special (e.g.: feeling like you’re here to save the world).

If you have had a lot of emotional trauma you will also feel as if it is no longer in control, as if it has been released from you. Many of my clients have experienced this, and suddenly it is like the lights come on for them. It is really amazing as an Embodiment Coach to witness what appears to be their consciousness rising up through their body clearing out old energy that has burdened them for so long.

You might also experience a sensation that you are floating or flying, like an out-of-body feeling. You may feel possessed by a spirit – and this isn’t just meant in the religious sense but literally as something new entering your body and taking over control!

It should be noted, however, that people who have developed their psychic abilities prior to awakening may find they have an easier time recognizing ‘other energies’ within them during an actual kundalini awakening.

Trust Your Higher Self…

One of the tricky parts of having a kundalini awakening. Recognizing fantasy vs reality! After all, when you have an out-of-body experience or any other weird sensation you may feel is usually something you have not felt before.

Your perception needs time to adjust as you feel like you are in a fantasy world. You really never know what to believe! This can be the scariest part of a kundalini awakening as it’s such unchartered territory.

This is where trust in your higher self comes into play. Developing this trust is crucial, not only during an awakening but also throughout your life!

If you have developed this trust before the awakening then this will help to ease the confusion you may have about whether you are experiencing something real or just your imagination running wild.

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My Best Advice is Meditation or Yoga…or Both 🙂

It teaches you to detach from your physical body and focus deeply on what’s going on within you so you can see what’s happening clearly. It develops your 6th sense so you can be better prepared for what you are experiencing, which helps you to recognize the signs of an awakening and eventually helps you deal with a full-blown awakening.

You may go through many Kundalini Awakenings in your lifetime or Spiritual Awakenings as they each present different experiences. Meditation and Yoga, simply work.

When To Seek Help For A Kundalini Awakening…

Given that Kundalini is part of self-healing and comes from within, it can be very beneficial to let the awakening run its course rather than try to stop or control it. Also if you keep a journal along the way then most of your questions and concerns should be answered by reading back on what you were writing. However, there are times when you should seek the help of a professional because they can help you work through some of the issues that arise in your life.

If something interferes with your day-to-day functioning then it’s time to look for ways to get past these negative thought patterns or memories. This may take the form of meditation or counseling. Working with an Embodiment Coach, a Holistic Practitioner, or a reiki practitioner can prove very beneficial in the Kundalini Awakening Process.

Final Thoughts…

If I had to summarize my feelings about Kundalini awakenings in one sentence it would be:  If you’re unprepared for what’s coming up inside of you then kundalini can cause a lot of problems! For most who experience a Kundalini Awakening, it is a positive life-changing experience that is part of the soul’s process of developing higher awareness and in return the expansion of one’s consciousness.

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Kundalini is a powerful force that can bring you into alignment with your higher self. However, it’s an energy that cannot be forced or controlled and must happen at the right time for you to truly benefit from it. If you are feeling stuck, sign up for one of our coaching sessions where we will help you process this awakening and get back on track with living a life full of purpose!


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