Lesson 5: The Body

As I indicated at the start, kundalini is symbolically represented as a red serpent that sits coiled at the base of your spine. She is waiting, this divine feminine energy, to be aroused, to be awakened from her sleep. While always present, she keeps her desire to herself until you are ready to truly step into your truth; your divine right.

Kundalini is free flowing in children and then life and our perceived limitations are what blocks it. It gets stagnant and gets stuck. Kundalini awakening not something that’s happening to you the first time when it happens, it’s like a return to homeostasis, your birth right, your true enlivened state of being.

Traveling the road to enlightenment and raising levels of consciousness is not always an easy task. It takes dedication, commitment, and an on-going awareness of your own energy, where it’s flowing, where it’s blocked and why, how you’re using it, and more. Being conscious of how energy is moving through your body and being expressed is an important aspect of taking spiritual responsibility for your life.

Kundalini is not just a symbol of Hindu or Vedic mythology (although there are symbols that represent it). It is the divine life force within you that has real physiological effects on the body. And, although kundalini exists within the body, it is not of the body, like an organ such as the liver or the heart. It is a profound energy that gets ignited in specific ways. Here are the keys to awakening kundalini:

Alighting. Through practices and activities such as this course, prepare yourself to acclimate to higher levels consciousness. Simply stating and acknowledging that your intention is to bring more light into your body and mind is an extremely powerful act.

Uncoiling. Consciously increase energy in the 1st (genital) and 2nd (abdomen) chakras through movement such as dance, yoga, sex, and active meditation.

Feeling. Welcome intense emotion such as compassion, devotion, gratitude, desire, love (and even fear or anger when they arise). Use the power of emotion to move kundalini upward–through the physical body, the chakras, and the subtle body.

Radiating. Relying once again on your breathing, as well as practices such as meditation and yoga, consciously circulate this vital energy throughout your entire body.

Awakened and drawn upward, kundalini travels along an energetic pathway up the spine. In Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, qi gong, herbal medicines, and massage are all used to open these energy channels referred to as meridians. In the Vedic tradition, the nadis basically run parallel to the meridians at a subtler level, as etheric channels of energy that are interwoven with the physical nervous system. Working with these energy pathways allows for tremendous healing on every level: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Once kundalini energy gets moving, the body begins to restructure and recreate your system to allow for the influx of new energy and “information.” The body, in its innate brilliance, prepares for a stronger connection to the divine – to the energy that creates planets, moves mountains, and endows us with the ability to laugh and love no matter what heartaches we’ve endured. THAT is some kind of potent energy!

What to expect when the serpent is uncoiled

Some of the most common physical effects of kundalini rising are the following:

  • Feeling lots of energy moving through you at a high speed
  • Tingling or vibrating sensations in your body
  • Sounds or visions related to various chakras
  • Heat in various parts of your body
  • Sexual arousal
  • Headaches and pressure in the head (when kundalini rises too quickly)

Beyond the physical effects, kundalini is clearing a path for many blessings to come to you. Your heart opens, as you connect to the Oneness that is – which is pure bliss. In fact, as your kundalini energy is invited to move through you, transforming everything in its path, the world around you changes too. Even in challenging moments, the inner light in people and situations is more evident. As you begin to vibrate at a higher frequency, releasing limiting ideas, beliefs, and stories about life and yourself, kundalini opens the doors of perception. It helps you to see possibilities and opportunities that you might have been blind to previously. As kundalini opens the eyes of your heart, you’re able to see the beauty and freedom that is always here, in each and every moment.

While an awakening can seem like a crazy and out-of-control experience, as you have worked through the steps in this course to gently prepare for and cultivate your Kundalini awakening, you may now realise that Kundalini is an intelligent and organic process that has a purpose and works with that purpose systematically.

The purpose is to work through all the illusions and knots in the psyche and re-orientate the awakening person’s life into truth. This can be a painful process because it can mean the end of relationships, work situations, and old ways of being. Often people aren’t ready to let go of the known and familiar, and so attempt to hold on to these people and situations. The attachment to the old is what causes suffering.

The more a person has done the hard work before Kundalini Awakens, the smoother the process. Over time, Kundalini transforms people on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level. The most important aspect in skilfully working with a Kundalini Awakening is the perspective a person takes of Reality. 

Honouring the body

Kundalini is divine energy emerging from the energetic or subtle body. And although kundalini energy is not a tangible, physical “thing,” its purposeful impact on the physical body is very real. While consciousness can transcend the body, kundalini begins IN the body. Vibrating at a more refined frequency, you could say that the body is able to receive more spirit. It’s easy for most of us to imagine that spirit supports us in our physical experience of life in human form. But it’s also true that the body supports the spirit. Spirit evolves through the great adventure of embodied life. The better you treat your body by caring for it, maintaining it, and most of all, accepting and loving it, the more pleasure and joy you will experience while inhabiting it.

Many of us are guilty of self-criticism, and this trait ultimately makes us weaker and less capable. Self-love, on the other hand, pulls us to a larger, kinder more free flowing and creatively open and aware place.

Your life is a gift – and not only a gift to you, but to all of us. There is only one YOU. Your body is the physical part of you. Also, a part of your spirit, and a part of your life. This is the gift of Life where consciousness meets form.

Take a slow, deep, connective breath, and feel into how precious your body is, how magnificent, how regal, how beautiful. Your body holds a body of knowledge that is all its own. It offers a perpetual flow of wisdom that is all its own. And it has a language that is also its very own.

Now that you are in the process of coming to understand and awaken your kundalini energy, it’s a very good time to approach your body in new ways. What might those new ways be?

Step Into Self Love

There are many ways that we can take care of ourselves and express self-love. We can read uplifting poetry, pamper ourselves with massage, take long walks in nature, or reach out to a friend or family member for support.

Meditating on self-love gives you permission to get real and vulnerable with yourself. Sitting with your thoughts and feelings, rather than pushing them away, is itself an act of love. When you focus on your heart as you meditate, you are able to create a compassionate space from which you can feel, without judgment, whatever it is you need to feel.

Meditation allows you to see that thoughts aren’t permanent; they come and go. When you take a step back from them and let them pass, you see that any negative thoughts you may feel are only temporary.

So, instead of being hard on yourself and getting caught up in the usual “not enough” storyline when you face self-doubt and lack of self-love, breathe, and use this meditation to remind yourself that you are worthy of your own love and compassion.

This is a beautiful opportunity to learn something new about yourself and tune into your physical and emotional needs. Let self-love enable you to build a stronger relationship with yourself and allow you to show up more fully in your life.

Now take some time to do this 10 minute guided self-love meditation.

Meditation connects the soul to the self, and by meditating we are building a conscious bridge. Inside this sacred container there is a whole new world. You’ll come to discover that your inner world is as rich as your outer world is!

By meditating you are sending out a signal that you want to connect, that you want to open your heart to the universe and receive all of its gifts. 

Now, on a clean piece of paper or a page in your journal, write down the first ideas that come to you as you contemplate the following questions:

If you were to move into a temple today, how would you live in it? Would you pray in it? Would you bless it? Would you make offerings to it? Would you honour it, and if so, how? Would you ask the divine to be present within it?

Now, having answered those questions, how might you treat the temple of your body today? What would you do or not do to love and honour it?

Lastly, what would be different in your life if you allowed more ecstasy to flow through your body? 🙏