Kundalini is a fascinating subject for esotericists – perhaps the most fascinating, because it is not explained by science or religious dogma, and yet is mentioned in many of the ancient wisdoms: Egyptian, Greek, Hinduism, Buddhism, esoteric Christianity, etc.
Kundalini arousal, particularly partial arousal, is more prevalent than usually imagined. It is also a process that is more commonly addressed in occult/esoteric circles than scientific writings; indeed it could be said that medical science shows little appreciation of, nor understanding of, kundalini. And yet it is rarely reported in an objective way, nor discussed openly, so that the student has to glean what he or she can from a variety of sources.
What is Kundalini?
The name is Sanskrit in origin and is the name by which the process is currently known in the west as well as in India. The name is feminine and refers to a coil, so kundalini is sometimes likened to a coiled serpent and the process is sometimes called serpent power. Put simply, it is a release of energy that can result in spiritual transformation so that the recipient is more perceptive, and more in touch both with nature and with the divine. In this respect it ranks with (or more likely, out-ranks) other processes that have been recognised as having transformative effects, including near death experiences, revelations, channelled messages, encounters with extra-terrestrials, powerful dreams and other "religious experiences". Kundalini is generally reckoned to be a feminine force.
As a release of energy in human bodies, it can be expected that the effects of kundalini can vary in intensity and in symptoms, from person to person. To judge from contemporary literature, this is indeed the case. Moreover the release often occurs spontaneously: not only when deliberately initiated.
When and where does Kundalini start?
Spontaneous Kundalini arousal whether full or partial is often associated with a history of meditation, yoga or prayer. Typically, the energy release begins in the lower part of the body and moves upwards. It often starts in the feet, but many say that it starts with the lower chakra, the mooladhara, that is located near the perineum. It does not necessarily originate in the lower parts of the body, however, and can start at the crown or heart chakra, for instance. The order and progression of the energy through the chakras varies with each individual. This internal transfer of energy, which can be extremely powerful, is accompanied by many different feelings, usually new to the recipient and is therefore bewildering or even frightening. Spontaneous arousal can occur at any age.
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