by Tara Springett
In my experience with my clients who suffer from kundalini syndrome there are numerous ways of awakening the kundalini, from traditional meditation to traumatic near-death experiences.
It has also become clear to me that people display a vast array of symptoms that are as varied as there are people. However, I find that there are common
threads, as well. People suffering from kundalini syndrome can usually pinpoint an event that preceded their awakening, e.g. a meditation retreat or a complicated operation. They also feel that there is some sort of energy rushing around in their body, usually starting in the abdomen and moving upwards.
Apart from these more classical symptoms, all my clients report having increased positive and negative emotions and a heightened sensitivity in general. These feelings make it much harder to put up with circumstances that could be tolerated before and people sometimes feel that they have to change many aspects of their lives and relationships.
Many of my clients feel ambivalent about their kundalini symptoms. They would like to get rid of the painful ones but they would like to keep the positive ones – like a general feeling of being more alive, more creative, more intuitive and spiritual.
Unfortunately, it does not work that way. A kundalini awakening is an event of the whole body and mind and it cannot be reversed, no more than we can reverse puberty. Therefore, we need to embrace this entire process and resolve any issue that has become a challenge.
It is my overwhelming experience with my clients that physical symptoms subside once we have dealt with the more emotional, spiritual and relationship related issues. For example, if we hold spiritual ideas that make us feel powerless and frightened, we have to find a more empowering and loving way to relate to the divine.
If we hold ideas about ourselves that are somewhat arrogant or even megalomaniac then the presence of kundalini will throw up so many problems that we are ‘forced’ to become more humble and realistic about ourselves.
In the same way, we have to reassess all our relationships in which we feel powerless or unloved.
What about kundalini psychosis?
Many people who come to me for kundalini counselling have read various horror stories about kundalini psychosis and are afraid. But in my experience it is mostly people with a background of heavy drug taking who could be at risk. As it is common knowledge, these people would be at risk anyway and the presence of kundalini just makes this tendency more likely as kundalini is a general amplifier of our tendencies – good and bad. Therefore we need to deal with all underlying addictive tendencies and then the risk of developing a kundalini psychosis will lessen dramatically.
Kundalini is not an outside force
Almost every client that I have worked with had the idea that kundalini is some sort of outside force that somehow has entered their body, where it wreaks havoc. But this view is not at all true.
Kundalini is no more an outside force than was our sex drive that awakened at puberty. Both these enormous powers were within us as a dormant potential from birth and awaken at a certain point in time.
While most people are prepared for the awakening of their libido, virtually nobody is prepared for the awakening of kundalini. It is the very idea that kundalini is an outside force that has entered our body that will throw up all sorts of uncomfortable symptoms because we are trying, consciously or unconsciously, to resist it.
The solution for all problems that constitute the kundalini syndrome is to embrace the kundalini energy as our own self and give up the idea of getting rid of it. Ultimately, kundalini is pure energy that can used for good or bad purposes. If we learn to channel this heightened energy into loving projects and spiritual development, we will be extremely happy and successful in the long-term. Most people benefit from the guidance of an experienced mentor to achieve this goal.
Tara Springett is a fully qualified and licensed psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher who has specialised in working with people with kundalini syndrome.
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