Kundalini is a psycho-spiritual energy, the energy of the consciousness, which is thought to reside within the sleeping body, and is aroused either through spiritual discipline or spontaneously to bring new states of consciousness, including mystical illumination. Kundalini is Sanskrit for “snake” or “serpent power”, so-called because it is believed to lie like a serpent in the root chakra at the base of the spine. In Tantra Yoga, Kundalini is an aspect of Shakti, the divine female energy and consort of Shiva.
The power of Kundalini is said to be enormous. Those having experienced it claim it to be indescribable. The phenomena associated with it varies from bizarre physical sensations and movements, pain, clairaudience, visions, brilliant lights, superlucidity, psychical powers, ecstasy, bliss, and transcendence of self. Kundalini has been described as liquid fire and liquid light.
While the awakening Kundalini may be a dramatic experience, the resultant shift in consciousness may be accompanied by years of Kundalini symptoms manifesting in physical and psychological upheaval.
The process of Kundalini awakening can vary greatly from person to person. Some have intense physical symptoms, while others experience mainly emotional or psychological symptoms. It is as if the new energy invites a spring-cleaning of the entire system … The life transforming changes which accompany a Kundalini awakening cover the entire physiological, emotional, mental and spiritual spectrum.
Many clinicians still regard phenomena associated with spiritual emergence as indicative of pathology because the signs are so easily confused with the indicators of psychosis, mania, depression, schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder. Many people undergoing spiritual emergency are misdiagnosed and treated with suppressive medication, further complicating their process/experience.
Source: Abbreviated description taken from several articles found on the Web.
[Crowmanic comment: It ain’t no “stroll in the park”.]
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