Mysterious Power Of The Kundalini
By James Donahue
people involved in esoteric matters understand that the word kundalini is a
reference to a mysterious serpentine energy believed coiled within each human.
The practice of yogi is among the known ways to awaken this energy and thus
expand the context of our spiritual and physical life.
ancient Sanskrit the word kundalini means “she who is coiled.” It is a
metaphor of the power of a serpent that many believe is located at the base of
the human spine. Some see it as an image of the human spine itself, while others
utilize a sexual connotation, linking the uncoiling of the kundalini with the
erection of the male penis.
traditional Indian description of the kundalini experience is that it is the
release of shakti, or energy, at the base of the spine. When “awakened” it
rushes upward into the head and creates a mystical state of consciousness.
energy, according to psychiatrist Dr. Lee Sannella, author of The Kundalini
Experience, is said to be an aspect of the transcendental consciousness that
“precedes and yet also pervades the entire cosmos.”
other words, the awakening of the kundalini is another way of describing an
altered state of human consciousness. It is a state of mind that everybody
seeks, often through the use of drugs. It is a natural state of mind, however,
that Psychic Aaron C. Donahue believes can be achieved not only through the
practice of yogi, but by listening to certain forms of music.
calls for humans to learn to activate the right and creative hemisphere of the
brain, thus creating balance within the human psyche. In this way we awaken the
kundalini within ourselves, open what has been described as the third eye, and
raise our unconscious awareness of the universe around us.
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is clear that Had is identifying himself with the kundalini. He describes this
energy as a secret coiled serpent, about to spring. This is regarded as a bad
image by the Christian and Hebrew people, who identify the serpent with the
rebellious archangel Lucifer, cast from Heaven to Earth. Yet to the spiritual
practitioner, the kundalini energy is a good thing that each man and woman
desires to master and learn to release on demand.
Had is the energy of the universe and the light within each star, or existing
human, the kundalini thus becomes a perfect metaphor to use in describing his
existence. Also the image of the serpent portrays the phallus and a sexual union
with the universe, or Nuit.
energy can be unexpectedly released through other stimuli, including mere
thought. When it occurs without warning it can cause a sense of alarm and
confusion. Dr. Sannella, a psychiatrist,
wrote his book based upon treatment of patients unprepared to deal with the
effects of this rush of energy throughout their system. A specialist in this
field, Sannella actually founded a Kundalini Clinic in
his book, Sannella describes a classic symptom of the kundalini experience as
described by one of his patients: “My body is swept by muscle spasms.
Indescribable sensations and sharp pains run from my feet and up my legs to my
back. My skull feels as if it is about to burst. Inside my head I hear roaring
sounds and high-pitched whistling. Suddenly I am laughing, overcome with
Christian beliefs deny meditation and experiences in the eastern arts,
westerners regard this arousal within themselves as harbingers of insanity. They
are unaware that the kundalini experience has a sacred and hallowed spiritual
tradition among practitioners of the mystic arts, or that people have studied
yoga for thousands of years and know how to utilize this energy in productive
and creative ways.
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