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Kundalini

This article was written by Anodea Judith on May 30, 2002
posted under Chakras

What is this strange and mysterious Goddess force?

I like to think of Kundalini with a metaphor of connecting gears. In an undeveloped person, the chakras are likely to be small. Each one is spinning in its relative place, but the spinning of one does not necessarily affect the spinning of another. As the chakras grow through the capacity to handle increased energy, they are more likely to touch each other and thereby stimulate the spinning of a chakra above or below. When this occurs, we feel an increased rush of energy and awareness throughout our whole system. We experience the Kundalini force.

Kundalini is a strong and powerful force that can produce radical physical and mental changes. Some find it hard to function in the day-to-day world when the Kundalini force is strong. Others find it an exhilarating and enlightening experience. Some say it is sublimated sexual energy; others say it is vibrational rhythm entrainment between brain waves and physiological subsystems. There are many theories and none of them are conclusive. It can be triggered by yoga practices, meditation, physical stimulation (such as a car accident or strenuous exercise), mental excitement (scary movies sometimes do it to me), or by a learned master in the art of Kundalini awakening. It is
generally not advisable to invoke Kundalini without a teacher or support system that can help you process the changes it may bring. It is, however, a healing force, and is most beneficial to us when we can surrender to it gracefully.

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