Everyone has an inner drive to excel or be special at some thingto be
unique. Sometimes people reach for this in negative ways. The underlying
drive in all people, however, is one of evolutionto reach for enlightenment,
to be God-like while still human.
In the Upanishads, it is expressed:
Dwelling in this very body, we have somehow realized Brahman [expansion,
evolution, the Absolute, Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer of
the universe]; otherwise we should have remained ignorant and great
destruction would have overtaken us. Those who know Brahman become
immortal while others only suffer misery. [IV, iv, 14/Swami
In the New Testament, Jesus answered:
Is it not written in your own law, I said: You are gods? Those who
are called gods to whom the word of God was delivered and Scripture
can not be set aside. [John 10:3435/The New English Bible]1
We find that we are all called to go beyond our humanness toward
greater heights. The kundalini energy pushes each of us toward this goal
of enlightenmentknowing the light, knowing God.
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1. This is my sentence: Gods you may be, sons all of you of a high god, . . . [Psalm
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The red-orange of the kundalini rises up the spine and mixes with divine energy
(union of Shakti and Shakta). The colors turn golden, or sometimes silver.
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In Tibetan Yoga and in other secret doctrines, it is expressed:
By means of Shakti Yoga [energy discipline], the Tantric yogin attains
discipline of body and mind and then proceeds to the mighty task of
awakening the dormant, or innate, powers of divinity within himself,
personified as the sleeping Goddess Kundalini. . . . Then, from the mystic
union of Shakta [at the top of the head] and the Shakti, is born Enlightenment;
and the Yogin has attained the Goal.2
Kundalini, a Sanskrit word meaning circular power, is an individuals
basic evolutionary force. Each of us is born with some of this energy already
flowing. The amount available and usable determines whether a
person has low intelligence, is a genius, or is somewhere in the middle.
It is not just a matter of using what we already have, but of awakening
the much greater amount waiting in the kundalini reservoir located at
the base of the spine.
Kundalini is a natural force common to all of us. It is not a religion,
although it is practiced by some religions and the process can enhance
and develop each persons own religious beliefs.
Ancient Eastern literature contains a great deal of information on the
kundalini. This is not true of Western literature; but more is being written.
As interest in the Aquarian Age grows rapidly and brings stronger
energies to facilitate spontaneous kundalini release, people in all walks of
life, all ages, and all levels of growth experience kundalini, regardless of
cultural, philosophical, or religious backgrounds.
Little information is available for people who have not even heard of
kundalini and wonder at the causes of their physical, mental, or emotional
suffering or breakdown. Even those in the growth and help fields
do not have easy access to information for counseling those who release
extra kundalini before their systems are ready and experience problems
on all levels of life, as if 220 volts of electrical energy suddenly coursed
through their 110-volt units; fuses blow and circuitry melts.
One reason for the lack of information is that many people, though
knowledgeable, are concerned about the kundalini powers potential for
harm; they feel nothing should be done with itno exercises and no
2. From the edition of W. Y. Evans-Wentz.
trainingbecause of the possibility that this awesome force will turn destructive.
This attitude is much the same as that of people who say that if
you dont educate children about sex, there wont be any problems.
Another reason is that many people regard kundalini as a new age fad.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Kundalini can be considered
the oldest known science. In previous ages, people raised kundalini under
the guidance of teachers and in controlled circumstances, preserving
what they learned as an esoteric knowledge. But we have entered a period
of time in which the esoteric becomes exoteric.
People whose kundalini was raised without their knowledge, relating
symptoms of their condition to others, were generally considered crazy
or physically weak; they may even have considered themselves crazy. The
process may entail great confusion and fright beyond the exhilaration
and sense of being uplifted.
It is evident from their writings that Christian mystics had experiences
of released kundalini, which they referred to as sufferings. They understood
the process as one which would bring union with God.
Gopi Krishna has been a modern exponent of this evolutionary energy.
His own kundalini release came from meditation practices he undertook
without prior formal training.3 He spent years working with and
understanding what was happening to him. His experiences and writings
have been very beneficial to others who have not had previous training.
Symptoms of Early Release
Since we are all individualswith our own history, physical conditions,
personal and spiritual developmentkundalini release acts differently
with each of us. These are some of the symptoms that may indicate an
excessive release of kundalini before the system is ready:
A feeling of losing it and difficulty coping with everyday life
Chills or hot flashes
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3. See Kundalini, by Gopi Krishna.
Evidence of multiple personalities
Excessive mood swings: depression or ecstasy
Times of extreme dullness or brilliance
Loss or distortion of memory
Disorientation with oneself, others, work, or the world in general
Extremes in appearance (a person may fluctuate between looking
years younger one moment and twenty years older a short
Visual effects: seeing lights or colors, geometric shapes, scenes
from past lives, or future events
Kundalini has its own sense of direction. Its natural flow is up the spine
and out the top of the head; along that path it brings new awareness, new
abilities, and transcendental states. Much as a plant reaches toward light,
the kundalini pushes us to reach for enlightenment; it removes any energy
blocks in its way, thus causing symptoms such as those listed above.
It will do its own thing. We can help or hinder the process.
A fully developed person will have exceptional paranormal gifts, great
spiritual awareness, and truly be considered genius, or God-like. Each of
us must deal with the kundalini sooner or later; the more knowledgeable
and ready we are, the more wonderful the experience will be.
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