One of the most important things for someone going through kundalini process is a proper basic spiritual education; so that the person can begin moving, in concert with kundalini, actively towards spiritual alignment.
Most treat kundalini and its symptoms as a chronic form of illness. They seek out a variety of therapies and remedies intended to lessen or stop the unpleasant, painful, intense physical experiences. This is a form of symptom management, which leaves the person in a vulnerable unpredictable state, never knowing what strange painful symptom is going to arise next. This approach does not begin to address the cause of the symptoms. And left unattended, the symptoms will increase in severity, at times resulting in acute physical pain and damage to the body.
The symptoms of kundalini aren’t random. I’ll repeat that – the symptoms are not random. They are messages; they are symbolic representations of where the person is not in spiritual alignment – in their thoughts, in their words, or in their actions. This isn’t about conforming to any set of rules or behaviors, it’s not moralistic or dogmatic; spiritual alignment is unique to each person. It is the authentic expression of the real self, rather than the conditioned ego-based thoughts and behaviors. This is also not about positive thinking or trying to force yourself to “be spiritual.” It’s quite the opposite.
The more you begin to see the messages the energy is trying to send you, the more you are able to work with the energy, rather than against it. As you begin to turn in to this process, rather than fighting it, the painful, intense, unpleasant symptoms subside.
For this, the spiritual education must include
- a thorough understanding of practical approaches to self-love,
- a mechanism for developing ever deepening levels of self-awareness,
- a form of self-inquiry that goes all the way down into the subconscious core beliefs,
- a process for working with fear,
- a process for training the attention and applying mindfulness,
- tools for processing emotional reactions,
- a proper form of inner child work to heal old trauma,
- a process for embodying acceptance (of self, of the other, and of the external reality),
- a process for learning vulnerable authentic communication and conflict resolution,
- a cultivation of intrinsic joy and contentment,
- a development of body awareness and intuitive feeling sense,
- a practical approach to forgiveness and releasing of energetic attachments,
- a thorough understanding of deeper spiritual truths about the design of life and interpersonal dynamics and relationships (projection, reflection, shadow work, ego structure, etc.).
Kundalini is asking primarily for the transformation of consciousness. But what does that mean in practical terms? It means the transforming of shame, self-judgment, anger, hatred (all fear based emotions), into gratitude, kindness, compassion, faith, and acceptance (love based emotions).
The only active mechanism to accomplish this is through self-awareness training. You cannot begin to transform that which you cannot see or hear. There are many different tools and approaches to attaining ever-deeper levels of awareness, but the goal is the same: it is to identify the conditioned egoic pattern or false belief, to elevate the core beliefs and self-judgments out of subconscious, and to begin healing and transforming these automatic pathways of the mind. This isn’t about applying any force or discipline; it’s not forcing yourself to think different thoughts. It’s just a bringing of awareness to what’s in there, and questioning the validity of it. Just that small shining of the light into the darkness begins the process of dissolving those fear based beliefs, and the emotional reactions that stem from them.
Because of this, it is very important that the person choose a spiritual tradition, teacher, or school that does not engage in any form of non-dual spiritual bypass. This is an extremely dangerous practice for those undergoing kundalini process. Kundalini is asking you to honor your emotions, in order to process, heal, and transform them properly, not avoid them. Any spiritual practice that takes you away from feeling your feelings, denigrates emotional reactions, or tries to diverts your attention with “ultimate truth” is not the way to go.
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