The most important foundation for navigating the kundalini process is a proper education in basic principles of spirituality.
The principles provide the container for the process, as well as a sense of direction and logical comprehension of what is taking place.
By understanding what the process involves, where it’s heading, and what is being asked of us, we can participate correctly and work in concert with the energy, thereby allowing the transformation to flow more smoothly.
Most people treat kundalini and its symptoms as a chronic form of medical 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, and spiritually a form of resistance, which leaves the person in a vulnerable unpredictable state, never knowing what strange painful symptom is going to arise next. It hinders the process, attempting to avoid the healing transformation, rather than supporting it. The symptom management approach does not begin to address the cause of the symptoms. And left unattended or avoided, the symptoms will increase in severity, at times resulting in acute physical pain, damage to the body, or even complete debilitation.
The symptoms of kundalini are not random.
I’ll repeat that because it bears more attention – the symptoms are not random. They are messages. Just as in the field of metaphysics, the symptoms of kundalini are symbolic representations of where the person is not in spiritual alignment – where their thoughts, their words, or their actions are not based in their individual truth.
The more we begin to see the messages the energy is trying to send and the awareness its asking for, the more we are able to work with the energy, rather than against it. As we begin to turn into this process, rather than fighting it, the painful, intense, unpleasant symptoms subside.
It’s important to note that 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 courageous expression of the authentic self, rather than the conditioned ego-based thoughts and behaviors of the false self.
For this, the spiritual education must include:
- 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 thorough understanding of practical approaches to authentic self-love,
- 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.).
These are the rudimentary basics, the minimum tools applicable to most kundalini experiences. For some people, whose experiences are more intense and require deeper work, an education in mysticism and the attendant principles is built on this foundation.
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). It means shedding all of the fear-based ego patterns, and finding the courage to live as the authentic self.
The only active mechanism to accomplish this is through self-awareness practices. We cannot begin to transform that which we cannot see or hear. There are many different tools and approaches to attaining ever-deeper levels of awareness, but the method/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 the subconscious, and
- to begin healing and transforming these automatic pathways of the mind.
Contrary to a variety of spiritual disciplines, isn’t about applying any force or control; it’s not forcing yourself to think different thoughts. Rather it is a bringing of awareness to what’s there, and working with the validity of it. Just that small shining of the light into the darkness begins the process of dissolving 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 us to honor our emotions, in order to process, heal, and transform them properly, not avoid them. Any spiritual practice that takes us away from feeling our feelings, denigrates emotional reactions, or tries to divert attention with “ultimate truth” is not the way to go.
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