Kundalini Awakening Precautions (Questions Answered Half 2) – MindfulnessQuest

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The next article is a continuation of the Kundalini Awakening QnA collection. For those who’re a brand new reader or have missed the primary half, you’ll be able to learn it right here. This QnA collection is a compilation of discussions I’ve had with varied individuals over the previous few years. Right here, I try and reply among the questions that seekers generally face on the trail of spirituality.

Precautions On The Power Path

Q. Kundalini awakening isn’t all the time a nice expertise, and in some instances, it induces psychosis. What precautions can one take earlier than embarking on this path?

A. Kundalini awakening can certainly be traumatic. Within the early days, religious lecturers used to evaluate the bodily and psychological state of Yoga practitioners earlier than giving details about Kundalini. However these days, we now have individuals providing weekend programs claiming on the spot outcomes starting from in a single day monetary success to religious freedom (no matter which means).

A few years in the past, a younger lady, most likely in her mid-20s, got here to an institute for Kundalini Yoga. Every little thing was going effective, and he or she was following the curriculum (all of the kriyas) as per the directions. Till in the future, she began experiencing matches, after which onwards, her situation started deteriorating.

Her whole physique was shaking, and the scenario bought out of hand. Her situation deteriorated a lot that she couldn’t acknowledge anyone – not even her dad and mom. They confirmed her to a psychiatrist, however there was no enchancment in her situation.

The institute workers washed palms off the incident. No person was keen to take accountability for what occurred. These institutes make you signal a kind that we’re not accountable for if one thing occurs – one thing most individuals ignore.

In India, individuals keep away from authorized proceedings trigger instances drag on for years. Such incidents will not be unusual. I’m not attempting to create worry in your thoughts, however one have to be cautious whereas embarking on this path.

The institute knew about her deteriorating situation, and they need to have taken well timed motion. For instance, in such a case, a educated instructor ought to instantly cease all actions. There are completely different paths to succeed in the identical vacation spot.

Completely different individuals resonate with completely different approaches. There is no such thing as a one-fits-all resolution. An actual grasp will spend lots of time with the coed to evaluate which strategy is appropriate for that exact particular person.

I get many emails a month from everywhere in the world with individuals asking me that they’ve triggered one thing too intense for his or her thoughts to deal with, they usually can’t get it to cease. I attempt to reply most of their questions, however how a lot can one clarify within the mail with out realizing the small print?

I spend my Saturday mornings talking to individuals via Zoom conferences. I don’t cost, and I assist wherever I can.

Some pointers:

  • For those who’re planning to undertake Kundalini Yoga, be certain that to do correct analysis concerning the instructor or the institute. If doable, speak to the grasp and ask how they deal with a scenario when a specific methodology doesn’t go well with the practitioner.
  • The grasp needs to be obtainable and have the ability to information the practitioner at each step.
  • The grasp needs to be compassionate and needs to be keen to offer a little bit of particular person consideration. Don’t count on the grasp to be with you on a regular basis, however they need to be keen to pay attention and perceive.
  • Be cautious of individuals or institutes that ask exorbitant quantities of cash for educating Kundalini Yoga. This one is a significant crimson flag. This educating isn’t for the profiteering of a person or a company. Whereas charging cash is okay, as each institution has to pay the operational bills, it needs to be cheap. I don’t suppose one must spend hundreds of {dollars} for kundalini awakening.
  • STOP if you find yourself uncomfortable with a specific observe.
  • Don’t be obsessive about Kundalini. The vitality chooses to present itself at an applicable time. You attempting to hurry up the method is more likely to trigger hassle. The vitality has a will and intelligence of its personal. It is aware of the place and when to strike and with the suitable depth.
  • Don’t try to do that by yourself. Though it’s doable, it’s all the time higher to take the assistance of an skilled instructor. Individuals who do it by themselves are normally those that have spent years in self-reflection.

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Q. So what you’re saying is that one can’t do something to awaken the vitality? Then why even trouble doing Kundalini Yoga?

A. See, the ego has a approach of deciphering issues in its personal approach, i.e., it sees occasions within the mild of its personal concepts, beliefs, and biases. Individuals who get experiences begin believing that they’re distinctive.

The ego in such individuals strengthens itself by saying, “I’m particular,” “I’m the chosen one.” Such beliefs in and of themselves create the best roadblock within the motion of vitality. That is the subtlest lure of the ego that most individuals fall into.

Many of the Kundalini Yoga mishaps occur when the practitioner pushes laborious for awakening or to maintain a frame of mind, not realizing that the serpent, ultimately, will chew to mud, the one that’s so keen.

The ego thinks it may manipulate the vitality, and that is doership. That stated, I’m not suggesting inaction. So do what you do with the thought that you’ve got full free will, realizing that the result isn’t in your management. That’s all I’m attempting to convey.

In some individuals, the Kundalini awakens by itself, with out the person asking for it or following any religious observe. It may well even occur in these people who don’t have any religious inclinations in anyway. Some individuals expertise unease and discomfort, whereas others don’t even get to know.

Most religious masters have their Kundalini absolutely woke up with out them realizing it. It’s as a result of their vitality channels are clear. We solely get to learn about Kundalini due to the blockages. Blockages create psychosomatic signs.

You already know about Kundalini as a result of the vitality selected to do this in you, not since you are particular. No person is particular. I bear in mind a saying by the Advaita instructor, Ramesh Balsekar, “The created object (us) can by no means know the need of the creator supply (vitality).”

Subsequently, for those who consider not doing something (your practices), you assume that you recognize the need of vitality. Let the vitality do its work. Let go of the result.

Q. How lengthy does it take for the Kundalini to awaken absolutely?

A. It differs from one particular person to a different. Within the majority of instances, it takes years of labor solely to get it shifting. However once more, don’t assume something. I’ll share an open secret with you – the quickest and most secure option to increase Kundalini.

Be taught to chill out. Spend as a lot time as doable in deep rest. Sadly, most individuals discover it laborious. We’re so used to the thought of labor and energy, and it appears counterintuitive that one thing so simple as rest can increase vitality.

Rest is being snug with one’s thoughts. A meditative thoughts is a relaxed thoughts. A meditative thoughts means “no-mind” – the absence of the one meditating. Don’t fear if that is laborious to know. By the top of this collection, you’ll have a transparent understanding of what I’m pointing at.

Q. Are you able to inform us a bit of extra about your religious journey?

A. Whereas I inform folks that my religious journey started after my father’s loss of life, however in actuality, I had been a seeker since childhood. I used to spend so much of time fascinated with life, loss of life, and time.

I began meditating after my father’s loss of life. It was not that I used to be attempting to beat the trauma of his loss of life. Meditation simply occurred to me. It was just like the vitality was ready for the suitable second.

Earlier than I’m going additional, I humbly request all of the readers to not emulate what I did beneath any circumstances. I used to be loopy and ignorant (I nonetheless am), who was experimenting on himself with out understanding the results. Name it grace, luck, or no matter you need, that I survived.

In August 2014, two issues occurred: I misplaced my father, and I misplaced my job. Subsequently, there have been three deaths within the household, shortly one after the opposite. All of it occurred so all of a sudden that I didn’t know for whom to grieve.

My complete household was in shock. It intensified my seek for studying life’s thriller. Why are we right here? Why is there ache and struggling? What’s the aim of life? What’s God? Is there actually a God on the market someplace, or we’re victims of our personal creativeness?

My thoughts was racing sooner than the velocity of sunshine. I grew to become depressed. Remedy did present non permanent aid, nevertheless it didn’t assist a lot. I used to be experiencing excessive outbursts with combined feelings. I usually hit myself on the face or bang my head on the wall in anger.

Day-to-day, I used to be changing into tough, and this was adversity affecting my relationship with my spouse and children.

I made a decision to isolate myself and spend time in self-reflection. I do know it sounds egocentric, however there was no different possibility trigger my situation was getting worse. I used to be scared that I’d hurt individuals round with my aggressive habits.

I shifted to a tiny room on my home terrace and spent hours solely alone – no leisure, no telephone, no watching information – solely a handful of books. I’d come down just for meals, sleep, and spend a while with my spouse and children. Consider it as self-imposed solitary confinement.

I’d watch my thoughts for hours and undergo all of the monsters of my creativeness. At instances it was so unhealthy that I used to bury my head within the pillow and screamed out my lungs. The ache was insufferable. I hardly ever went out of the home and didn’t meet anybody for a very long time.

It continued for nearly 4 years, until 2019. Individuals known as me loopy, depressed, egocentric, and all types of issues. I didn’t meet buddies and different relations. Whereas the onset of the pandemic was traumatic for most individuals, for me, it was common.

Through the years, my thoughts had began settling down, and I had grow to be quite a bit calmer. To me, the belief didn’t occur all of a sudden. It was a gradual course of with moments of awakening. At the moment, I didn’t even know something about Kundalini Yoga.

I had heard the time period, however I didn’t know what it meant. I had a number of experiences through the years, like sleep paralysis, nightmares, swirling sensation in my abdomen, pulsating sensations on my brow, tingling sensation on the highest of the top, and so and on and so forth.

At instances, these sensations have been so intense that I felt that I’d be thrown out of my physique. The nightmares saved me awake most nights. I used to come across darkish entities in my desires that used to overpower me.

However all of it stopped affecting me after a while. I knew that I used to be not the restricted mind-body complicated I considered myself to be. I used to go so deep into meditation that there have been no sensations of thoughts or physique. There have been no ideas. I noticed myself as this “aware presence.”

The closest feeling I can affiliate with it’s peace—one thing like we expertise in a deep sleep. There was no particular person “me” wherever.

It reworked my relationship with the world, and particularly with my spouse and children. The notions of duality broke down, and there was an unconditional acceptance of “what’s.” I didn’t grow to be a greater particular person, however there was full self-acceptance. I really feel snug with myself.

I’m nonetheless introverted, reclusive, and have my likes, dislikes, and preferences like others, however I’ve misplaced my capacity to hate individuals. I do react emotionally generally, however I’m conscious of my reactions, which dissipates their depth.

So anger doesn’t result in rage or hate. Unhappiness doesn’t result in despair. Satisfaction doesn’t result in delight. And ache doesn’t result in struggling. There are occasions once I do expertise ache within the type of the aforementioned feelings, however with the notice, they don’t result in extended struggling. The thoughts turns into silent, and all that’s left is the impersonal consciousness or vacancy, and that’s what I name bliss.

[TO BE CONTINUED …]

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