As we proceed further into the 21st century there is even more of a
feeling that humanity as a whole is hearing "a calling". Most of the
clients in the realm that talk about this describe it as an "awakening" or
experiencing an "enlightenment" or a "need for transformation."
For some, this spiritual awakening is a gentle process that develops
as a consequence of many years of spiritual seeking and self-development.
This is the type of seeker who wants the spiritual awakening and seeks
out the guidance of a teacher to help them prepare themselves
emotionally and physically for their spiritual awakening.
However, I've noticed that no matter how trained an individual is, no one is ever ready for what Eastern religions call the awakening of the Kundalini
energy. The sad truth is that most spiritual awakenings are quite rude:
what some of us refer to as a "wake up call".
True enlightenment is usually preceded
by some kind of life loss or tragedy that kickstarts the awakening of
consciousness. A common catalyst is intense physical or emotional
distress. As people confront the limits of their endurance and come face
to face with death or loss, they will often move into altered or
transcendental states of consciousness as they ask God or a higher power
Natural disasters, near-death experiences or life transitions such as
midlife crisis, addiction or separation can be blessings in disguise
that lead to a blossoming of spiritual awareness.
It is thought that practices such as yoga, bioenergetics, polarity work
or breathwork can cause a natural awakening of Kundalini energy. Kundalini
is the Hindu word for the sacred, transformative energy that awakens
consciousness. According to Eastern esoteric literature, this energy is
coiled like a snake at the base of the spine, and when stimulated it
streams or coils up through the body's energy centers (chakras).
The awakening of the Kundalini is almost always associated with a
spiritual crisis. Typically the person may feel overwhelmed, bewildered,
disassociated, frightened, vulnerable, fragmented, fearful, confused,
disoriented and overcome by too much information. This can be the first
sign that you are about to be blessed with a spiritual awakening,
although many may feel it more like a "curse'.
Some of the symptoms you might experience during a spiritual awakening are
involuntary jerking movements of the body, including vibrations, spasm,
shaking and contractions.
As the Kundalini energy moves from the base of the spine and up through
the body, it clears deeply held blockages. While this is happening, the
person may experience emotions and memories from injuries and traumas
suffered in the past. The Hindus call this “pranic” movement.
Unusual Breathing or Physical Movements
Some people find themselves performing hand gestures and body postures
that are unusual but can later be identified as mudras or yoga related
postures. They may also develop an unusual relationship to sound and tones
and want to vocalize these sounds with their breath. These are called
As the Kundalini moves up through the body, some experience a form of
"spring cleansing" as the strong spiritual energy moves through the body
and releases toxins. Headaches, heart pain, stomachaches, and nervous disorders
can be part of the Kundalini moving up your spine. A very common symptom
is oversensitivity to any kind of sensory input and the desire to be
alone to heal.
Confusion and Emotional Imbalance
As the Kundalini energy moves up from the spine, people find themselves
possessed by inexplicable mood swings, anxiety, grief, guilt and
depression. On the flip side, they may sometimes experience moments of
sexual promiscuity, unexplained orgasms, lack of sexual desire and states
of disassociation or bliss. Most spiritual awakening challenge the ego to
let go of primal drives and subconscious blocks so that you are more aware
and living in the moment
An Increase in ESP and Intuition
Dreams of past lives or strange symbols are common during a spiritual
awakening, as are unusual visual and auditory sensations including hearing
voices, seeing auras or strange lights. Some may smell scents. Smelling
sandalwood or roses for no apparent reason is common. An out-of-body
experience or two may also occur where you appear to see yourself from
the ceiling, or feel bigger or smaller than your physical body.
Mystical and Psychic States of Consciousness
During a spiritual awakening, the psychic abilities are often accelerated
and the person may suddenly develop such talents as precognition,
telepathy, and the ability to see auras or healing abilities.
The awakening of the Kundalini is not a goal but heralds the beginning of
the process called transformation of consciousness. Spiritual emergence
often includes expanded perceptual abilities, increased energy, creative
expression and a devotion to being of service for the greater good of
Although a spiritual awakening may be uncomfortable and typically last
from several months to several years, at the end there is a promised
land where the individual develops a serenity and sense of deep peace
that they have never known before.
By: Sam Stevens