Whether intentionally awakened or a spontaneous expression brought on by your yogic practice, an increase in the flow of consciousness is synonymous with an awakening of your Kundalini energy. While the nature of your spiritual practice and your life circumstances influence the path and intensity of your energy flow, you can take active measures to control the speed and expression of your Kundalini awakening. If you have difficulties managing your Kundalini energy, your yogi may advise you to temper your spiritual practice. If your symptoms become too intense, seek professional medical advice.
Varying degrees of energy surges or fatigue are frequent symptoms of Kundalini rising. Depending upon the chakra involved, an increase in your energy can also trigger feelings of intense heat or cold, or a sudden onset of shakiness or vibration in your body. If your Kundalini causes you physical discomfort, grounding activities -- such as outdoor play, eating a heavy meal or a deep-breathing exercise -- will help you to temper the flow of your Kundalini energy.
Depending upon the depth of your practice, manifestations of light, music, conversations with other entities and precognitive visions may begin to populate your inner life. While there are several theories that attempt to explain the experience of extrasensory phenomena, your interpretation of these experiences will depend upon your individual perception of the event.
Although you’re likely familiar with the emotional highs and lows that accompany normal hormonal changes, inexplicable mood swings or spontaneous feelings of bliss can be an indicator of a Kundalini awakening. Feelings of grace or an increase in compassion and gratitude might also occur. And although a sudden onset of involuntary giddiness or sexual arousal without provocation can cause some confusion, keep in mind that these experiences may be a not-so-gentle reminder of a breakthrough in your spiritual journey.
Spiritual insights and extrasensory awareness can accompany an increase in the flow of your Kundalini. While some practitioners welcome this aspect of their spiritual practice, not everyone is ready for the esoteric events that can accompany an increase in consciousness. If you’re uncomfortable with the prospect of seeing auras or experiencing precognitive dreams -- or an out-of-body experience -- you may choose to slow your Kundalini practice until you’re more comfortable with the process.
Novice Kundalini practitioners sometimes interpret the natural flow of prana with a Kundalini awakening, according to Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati. Depending on its intensity, you might interpret short bursts of energy, called kryas, as a physical seizure/event or Kundalini. In actuality, kryas are signposts that indicate progress in your spiritual practice.
Susan Brassard writes about natural health-related topics, complementary and alternative medicine and issues relative to a holistic approach to the aging process. Following a career in business and finance, she obtained a Master of Arts in gerontology and several certifications in energy therapies. She is the author of a workbook and resource guide for older adults.