Kundalini Survival Guide
This guide has been written to attempt to provide some sensible direction for individuals in the throes of a Kundalini crisis or with extended Kundalini problems. If you are feeling overwhelmed, or having doubts and fears about the dramatic upheavels a Kundalini awakening can trigger, I would recommend contacting the Spiritual Emergency Center, or one of the Spiritual Emergence Networks in America and Canada. A good therapist experienced in Spiritual Emergence might be able to help you--at least they could validate your experience. Ultimately, however, it is the individual who must come to terms with this transformative spiritual process.
For excellent guide books, get copies of "A Farther Shore" by Yvonne Kason, M.D., "Energies of Transformation" by Bonnie Greenwell PhD., and "Living With Kundalini" by Gopi Krishna. I have found these books to be the most helplful with the most accurate information about Kundalini in the many books and articles I have read over the years.
Much has been said about what you can do for Kundalini problems in the Shared Transformation Newsletters and The Scandinavian Kundalini Network. You will find some of the best Kundalini information on the net at both these sites for Kundalini problems. As you explore the many sites with Kundalini information you will discover quite a bit of helpful, but sometimes differing, advice. By the way, it is useful to try to examine all sides of the many opinions about Kundalini with a discerning but open mind.
However, to paraphrase an often quoted saying, "if someone claims they have all the answers, run the other way." Nobody--repeat, nobody has all the answers about Kundalini, regardless of all the claims to the contrary. Beware of people trying to sell you high-priced courses or pressuring you to join their spiritual group. While in the throes of a Kundalini awakening, one can be vulnerable to people who may not have a person's best interests at heart, or dispense techniques that can worsen your Kundalini process.
WARNING: Once Kundalini is up and running, healing attempts may increase it and potentially wreak havoc rather than decrease or effectively integrate it. On the other hand, for some people healers have been helpful, but for many of us, there are risks and resultant disappointments in subjecting our energy to healers.
El Collie, the highly esteemed founder of Shared Transformation, wrote these words in regard to this:
"Whenever well-intentioned healers have given me energy treatments, in person or long distance, my K goes haywire. I've had my symptoms and pain get worse even when loving people with a lot of active K have prayed for me. (This hasn't happened when people with dormant K prayed for me, though.) I get overly zapped by their "gifts" of additional energy, when I've already got more than I can handle on my own. If high vibration energy could heal all bodily ills, every healer with awakened K would be in fantastic health, considering the levels of K-energy flowing through them. Just something to consider."
Generally, basic things are safe such as long walks, cutting back on meditation or prayer, including meat in your diet to weigh down the energy, etc. Sometimes stopping all spiritual work for awhile, or permanently, is the best course of action. You may find the concentration involved in your daily activities is sufficient to stimulate Kundalini enough for growth without increasing it to uncomfortable levels.
Being in nature is wonderful for grounding Kundalini. I once read that sitting against trees to have excess energy absorbed is helpful; some Chi Kung practices work with the chi in trees as well. I don't have personal experience of trying to work with trees to balance Kundalini, but I do feel the grounding effect of being in nature. Recently someone emailed me about how being near or in the ocean was helpful to his Kundalini process. I can see how this would be highly effective too. I have also heard of hot baths at night being helpful; some healers advocate bathing with salt as a way to tone down Kundalini energy.
Grounding methods where you visualize the energy going into the ground are often recommended to balance Kundalini energy. In my experience, this does not work. When I try to direct the energy into the ground, the focusing leads to more Kundalini energy flooding into my head right after the exercise. Other people have had the same problem with this, yet for some it is effective. You have to experiment to see what will work for you. Remember, what works for one individual will not necessarily work for another. There do not appear to be any across-the-board methods that heal Kundalini problems as aspirin helps most people with headaches. You essentially have to use the trial and error method--but with caution.
Having a support person, or persons, can be immensely beneficial; I have found this to be most effective, especially when nothing else works. Cultivating faith that the process is ultimately a blessing of the highest order is critical (I know this can be difficult to do when in the throes of a Kundalini eruption, or having Kundalini problems for years, but it makes a substantial difference in your process. Thinking on an eternal continuun may be effective as well. It might give you greater perspectve and patience believing that ultimately you will one day enjoy the glories that your soul is being inexorably drawn toward. Try to believe that "all things work for the good" in time. Trust in yourself and the Absolute).
It may help to return to your religious roots. If ,say, you grew up in a Catholic setting with all the spiritual images of that tradition, practicing a Hindu-based meditation method and seeing inner visions of the images of that spiritual tradition like an Elephant-faced diety, or the fearsome aspect of the Goddess Kali, might be too alien to you, and frightening. Yet to an individual raised in that religion, it would be a blessing from the higest heavens. These experiences can get quite intense so it is important to be in a traditon where you feel protected, safe, and at ease with any unusual manifestations.
Service can be extremely helpful in smoothing out Kundalini and ennobling the heart and mind; I recently heard on the radio of a study of how volunteering had enormous benefits to the body and mind. Imagine the possible, unseen spiritual benefits of helping others in this world and the next.
I feel having a pet can be helpful too. I used to have a Labrador Retriever that I would playfully wrestle with on the floor; I always felt like this joyful abandon with my canine opponent toned down my Kundalini energy.
It is immensely important to strive to live an ordinary life with balance, optimism, and most importantly, a sense of humor. Try to laugh more and live your life to the fullest in spite of any Kundalini-related limitations. Try to cultivate a lightness of being in all things. Do not take the things of this world too seriously, but lead an orderly, harmonious life. View all adversity as opportunities for growth in your Kundalini process and in your life.
Don't get lured into being overly impressed or envious of the flashy experiences other people write or tell you about. These mean nothing except in cases like those of the rare, fully awakened beings who would tell you the same thing. You must realize too that not all you hear or read will be factual when it comes to spiritual matters. Unfortunately, there is often a tendency to suspend critical examination of these alleged truths even among the most intelligent people. Many of us have been fooled more than we like to admit.
After over 30 years of seeking, and pondering the depths of the spiritual quest, I am convinced it is more important to have a loving heart than a resume of countless transcendental experiences. I firmly believe the quality of your heart is more telling and important in the here and the hereafter. A large number of people with near death experiences have come back from glimpsing the other side, and been told this when they beheld the Being of Light at the end of the tunnel.
You will find that elaborate methods do not always work well with Kundalini. I believe Gopi Krishna once wrote that there were no secret teachings that would awaken you faster, that all the steps to take were already outlined in all the major religious teachings. I did not want to believe this in my earlier years of exploring everywhere for the fast lane to enlightenment. Now with the wisdom of more years, more research, and more experiences, I fully grasp his perceptive point. Usually the more complex a method is, the more it will overstimulate Kundalini. I think Kundalini likes the "keep it simple approach." Cultivate compassion, and consider Service to others along with doing, or not doing, gentle spiritual exercises like prayer or just resting in the Presence. Even if you were bed-bound, you could still pray for others, and I believe on a divine level, make an enormous difference in their lives and in your own. Surrender to your concept of the Absolute; this can give you the feeling of the Divine at work in your Kundalini process and in every facet of your existence.
This way the Heart will balance the mind, and the ego will stay in check as you grow and make a difference in other people's lives. You will feel a more continuous blissful experience than just self-indulgently trying to pump up your spiritual muscles which unlike physical muscles will not respond well to trying to force growth. In a word, the Love inside the heart is stronger and outlasts the power trips of the mind which make a person long for spiritual power instead of genuine spiritual growth. Seeking from the heart, most importantly for Kundalini, is safer and more favorable to enduring and overcoming Kundalini problems.
Lastly, believe from the depths of your soul in the power of Love, the power in yourself, and that all things will ultimately work to the good in your life.
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