Keeping your metabolism, nervous, and endocrine systems harmonious, acknowledging and releasing physical and emotional tension, and continually integrating and expanding your perceptions of the world, eliminates nearly all negative experiences with kundalini syndrome…
by Tao Semko
Barring severe external trauma or stressors, if you have a relaxed, adaptable, integrated personality and a fit, relaxed, balanced physiology, you will not have painful or unhealthful experiences of kundalini syndrome when going through a spontaneous or intentional kundalini awakening.
As we mentioned in the last issue, Kundalini Syndrome is not Kundalini.
In a balanced body and mind, the energetic aspect of kundalini merely amplifies and integrates the many aspects of the bodily experience and personality together with trans-personal and transcendent experience as a continuum of consciousness, first through the axial core of the body, and then throughout and beyond the body itself…
While kundalini will most certainly bring about experiences that are out of the norm, trauma and extreme discomfort are completely unnecessary as kundalini rewires the body.
Traumatic or uncomfortable aspects of Kundalini Syndrome, even the truly dramatic and severe examples, like Gopi Krishna’s, result from existing imbalances and restrictions (metabolic, nervous, endocrine, somato-emotional, somato-spiritual) which are amplified by the increased flow of energy released as part of the kundalini process..
Fortunately, adopting certain daily health habits also has the advantage of keeping systems in balance during the amplification and kinetic movement of sensation that accompanies a spontaneous or intentionally initiated kundalini rising.
Some daily health habits that help to keep the body and personality in balance, thus avoiding kundalini syndrome:
- daily whole-body exercise that engages all the muscles and connective tissue of the body, and promotes daily micro-circulation of blood, hormones, and neurotransmitters
- adequate sleep
- dynamic physical tension release methods, like foam rolling, rebounding, mobility drills, and shaking loose
- daily full-body self-massage, with special emphasis on the visceral cavity, the thoracic diaphragm, the feet, legs, pelvis and buttocks, the hands, the ears, the jaw, and the scalp/occiput.
- natural deep and relaxed breathing, engaging the abdomen and pelvic floor, emphasizing letting tension go on the exhale
- daily deep conscious relaxation, especially downwards from head to toes – progressive relaxations and the relaxation response are examples
- adequate, but not excessive, hydration sipped throughout the day
- room temperature or warmer beverages/ fluids so as to facilitate a warmer belly and a cooler head
- daily stress-management practices, like following the breath with awarness, counting the breath, or slow rotation of awareness through the body
- daily practice of positive feelings and mind states
- daily acknowledgement and release of negative feelings and mind states
- adopting the belief that everything that is necessary can be figured out
- daily review of one’s self-image and perception of the world, with adjustment of formerly fixed ideas to better represent the totality of possibilities present within reality: Clinging to false perceptions, incongruent beliefs, and incongruent behaviors in the face of contradictory experiences or better information can cause mental/emotional pain that then becomes somatized as physical discomfort or tension – sometimes severely so. Kundalini is a process of integration, not exclusion.
- walking consciously for half an hour or more daily
- management of one’s blood sugar throughout the day. Blood sugar can be stabilized to a degree by beginning the day with water, then protein and low-glycemic index green vegetables and fiber, with no sugars, fast-burning starches, artificial sweeteners, or high-glycemic index foods especially in the morning, but also throughout the day. Early morning exercise also helps to stabilize blood sugar for several hours. Blood sugar spikes and crashes are amplified when kundalini is finding a pathway upwards through the body, so maintaining balance is useful.
- eating plenty of greens, adequate healthy saturated fats, fiber, and protein
- eating whole, unprocessed foods without artificial preservatives, additives, hormones, anti-biotics, pesticides, herbicides, suspenders, dough conditioners, sweeteners, emulsifiers, and the like…all of which increase metabolic stasis and friction in all of your body’s cells
- avoiding sugars (including sugary fruits and juices), and eliminating artificial or chemically isolated stimulants, and “flavor enhancers” like chemically altered glutamines and MSG (glutamate), all of which cause excessive nerve activity, excitability, and adrenal fatigue — which are further amplified by kundalini activity.
- balanced, constitutionally-specific nutrition — eating, exercising, and resting using tradtional models such as those in ayurveda, traditional chinese medicine, traditional greek medicine, tibetan medicine, etc… If one has excessive metabolic heat or irritability, eating foods that cool; if one has excessive nervousness, eating foods that calm, if one has exessive sadness, eating foods that are uplifting, etc…
- salt baths
- sweating daily
- natural protection of the skin using chemical-free oils like grapeseed, coconut, or sesame oil rather than petroleum-based moisturizers. Coconut is cooling, sesame is warming, grapeseed is mildly warming. Daily natural skin care of this sort has a calming effect on the nervous system and reduces overwhelm from external stimuli.
- avoiding chemical perfumes, air fresheners, deodorizers, and petroleum-based cleaning products, pesticides, herbicides, petrol exposure, etc, all of which affect metabolism, nervousness, and emotional state via the olfactory bulb and limbic system, and more…
- returning to calming environments several times daily and committing one’s worries and responsibilities to paper or electronic device rather than carrying them in one’s head
- relaxing into new experiences of body and mind, and learning to explore and trust your body’s own wisdom, while calmly researching new or different experiences — both with conventional and unconventional authorities, and laypersons within and beyond your cultural and social circles.
- adopting the attitude that whatever comes, you will adapt, survive, enjoy, and thrive
Part of the great success of Dr. Glenn J. Morris’s Improved Kundalini Awakening Process is that the practice itself constantly rebalances the mind, emotions, and physiology, even while stimulating and channeling kundalini’s energetic release, rewiring and integration — up, down, and then throughout the body.