A kriya is an “action” or “movement”… kundalini kriyas are movements of kundalini energy through the physical and subtle bodies, which often cause pulsations, twitches, and vibrations in the nerves, and resulting undulations and oscillations muscle groups like the spinal erectors, causing resulting undulations of the spine, which may or may not be accompanied by pleasurable and/or electric sensations running through the same areas, and various visual and auditory phenomena…
In today’s free video excerpt from a live online video question-and-answer session, certified KAP instructor Tao Semko answers the question, “How can I move kundalini kriyas past my sacral chakra?”:
Part 1: Emotional/Physiological
Part 2: Spiritual Ramifications
“I occasionally experience waves of bliss over my body, like a full body orgasm, and it gives me an erection. The heat doesn’t go past my sacral chakra. Any thoughts or opinions on how I can progress?”
Yes, many thoughts. There’s a number of things that you can do. One is, if you’re experiencing external tingles all over your body and waves sort of through the subcutaneous layers of nerves, you can encourage that, of course, any times that you’re already experiencing this.
But if the internal sensation is limited to the area of your sacral plexus, my recommendation is to, gently with slow deep relaxed breathing if you can manage that while in these states of ecstasy, move your awareness, your internal sensory awareness, your kinesthetic awareness, touch awareness inside your body, beyond the area where you’re currently feeling those sensations in the sacral plexus while you’re breathing.
At the same time, open up emotions that are normally centered in other parts of the body, and couple those emotions with the sensations that you’re already feeling. If you’re feeling orgasmic states, perhaps see if at the same time you can open up a very loving feeling or the feeling of laughter. Laughter is usually felt around the solar plexus. Love is usually felt in the chest.
You can open up the feeling of spiritual wonderment or awe, like a little child seeing something truly amazing for the first time, and that will start to open up the activity in your pineal gland and your pituitary.
So all of those things, even without any formal training, you can use the combination of moving your awareness spatially in the body, with your breath, with, even, sort of waves of movement in your body perhaps to help change the flow of the hormones that are already moving through your blood stream, and to open even more nerve transmissions through the body but at the same time specifically use emotions that you know will dilate the responses in other parts of your body
So that combination of things, especially leading your awareness through the central core of the body, to the best of your ability. Not everybody has a lot of sensation in there until they start practicing and trying to feel the nerves inside their internal organs. But it’s certainly something that will help you out.
What you are experiencing is a Kundalini effect. Now the trick is getting Kundalini to actually move along the central channel or the central core of the body rather just going through the peripheral nervous system.
Quite a few people, especially people who are fairly sexual or fairly physical — and I don’t mean physical in the sexual sense necessarily, just people who do a lot of physical exercise and are very deeply in tune with their body, as well as people who are very deeply sexual.
Not sexual like sexual escapism. There’s certainly plenty of sexual addicts, who aren’t really in their body when they’re having sex, they’re just using it to sort of escape just like a drug. But there’s also people who very much love sexuality, and they really dive into their body as they are experiencing sexuality.
Those people tend to have a fairly easy time of opening the first stages of Kundalini where it begins to open in the coccygeal and sacral regions of the body and they begin to have expanded feelings perhaps of — if the coccygeal region opens they start to feel a more grounded sensation, more connected to solidity, and to the mass of their own body.
If it’s the sacral region that starts to open first, they may feel very ungrounded and completely scattered an ADD and completely wrapped up in whatever the latest physical sensation is. And if that’s you, you may want to investigate physically grounding your body more outside of your sexuality to give yourself a little bit more balance so that you’re not all over the place constantly chasing after the latest little external sensation.
Eventually you can actually open these things up internally.
Now, on the other side of things, you have practitioners who historically opened Kundalini entirely through spiritual devotion, through religious devotion. They created such a feeling of spiritual bliss and love for some aspect of the divine. Very frequently they were meditating on, you know, an icon or an image. This is true of Catholic saints, it’s true of Protestant saints, it’s true of Hindu, Buddhists, Shinto, shaman.
All sorts of practitioners may have focused on some external or internal revelation of the divine with such incredible focus, and love, and awe, and wonderment that some of the upper centers in their body started to actually cause changes in the lower endocrine glands. So they started to get an almost sexual intoxication fro their spiritual devotion.
And things may have opened in the opposite direction. In may cases those people may have felt extremely ungrounded because of all the activity going on in their upper body: their heart, their head, etc. And they may or may not have been as physically grounded if they didn’t have to do physical labor on a daily basis, as a part of life.
If they had the luxury of just praying and staring at an icon all day, or staring at a candle flame, or closing their eyes and visualizing some aspect of the divine, or some spiritual teacher, or prophet, etc, they may have had some of the opposite sensations.
Again, you can achieve balance in this, and use all of these responses within the body to balance out the physiological, and emotional, and spiritual ramifications of Kundalini.
— Transcription by Spencer Stevens
I haven’t talked much about the spiritual ramifications which, other than as different parts of the body open up you having somewhat paranormal abilities opening up, certainly as the heart opens, if you pierce the heart without skipping over it, which some people do. If you pierce the heart with Kundalini, if it starts to rewire, the vagus nerve through the heart actually starts to change, the structure of the pericardium and everything else. All of the hormones that can be released by the thymus gland which sits on top of the heart.
When all of that opens up, you get this sort of compassion and enormous feeling of love and oneness with all humanity. When the centers in the brain open up, you get — when the pituitary opens up you get a state of absorption, yogic absorption, one pointed focus.
When the pineal gland really opens, you get a flood of cosmic awareness, a feeling of unity with the entire universe, not just with other human beings which is more a heart center feeling.
So, there’s also degrees of clairvoyance, clairaudience, beginning to have visions that actually have real-world ramifications. Hearing things from sort of a still small voice within you. All of those things are very normal in the process of Kundalini awakening. They’re side effects. They’re not the things that you should be chasing after because if you get fixated on any one of them, the rest of the process comes out of balance and you get out of balance.
But if you simply accept them along the way, and allow the changes to take place, allow yourself to become a sort of more — to have a more transpersonal awareness, a more universal awareness as these things take place, that both continues the process along and also is a result of the process, it’s a continuing cycle.
It is possible to, too, to stop or shut down the process of Kundalini, or even to reverse it. Even if you’ve already made profound changes in the body, you can of course, sort of, shove that all back into a box to some degree if you have profound enough feelings of depression, or anger, or attachment crop up at some point later in life if you’re unable to keep yourself in an open, aware, accepting state, and instead become fixated on something staying the same. Either, fixated on the life of another person that you want to remain with you and they may pass way, or fixated on some relationship remaining the same whether it’s with parents, or a loved one, or a child.
Kundalini amplifies the experience of everything and if you are particularly attached or clinging to ideas or experiences, or if you’re particularly averse to them and always pushing them away, and you don’t work with that, and release some of that, let go a little, relax a little as you’re going through the Kundalini process, it’s possible for those fixations or aversions to become — well they don’t become overwhelming, you make them overwhelming in essence.
It is possible for you to make those so much stronger now that you’ve got so much more endocrine activity and nerve activity. You are a stronger personality so to speak. Doesn’t mean you’re more balanced, unless you make yourself more balanced. One of the great advantages of Dr. Morris’s system is that it’s designed to allow you to understand the working of all of this so that you can change the balance yourself, and bring yourself back into balance if things start to get skewed.
As opposed to many traditional systems which may use methods that seem almost magical because very frequently they’re not — the mechanisms aren’t explained to you, the mechanisms of emotion or of the internal use of sound if it’s using prayer, or mantra etc., that actually vibrates through the body in a particular way. But the resonance actually brings out certain nerve changes. There’s lots of different traditional methods.
Some of them are very well rounded, some of them are very targeted at particular kinds of people meaning people with particular personalities, or whose bodies are in a particular state of development, or decay, or decline, depending on what age group they are. And if those methods are applied to other people who are not in that target category, you can really mess them up.
So it’s important to ask those questions and know what those things are when you look at them. I and most of the other teachers in KAP have studied and used many other methodologies, some of which we love very much, but we do find that this is the most grounded, the most self empowering, meaning you don’t have to get shaktipat or empowerment or anything from anybody else, all you have to do is really understand what these thing are supposed to feel like and how to use them. And you can bring about all these changes yourself.
Doesn’t mean shaktipat and things like that don’t work, they do! They can help quite a bit. But, very frequently, people want everything sort of, you know, they want to be hit on the head with a peacock feather or a magic wand and have everything happen for them.
Well, it is possible to do that in some cases, but it can also be very traumatic because the person is doing nothing to actually foster the circulation of hormones, circulation of blood flow, the unimpeded movement of the nerve transmissions through the body, and so they can feel very agitated, bunched up.
It can be a lot of congestion in the body experiences of congestion, or a lot of emotional turmoil as a result of shaktipat. And shaktipat can also give a temporary experience of cosmic oneness, etc., which then fades because the body doesn’t make a permanent change in the way that it functions.
And there’s plenty of cases of, for instance, people who received shaktipat from Muktananda in the seventies who had an experience that lasted hours or weeks, or in some cases months, and then it disappeared and they spent the rest of their life trying to find that again thinking that it were something outside of them that was given to them when really it was just a change in the structure of their subtle body and their physiological systems that could be elicited and brought about again.
— Transcription by Spencer Stevens