In this post we look at kundalini awakening. Discover the 3 easy steps that for centuries have been the focus of this ritual and Yoga methodology. We explore the divine Shakti, and the transference of Shaktipat which is used to awaken the Kundalini and is handed down from Guru to student.
- कुण्डलिनी – Awaken Kundalini Shakti – 3 Easy Steps.
- Step 1 – Inhalation – Awaken Kundalini 3 Easy Steps.
- Step 2 – Exhalation – Awaken Shakti 3 Easy Steps.
- Step 3 – The Awakening!
- Initiate Shaktipat Transfer.
Learn how this source of primal energy can be of positive benefit to our health and well being. With awakening we enable the development of intuition, spiritual insight while also bringing forward a state of harmonious peace and bliss.
The name is derived from ancient Sanskrit and when translated means “the coiled one“.
Often depicted as coiled energy, she is found in both ancient and modern art, as well as holding a prominent place within the practices of yoga and tantra.
In literature, as it is with sculpture and other art forms this raw energy is often portrayed as a sleeping goddess, or a sleeping coiled serpent.
कुण्डलिनी – Awaken Kundalini Shakti – 3 Easy Steps.
Whenever this sleeping figure is found, whether in literature or art, there is always an accompanying anticipation of the kundalini awakening and its association with being the most powerful of all human energy.
The source of this energy is believed to reside in, or near, Muladhara The Root Chakra at the base of the spine in the triangular shaped sacrum bone.
When depicted the energy is coiled, three and a half coils exactly.
In traditional yogic theory it is known as the primal energy, and believed to be located within Muladhara Chakra at the base of the spine.
The awakening steps are practiced to:
- achieve enlightenment
- achieve meditative states of bliss and harmony
- to form true connection to the Supreme / God / Universal Energy.
How To Awaken Your Kundalini Energy.
There are many different spiritual practices to awaken kundalini, the top 3 being:
- pranayama (controlled breath),
- Asana ritual (chanting of mantras)
Regardless of practice each of them focus on the same goal – Awaken the energy and move it up through the Sushumna Nadi (the central nadi) to reach Sahasrara (the Crown Chakra).
It is said that once awakening occurs you will feel the energy moving through Sushumna as though electricity were passing along the spine.
How Does Kundalini Energy Work?
Shakti energy is a component of the “Subtle Body” the energy which feeds our physical body containing the chakras and nadis. (Learn how to balance Chakras with affirmations)
Each chakra has a different kind of energy with distinct characteristics. Each of these energies are essential for our physical, emotional and spiritual well being.
It is believed that by awakening the Kundalini and moving the energy through these chakras we absorb these characteristics and thereby awaken within ourselves their positive qualities.
Click this link if you would like to learn and find out more about the 7 chakras and their specific energies.
Kundalini Awakening – Expert Definitions And Explanations.
The Raja Yoga Guru Swami Vivekananda’s description is:
According to the Yogis, there are two nerve currents in the spinal column, called Pingalâ and Idâ, and a hollow canal called Sushumnâ running through the spinal cord.
At the lower end of the hollow canal is what the Yogis call the “Lotus of the Kundalini”.
They describe it as triangular in form in which, in the symbolical language of the Yogis, there is a powerful energy coiled up.
When that energy awakes, it tries to force a passage through this hollow canal, and as it rises step by step, as it were, layer after layer of the mind becomes open and all the different visions and wonderful powers come to the Yogi.
When it reaches the brain, the Yogi is perfectly detached from the body and mind; the soul finds itself free.
Raja Yoga Guru Swami Vivekananda
In terms of modernity and current thinking, we can look towards Wikipedia!
We know that the spinal cord is composed in a peculiar manner. If we take the figure eight horizontally (∞) there are two parts which are connected in the middle.
Suppose you add eight after eight, piled one on top of the other, that will represent the spinal cord.
The left is the Ida, the right Pingala, and that hollow canal which runs through the center of the spinal cord is the Sushumna.
Where the spinal cord ends in some of the lumbar vertebrae, a fine fiber issues downwards, and the canal runs up even within that fiber, only much finer.
The canal is closed at the lower end, which is situated near what is called the Sacral Plexus, which, according to modern physiology, is triangular in form.
The different plexuses that have their centers in the spinal canal can very well stand for the different “lotuses” of the Yogi.
In other beliefs when spoken of, or portrayed as a Goddess (or a reincarnation) she rises in the same manner and flowing through the same channels as described by Swami Vivekananda above.
It is said when Shakti arrives at the head (moving from Muladhara- Root Chakra and reaches Sahasrara – Crown Chakra) she unites with the Supreme Being (Lord Shiva).
Once this union occurs a state of deep intense meditation is entered and infinite bliss achieved.
The Bhagavad Gita states:
At the command of the yogi in deep meditation, this creative force turns inward and flows back to its source in the thousand-petaled lotus, revealing the resplendent inner world of the divine forces and consciousness of the soul and Spirit.
Yoga refers to this power flowing from the Coccyx to Spirit as the awakened Kundalini.Bhagavad Gita
Our 3 Easy Steps – Learn The Process.
The awakening is a very powerful process. Our 3 Easy Steps Guide is based on teachings from Kriya Yoga.
There are many examples and practices for awakening Shakti Kundalini from her sleep however all are based on the same process of moving the awakened energy to unite with Divine at Sahasrara.
The techniques may vary but the intention is the same.
The intention is to achieve spiritual enlightenment.
We also receive other benefits due to the increase in pure energy. The resulting opening and balancing of our chakras means our physical and mental health and well being is enhanced and improved.
It is stated that when you awaken the kundalini it removes all stress, anxiety and unhappiness from your life.
The 3 Steps Via Kriya Yoga.
This Kriya Yoga Technique is a purification technique and largely recognized as the easiest and safest method to enter the meditative state of bliss.
This technique initially purifies your energy channels and centers, which in turn allows Shakti Kundalini to move through unrestricted.
Step 1 – Inhalation – Awaken Kundalini 3 Easy Steps.
This Step involves the process of Controlled Breath.
To begin you need to focus your thoughts on your breath.
As you breathe in focus and see/feel your breath move from Muladhara (Root Chakra) at the base of the spine, moving up, following your spine, and then finally exiting out the top of your head.
As you inhale it should be as though you are inhaling your breath, up your spine, essentially inhaling pure energy.
Don’t worry if you can’t visualize this process. This is not about “seeing i.e. visualization”, it is about focus and control. Focus on your breath.
Focus on your breath rising from the base of your spine and moving up the spine and then exiting the top of your head.
Why Focus Breath For The Kundalini Awakening?
You simply need to focus on the feeling of your breath. Feel that as you inhale your breath is rising from Muladhara, feel your breath rise up through your spine and exit the top of your head.
Make sure you are relaxed.
Do not stress if you find the “seeing or visualizing” difficult.
Concentrate but do not force anything.
Just relax and as you breath in focus on your breath. Focus on it gently rising. This focus on your breath is a gentle and powerful suggestion to the energy to move in the direction you are focused on.
Focusing on your breath is a suggestion to Shakti energy to move in the direction required. Do not force the breath/energy. Allow Kundalini to move on it’s own without force.
Relax and take a slow, deep breath in. Focus on just your breath. Your breath begins at Muladhara, moving up your spine and then out the top of your head.
As you practice this technique of focused breath inhalation you will be able to feel the energy rising within you.
These sensations, while subtle to begin with, will become stronger and after some time are often described as being like a hot rush of “pure bliss” up your spine.
This rush of hot bliss is said to be a similar sensation to orgasm hence the association of Kundalini with Tantra practice.
Step 2 – Exhalation – Awaken Shakti 3 Easy Steps.
Your Breath Movements Together As A Cycle.
Now focus on inhalation.
As in step 1 breathe in,from the base of the spine.
Repeat this process.
Exhalation – Focus your breath.
During exhalation focus moving the breath (and therefore Shakti) from Sahasrara to Ajna to Vishuddha and finally to Anahata.
Inhalation – Focus your breath.
Inhalation from the base of the spine, up the spine and out the top of the head.
Step 3 – The Awakening!
Step 1 and 2 are the steps of purification. They purify your subtle body and Nadi systems. The third step is the actual awakening of energy.
In normal circumstances the teacher of this process would not begin step 3 until satisfied you have purified (Steps 1 and 2) and would normally perform Step 3 by initiation.
The initiation is where your teacher or Guru gives you Shaktipat. Shaktipat awakens the energy and is done by a touch, or chanting or focusing their energy upon you.
It is a necessary and important step and must be done. However, because many people do not have a guru or teacher, there is an accepted and safe way in which you are still able to awaken Kundalini yourself.
How To Gain Shaktipat.
If you are unable to have someone physically or verbally transfer Shaktipat you can initiate the transference yourself. You need to repeat verbally the name of a Guru, Teacher or Saint to whom you feel connected or greatly admire.
It is not even necessary to have met this person in the physical. What is important is that whoever you choose is someone of an enlightened nature and who you have great admiration for.
Historically, and still very often in today’s society, the chosen person is a Guru or Swami, a teacher, who has already been initiated with Shaktipat.
Not everyone knows a Guru or Swami. Even if we did we may not naturally feel a close connection to them.
It is therefore perfectly acceptable to choose someone from other belief systems. An example of this could be the selection of a Saint, a religious leader or spiritual advisor.
Shaktipat is delivered, and Kundalini awakened, by focusing your intent. Your focused intent needs to be placed on someone spiritually enlightened and for who you hold great admiration.
It has nothing to do with their religion or belief system. It is your belief in them, and their enlightened nature, that enables a transference of Shaktipat. From Guru to student, the energy required for the awakening is received.
This can be viewed in a similar way as the Reiki belief of distance healing and Attunements – the importance is the focused intent.
It may be that you feel uncomfortable trying to choose a Guru or Saint or someone connected to religious belief.
If this is the case it is perfectly acceptable to substitute “Peace” or “Universe” in the place normally reserved for the Gurus name.
This practice has gained in popularity however, in my experience, this takes longer for awakening to occur.
I believe that if we wish to awaken this energetic force and we accept the existence of Shakti’s energy we should also be able and open to accept the established and proven methodologies for how the awakening occurs.
Initiate Shaktipat Transfer.
To initiate the transfer of Shaktipat your Guru or Swami will guide you and explain the process.
If you are using a name, or “name substitute”, you need to silently think of the name of your chosen Guru (or Peace) as you inhale. You then verbally express their name as you exhale.
The amount of repetition required as you think the name on inhalation and state the name on exhalation does not have a set number. The amount of time you spend doing this needs to be guided by your intuition.
You will know when you feel it is the right time to stop and transfer has occurred. Trust in your ability to recognize this feeling.
Repetition of the name is similar to the principles of manifestation and the belief that the universe always offers what has been requested.
By focusing on an enlightened teacher, Guru, God or Peace you enter a state thought to be the closest possible human experience of bliss. This is the state where manifestation can occur.
It is also the state that makes it possible for Shaktipat (energy) to transfer from an already enlightened person to their uninitiated student.
By stating their name you receive a transfer of enlightenment, energy and bliss already achieved by the Guru.
By focusing your thoughts and through repeating the name of your Guru, Saint or Teacher you are as one, and are gifted Shaktipat, which begins the energetic awakening of Kundalini.
The transference of Shaktipat is energetic, it has nothing to do with their physical, and why it can be done remotely.
While this may sound overly simplistic it is the most common of processes and rituals. It has been used for centuries because it is effective.
You gain Shaktipat by focusing on the energy that is already awakened within your Guru. Their awakened energy is drawn to you. It is similar to the way a silent tuning fork if held close to an already vibrating tuning fork will begin to vibrate and emulate the same tone.
The energy that radiates from the enlightened when focused upon attracts, aligns and awakens the energy within you.
Practice And Develop A Rhythmic Cycle Of Energetic Breath.
Now that you know each of the 3 Easy Steps you need to practice putting them together as one process. This needs to be done on a regular basis and part of your daily routine.
Once you are comfortable with each step in combination you are able to initiate the process into a merged cycle to awaken Kundalini.
On each inhalation silently say your Guru’s name at the same time as you focus on your breath originating at the base of your spine, and travelling up your spine and exiting the top of your head.
On each exhalation verbally state your Guru’s name as you focus on the movement of your breath originating at Sahasrara and travelling to Ajna then to Vishuddha and coming to rest within Anahata.
Repeat this process allowing it to become a natural and rhythmic cycle. End your daily session when intuitively it feels correct.
I hope you enjoyed this post on how to awaken the Kundalini. I would love to hear your feedback and happy to answer, or try to answer, any questions you may have. Please comments or questions in the thread below and I will respond ASAP.
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This page really has all of the info I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to ask. I have been looking to try Kundalini meditation but a lot of the information on line is confusing. Thanks for helping make all the info needed on one page!
I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. Let me know how you get on. I’d love to hear about your progress awakening Kundalini. I wish you much success.
Wauw the Kundalini. Great to see someone is writing about this. I recently had the feeling this energy was awakened within me. Had problems sleeping and had problems with society. Felt really different at times. Sometimes really powerful and sometimes really insecure and depressed. Good to see that this might have been the case. Sure looks like it
thank you for your comments. It certainly sounds as if the Kundalini energy may have been awoken and the symptoms you mention certainly can occur due to the raw energy release. Keep in mind that other issues may also cause these symptoms. I always recommend using spiritual and alternative therapies alongside allopathic medical treatment so would advice talking to a doctor should these feelings continue and if they cause you any distress.
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I love your article on awakening the Kundalini. I always learn something new from you Jason. The 3 steps to take to awaken Kundalini seem very easy. I will be trying this tonight. How long do you do steps 1 and 2 before moving on to step 3?
Have you reached a deep state of meditation doing this?
Great to hear from you!!!
It is a very simple technique. The timing differs for everyone and this is where you need to rely completely on instinct. Practice steps 1 and 2 and when you feel totally comfortable and can feel the energy then add step 3. You will know when this is right for you!
I have reached deep meditation using this technique and now practice daily if I can. I found this to be a much easier way for reaching deep meditative states than others I tried…but again it’s very personal and will vary for individuals.
Let me know how you get on!
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I found your post enlightening, and very interesting. I have for a wile been looking for a type of passive exercise that can overcome some of the pain I get with my Diagnoses of Fibromyalgia. I was told doing yoga and meditation would help but I’m finding it hard to locate a style that fits me.
Although I have never been able to rest my mind enough to meditate, I really would like to. i think the inability to do so also prohibits my ability to energize my chakras. I am curious as to your thoughts and if you would have any suggestions?
Thanks for your comments.
Yoga and meditation will most definitely aid Fibromyalgia. This Kundalini technique would be a great start as it is a yogic technique and also leads to deep meditation. The issue most people have with meditation is they focus too deeply (thinking) and then become anxious or overstimulated (by thinking …why isn’t this working)…they then give up.
Focused breath allows you to focus, give your mind something to do actively…focusing on your breath. Just the focus on your breathing will keep your mind from wandering off and allow you to gain meditative state.
Even if you never progress to step 3 just using the focused inhalation and exhalation techniques in this meditation will purify your energy systems and balance your chakras which in turn will aid health and wellbeing.
You could also check out my simple and effective chakra balancing meditation and positive affirmation meditation.
wow this article was really well done I like the way you put it into three easy steps and detailed everything about it from the breathing to the chanting and I plan on using this because I want to get in touch with my inner self because I believe that it will make me a better person and I believe that this article can help others
Let me know how you get on. Personal and Spiritual development is an ongoing necessity for us, and also brings beautiful and life enhancing opportunities and growth. I’m glad to be on the path with you.
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This is a great overview on awakening Kundalini. I am familiar with this from my own studies in Yogic and Buddhist thought so this was a very clear overview.
However based on what I’ve read awakening the kundalini can actually overwhelm your system with pure energy and cause adverse effects. I’ve also read that it shouldnt be attempted by yourself but under the watchful eye of a guru.
What are your thoughts on that?
There are, as you will know, many methods of awakening the Kundalini. This practice of focused breath is one of those yet is very gentle and awakens Kundalini Shakti at a pace that is suitable and safe for the practitioner.
Other methods can awaken Kundalini too quickly and lead to feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious and an overly heated sensation sometimes accompanied by trembling and shaking.
This is why I always, and only promote, the focused breath. Kundalini Shakti will only awaken with energy that is acceptable to the current state of the practitioner.
Any other method can overwhelm the body with pure energy, and this is often spoken about in times when the Kundalini has been awakened without the practitioners desire to do so. The Kundalini energy can awaken on its own without any conscious desire to do so and this is when issues arise.
If a student has a relationship and association with a Guru then by all means receiving Shaktipat under guidance is excellent. I would add that this promotion of initiation by Guru has in these modern times, sadly, become a generation of revenue for the “Guru” rather than a spiritual obligation to pass on and aid others enlightenment.
If people wish to learn under a Guru I highly recommend it as greater learning and full understanding will be gained…however I would urge them to carefully check the credentials, motives and desires of so named Guru before building an association.
In terms of your question as to the safety or success of practicing awakening individually i would say that this technique is completely sound and safe. If for any reason unpleasant sensations or sensations of unknown origin do arise it should be acknowledged for what it is…a release of energy and the practitioner can stop or continue once these sensations cease.
Hope this helps answer your concern.
Yes, that helps a lot. Thanks!
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Great article! I love the simplified process you outline! Just three steps is easy to memorize and easy to put into practice. I used to meditate very often and I practiced a kundalini mediation that was more complex and it did not give me good results. I cannot wait to try this one out!! Thanks!
Thanks for your comments.
There are many techniques for awakening Kundalini and some are, as you state, highly and often overly complicated.
I hope you have success with this and I will be very interested to hear your thoughts.
Jason, first off I would like to thank you for putting together this post as it clearly defined everything I was looking for. As I was reading I kept coming up with questions, but each one was shortly answered by you.
I have long been looking for a method that resonated within me and this feels like it has hit the spot. Not too mention that I just came off another site that was talking about taking action and doing what you want too. Funny that I landed here next.
I am going to begin working on steps 1 & 2 and once I have that done I will progress to step 3. Thank you much again for sharing this.
Amazing how the Universe answers our calls at the best and most appropriate times.
I’m truly pleased with technique resonates with you. If a connection is felt then it is a sign for action and that it is a good energy connection.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and to hear how you found this focused breath technique.
Wow what an eye opening article – I’ve never heard of Kundalini before but I have recently been looking into lessons on meditation etc due to increased stress levels ( I own my own business so I don’t seem to get any chill out time! ). Can this form of ?meditation? be used to attack stress levels and how effective it it? Love the image by the way! :)
This is a meditation, but it is a controlled or focused breath meditation. It is mainly practiced by those seeking spiritual enlightenment however due to the nature of Kundalini energy being awakened and purifying the chakra centers it is an amazing healer and brings with it exceptional feelings of well-being. So to answer in short..yes…this meditation does reduce stress and is extremely effective. After 15-20 minutes of this even just once you will feel the benefits.
It does make sense and logic relating to the term â€˜coiled oneâ€™ with the serpent as well as referring to this energy as a goddess.
This meditation seems to me require a high degree of concentration and should be conducted in a remote area, somewhere thereâ€™s no distraction.
Speaking of guidance, I am just curious, the number of Gurus, has there been an increase or itâ€™s maintained?
I agree, to practice awakening the Kundalini you should be in a place where you are comfortable, won’t be distracted or interupted and able to focus on the movement of breath.
There are no set number of Guru’s and in fact the term Guru differs from one belief system to another. When looking for a Guru to initiate Shaktipat you need seek someone enlightened and this can be enlightenment from any religious group or faith system. It is the intent of pening to enlightened energy taht actually wakens Kundalini.
Hi Jason, I find the articles you write on this site so fascinating. I’ve always been very spiritual, then over the years developed an interest in learning more about chrystals and chakras, and finally starting to practice yoga. Of course I would dabble then disappear for years, then dabble again. I’m back now and I will use your site as my one stop reference. I have already taken my crystals out of the bag, cleansed them and have them in a dish with me. I find this information about awakening kundalini intriguing, and it seems like the breathing I practice has me already well into step 1 with a minor adjustment or two. Thanks for helping to enlighten me.
Thank you for your very kind comments. I am very pleased that this post, and the HealthyNatured site, is connecting with you. I am so pleased to hear that your crystals have been taken out and cleansed. I have no doubt you are now feeling their benefits and enjoying their energy once again. Awakening Kundalini is often regarded as a higher level practice and somewhat exclusive or elusive. However this isn’t the case and most practitioners now agree that it is a safe and highly beneficial exercise leading to enormous spiritual growth. With focused breath Kundalini Shakti will only awaken as and when the recipient is ready and able to attune to the energy. I hope you enjoy the focused breath technique and would love to hear your experiences.
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