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Yoga and Kundalini

Early on, I was completely at a loss to describe the events and instances and sought information from a number of sources to ascertain what was actually happening to me. An early commenter on another forum claimed I had “Invited” in a “demon”, and that some action I had done instigated the unusual events. Being that my life was fairly uniform for the past few years, I had few new interests that I could deliberate on causation.

The exception was I had started yoga, as at my age I need some exercise to maintain health. What I didnt really expect was a spiritual renaissance or re-awakening as has happened. I knew there existed a spiritual side to yoga–it is after all a martial art; I felt an answer could be better tracked down by researching theoretical aspects of the art. I found what is known as: Kundalini syndrome.

Before we explore this, we should briefly look at Kundalini (from Wikipedia):

…stems from yogic philosophy as a form of shakti or “corporeal energy”. Kundalini is described within Eastern religious, or spiritual, tradition as an indwelling spiritual energy that can be awakened in order to purify the subtle system and ultimately to bestow the state of Yoga, or Divine Union, upon the ‘seeker’ of truth “. The Yoga Upanishads describe Kundalini as lying “coiled” at the base of the spine, represented as either a goddess or sleeping serpent waiting to be awakened. In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force.

Healthy body; healthy mind?. Well, it is but don’t forget about the trial by fire of Kundalini Syndrome:

The concept of Kundalini comes from Hinduism and is traditionally used to describe a progression of psycho-spiritual potentials, associated with the understanding of the body as a vehicle for spiritual energies. Kundalini syndrome is a term employed by Western researchers, and commentators, to refer to the condition which occurs when experiences traditionally associated with kundalini awakening arise, often unsought, which overwhelm or cause distress to the experiencer.

So the silly little western girl, in the hopes of gaining some personal fitness, ends up on a spiritual sojourn.

The field of Transpersonal Psychology describe several phenomena that can be understood as a spiritual emergence,Note e or as a spiritual emergency.[24] In addition to mystical experiences, near-death experience, “shamanistic initiatory crisis”, and “psychic opening”, the authors mention kundalini awakening: “a complex physio-psycho-spiritual transformative process described in the Yogic tradition”.[73] If there is an uncontrolled emergence of spiritual phenomena, causing a significant disruption in a persons daily life and daily functioning, then we may speak of a spiritual problem. Spiritual problems have been discussed in relation to theDSM-IV diagnostic category “Religious or Spiritual Problem”

Emphasis mine.

It does not end here, no; This is just the beginning.