The Journey to Awakening

It  always  starts  with  profound  discomfort,  or  a  nagging  psychological  itch,  or  a  genuine  crisis.  Something  within  us  becomes  aware  that  there  is  something  more,  something  we  are  not    figuring  out,  something  just  out  of  our  reach  but  its  there,  very  surely  there.  It’s  like  our  heart  knows  something  that  our  brain  does  not  and  that  creates  an  imbalance  that  makes  us  very  uncomfortable.  What  is  it  that  I’m  missing?

When  the  question  becomes  powerful  enough,  the  answer  arrives  in  the  form  of  a  book,  a  discussion  with  a  friend,  or  a  teacher.  Usually  this  first  level  answer  is  some  sort  of  “fix  it”  type  answer.  We    find  some  solution  to  our  crisis,  or  we  learn  how  to  deal  with  our  anxieties,  how  to  make  more  money;  or  we  are  trained  in  the  language  of  psychology,  success  coaching,  self improvement  or  personal  development.  Some  people  jump  into  more  spiritual  matters,  but  even  then,  usually  in  the  beginning,  the  answer  is  “ fix  it”  variety.

At  this  point  we  usually  become  happy  for  a  while  thinking  we  have  found  our  solution  to  all  our  questions.  However  this  happiness  rarely  lasts  very  long,  usually  no  more  than  a  few  months  to  maybe  a  year  or  so.  But  it  serves  its  purpose;  it  whets  our  appetite  and  shows  us  the  path  to  our  inner  world.  The  Seeker  has  been  born,  now  the  seeking  begins.  The  Seeker,  in  all  its  varieties  of  seeking,  has  one  ultimate  agenda:  how  to  become  One  with  the  true  Source  of  power  (some  call  it    finding  God,  some  call  it  returning  to  the  Source,  some  call  it  becoming  enlightened).

The  Seeker  looks  around  and  sees  the  world  in  its  appalling  misery,  his  or  her  own  less  than  per  perfect  life,  and  says,  “There  must  be  a  solution  to  this!”  and  the  heart  concurs  “Yes!  There  is!  Keep  seeking.”

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Kundalini Awakening and the Basics of the Spiritual Path

Kundalini is a word in Sanskrit that translated into English means coil. We are all born with Kundalini and in most of us our Kundalini remains dormant inside the perineum wound into 3 ½ circles, forming a coil. This is not something most people are aware of but those who seek to live on a more spiritual plane know of the Kundalini within us. Many people who study and practice yoga seek to develop their Kundalini because the belief is that harnessing the power of your Kundalini is needed for attaining a union with the divine (Yoga), the ultimate achievement of spirituality. In this article when yoga tradition is mentioned it refers to the various spiritual pathways that strive for Yoga, which is union with the divine, as its final goal.

Traditional beliefs claim that after it’s been awakened, our Kundalini is capable of removing the blockages in our major chakras, cleanse, open and help our chakras grow until they’ve fully bloomed into full lotus forms. When our Kundalini completes this process on all our chakras the innermost core of our Kundalini will arrive at the chakra at the very top of our head, the crown chakra. When this is fully, cleansed, opened and developed we will attain our highest achievement of spirituality, that of Yoga.

This is no easy task as it’s very difficult to awaken our Kundalini. There are those who have practiced yoga for decades and still have not awakened their Kundalini. Many believe that very few have actually been able to fully awaken their Kundalini. Those who were able to achieve this have then gone onto spend decades in the cleansing process. This can take many years to fully cleanse, open and fully develop a chakra. The process begins at the base chakra and moves upwards in order. The Kundalini will spend years at each chakra working its way up to the 7th chakra, the crown chakra taking decades. Because the time for this is so long many people will pass away before reaching their final goal in the process. Just having your Kundalini reach the crown chakra doesn’t mean you’re finished, it’s only the start of the true journey of the Kundalini.

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