19 Powerful Symptoms of a Kundalini Awakening! (You May Not be Aware)

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What is Kundalini Awakening? (19 Intense Symptoms)

On the path to spiritual awakening, everyone of us will, at some point, have a taste of the enigmatic and powerful kundalini energy…

Kundalini is a fundamental factor in the process of awakening, and its manifestation may be smooth and delicate, powerful and explosive, or anywhere in between.
In point of fact, individuals may occasionally have full-blown kundalini awakenings spontaneously without any previous experience (or interest) in spiritual development or change. This can occur for a variety of reasons.

Have you had a kundalini awakening?

Continue reading this article if you are interested in finding out whether or not you are experiencing a kundalini awakening or something else else.

What is a Kundalini Awakening?

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To put it another way, a kundalini awakening is a sort of energy awakening that triggers a transformation in us on several levels, including the cerebral, the emotional, and the spiritual.

Kundalini is a Sanskrit term that literally translates to “she who is coiled,” and it is used to describe the primal life force energy that is said to be stored at the base of the spine. This energy is often shown as a snake. This serpentine energy ascends via the body’s many energy centers, also known as chakras, until it reaches your crown chakra, which is the point at which higher awareness is activated. A deeper understanding of one’s soul (or True Nature), the purpose of one’s existence, and the nature of reality itself is the consequence of achieving this higher level of consciousness.

19 Signs That Your Kundalini Is About to Activate

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Kundalini is an aspect of the divine feminine energy that normally remains dormant in the root chakra (base of the spine). However, there are a lot of various circumstances in which kundalini might be rapidly awakened, ranging from traumatic experiences to the use of drugs, all the way up to years of deliberate practice (such as through tantra or kundalini yoga).

In the following, I have separated the symptoms of kundalini rising into two categories: “bright” indicators and “dark” ones. Please be aware that the energy of the kundalini is neither good nor evil; rather, it is a primal power that simply resides inside each of us. The human mind, on the other hand, finds that some of these experiences are pleasurable, while others are profoundly distressing:

‘Light’ Kundalini Awakening Symptoms

  1. You have a transcendental spiritual connection with the Divine, and it fills you with awe.
  2. You are surrounded by indescribable joy and affection beyond limit.
  3. You have moments of oneness, during which your compassion for all others grows.
  4. You get access to your extrasensory perceptions, often known as ESP, and/or acquire amazing talents.
  5. You are being flooded with pleasurable feelings all throughout your body.
  6. You feel motivated to make significant, life-altering choices and genuine adjustments in your daily routine as a direct result of this inspiration.
  7. The occurrence of significant or miraculous coincidences, often known as synchronicity, dramatically rises.
  8. You have a great understanding of both your actions and your experiences in the past.
  9. Your capacity to experience things on a fundamental level increases, and your empathic powers continue to develop.
  10. You start to have an understanding of the nature of the mind and how it affects the world around you.
  11. You keep getting massive amounts of information “downloaded” from the cosmos (soul communication)

‘Dark’ Kundalini Awakening Symptoms

  1. You find that your whole body is violently and uncontrollable shaking, which may be quite unsettling.
  2. Your neurological system becomes hypersensitive to environmental stresses, such as bright light, TV violence, and loud sounds, and as a result, it either shuts down or desires complete seclusion.
  3. You have trouble falling or staying asleep.
  4. You have unexpected and jarring encounters with the death of your ego.
  5. You are experiencing visual distortions that may make you feel anxious (e.g., objects seeming to vibrate)
  6. You feel a burst of tremendous heat, vibrations, or electricity throughout your body.
  7. It is as if you are experiencing a nasty drug experience when you are completely clean.
  8. You have trouble telling what is real and what is imagined (psychosis), and you get the feeling that you are losing your mind.

Other Kundalini Awakening Symptoms

The kundalini awakening indicators described above are rather frequent. However, as someone who has personally seen the energy of kundalini flow via movement, I can attest to the fact that the process does not take place in precisely the same manner for each individual.

One of the most recent experiences I’ve had, for example, was preceded by two weeks of low-key sensations of ‘impending doom.’ This was then followed by the kundalini energy gradually going from my brain all the way down my body and into my stomach. When the energy reached my stomach, it seemed as if it was “working” on something there, despite its delicate nature, which reminded me of the sensation of a gentle breeze. After that, it disintegrated and disappeared completely.

The following are some other, but somewhat less typical, signs of Kundalini awakening:

  • Having the experience of being broken apart (fragmented) or as though you have no center
  • Having nightmares about snakes or seeing them all around you (this is an alert from your subconscious mind)
  • Experiencing feelings of rawness and acute vulnerability, much like a newborn baby
  • Either manic and exuberant energy or, on the other end of the spectrum, chronic tiredness (sometimes alternating)
  • Frequent lucid dreams or vivid dreams
  • seeing lights or perceiving sounds that aren’t there, like as music.
  • Utilizing the experiences you’ve gained from your former life, as well as those of other individuals.
  • The act of doing yoga postures (also known as kriyas), mudras (hand positions), or pranayama on the spot (yogic breathing)
  • Creating a Saviour for the World Feelings that are either complex or grandiose.
  • Having a profound sense of sorrow for the world and all its afflicted inhabitants
  • Out-of-body experiences in which you (may or might not) connect with your Higher Self Changes in both your vision and your hearing
  • Attacks of panic and a constant state of fear
  • Odd aversions or desires for specific foods
  • Orgasms that come on suddenly
  • Developing unusual physical symptoms that cannot be diagnosed, which may lead to autoimmune problems, digestive difficulties, nausea, and other symptoms.
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Have any of the occurrences described in the previous paragraphs happened to you? In the comments, you are welcome to contribute your thoughts and experiences. It is possible that others who have been through something similar would feel less alone as a result of this.

Is Kundalini Awakening Dangerous?

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This is a reasonable inquiry, particularly when some of the symptoms that were discussed before are taken into consideration.

To answer your question, the answer is both yes and no. The energy of Kundalini is not in and of itself harmful or negative. It is because of our energy blockages, which restrict the passage of kundalini, that this experience may be excruciatingly unpleasant, terrifying, and even potentially harmful.

In the book “Tantra: Path of Ecstasy,” written by Georg Feuerstein, the author discusses the reasons why kundalini might become disorganized as follows:

Without first purifying the nadi system, it is not only impossible to raise the serpent power (kundalin-shakti) along the axial pathway, but it is also very dangerous to attempt to do so. This is because the serpent power is more likely to force itself into the id-or the pingal-nadi, which are located on either side of the central channel, wreaking enormous havoc in the body and mind.

In other words, the outcomes might be devastating if kundalini is prematurely awakened or aroused in the wrong manner (also known as via insufficient preparation and cleaning of our energy body). We’ll talk about what to do if you’re feeling what some people call the “dark side” of kundalini rising in a little bit. Thankfully, the experience doesn’t endure forever, and we’ll get to that in a little while.

Feuerstein goes on to cite the experience that the yogi and mystic Gopi Krishna had during his spontaneous kundalini encounter. This is done so that he may further demonstrate his point. He has written:

It is a mystery to me how I was able to keep my composure in the face of such harrowing torments in each and every organ, each of which was so distressing and excruciating in its own right. The whole fragile creature was engulfed in flames and was wasting away totally as a result of the flaming explosion that was moving through its guts. I was conscious of the fact that I was about to pass away and that my heart could not continue to withstand the great pressure for very long. My neck was on fire, and every part of my body was on fire and burning, yet there was nothing I could do to relieve the excruciating pain that I was in. I would have rather died than go through what I was going through, so if there had been a river or a well nearby, I would have leaped into its icy depths. I searched every nook and cranny of my preoccupied mind for a way out, only to be met with hopelessness on every hand. The effort wore me out, and I could feel myself beginning to sink while remaining dimly aware of the searing anguish in which I was submerging myself.

I’m going to stop there because I’m aware that this may be unsettling for you (or, alternately, reassuring, showing you that you’re not the only one who has encountered this), so I’ll just leave it at that.

In a nutshell, kundalini is a really powerful energy.

If you are interested in reawakening it, make sure you are aware of what you are doing and look for help from someone you can trust. This is not something that should be taken lightly at any point.

What’s the Difference Between a Spiritual Awakening and a Kundalini Awakening, Anyway?

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Although the two have the similar appearance, there is a subtle distinction between them.

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The process of spiritual awakening, often known as “spiritual ascension,” is typically emotional and psychological in nature. On the other hand, the Kundalini awakening is an energetic process; it is a rush of energy that may either be mild and gradual or rapid and strong, depending on the individual.

The awakening of kundalini often takes place much farther down the road after a person has had a spiritual awakening. However, this is not always the case. As was indicated before, the kundalini may manifest all of a sudden as a reaction to psychedelic drug experiences, sexual interactions, or even tragic circumstances.

The kundalini energy is felt extremely physically, but the spiritual awakening is often more focused on the intellect and the heart of the individual. This is another point that differentiates the two. Therefore, during kundalini awakening, high vibrations and heat may be felt in the body. However, during spiritual awakening, there is more of a soulful quality present, including profound questioning, insight, and transfiguration (which some people refer to as spiritual alchemy).

Is it possible for a person to simultaneously have a spiritual awakening and an awakening of the kundalini? Yes, without a doubt. And it is for this reason that both of these tend to lead to experiences of the Dark Night of the Soul (or the unavoidable after-effect of having the feeling that one has “lost contact” with the Divine). In the end, they are really different sides of the same coin.

5 Hidden Traps of Kundalini Awakening

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The kundalini shakti bestows liberation to yogis, while others who are ignorant remain bound.

– Svātmarāma (15th century yogi master) 

An awakening of the Kundalini is a transformative mystical experience that, at its best, may seem magical, exhilarating, and deep. That is the case. However, when we have successfully navigated the primary obstacle, there are a number of sneaky traps that await us around every corner.

Some of these pitfalls include the following:

  1. Spiritual superiority is the perception that one is “more awake” than other people and a condescending attitude toward others who are not as developed as oneself or are still “asleep.” This perspective is also known as the spiritual ego.
  2. Adopting an exaggerated feeling of self-grandiosity and specialness, thinking that you are meant to “rescue the world” (for example, for people who have suffered kundalini psychosis, this might even entail believing that they are the next Buddha or Jesus Christ) is an example of a savior complex.
  3. Grasping and attachment are behaviors that include passionately attempting to hang onto the pleasant feelings of the kundalini rising and then being sad (even entering crisis mode) when it is ultimately gone. This behavior may result in spiritual materialism.
  4. Taking universal truths and misapplying them to a human level, such as “all is an illusion” or “nothing ultimately matters,” is an example of spiritual nihilism. This fosters a feeling of alienation, emptiness, and cynicism in its followers.
  5. The practice of ignoring one’s daily obligations in favor of concentrating one’s attention only on “higher spiritual things” is known as avoidance (To put it simply, this is the ego’s strategy of avoiding maturing and assimilating the experience on a human level.)

How to Handle a Kundalini Awakening

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If you are feeling overwhelmed as a result of the awakening of your kundalini, the following advice may help:

1. Be kind to yourself and make sure that your nervous system is well taken care of.

If you are going through a severe kundalini experience, it is quite likely that your nervous system is going into overdrive. There are several strategies to soothe your anxieties, including the following:

  • Taking a relaxing hot bath with essential oils, such as lavender, may help (you can also try magnesium salts). If the thought of soaking in warm water doesn’t appeal to you, give a brisk shower a go instead. Maintain a thoughtful attitude and pay attention to how your body and mind react when exposed to different temperatures.
  • Find something or someone that makes you feel secure and make sure you stick with it. This might be snuggling with your dog or cat, asking your significant other or a close friend to hug you, discovering a quaint nook in nature, or just taking some time to rest in a portion of your home that makes you feel at ease.
  • Tune your ears to some soothing music.
  • Use an app like Calm or InsightTimer to try slow guided breathing at your own pace. (Be aware of how your body reacts to different things. At the first indication of any kind of pain, you should immediately cease.)
  • Spend time outside in the natural world to center oneself.
  • Eat items that will ground you (potatoes, root veggies, organic meat)

2. Stop all spiritual practice temporarily

Yes, it is possible that the effects of your kundalini rising are being amplified by your spiritual practice. To conclude, cease. Let yourself relax. Try practicing mindfulness, which may assist you in being more rooted in the here and now if you are looking for a substitute practice.

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3. Seek the assistance of empathetic parties.

If you are still having trouble with the kundalini energy being too powerful, it is highly recommended that you seek the counsel of a depth or transpersonal psychotherapist. Those who have a solid grasp on the significance of reconciling the intellect and the spirit (also known as spiritual psychology) are excellent guides. You may also locate people who specialize in helping people awaken their kundalini energy online. However, you should proceed with caution while doing so. Put your faith in your gut impulses. If someone makes you feel worse or if they give you strange vibrations, you are under no obligation to explain your feelings to them. Leave. Find someone else. You are entitled to the direction and assistance that you need.

Kundalini Awakening FAQ

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The following are some further questions that you may have about this significant encounter in your spiritual journey:

What occurs after Kundalini awakening?

After the experience of kundalini awakening, there is often a period of time dedicated to deep integration. To put it another way, it takes some time for a person’s mind, heart, and soul to properly absorb and convert what they’ve gone through into their day-to-day existence after going through anything traumatic. Liberation from the separate ego and the revelation of non-dual consciousness, also known as enlightenment, are the two outcomes that may arise from the awakening of the kundalini for a select few (very uncommon) individuals.

How to experience a Kundalini awakening?

There is a wide variety of practices available today that may assist in awakening the Kundalini energy. Tantric or yogic practice is required for the majority of them. Awakening the kundalini energy may also be accomplished by meditation, belly dance, certain breathwork methods, specific visualizations, and some plant medications such as psilocybin mushrooms and ayahuasca. However, keep in mind that you should always be nice, go gently, and be knowledgeable about what you’re doing. The energy of Kundalini should not be trifled with because of its great strength.

How long does Kundalini awakening take?

The correct response is that it is different for each individual. Awakening of the kundalini occurs for some individuals early on in their spiritual journey (in fact, for some people, it is what first motivates them to look for a spiritual path). For some people, the awakening of kundalini takes many years of dedicated spiritual practice. In this case, there is no hard-and-fast rule; rather, the outcome is determined by a variety of circumstances, including your own spiritual blockages, destiny, and soul.


When the kundalini begins to move, you will automatically gain awareness of your real essence, the nature of God, and the reason you have been here on this earth. It is a route that leads more quickly to the realization of God, and it has the potential to bring about a great number of amazing experiences and insights.

– Steven Sadleir (Looking For God)

During our travels toward spiritual enlightenment, the awakening of Kundalini may occur either gradually and softly or suddenly and explosively. Kundalini energy is a power that may either bring about a huge awakening or a profound slavery. It is also known as the Inner Woman, the Serpent Power, and the essence of Shakti. The important thing is to be alert, to develop spiritual discernment, to have faith in the power of your soul, and to seek assistance when it is required.

Keep in mind that the ultimate goal of kundalini is to help you awaken to your eternal, primal, true nature by dissolving the inner knots that keep you tiny and confined. This may be accomplished by assisting you to remember your true nature.

Have you had a kundalini awakening experience? What was it like? What you have to say next really interests me.

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