Revised: July 2020
Much has been written and discussed concerning Kundalini Shakti. Google the term and one can read all day from the numerous sources. Many sources are in agreement that stimulation with raising the energy involves disciplines in breath control, sound mantras and color visualizations over a protracted period. Fewer are in agreement that the ultimate success of its actual rise is totally out of the control of the practitioner since the minute details underlying the procedure have never been voiced or put into print. Nor can they ever be since that information is given personally and solely by the Master within us through Intuition after we have been sufficiently prepared through mental and physical processes.
Consciousness is expressed through physical and mental forms. Raising the consciousness of a particular form depends on its localized structure; the healthier the human organism mentally and physically, the higher degree of expression.
Kundalini is sourced from the universally diffused omnipotence called Shakti, and personified as Shiva in Eastern Traditions. In Qabalah this same Universal Force is called כחמה, kachmah, loosely translated as ‘what is power?’ It is rooted from Chokmah and spelled with the same letters transposed. This same power, flowing through the human organism is called חיה, chaiah (cha-yah) ‘life force’, from which various disciplines name it ki or chi. Chokmah is the second mode of the Triune One-God: Kether (Omniscience), Chokmah (Omnipotence) and Binah (Omnipresence). Respectively these are equivalent with ‘Brahma-Shiva-Vishnu’ from the East.
This Universal Electrical Force (Shakti or Kachmah) pared down to and coursing through the human organism is called Kundalini. It, too, is purely electrical. We have the electricity within our bodies traversing up the spinal column and distributed throughout our nervous system, activating the brain. We feel this electric quality particularly as a stinging ‘pinch’ when one nerve is pressured between vertebrae in the spine. Then it’s off to the chiropractor! The electricity is not sourced within us, despite the proclamations from science. Our bodies are not generators. Qabalah teaches that the principal source of All Life is Cosmic Radiance. Each mode of active differentiated power receives its portion from a Primal Power that manifests as radiant, Conscious Energy. All the different levels of emanations are related and interact with each other through all forms of life. All physical forms and substances are living and are expressions of the One Universal Radiant Consciousness.
The hard sciences are ever delving into the mysteries of Life. While dismissing all of the above they are nevertheless correct claiming that certain cells containing particular minerals hold electrical charges. Moreover, the substance of every atom in the universe is radiant energy and these atoms in turn form all physical substance and all cells, including all cells comprising the human organism. Once more, every cell in our bodies is a special arrangement of solar force. Qabalah teaches that the activity of each cell is the result of solar energy flowing through it; that both the substance of the cell and its activity are transformations of one universal power funneled through our solar orb. In the human organism the initial current is received from the Sun. It is the Sun Center, the Anahata Chakra and the Metal Gold of the Alchemists which receives the living radiance evolving human consciousness. The ganglion of nerves in the sympathetic nervous system behind the human heart receives the electric current and charges all those cells flowing within the bloodstream as it passes through that organ. It finally enters the physical body through a ductless gland in the form of chyle and ultimately ‘stored’ and distributed throughout the body from the sacral plexus esoterists name the Muladhara Chakra.
All the above is a brevetted summation. The entire detailed process would take entirely too much space to explain and would still be incomplete due to the intuitive guidance side of it.
Suffice it to say that the raising of Kundalini, 'the coiled up', within the human organism is the one and only way to super-conscious perception, to total realization of the Spirit, and to the attainment of Divine Wisdom. The Force releases human consciousness from the limitations of mere three-dimensional experiences solely derived from the lower physical senses. When fully activated it is in the metaphorical form of two ‘serpents’. These are actually the two nerve currents of the sympathetic nervous system the Eastern Traditions name Ida and Pingala. They flank the open, tube-like spinal column, Sushumna. Kundalini power is coiled up at the base of Sushumna near the sacral plexus. In the Bible, and in western alchemical traditions, Ida is the Lily of the Valley; Pingala, the Rose of Sharon (Song of Songs 2:1).
Within most adult humans Sushumna is closed over at the bottom. We are born with it open if the birth is normal and healthy, but around the age of seven years, on average, the bottom opening begins to gel over, becoming a bit harder with age. Prior to the natural closure, Kundalini flow traverses upwards through and around the hollow column giving a degree of clairvoyant and clairaudient powers to children who see and hear 'imaginary' friends. The powers wane with closing during maturation into adulthood. Those of us with any degree of what are called supernatural powers have them because a bit more than the minute flow of Kundalini is traversing upward.
The truth is that the Serpent Power is always flowing up through the spinal column in very small quantities; so small, in fact, that it is considered ‘dormant’. We are all alive and moving about with all manner of activity because of Kundalini. All our power and energy of mind and body is sourced from the Kundalini that actually animates our entire being. If it were to stop flowing, the physical body would be clinically dead. In its so-called ‘dormant’ stage we are merely normal humans going about whatever normal humans do; learning, thinking, playing, living, working, sitting in front of the computer or television, drinking and eating junk food.
But when the Kundalini is awakened somewhat there comes with it an extraordinary spiritual renaissance. Basically, the blessed individual realizes beyond all doubt that the entire Universe is fundamentally pure Super-conscious Light composing all forms. Alchemy and Yoga disciplines attempt to aid the reopening at the sacral base for this purpose of enlightenment. The closed end is reopened by being sort of 'struck' with the breath. Methods for raising the Serpent Power vary slightly with world spiritual disciplines. What is left out of many disciplines is the function of imagination with pointed imagery substituted for the elements in the process. Worthy instruction advises that it is never wise to focus directly on the lotus centers themselves since prolonged concentration on any point within the physical body may create congestion. Let it be the 'Woman's Work' by indirect suggestions from the super-conscious level. This is “waiting for the Master to instruct us” of which we read and hear. That Master, the Guru, the Teacher comes from within us. The Instructor is not a person. It is Shakti, or Kachmah, rooted from Shiva or Chokmah, metaphorically speaking. Qabalists would name it Christ Consciousness.
Prior to that coming, moral and physical health is the necessary prerequisite with any attempts to arouse Kundalini. As Kundalini power passes up through the lotus centers, the energy within those centers will increase manifold. The increased power does not automatically make us ‘good’ or ‘bad’ from the rising. The actual effect is that it increases personal traits. If we hold any immature prudish or lascivious views or attitudes toward sex and the reproductive force, for example, the increased power flowing through the Svadhishthana Chakra (the Mars Center) will polarize our behavior with the zeal of a fanatic. It accentuates. Hence the admonitions of caution and right preparation.
The Mars Center is also one of a destructive nature, whether breaking down illusion or negative elements in the human psyche. One of the most disastrous incidents of Kundalini aroused prematurely through this Center are recorded in cases of spontaneous human combustion. The fire burns bluish-white from within and outward in all directions simultaneously. The heat is so quick and intense that nothing survives of the skeletal frame while the immediate vicinity near the charred corpse is barely singed or left entirely unscathed. Of course science denounces these events with all manner of attempts to explain that all the causes for such an occurrence must come from external sources; these declarations come with little to no proof despite a plethora of experimentation and demonstration with attempts to duplicate the phenomenon. On the other hand, the same science declares that electricity is generated from within the human body. Hmm.
There is also a certain, proper order to be maintained with the opening of the lotus centers. Mars is the second center up from the Saturn Center, but advanced yogis teach that it is not the center that should be stimulated after Saturn. The Sun Lotus, Alchemical Gold, should be aroused secondly. This turns all the released sacral energies over to the True One-Ego seated within the Heart. Under the guidance from the Master, in Tiphareth, the increased powers are devoted solely to His use, for His purposes. This will save an aspirant untold grief by releasing all attachment toward any outcome. The Christ Consciousness (Tiphareth) within us is the Principal Doer in this Art. All the energies coming through the Metals or Chakras should be sublimated and purified in the alchemical tradition prior to any attempt at raising Kundalini. Such quality teaching is difficult to come by, however. Cross reference with IDA and PINGALA.