Kundalini Awakening Symptoms

Symptoms of Kundalini Awakening 

Real Life Experiences & Descriptions of Kundalini Rising

Are you going through a kundalini awakening episode or experience?  Let’s find out… 

Kundalini awakening symptoms are truly a very intriguing subject.  Really there is no correct answer to the question, "What are the symptoms of Kundalini Rising?", as thankfully, each of us is absolutely unique and thus, on a unique trajectory on the path to Kundalini Awakening.  That said, there are some common kundalini experiences that are often reported, which I would like to share with you in this article.

Although we can draw up endless lists of symptoms from third party accounts, I would like to instead make this series about kundalini symptoms that you or I have actually experienced.  In this article, I will give a recent account from one of my students about what she experienced shortly after class, and then I will add my own kundalini experiences and observations as well. 

In the comments section, I encourage you to add any kundalini awakening experiences or symptoms you have felt, so others can better understand what they might be going through.  Here is the recent email I received from my student, Aida:

Aida’s Experience of Kundalini Awakening:
 

I am a student of the "Gentle Kundalini Class". I just finished taking a series of exercise specifically for the spine.
 
As I left the class I felt energized as I usually feel after each class, but this time it was a little different, I was feeling extra aware of my surrounding. Like a light turned on. My back was so straight. It lasted all day.
 
If I could go to class every morning I would go. It makes my day start right in every way. And there are times when I am not feeling like going to class and I push myself to go and do not regret it.
 
Thank you for being my teacher.
Aida D. 

For those interested, here is a link to the Spinal Warmup Kundalini Yoga Kriya we did in class that day.  Thank you Aida, for sharing your personal experiences with us.

This particular experience of kundalini is very interesting and significant.  This is because it is the common experience of advanced meditation and of kundalini yoga.  In the article, Powerful Kundalini Yoga Battles Profound Zen Meditation, I described my own such experience with kundalini awakening, but not from doing kundalini yoga, but instead from doing Silent Mind Meditation!

Aida’s experience points at the two things that all yoga and meditation boils down to.  Energy and Awareness. 

My favorite description of Kundalini Yoga is, "The Yoga of Awareness," and as you see from her account, she felt more aware, as the energy of kundalini had risen up her spine.  In meditation, it is the same.  The demand for intense awareness, in order to comprehend the thought process via direct perception, leads to energy (kundalini) rising up and elongating the spine.  Awareness then follows.

Jiddu Krishnamurti describes this experience of kundlaini energy flowing up the spine as "The rush of water filling up and thus causing a pipe to stand erect."

When we insist that the spine be straight during meditation, it is simply to facilitate this awakening and thus, to assist in being more aware.  I have experienced kundalini rising and puling up with such force, during meditation, that it sometimes make me feel as if I am going to be launched right off the ground or as if it’s going to pull my head off and up into the sky.

Symptoms of Kundalini Awakening:

I am going to describe some of the physical symptoms my students or I have felt due to kundalini awakening.  I know there are many emotional and mental symptoms as well, and you are welcome to share those with us in the comments section below.  I am grouping the experiences into 3 categories, common, uncommon and rare, according to what I have observed.

Common Kundalini Awakening Symptoms:

  • Tingling in the body and brain region.  Also sometimes described as ants walking, tickling energy or flushes of energy.  The brain being flushed with energy is quite pleasant :-).
  • Heat or cold in the system, or running along various channels and chakra centers.
  • Fluttering or twitching of muscles.
  • Pinching or burning in various regions of the body or brain.

Uncommon Kundalini Awakening Symptoms:

  • Pressure in the Third Eye Region (Ajna Chakra).  This is pressure, tingling or other sensation in the center of the forehead.  Can go on for years (14 years and counting so far for me).  Caution: If the pressure, due to certain practices, intensifies to uncomfortable levels you feel are "immense", you should cease that practice and consult a competent kundalini yoga teacher.
  • Sudden bursts of energy anywhere in the body.  These are almost always short lived, from a few seconds to a few minutes.
  • Spontaneous yoga asans or kundalini yoga movements.  They may come on spontaneously, or they may take over, as if on auto-pilot when one is practicing  Kundalini Yoga Kriyas or Exercises (For an example see article: Explosive Kundalini Rising in Class Today).
  • Kundalini Shakti rising up and elongating the spine.
  • Incredible feeling of love and desire for your partner (not ordinary lust, alcohol induced or otherwise :-).  Usually comes upon you spontaneously, deep in the night.  Sex feels like it’s the first such experience and the intense feelings of attraction emanate from somewhere beyond yourself.
  • Unfortunately, pain in the lower back, back of the neck and headaches.

Rare Kundalini Awakening Symptoms:

  • Experience of divine light within.  Very intense light, usually pure white and incredibly beautiful.  I call it the Radiation of the Lord.
  • Tremendous vibratory energy (sometimes feels like it’s coming from the inner ears).  Very blissful, but can intensify to the point where it would completely overwhelm your consciousness if you let it.
  • Spontaneous bliss, intensely pleasurable.
  • This one is a bit scary.  Complete paralysis of the body.  Complete immobility and rigidity takes place.  As with the all consuming vibratory energy, it requires some courage to allow.
  • This one is exceedingly rare.  I have experienced it only once in my life, and have only ever read about it being experienced by one other – the master of awareness, G. I. Gurdjieff.  The arms and legs churn like that of a baby.  It happens naturally and cannot be simulated.  It is also intensely pleasurable and quite a remarkable experience.

There are of course a wide range of transcendental experiences, some of which you will find described in the category Spiritual Enlightenment Experiences.  Above, I have provide those that are more commonly associated with kundalini awakening, although many would argue, including Swami Vivekananda, that all enlightenment experiences have to do with kundalini entering the brain region in some capacity.

So if you have experienced some kundalini symptoms as well, please do share them with us below.  I think it will benefit others identify if what they are going through is actually symptoms of the ever mysterious kundalini awakening.




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    Ananda Says:

    Hi Anmol,

    I have been practicing SDC and few other pranayamas, I also practice mindfulness meditation. During my meditation, I experience several smells, ranging from good to bad. Yesterday I experienced strong smell of sandalwood with a little touch of rose petals for about half an hour. I hear different opinions – its the awareness burning up subconscious patterns leaving a residue of smell; some say I’m being visited by angels etc. What do you think is happening to me ? How should I deal with it ?

  2. 506
    Jules Says:

    Thank you for the reply Don. It helps to know that others were feeling similar sensations early into the practice. I’m so glad to have found this site as the testimonies will help validate my own experiences and allow me to anticipate other symptoms that may manifest.

    Anmol, as to my lucid, sensual dreams, I don’t believe they are the kind of bliss that one experiences as energies are fully awakened…I have only been meditating for about a month, though it has been on a consistent basis of about 2 hours a day. I would not dare presume that I am anywhere near the type of bliss you describe in you testimony. I think the dreams are symptoms of changes that are starting to occur in my body and
    mind. Although the dreams leave me feeling happy and content, I have been both a little frightened and awed by the experience. I know it’s strange to be complaining about pleasurable experiences, but similar dreams every night for two weeks…that has never happened to me before. Such dreams are not
    common for me at all…at most, once every few months or so.

    I also had a dream the other night where i found a piece of paper telling me which career path to take, and now I’m wondering if it was just my subconscience giving me a nudge or if it involved a higher power that was trying to point me in the right direction. Could my meditations have already connected me on some level to a spiritual side? Am I losing my mind? :) So confusing, but I hope to find answers soon…

    Sorry for the long post, but thank you all for sharing your experiences, and encouraging us newbs to carry on. :)

  3. 505
    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Dear Jules,

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

    Kundalini is one of the great mysteries and as the process varies from individual to individual, so it it is hard to say how long it will last. What is true though, is that great states of bliss or incredible love tend not to last more than a few days maximum (usually even less), from all the experiences I have come across – mine and others. This is probably a good thing, as even the body cannot handle so much continuous bliss.

    Trust your heart and listen to your intuition.

    Best,
    Anmol

  4. 504
    Don Winslow Says:

    Jules,

    I can relate to your symptoms starting almost immediately after you started meditation. Mine started two days after I started meditating.

  5. 503
    Jules Says:

    Thank you very much for this site Anmol. When i first started experiencing the tingling of the head sensations and the ringing in the ears, I was a little frightened because I didn’t know they were kundalini symptoms. It all makes sense now though…the symptoms started about two weeks into my meditation practices.

    In addition, I have been having very vivid sensual dreams every night for the last two weeks. I usually have vivid, colorful dreams every night, but this is the first instance I can recall where I have had such dreams for a long stretch. The dreams leave me with the feeling one has when you fall in love for the first time…quite blissful. I suppose these dreams can be attributed to the kundalini symptoms as well? If so, would you know how long they will last?

    Thanks again for all your hard work again Anmol. Greatly appreciated.

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  7. 501
    Sufian Chaudhary Says:

    Your article is most certainly well documented and quite interesting to read. The Kundalini Awakening experience is quite extraordinary in the fact that it bursts so much energy through the human matrix, to a point where it deconstructs and then reconstructs the energetic points and minor chakras. This is said to occur as a form of transitioning in order then feel the ethereal world much more sensitively. If you would to read more about my personal Kundalini Awakening please visit Kundalini Awakening

  8. 500
    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Dear Devyn,

    What an interesting and beautiful experience. Thank you for sharing this with us. It tells us a great deal about love and the sublime and profound connections between Shakti, Shiva and Oneness.

    Best,
    Anmol

  9. 499
    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Dear Don,

    Thank you for sharing your amazing experience with Kundalini with us. It was very insightful and inspiring and will be of help to many.

    I will share it with the broader audience on the blog as well, as I am sure it will be useful for all.

    All Good Wishes,
    Anmol

  10. 498
    Devyn (female) Says:

    Last night when I laid down with my partner to go to sleep, I experienced something very unusual. It wasn’t sexual in any way, but was more pleasurable than any sexual experience I’ve ever had. We had snuggled up as we do on most nights with my head on his chest and our arms around eachother. I was trying to go to sleep and I started thinking about my surroundings, how it felt to be laying there with him, my breathing pattern, his heart beat, etc. I was taking long, slow, rhythmic breaths and it started to feel like his heart was beating on the top of my head. It felt like I had two hearts, one in my cheast and one right above me. All of the sudden I was hot, like my body was in a fire, bathed in light. It wasn’t painful and I wasn’t sweating, this heat I felt was only on the inside. It kind of reminded me of the way a child in the womb might feel; warm, safe, loved, protected, and the sound of your mothers heart over your head. It was so intensely pleasurable I would have never believed the much joy was possible if I hadn’t experienced it for myself. It was as though Matt and I were forming this energy field of light and love and there was no force in the world strong enough to hurt us or pull us apart. I laid there for around 30min experiencing this sensation before it became to much to handle and I laid flat on my back. I feel asleep wondering what the heck had just happend. The first thing I did was look up what it felt like to have your kundalini rise. I’d heard of it and some of the symptoms of it in earlier years, but have never experienced it till now. It’s nothing to be frightened of, it’s just one of the most beautiful, natural experiences that can occurred in life.

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