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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    Jules Says:

    Thanks for your reply Don. I am ruling out Parkinson’s as well because the kicking sensations have only occurred in my left leg (typical of kundalini symptom), and the pin prick sensations which came suddenly yesterday were also localized to the left calf area. Also, the tingling sensations in the head and small popping sounds have started to intensify for me each time I start my meditation. When I felt the pin pricks, I immediately thought a pin or a splinter had lodged in my pants, so I lifted the seam slowly…only to realize there was nothing….lol.

    I found a great site that appears to describe the biological explanations for why these phenomena occur, as well as offer a myriad of other symptoms that may manifest. In the site, she states that exercise in nature helps to “integrate” and normalize kundalini energy. She uses the term a few times in the site actually. I thought you might find it helpful.

    http://biologyofkundalini.com/article.php?story=Balance

    Ananda, if you are reading this, the same site claims that the scent of roses may be a symptom of an active kundalini.

    http://biologyofkundalini.com/article.php?story=SymptomsList

    I am truly awed and humbled by this experience. And to think I started meditating simply to lower my blood pressure…:)

  2. 509
    Don Winslow Says:

    Jules,

    I’m so glad that you weren’t freaked out by that sudden jerking motion. I’m thinking that it may have to do with the movement of pranic energy. It’s common to experience Kundalini rising from the lower chakras on up. The sensual dreams are definitely something I can relate to, as well. Are you feeling any strange sensations of heat in the leg that jerked? I suspect that many people who have been diagnosed with RLS are experiencing Kundalini symptoms. The moment I came out of a meditation last year, I couldn’t get the word “integrate” out of my head. I feel that it was referring to an integration of spirituality and science, as well as the integration of the ego and Higher Self.

    It certainly can’t hurt to rule out Parkinson’s, Jules. When my finger started twitching on and off for a few months last year, I immediately thought of Parkinson’s, but considering my symptoms directly coincide with psychic visions, spiritual knowing, dramatic creative and spiritual inspiration for my poetry, direct visual awareness of auras, and so much more, it’s doubtful that Parkinson’s is the cause. I just kicked that thought to the curb.

    Well the sensual dreams have stopped for me, although vivid dreams still continue for me every night. I had a slight break in my meditation routine because I was away for a few days, which may have halted the sensual dreams…but last night I went back to myusual routine…and the strangest thing happened.

    I woke up suddenly and as I turned in bed, my leg started…kicking I think is the best word. This was no restless leg syndrome, nor were they the kind of small muscle twitches I feel during meditation. It was exactly like Don described…strong and sudden, without warning, like you see with Parkinson’s patients. It happened a few times and I lay there knowing exactly what it was. If I hadn’t read this site or Don’s testimony I would surely have freaked out. I wonder if these involuntary spasms are the side effects of brain waves or chemicals rearranging themselves?

    Wow…is the only word that comes to mind. I am starting to realize how powerful these meditations can be.

  3. 508
    Jules Says:

    Well the sensual dreams have stopped for me, although vivid dreams still continue for me every night. I had a slight break in my meditation routine because I was away for a few days, which may have halted the sensual dreams…but last night I went back to myusual routine…and the strangest thing happened.

    I woke up suddenly and as I turned in bed, my leg started…kicking I think is the best word. This was no restless leg syndrome, nor were they the kind of small muscle twitches I feel during meditation. It was exactly like Don described…strong and sudden, without warning, like you see with Parkinson’s patients. It happened a few times and I lay there knowing exactly what it was. If I hadn’t read this site or Don’s testimony I would surely have freaked out. I wonder if these involuntary spasms are the side effects of brain waves or chemicals rearranging themselves?

    Wow…is the only word that comes to mind. I am starting to realize how powerful these meditations can be.

  4. 507
    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 ?

  5. 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. :)

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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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  10. 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

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