Kundalini Awakening in Meditation

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.

Kundalini Awakening in Meditation

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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  1. Ronin
    Ronin says:

    Back pain is not a sign of kundalini awakening. It just means u have a bad back. Get someone to check your posture when seated to meditate. Try asanas (postures) to help improve posture. Most likely back pain is usually caused by poor core muscles. You can use back support to help or sit on a chair in the mean time.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I experienced a great deal of energy phenomena the first time I ever meditated (age 17, 1985, no spiritual understanding) and the intensity remained during meditation for about three years. Among other things, I felt energy moving around my body as if it was alive, and saw different colors that seemed to be associated with it. I had profound visions and dreams. But the range of experience was so wide and varied that I can’t write it all down in a brief description. I felt indescribable bliss at times, sometimes saw white light in my third eye, and ultimately felt the clear symptoms of a kundalini awakening, such as energy releasing from my first chakra and then exiting my forehead, a few convulsive episodes in my lower body, and feeling powerful enegies moving up my spine. To some degree the symptoms never left, and became part of my daily life to this day. I came to believe that the process would take decades to unfold in such a way that I benefited from it, that it was occurring on a subtle level and needed to filter down thru the ethers into the manifest world. Now 48 years old, I continue to have rather extraordinary – though different – experiences when I meditate. Except for a few months about ten years ago, I’ve never had a meditation teacher, and she was Buddhist and had no interest whatsoever in energy phenomena.

  3. Namratha
    Namratha says:

    I had intense pain in the back of my neck & shoulders. Low energy, numbness in the head and feeling of vulnerability. I took a pain killer to drive back home after work. Plz can someone explain whats happening?

  4. Sivan
    Sivan says:

    Hi, appreciate your writing, its really wonderful.

    Just to share my experience. I have actually experienced the Rare Kundalini Awakening Symptoms:
    Experience of divine light within, tremendous vibratory energy and spontaneous bliss, intensely pleasurable.
    And the sound of the universe Aum can right from my muladhara chakra up to crown chakra…an it was tremendously loud vibrating sound that was deafening but your body and soul felt like showered in this extremely blissful sound.

    There is no word that can accurately describe the feeling and experience, it was overwhelming…OHM.. the level

  5. Vrindavana Das
    Vrindavana Das says:

    For me, my kundalini arose in 1996 as I walked meditating on the syllable aum. Suddenly there was a strong sensation of hot and cold waves going up and down my spine. For a few moments I felt as if I would go mad. Gradually I relaxed and reaching home, saw that my forehead (between the brows) has become red (in the shape of a candle flame) and there was intense pressure between my brows. The pressure has been with me ever since. The pressure subsides only for as long as I am sleeping.

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I was on a week long retreat 16 years ago when the Kundalini awakened in my nervous system, causing energy flows from pelvis to heart area in successive waves, awakening me from sleep. This lasted initially for several hours, then has gradually become generally present.
    There is a sun disc of light or a swirling vortex upon awakening in the morning. Pranayama will cause a yellow disc to form in one’s vision.
    There is the sound of Om humming throughout the body, and all the cells of the body are bathed in this sweet love vibration. There are periods of thoughtless awareness during meditations. This process continues. Laterly have been reading Ramana Maharshi, which causes an up welling of Kundalini to fill the body including head. Also the excruciating pain of focussing awareness outwardly into the World illusion.

    • John, the Meditator
      John, the Meditator says:

      I wrote this. How did it get on your website. There is much more to recount than this, When the energy broke through the heart area, it caused my heart rate to go to 150 beats perminute with so/many skipped beats, I was convinced I would die. Samatha meditative practice has since resulted in the arising of all nine Jhanas.

  7. Adam Miller
    Adam Miller says:

    Kundalini awakening symptoms are truly a very intriguing subject. The kundalini is a powerful source energy that lies dormant within each and every person. Myree Morsi offers a beautiful blend of healing, counselling, coaching and insight.


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