Category Archives: Energy Medicine
We sometimes hear questions like this recent one: I wonder if you have any ideas for “accessing universal knowledge” or expanding kundalini awakening? Or, as one of my friends put it after years of spiritual research and reading about the mystical experiences of others, analyzing countless stories of connection, “I’d like to actually hear the song.”
Sometimes we’re in a place in life where we’re ready to spur extra development, to connect more deeply, and to evolve more quickly than usual. Maybe we are in physical pain and need the spontaneous healing that a healthy kundalini force can spur.
Increasing kundalini energy invites psychic opening and physical changes and will stir up discomforts that are ready to be addressed. It can’t be forced or controlled. But there are some conditions we can create to increase our receptivity to awakening and grace, and the to the wisdom that can settle in with it. Here are five that have proven most important for many people:
– Spend time alone in nature. Not just for a short time, but for hours and days.
– Limit your access to media, and to words in general. I am a voracious reader and would be lost in a world without books, but there are periods when it is essential to our development to set even the most inspiring reading aside. Reading, writing and talking – thinking in words at all – will interfere with your ability to receive information that is greater than words. If you are in a period of trying to access higher consciousness, experiment with leaving the books and conversation behind for awhile and opening only to concepts and sensations instead.
– Raise your emotions and thoughts higher. Cultivating a sense of gratitude, joy and ecstasy, experiencing every sensation of the present moment, invites the transformative kundalini force to do its work. Avoiding the energetic drag-down of mass media becomes even more important in this light.
– But don’t shy away from the dark. We may naturally feel our thoughts turning to the dark within, especially in regard to your current biggest difficulties. This is no time to run away it! It’s a time to dive right in to the middle of it, and turn those emotions inside out. Your dilemmas, your biggest heartaches, are the friction that builds the heat of transformation. Enduring them with faith and a higher love invites grace – as a tangible force – to open up and swallow the ugly from it, to turn it into the gift of gold. As Michael Franti sings, “When the hard times come, you know the teacher’s in the room.”
– Move. Your spine needs movement – your whole body needs movement – to remove energetic blockages and to invite the shakti forces to flow. If you are trying to encourage the river of kundalini, then you must obey the urge to flow, to lay down, to rock, to spin…. as it works its way through your body. If you don’t know where to start, begin with just this: sit down cross-legged and rock gently back and forth, from tailbone through neck and crown, slowly and with your own rhythm. Continue for a long time.
These tips will work to help you put yourself in the soaring state that invites wisdom or expansion. We can’t command kundalini awakening, but we can encourage it. If you’ve been walking your own path for awhile, I bet you’ve figured out your own ways to increase access to intuition, grace, and the living powerful force of kundalini over the years. Share them with us in the comments!
We in the modern world spend a lot of time in our heads.
We’re thinking, planning, reviewing, figuring, and worrying ahead of time just for good measure. Look around you the next time you’re on the sidewalk and see how many people are lost in thought, heads and upper bodies pitched forward as if led by the force of their minds.
When we’re not present in our bodies and in the moment, it is visible in our ‘shallow’ eye contact. It can be heard in our voice, which seems to be coming from a place inside us that not as deep as usual.
When I catch myself in this state, I notice the tension that has built in my neck, shoulders, forehead, eyes, nose and general upper body. This can be the kind of day that leads to muscle knots, jaw tension, headaches or stiff neck later.
Worse, spending long periods of time in this state creates harmful long-term health patterns that will eventually manifest in structural or organic change to both lower and upper body.
Releasing this posture to be more present in the body at this moment takes just a couple of tricks. One of them is Grounding and the other is Suspension.
Today let’s experiment with Grounding.
- Move your attention inward. Right now, what do your feet feel like? How does it feel down in your feet – stagnant? Flighty or wispy? Resilient?
- Spread your toes a little wider, pressing them evenly downward and feeling your springy arches. Can you feel the support of the earth holding you up?
- Sense the skin and connective tissue of your inner ankles, outer ankles, front and back of ankles. Sense the space surrounding your ankles. If there are places that feel stiff or loose, simply take note.
- Consciously allow a sense of soft space into your knees and behind your knees. If there is any sense of being blocked here, let it go. Sink your weight back into your heels.
- Sense your inner thighs’ connection to your heels, and up into your low belly. Rotate them inward toward the back body, while still pressing into the ground through the outside edge of your feet.
- Notice any tension in your pelvic floor. Feel it suspended parallel with the earth. Allow currents of sensation to flow upward through the feet freely through the legs and pelvis into the belly.
- Just below the navel, tug your low belly gently inward and upward toward the back of your pelvis. This is your center of gravity. Feel its relationship with the earth below, and maintain this slight bracing throughout your day.
- Feel the long line of your back body grounding downward from your crown through your tailbone, through your heels into the earth.
- Take some time to absorb what your whole body feels like when standing in this way.
With a little practice, this whole chain of grounding our stance can take the form of one wave. See if you can maintain this sensitivity in your lower body as you move through the day. Does it anchor you to the present moment? Does it bring your energy down from your head? Does it give you a different perspective?
Next Time: Grounding’s Partner Force, Suspension