My Near Death Experience & Kundalini Awakening - YouTube
by Linda Lillian
In this video, Linda Lillian discusses her spiritual awakening through a major NDE followed by Kundalini arousal.
What is especially interesting is her youth. Her NDE occurred from an overdose at about age 18, when she had decided there was no reason to live. All this changed when she nearly died and entered the state which seems like heaven. Through her Kundalini awakening, she underwent certain classic states of universal love for herself and others, a sense of Oneness with all that is, and intense bliss. At the time of this youtube recording, she is about 26 years old and indeed looks even younger. Her vocabulary is that of a young person today, with the inclusion of many slang words such as the older generation might not approve of. Of special interest is her experience of "coming down" from the bliss state, a result familiar to many who first go through the high, only to discover there is a low that follows, when the work gets harder to achieve the original sense of exaltation.
This presentation is one of the most arresting I have found, especially in view of the youth of the speaker and her frank and uncensored account of what happened to her. Again, I was reminded that Kundalini awakening can occur to anyone at any time in totally surprising circumstances.
I think it is by sharing our personal experiences that we learn the most about what Kundalini is truly like as an intimate spiritual process.
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Kundalini Yoga Dangers
Awakening the Kundalini energy too abruptly can cause mental and physical problems.
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In the West, yoga is for the most part relegated to exercise classes with spiritual bonus points. The word "yoga," however, means "union" and historically it suggests a path to higher consciousness. That path can be physical, mental or both -- as in the case of Kundalini Yoga. As its name suggests, this form of yoga works with the Kundalini (also called Shakti) which is the primal creative energy that animates life.
How can working in a positive way to enhance your life force go wrong? The answer requires a bit of explaining and a quick spiritual anatomy lesson.
Waking the Snake
In its ordinary form, Kundalini pervades the body; it's the life force. But at the base of the spine, in the sacrum, there's a what you might call a well of dormant Kundalini energy that's said to resemble a snake coiled around itself three and a half times.
This energy represents the full potential of human awareness and it's this coil of energy that is unleashed when the Kundalini is awakened. This can happen in a number of ways, including by doing asanas, chanting or by meditating. In some cases the awakening can happen spontaneously, such as when someone comes into contact with the right Kundalini master or has a near-death experience.
High Voltage Energy
When the Kundalini is freed, it rushes up to the brain through the a hollow tube in the spinal cord called the Sushumna. On its way to the brain, according to Swami Vivekananda in his book "Raja Yoga," the energy unlocks layer after layer of the mind, freeing it from its past negative karma, resulting in beautiful visions and many powers over mind and matter. Ultimately, the yogi is freed from the bondage of his ordinary earthly identity and achieves Samadhi, complete union with the divine consciousness.
Kundalini pervades the body but its core force is dormant in the base of the spine.
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So what's not to like? The yogi B.K.S. Iyengar Swami Vivekananda likens the nervous system to an electrical system with wiring (the nerves), circuits (chakras) and gates or locks (bandhas). As with any electrical system, a power surge of Kundalini can damage the grid, causing grave mental and physical illness. While the channels through which Kundalini travels do roughly correlate with the nervous system, Kundalini is a subtle energy form that can't be measured like ordinary nerve circulation is.
Too much Kundalini awakening too fast is not without peril. Problems can arise when Kundalini energy is diverted into the side channels that flank the spinal cord -- known as the ida and pingala. This phenomenon is sometimes called a "spiritual emergency." Along with feelings of ecstasy and bliss, the yogi may experience a number of unpleasantly intense signs that include burning or even searing sensations, intense spasms, vibrating and jerking.
Uncontrollable emotions can arise so strongly, in fact, that the process can resemble a psychotic breakdown according to clinical psychologist Bonnie Greenwell in her book "Energies of Transformation." Some people who were abused as children may feel great fear as the awakening unlocks long-repressed memories of trauma or violation.
The Need for a Guru
Kundalini Yoga is a transformative process involving powerful energy currents that affect body, mind and spirit. In order to avoid destabilizing extremes, the transformation should be guided by a qualified yogi.
As Bruce Greyson, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of VirginiaIn Eastern traditions writes: "Kundalini would be ideally activated at the appropriate time by a guru who can properly guide the development of that energy. If awakened without proper guidance… Kundalini can be raw, destructive power loosed on the individual's body and psyche."
What Is Kundalini Meditation?
Whether we realize it or not, most of us do a lot of things without really thinking and often react to our environment rather than being intentional about our thoughts and behaviors. For example, we might drive to work, wash dishes, tuck the kids in, or eat a meal without really being aware of what is happening—or what we want to happen.
If you want to live your life with greater awareness and intention, one way to enter this state of heightened attention is to practice meditation. A specific form of meditation that may be particularly helpful is Kundalini, which focuses on primal energy. Kundalini meditation is a way of channeling your energy and releasing yourself from stress and living on "auto-pilot."
The exact origins of Kundalini meditation are not known, although its traditions date back to approximately 1,000 BCE to 500 BCE. In Sanskrit, kundalini means "coiled snake" and references the ancient belief that each person carries "divine" energy at the base of the spine. This mediation tradition seeks to awaken, release, and harness this energy.
Kundalini mediation was popularized in the West by Yogi Bhajan, who developed and introduced his own form of Kundalini yoga in the United States in the late 1960s. Since then, the practice has become a popular way to develop greater body awareness, mindfulness, and stress relief, among other benefits.
Purpose of Kundalini Meditation
Kundalini meditation is part of Kundalini yoga and is meant to move energy through the body. It is based on the concept that energy at the base of the spine (also known as the root chakra) needs to be released through the seven chakras of the body and then out through the crown chakra above the head.
This process of releasing energy from the body has the purpose of creating a system of communication between your mind and body to relieve mental, physical, and spiritual issues. This system of bringing awareness to your body by connecting with your breath is intended to facilitate being present, establishing a new rhythm, and communicating with a higher version of yourself.
Kundalini meditation is not a set of beliefs or religion. Instead, it's a system for evoking energy inside yourself and developing mind-body awareness.
The practice should be thought of as a technique, as opposed to a belief system, that helps people clear away the clutter of the world and access the inner self. Additionally, rather than providing instant relief, enlightenment, or "uncoiling," proponents say that perseverance and consistent practice is needed to achieve optimal benefits.
Just like taking a shower each day cleanses your physical body, yogis view Kundalini meditation as a way to cleanse your mind. It's a method to rejuvenate after a stressful day, manage stress in the moment, and/or counteract tiredness. It also aims to help balance your energy (or chakras) and calm your mind so that you're acting with purpose rather than just reacting to your thoughts and environment.
What Is Mindfulness Meditation?
The benefits of learning to practice Kundalini meditation can be summarized as bringing more awareness and intention to your daily life. Specifically, this can be seen in several different ways, including:
- Aiding concentration and preventing random thoughts from throwing you off balance
- Breaking your automatic daily routines and bringing you into a state of mindfulness
- Bringing balance to mind, body, and soul
- Building up your creative energy to tackle projects in your life
- Creating awareness of the body
- Enhancing your brain patterns and emotional balance
- Helping reduce anxiety
- Helping release stress and find a sense of peace
- Improving cognitive functioning
- Improving sleep and sleep-related issues
- Teaching the proper way to breathe (into your diaphragm) and expanding lung capacity
Simple Meditations to Relieve Stress
How the Practice Works
Below are the steps you should follow to begin a very basic Kundalini meditation practice. Remember that it's better to start small. Pick a manageable meditation commitment that you think you can follow through on every day.
Avoid trying to do too much too quickly, which could feel overwhelming and derail your efforts. Even five minutes each day of Kundalini meditation is likely to help you, so don't underestimate the value of even this most basic practice.
1. Choose a Location
Kundalini mediation can be done anywhere. Ideally find a quiet, distraction-free space that's a comfortable (not too hot, not too cool) temperature. This should be a spot that you find peaceful and where you are not likely to be bothered. It could be a place where you gather your favorite things. Keep a bottle of water beside you.
2. Choose What to Wear
Dress in whatever feels right to you. Many practitioners choose to wear loose, comfortable, cotton clothing and potentially a head covering like a cotton shawl. Your clothes should be clean, fresh, and ideally light in color to enhance the feeling of lightness.
3. Choose When to Practice
You could practice first thing in the morning to set your intentions for the day—or to take advantage of a time you are least likely to be disturbed. Or, you could practice before bed at night as a way of winding down from your day. Just about any time works, but try to avoid meditating after a big meal, as your body will be busy with digestion.
4. Get into Position
Sit on the floor cross-legged or sit in a chair with your weight resting on your feet. Most importantly, choose a position that is comfortable to you where you can sit upright with a straight spine. Close your eyes softly so that they are about 90% closed. You can choose to sit on a wool or cotton blanket or put a pillow underneath you for comfort.
5. Choose the Length of Practice
This could be anywhere from three minutes to two and a half hours. Some common choices of meditation length are 11 minutes, 15 minutes, 22 minutes, 31 minutes, etc. Whatever works for your schedule and goals is perfect.
6. Choose a Mantra
While you breathe, you will chant a mantra to help you focus. One good example for beginners is the mantra "sat nam," which means "truth is my identity."
Chant "sat" when you inhale and "nam" when you exhale. You can choose to chant out loud, in a loud whisper, or silently in your head. You can also pick another phrase or sound to repeat. Whatever mantra speaks to you and feels right, is right.
The purpose of chanting is to direct your energy. Actively listen to yourself if you are chanting out loud, or visualize the mantra being written down if you are saying it in your head. You can also repeat your mantra at other times of the day if feeling stressed.
The point of a mantra is to break out of old patterns, so the mantra should always reflect the state that you want to be in rather than the one you are in now.
7. Start to Focus on Your Breath
Notice your breathing and gradually start to slow it down. Your goal will be for one round of inhaling and exhaling to last about seven to eight seconds. Break your inhale and exhale into segments, such that you do short inhales or exhales broken up by pauses.
Aim to do this so that there are four segments of both inhales and exhales during a complete breath. Breath through your nose the entire time. If you feel dizzy at any point, then stop the practice.
8. Feel the Breath Moving
As you are practicing your breathing and chanting, focus on how your breath is moving through your body and helping you to relax. Whenever your mind starts to wander, consciously return your focus back to your breath and mantra.
9. Finish the Meditation
Continue this cycle of breathing throughout the predetermined mediation time. (Set a timer so you'll know when to stop.) Complete the mediation by inhaling deeply, pushing your palms together or raising your arms in the air, and then relaxing and exhaling.
10. Gradually Increase Your Meditation
Gradually, aim to increase the length of time that you meditate. As you practice, focus on letting thoughts come and go, and watch for a feeling of energy moving along your spine and a feeling of euphoria in your body.
Research on Kundalini Meditation
Overall, research on Kundalini meditation is in its early stages. However, many researchers see the potential for using Kundalini yoga with other treatments to help people who are managing high levels of stress-related to chronic conditions, such as:
In addition, there are claims that it can help with other conditions such as:
Also, there is some evidence of the effectiveness of this type of meditation specifically for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). For instance, an 8-week intervention using Kundalini meditation led to lower anxiety for participants compared with those in a conventional treatment group.
A Word From Verywell
If you're interested in learning to practice Kundalini meditation, remember it's fine to start small—and incorporating mediation into your daily life can be hard. At first, even just two minutes of meditation might feel like a struggle. But don't give up. Quieting your mind takes practice, and even just a few minutes can have a positive impact.
With time, it will become easier to call yourself into a meditative state. Once you have that ability, it's the goal for that new state of awareness to translate into other areas of your life. Rather than simply reacting to what happens to you, this practice can help you manage your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with heightened intention and perspective.
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An Intro to Kundalini Meditation
“Kundalini” is a Sanskrit term meaning “coiled,” and it refers to a specific type of meditation that’s believed to have the ability to fully awaken your potential for awareness.
According to the theory behind Kundalini meditation, life energy lies at the base of your spine (root chakra), coiled like a snake — and that’s where its name comes from.
In Kundalini meditation, you can work to awaken this energy and achieve enlightenment through a combination of techniques, including:
- deep breathing
- mudras (hand movements)
- mantras (phrases)
- physical movements
These exercises are said to rouse dormant energy in your body and move it along your chakras (energy centers) until it reaches the point of release at the seventh (crown) chakra, your head.
This release of energy promotes internal balance, awakening, and enlightenment.
First, some cultural context
Kundalini practices are at least a few thousand years old, though scholars don’t have an exact date of origin.
Kundalini teachings first appeared in The Upanishads, a collection of Hindu religious texts. Estimates suggest composition of these sacred writings began somewhere around 800 to 500 B.C.
This is the first known record of Kundalini meditation, but it’s widely believed oral descriptions of Kundalini meditation and yoga predate these written ones.
In its early stages, Kundalini was a private philosophy. Only students who had spent years studying meditation and spirituality were given the opportunity to learn from Kundalini teachers.
Even when Kundalini evolved from meditative teachings to include physical practices (yoga), it remained unknown outside of these select teachers and students.
This was the case for thousands of years, until Yogi Bhajan began teaching Kundalini yoga, which involves Kundalini meditation, in the United States.
Introduction in the West
In 1968, Yogi Bhajan ended the secrecy around Kundalini by introducing Kundalini yoga — of which Kundalini meditation is a big component — to the Western world.
He believed this would help people see improvements to their life and overall well-being by giving them the opportunity to experience a different type of consciousness.
Over a period of more than 30 years, he taught thousands of meditation and yoga techniques and founded the Kundalini Research Institute, where he trained other students to become teachers of the practice.
In the news
In 2020, several people who’d previously practiced under Bhajan or worked closely with him came forward with allegations of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse against him. While many practitioners still believe in the benefits of Kundalini yoga, there are questions about what the future of Kundalini yoga should look like.
People who practice Kundalini meditation report experiencing a range of benefits. These include:
- increased mindfulness and compassion
- improved communication with self and others
- a clear mind
- a more developed sense of self
- greater purpose and intent in your actions
Some of these benefits are supported by research that looked at Kundalini yoga, which typically involves Kundalini meditation:
- Reduced stress. A small suggests that Kundalini yoga may offer immediate stress relief. The authors add that Kundalini meditation might be helpful for conditions linked to high stress, including cardiovascular disease and insomnia.
- Reduced anxiety. A 2018 study suggests that Kundalini yoga may reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
- Improved cognitive function. A compared Kundalini yoga and memory enhancement training as potential treatments for cognitive impairment in 81 older adults. Results suggest that while both interventions appeared to help improve memory, Kundalini yoga seemed to help improve executive functioning as well.
How to do it
With thousands of techniques to choose from, Kundalini meditation can get a bit complicated. If you’d like to use it to address a certain concern, a teacher can offer guidance on specific techniques.
Kundalini meditation is a comprehensive approach, so if you’re new to meditation, it may help to try it first with a practitioner or follow along with a guided meditation.
Still, you can try the basics on your own:
- Dress for comfort. Wearing light, loose clothing can help you feel most comfortable while you meditate. Kundalini practitioners often use shawls or other cloth to cover their heads, since this is believed to protect and promote energy flow.
- Begin by tuning in to get into a meditative frame of mind.Sit upright in your chair or on the floor, keeping your spine straight. Position your hands in a prayer pose by pressing your palms together at your chest. Close your eyes but not completely — let in just a crack of light.
- Focus on the third eye chakra. Many practitioners find it helps to focus on their third eye while tuning in. Keeping your eyes closed, turn your gaze to the space in the center of your forehead between your eyebrows.
- Use a mantra. Mantras, which help direct your focus, are an important component of Kundalini meditation. It typically involves mantras in Gurmukhi, a sacred Indian language. But don’t worry too much about choosing the right mantra on your first try. You’ll likely see the best results with a mantra that feels right to you. Say it aloud or repeat it silently, whatever works best for you.
- Begin focusing on your breath. Inhale and exhale through your nose only, focusing on the sensation of breathing. Then, begin to slow your breath. Each inhale and exhale should last 3 to 4 seconds, so each breath should last about 8 seconds. Pay attention to how your breath flows through and energizes your body.
- Add mudras. Kundalini techniques typically involve the use of mudras, or hand positions. For example, if you want to promote wisdom, openness, and calm, try the Gyan mudra by touching your first finger to your thumb. To promote patience and commitment, try the Shuni mudra by touching your middle finger to your thumb.
- Divide your breathing into equal segments. Instead of taking one long inhale for 4 seconds followed by a long exhale, divide each inhale and exhale into four parts. In other words, breathe in 4 times, without exhaling in between. Then breathe out in the same way. With each inhale and exhale, draw your navel (belly button) toward your spine.
- Return your attention to your breath when it wanders. Even long-term meditators don’t stay focused all the time. Whenever you notice a loss of focus, turn your thoughts back to your breath. If any wandering thoughts come up, acknowledge them and then let them drift away.
- Continue for 3 to 5 minutes. If you’re new to meditation, there’s no need to jump right into a lengthy practice. It’s generally recommended to start with a shorter session and increase the length of your meditation as you get more comfortable.
- End your session. Complete your meditation with a deep complete breath (inhale and exhale). Breathe in once again as you raise your arms to their full length. Relax as you breathe out.
Meditation beginner? These tips can help make any meditation practice more successful.
What about claims that it’s dangerous?
People often practice Kundalini meditation specifically to experience the release of energy known as a Kundalini awakening. Many people find this somewhat of a spiritual experience, but it might sound a little overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect.
During a Kundalini awakening, people report physical sensations, such as warmth or tingling, disorientation, and some temporary discomfort.
If a person isn’t fully prepared for the experience, some people claim they may experience long-term negative effects. While meditation can certainly be a powerful experience, there’s no evidence to support such long-term negative effects.
All that aside, Kundalini meditation does involve deep breathing exercises and slowed breathing. If you aren’t used to this, you may feel dizzy or lightheaded.
Take breaks when you need to, and drink plenty of water before and after meditation.
The bottom line
Kundalini meditation can have benefits, even when it doesn’t lead to a full-blown awakening. In fact, some practitioners consider it one of the most powerful forms of meditation.
You may notice some improvements in wellness right away, but patience and dedicated practice can help you achieve the most benefits.
Crystal Raypole has previously worked as a writer and editor for GoodTherapy. Her fields of interest include Asian languages and literature, Japanese translation, cooking, natural sciences, sex positivity, and mental health. In particular, she’s committed to helping decrease stigma around mental health issues.
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