Kundalini is a Sanskrit word meaning either "Coiled up" or "Coiling like a Snake". There are a number of other translations of the term us
the sacrum. Yogic phenomenology states that Kundalini awakening is associated with the appearance of bio-energetic phenomena that are said to be experienced somatically by the yogi.
This is also known as "Pranic Awakening". Prana is the vital life-sustaining force in the body. uplifted, or intensified life energy is called Pranotthana and is supposed to originate from an apparent reservoir of subtle bio-energy at the base of the spine. This energy is interpreted as a vibrational pehenomena that initiates a proces or period of vibrational spiritual development.
The source text for the concept of Kundalini is the "Hatha Yoga Pradipika" written by Swami Svatmarama somwhere between the 12 and 15 centuries. Hatha Yoga is strictly speaking a forcing technique which has as its primary aim the forcing of the arasing of Kundalini.
The main emphasis is a difficult regime of breathing techniques meant to increase the store of "prana" in the body. The well known physical postures are only meant to be an aid to mantain peak physical fittness, so as to support the real work of the breathing practices. All of this has, according to tradition, to be accompanied by prolonged and unbroken meditation practice.
According to Hindu tradition the Kundalini raises from the root-chakra up to the spinal channel, called sushumna, and it is believed to activate each chakra it goes trough.
Each chakra is said to conatain special characteristics. In Raising Kundalini spiritual powers (siddhis) are also believed to araise, but many spiritual traditions see these phenomena as obestacles on the path, and encourages their students not to get hung up with them.
Initiation of Kundalini activity is usually considered to take place by a practice called shaktipat. This is a form of "laying on of hands" where physical contact to the body or the forehead of the subject by the guru, or initiator, is supposed to cause an experience of Kundalini that later may persist or grow with continuing practice, or fade away of practice is stopped.
The chakras bear a strong similarity in location and number to the major endocrine glands, as well as nerve bundles called ganglions.
One speculation is that the traditional practices have formalized a method for stimulating the endocrine glands to work in a different mode which has more direc effect on consciousness, perhabs ultimately by stimulating the release of DMT by the pineal gland, analogous to the "pineal chakra".
The study of Itzhak Bentov studied Kundalini from a engineering perspective. According to Bentov, the 7,5 Hz oscillation of the heart muscle rythm induces mechanical Hz frequencies in the brain, which in turn create a stimulus equivalent of a current loop. The nerve endings in that loop correspond to the route through wich Kundalini rises.
This current polarizes the brain part through wich it flows in a homogenous way, effectively relasing tremendous amounts of stress from the body. The body then becomes an effective antenna for the 7,5 Hz frequency, which in one of the resonant frequencies of the ionosphere. In layman`s terms, you then pick uo information from the air.
This might account for repeated descriptions of heightened senses as a result of rising Kundalini. As described by Yogananda:
"The whole vicinity lay before me.
My ordinary frontal vision was now changed
to a vast spherical sight
simultaneously all perceptive."
The Coiled and dormant "feminine" energy, refers to the vast potential of psychic energy contained within us all. Symbolized as a serpent coiled into three and a half circles, with his tail in his mouth and spiraling around the central axis (sacrum or sacred bone) ate the base of the spine.
The awakening of this serpent and the manifestation of its powers is a primary aim of the practice of Kundlaini Yoga. The image of coiling, like a spring, conveys the sense of untapped potential energy that will spring into action soon. This force can be described as a great resrvoir of creative energy at the base of the spine.
Opening Clairvoyant and Clairaudient abilities.
Feeling conected to the Oneness of the Universe.
Mind feels expanded in its quest for
higher awareness and knowledge.
Allowing ego to step aside and connecting with
higher frequency of though and conciousness.
Feeling unconditional love, peace and
connection with the spirit.