Kundalini is a dormant energy within most people.
In Hindu mythology, Kundalini is a serpent goddess who lies asleep at the base of the spine, coiled three and a half times around the first chakra. Her name is Kundalini Shakti, and she represents the unfolding of the divine Shakti energy, the energising potential of life itself, a living goddess who enlivens all things.
Under certain circumstances the Kundalini energy awakens and begins to rise through the body, piercing and opening the chakras as she moves in her undulating and snake like fashion. as Kundalini releases stored and blocked energies, her movement can be quite intense, sometimes painful, and often leads to mental states that seem out of this world.
Circumstances that can stimulate Kundalini awakening are many and varied, but are usually triggered by such things as extended periods of meditation, yoga, fasting, stress, trauma, psychedelic drugs and near death experiences.
Kundalini is a condensed primal force, similar to the potential energy found in water. When released it creates a vertical connection between the chakras by opening the subtle channels known as nadi, most specifically, the central channel that moves up the spine, called sushumna. If we put water through a small hose at very high pressure the end of the hose will undulate like a snake. Similarly, the intense energy of Kundalini undulates in the body as it rises through the chakras.
Kundalini can also be seen as a result of the chakras connecting to each other. Theoretically, as the chakras enlarge, the spinning of one can enhance the spinning of the one above or below it.
Kundalini is basically a healing force, but its effects can sometimes be quite unpleasant. Such effects may last for minutes, days, months or even years.
The Energy of Kundalini has been known all over the world and different countries, different religions and sects all have their own name of reference for this unseen energy.
Kundalini - India
Pneuma - Greece
Rh - Islam
Sekkina - Judaism
Chaitanya - Ancient Sumerians
Ruaach - Ancient Hebraic Scripture
Mana - Huna Shamanism
Ki - Aikido (the Martial Art)
Chi - Tai Chi ( the exercise system)
Umbala - Akan Tribe of Africa
When awakened the Kundalini will rise through your body cleansing each of the seven major chakras as it goes. The opening of the first chakra is based at the bottom of the spine where the Kundalini lies coiled like a snake. It is connected to the earth energy, and it rises to reach the crown chakra, to open up and connect with the divine.
1) PURIFY THE BODY
Abstain from recreational drugs, tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, and prescription drugs. Avoid food additives, high sugars, or greasy foods. Eat well, especially protein which is generally grounding. Get massage and vigourous exercise.
You will now be in for a major spiritual transformation so it is best to put time aside for your spiritual practices and to make health changes, which will aid in your transition.
3) EDUCATE YOURSELF
Read, Talk, and Learn everything you can regarding the Kundalini, and Chakras. A great site I would recommend is www.kundaliniawakeningsystems1.com It is a friendly and informative site which leads you onto other links and people who know about Kundalini. There are downloads, personal stories of Kundalini Awakening and links to Yahoo groups.
4) TREAT UNRESOLVED ISSUES
Each person who awakens their Kundalini will find unresolved issues arrise from the depths of their mind. Things they thought were over with suddenly rear their head and appear in dreams or other ways. Deal with them now! To ignore them will most likely make your awakening painful and harder to deal with emotionally.
As the energy of the Kundalini rises through your body you need to take on practices that keep you 'grounded'. Investigate the issues related to the 1st Chakra that are yet to be resolved. This will give a firmer base to your practices and the resulting rise of energy. Practice thse exercises daily.