While the awakening Kundalini may be a dramatic experience, the resultant shift in consciousness may be accompanied by years of kundalini symptoms of awakening manifesting in physical and psychological upheaval.
The process of Kundalini awakening can vary greatly from one person to another. Some people have intense physical symptoms, while others experience mainly emotional or psychological symptoms. Imagine the new energy that flows through you attempting to spring-clean your entire system, with unresolved physical or emotional conditions coming up for resolution and release. It can be dramatic. The life transforming changes which accompany a Kundalini awakening cover the entire physiological, emotional, mental and spiritual spectrum.
Here are 7 categories of Kundalini symptoms of awakening that you may notice..
Pranic Movements / Kriyas
Prana is the Hindu word for vital energy. As intense energy moves through your body and clears out physiological blocks; you may experience intense involuntary, jerking movements of the body, including shaking, vibrations, spasm and contraction. As deeply held armouring and blockages to the smooth flow of energy are released, you may suddenly re-access memories and emotions associated with past trauma and injury.
Some people find themselves performing yogic postures or hand mudra gestures, which they have never learned or could not do, in a normal state of consciousness.
Similarly, they may produce Sanskrit words or sounds, or have an awareness of inner music or sound, mantras or tones. Unusual breathing patterns may appear with either very rapid or slow, shallow breathing. Some people may not breathe at all for extended periods.
Physiological Kundalini Symptoms
Kundalini awakening often generates unusual physiological activity as intense movement of energy releases toxins in the body. Symptoms include apparent heart problems, pains in head and spine, gastrointestinal disturbances and nervous problems.
Internal sensations have been reported as sensations of burning, over sensitivity to sensory input, hyperactivity or lethargy, great variations in sexual desire and even spontaneous orgasm. Symptoms can be erratic, coming and going without provocation, but are generally unresponsive to medical treatment.
Spiritual awakening offers a direct challenge to the primacy of ego consciousness and the myth of separation. It brings with it a challenge to move beyond the unconscious responses ruled by drives and instincts and remove ego consciousness from the centre stage of the psyche. It comes as no surprise that such a challenge produces a period of confusion and unbalance. People find themselves beset by inexplicable emotional states as they move to clear out unresolved issues. You might find yourself on an emotional roller coaster swinging from feelings of anxiety, guilt and depression, through to compassion, love and joy, with accompanying bouts of uncontrollable weeping.
Extra Sensory Experiences
As your perception expands outside of consensus reality, you may experience unusual visual phenomena, including visions of lights, symbols, entities, or review of past life experiences. Auditory input may include hearing voices, music, inner sounds or mantras. Even the olfactory system may be stimulated with perception of scents of sandalwood, rose or incense. There may also be disruption of the autonomous perceptive system, with losing a sense of self as a body, or feeling bigger than the body, or out of the body, with the resulting confusion and disorientation.
With the opening up of psychic abilities, you might experience precognition, telepathy, psychokinesis, awareness of auras and healing abilities.
Mystical States of Consciousness
It’s not uncommon to shift into altered states of consciousness where you directly perceive the unity underlying the world of separation and experience a deep peace and serenity with a profound knowing of wisdom. In some cases, the state of emergency due to psychological upheaval is so acute that it resembles a psychotic episode.
Many clinicians still regard phenomena associated with spiritual emergence as indicative of pathology because the signs are so easily confused with the indicators of psychosis, mania, depression, schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder. Many people undergoing spiritual emergency are misdiagnosed and treated with medication to suppress symptoms, which further complicates their process.