The classical literature tells us that pain is experienced only when there is a blockage in the chakra, or chakras, through which the Kundalini energy is attempting to pass. It would have to be acknowledged that not many of us are 'pure'.
Another theory is that the Kundalini energy may have missed the Sushumna, the central passage, and diverted to either the Ida or Pingala which intertwine around the length of the Sushumna (see nadis). It is not possible to comment on these hypotheses.
My experience would tend to bear out the premise that the Kundalini energy gets blocked by inevitable impurities in the chakras which are to be found in most individuals at this stage of the evolvement of consciousness.
This (in retrospect because it certainly was not obvious at the time) started with small red areas and considerable pain under the nails of both big toes. Over time, and my personal experience indicated that this can take years, the energy gradually makes itself felt, causing pain along the sciatic nerve, ongoing gastro-intestinal problems, severe pins and needles in hands and feet, burning itching skin rashes, severe headaches, chest pain, total exhaustion etcetera. When meditating, there was a feeling of pressure in the area of the anterior fontanelle of the skull. In fact symptoms were gradually experienced in every system of the body as the energy slowly made its way towards the crown chakra.
Concurrent with this were episodes of almost unbearable happiness, brilliant coloured changing light that sometimes became a rapid pathway to white light, spontaneous poetry, incredible writing, the text of which floated into consciousness, strong aroma of flowers that were nowhere to be seen and very occasionally rich organ music. For several years I frequently felt as though my blood stream was filled with soda pop and that I was floating down the street several inches above the ground.
There was nothing that appeared to make sense … until I read Kundalini: the Evolutionary Energy in Man by Gopi Krishna, The Kundalini Experience by Dr Lee Sanella, followed by Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C. G. Jung, Kundalini by G. S. Arundale, Kundalini, The Secret of Life by Swami Muktananda and many other publications.
To read others' biographies and identify with them was a very liberating experience. I was also lucky enough to contact two unusually spiritually gifted persons who I am sure helped me through this prolonged episode of my life, which I estimate as took 14 years. Most of the above sensations have now ceased or become very infrequent as (it is my belief that) my body has become adjusted to higher frequencies.
Kundalini, to me, is part of the evolutionary journey of humankind and will ultimately be experienced by every individual. Understanding and working with this process will be the key to higher consciousness and the betterment of the planet and its total inclusive ecology.
There is considerable difficulty in assessing what may be happening when suffering from obvious physical symptoms, which may mimic various different illnesses, that are all 'proved' to be non-existent by multiple medical tests.
Spontaneous Kundalini arousal whether full or partial is often is associated with a history of meditation, Hatha (or other) yoga or prayer.
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