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Tantra and Kundalini

Tantra and Kundalini

Tantra and Kundalini

Kundalini means,  ‘She Who is Hidden,’ and points to the dormant goddess in every human being’s body. While the kundalini force is found in Muladhara chakra, she hypnotizes humans, like Maya herself, and renders them slaves to the illusory. Kundalini can only awaken people if she travels up along the spine- Zeena Schreck

According to the philosophy of Tantra, the entire universe is a manifestation of pure consciousness. In manifesting the universe, this pure consciousness seems to become divided into two poles or aspects, neither of which can exist without the other.

One aspect, Shiva, is masculine, retains a static quality and remains identified with unmanifested consciousness. Shiva has the power to be but not the power to become or change.

The other aspect, Shakti, is feminine, dynamic, energetic and creative. Shakti is the Great Mother of the universe, for it is from her that all form is born.

All that is found in the cosmos can be found within each individual, and the same principles that apply to the universe apply in the case of the individual being.

Kundalini Shakti is a sexual energy; Kundalini Shakti is conceived as a goddess, then, when it rises to the head, it unites itself with the Supreme Being, Lord Shiva.

The aspirant becomes engrossed in deep meditation and infinite bliss. This raw energy is the secret tool, which, when awakened, has the power to transform an individual from ordinary to exceptional.

Tantric scholars and Kundalini gurus often draw a distinction between the chakras as witnessed through Kundalini experiences and the Westernized model of the chakras as a "personal growth system." Some claim that this distinction is so great that there is no meaningful relationship between the two...yet I do not see these experiences as unrelated, but existing on a continuum.

I firmly believe that clearing the chakras through understanding their nature, practicing related exercises and using visualization and meditation, prepares the way for a spiritual opening that is apt to be less tumultuous than is so often the case for Kundalini awakenings. I believe this Westernization is an important step for speaking to the Western mind in a way that is harmonious with the circumstances in which we live, rather than antithetical to it. It gives us a context in which these experiences can occur.

Likewise, there are many who say that the chakras, as vortices in the subtle body, have nothing whatsoever to do with the physical body or the central nerve ganglia emanating from the spinal column and that a spiritual awakening is not a somatic experience. Because an experience is not *entirely* somatic does not mean that its somatic aspect is negated.... I believe this view is just more evidence of the divorce between spirit and body that I find to be the primary illusion from which we must awaken.
? Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System

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  • I experienced this movement in my body in my twenties and I am now in my forties and it is happening again. Only now I have much more understanding of it. I am reading “”The Magdalen Manuscript: The Alchemies of Horus and the Sex Magic of Isis” by Tom Kenyon and Judi Sion. I am not very interested in sex, so much as releasing this pent up energy in my sacrum that drives me to do yoga for hours on end. While doing so, I have fabulous realizations of a spiritual nature and also about mundane things in my life. I can see fabulous opportunities in my mundane life that I am aghast that I did not see before. The other day in one yoga posture, I felt a release, of toxins perhaps, because I felt the energy move, but then I felt nauseous and suddenly weak. The left side of my sacrum is so sore I could cry. I feel like it is associated with the crystalline grid that is opening on Sunday 10-10-10. I am expecting a tremendous release on Sunday. I also teach and perform belly dancing,and have recently become interested in the tribal fusion style. As I understand it, it is Kundalini yoga set to music! I get most of my inspiration for choreography from these intense yoga sessions. I do these sessions on the beach where I live, not in a class. The Kundalini is too intense for me to take classes very often. I hope to work through this very soon. It is totally improving me on a whole: spiritually, financially, as a teacher, and as a dancer. Even as a wife 😉

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