Spiritual Energy or Kundalini Awakenings

Features of Spiritual Energy/ Kundalini Awakenings

Known in various traditions as kundalini awakening, Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit awakening, holy wind, Dumo fire, Shakti, and other terms. Classical signs include;

  1. Energy Rushes. Sensations of energy, heat, and/or light that rise up the spine or rush up through the body towards the head. The energy may feel like a rushing, flowing, trickling, exploding, jumping, vibrating, burning, piercing, or like an electrical current. The body may physically jerk and move with the energy rushes, or in other cases become locked and rigid.
  2. Light. Perceptions of inner light, radiating light, and/or a luminosity in the outer world; perceiving liquid light flowing up the spine into the brain; or the sensation of being engulfed or immersed in a brilliant white light.
  3. Sound. Perception of an inner sound: often likened to the rushing of wind, the distant roar of a waterfall, the rushing of wings. May also be humming, ringing of bells, the buzzing of bees, the chirping of crickets, rumbling of a motor, or “music of the spheres.”
  4. Experiences of paranormal consciousness. The above sensations are associated, ultimately, with a mystical experience, out-of-body or other psychic experience, or inspired creativity.
  5. Unusual sexual sensations. Sometimes a kundalini awakening is associated with unusual sensations of upward moving energy activity in the genital area, or unusual sensations of sexual arousal with a possible penile erection that is not associated with sexual stimulation; rarely spontaneous orgasms that seem to be directed inward and upward rather than outward.
[Reference: Kason, Yvonne. Touched by the Light. 2019]

Suggested Further Reading on Spiritual Energy/Kundalini Awakening

Greenwell, Bonnie. Energies of Transformation: A Guide to the Kundalini Process. Cupertino, California: Shakti River Press, 1990.

Kason, Yvonne. Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2019.

Krishna, Gopi. The Biological Basis of Religion and Genius. New York: Harper and Row, 1972.

Krishna, Gopi. Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man. Colorado: Shambhala, 1967, 1970.

Krishna, Gopi. Higher Consciousness: The Evolutionary Thrust of Kundalini. New York: Julian Press, 1974.

Kieffer, Gene, ed. Kundalini for the New Age: Selected Writings by Gopi Krishna. New York: Bantam, 1988.

Kieffer, Gene, ed. Kundalini, Empowering Human Evolution: Selected Writings of Gopi Krishna. New York: Paragon House, 1996.

Sannella, Lee. Kundalini: Psychosis or Transcendence? San Francisco: H.S. Dakin, 1976.

Sannella, Lee. The Kundalini Experience. Lower Lake, California: Integral Publishing, 1987.

Yogananada, Paramahansa. God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita – Royal Science of God-Realization. Los Angeles, California.  Self-Realization Fellowship: 1996.