(Note from Erin: There are many people who don’t believe in things like this and many who do. But let me suggest something; if you love meditation or have been thinking about starting in the new year- just use these principals. It’s not going to kill you to use the breathing, concentration, and meditation techniques and leave out the rest. Enjoy.)
The first part of this technique for kundalini awakening is to focus your breath starting at the base of your spine all the way up your spine and out of the top of your head. Do this for the inhale. And now – as you inhale move your focus from the base of your spine, up the spine and out of the top of your head as though your are “breathing up” the energy. You do not need to imagine anything. This is not about imagination but focus. Focus your breath to move up the spine and out the top of your head. And the focus should be relaxed. You are not to force anything. You are simply gently suggesting the energy to move in this direction. So do focus the energy up but allow the kundalini energy to move on its own without force.
Note: it may seem quite strange to focus your breath where your breath does not go but it is very effective. Breath is energy, “prana.” And simply by focusing the breath in a certain area, the energy moves to that area. After practicing this for a while, you will start to feel the energy rising. The sensations will be subtle at first but over time can become very blissful. It can almost feel like an orgasm, a rush of bliss moving up your spine. The second part of this technique for kundalini awakening is it to move the breath down your front as you exhale.
And now – as you exhale, move the breath from the top of your head to the third eye, (located between your eyebrows) then to your throat and then to your heart chakra, located at the center of your chest. Stop the breath at the center of your chest. And then again, inhale from the base of your spine, repeating the process above. The third part of this technique for kundalini awakening is to awaken the energy. Because an enlightened teacher would not give this technique without initiating you into this technique. This calls for the teacher to give you shaktipat, to actually awaken your kundalini by touch, chanting or simply by focusing their energy on you.
So to awaken this energy yourself, there is an easy technique but a very important one. And that is to silently repeat the name of an enlightened teacher, Guru or Saint that you feel connected to whether you have met them or not. If you are of a particular religion, you can repeat the name of a saint of that religion. Otherwise, choose an enlightened teacher who you admire.
And, you can repeat the name as you inhale, and repeat the name as you exhale. And, the main reason for this is that you take on the Shakti (energy) of what you focus on. So simply by repeating the name of an enlightened Guru or Saint, you take on their energy, their state of bliss. This technique is thousands of years old and is still used today because it is so effective. If this step makes you uncomfortable, you can repeat “peace” instead. Really, you are awakening that which is in you, not something from the outside. But enlightened teachers are the outward manifestation of what is inside you. A Saint or Guru have awakened what you wish also to awaken. So by focusing on their name, you awaken that energy in you. It has nothing to do with them as a personality or body but the energy that naturally radiates from them.
*Article originally appeared at Minds.