Kundalini (Shekhinah in Hebrew) is the inner spiritualizing energy that takes us to the experiences of non-causal ecstasy, joy, peace, love, and God awareness. These are our natural emotions in Liberation. The power of Kundalini’s unfolding activates the preconditions for Self-realization (Liberation). Kundalini is the Grace of God, which has the potential to transform us into the non-dualistic, holographic, living awareness of the Truth of God, of I AM THAT.

A major purpose in understanding Spiritual Nutrition is to eat and live in a way that enhances the spiritualizing force of Kundalini. Once the Kundalini is awakened, it moves through the physical and subtle bodies, removing blocks and spiritualizing the consciousness of the aspirant. In Enlightenment, one loses the identity of aspirant and knows I AM THAT. This process of unfolding awakens our consciousness to the higher awareness and energy of each chakra. This is the most important subtle energy system in terms of the spiritual evolution of the human species. As part of the completion process, Shakti Kundalini, stored below the base of the spine, merges with Shiva or Cosmic Awareness (the spiritual Kundalini) in the crown chakra as we disappear and enter into Self-realization (I AM THAT). This is the view from outside of the process.   Carl Jung, in Psychological Commentary on Kundalini, said, “When you succeed in awakening the Kundalini, so that it starts to move out of its mere potentiality, you necessarily start a world which is totally different from our world. It is the world of eternity.”

Gopi Krishna, inspired by his own experience of Kundalini awakening, has written much to describe its meaning. He says of Kundalini, “A new center, presently dormant in the average man and woman, has to be activated and a more powerful stream of psychic energy must rise into the head from the base of the spine to enable human consciousness to transcend the normal limits. This is the final phase of the present evolutionary impulse in man. . . . Here reason yields to intuition and revelation appears to guide the steps of humankind. . . . This mechanism, known as Kundalini, is the real cause of all genuine spiritual and psychic phenomena, the biological basis of evolution and development of personality, the secret origin of all esoteric and occult doctrines, the master key to the unsolved mystery of creation.”

Ramakrishna, considered by many to be one of the greatest Indian saints of the last century, taught that an individual’s spiritual consciousness is not awakened unless the Kundalini is aroused. Swami Muktananda, a recent spiritual master who awakened the Kundalini energy in thousands of spiritual hopefuls, said, “It is only when the Kundalini is awakened that we become aware of our true nature, of our greatness.” He points out that “as long as the inner Kundalini is sleeping, it does not matter how many austerities we follow, how much yoga we practice . . . we will never realize our identity with our inner Self. . . . The awakening of the inner Kundalini is the true beginning of the spiritual journey.”

Although the various yogic traditions have been the main source of our detailed knowledge of Kundalini in the West, a spiritualizing energy that seems to be the same as Kundalini is acknowledged in many cultures. Katz, in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, describes how the Kung people of the Kalahari Desert in northwest Botswana, Africa, danced for hours to awaken the n/um (Kundalini) to attain the !kia state. He feels that the n/um is analogous to the Kundalini and the !kia is a state of transcendence. He describes how about half of the Kung people were able to heat up the n/um. In the Chinese Taoist tradition, Luk, in his book The Secrets of Chinese Meditation, describes an awakening process that is directly parallel to Kundalini awakening. In the Christian tradition, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, when she enrolled in a Carmelite convent at the age of ten, was reported to have had several months of spontaneous spells with a “strange mélange of hallucination, comas, and convulsions.” Sometimes she had spontaneous movements like springing from her knees and standing on her head without using her hands. Her history is compatible with descriptions of classical Kundalini awakenings and with those reported by Lee Sannella, M.D., in Kundalini: Psychosis or Transcendence? The ecstatic visions of the prophet Ezekiel and the psycho-physical states he describes are obvious Kundalini kriyas. In the Jewish-Kabbalistic system the analogous description of the Shekhinah in the form of Nukba is comparable to the Kundalini stored at the base chakra and emanates from the grandmother Atik Yomin. She is the crown of glory that channels the Eternal Light on all creation. In Kabbalah it is the feminine principle of the Shekhinah that descends to do the work of repairing the world. The Shekhinah descends into the realms of time, space, and Being to be the Presence in all Beings. This is an accurate description of the spiritual (cosmic) and Shakti Kundalini.