Whether it is consuming its own tail, is draped over a cross, worn as a charm, or is wrapped around a mountain, spiritual practices around the world recognize and acknowledge the snake as a symbol of Kundalini, or life force, energy.
For millenia, humans have strived to awaken the dormant, static Kundalini energy to achieve their version of Enlightenment, whether they call it nirvana, union with the divine, communion, etc.
The Serpent Journey and Kundalini Rising
Awakening the power of Kundalini is a journey. Rousing this vital energy can take a few days, weeks, months, or a lifetime depending on the individual. Once the root chakra, home of Kundalini, opens, the static energy housed there flows freely through the entire system, provided that there are no serious blockages in one’s energy centers.
As it flows up the spine, Kundalini boosts the remaining five chakras along the way before igniting the crown, or 7th, chakra. Physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms are common during the process of Kundalini awakening, like sweating, nausea, and increased energy.
When energy flows uninterrupted, like a snake winding up the the spine, the chakra circuit is complete. Only then is there potential for transcending the physical plane to reach Enlightenment.
The imbalance of awakened shakti energy is known as Kundalini Syndrome. When Kundalini power, also known as Kundalini shakti, falls out of balance, a range of sensory, cognitive, and physical symptoms can arise. The most common symptoms of Kundalini Syndrome are:
- tingling throughout the body
- intense emotions
- limb weakness
If symptoms arise, rest, a healthy diet, and making a conscious effort to spend time in nature are recommended.
Lizzy is editor in chief of Chakra Magazine and chakras.info. She is trained in several energy healing modalities including Reiki and Healing Touch. In addition she has spent many years studying ancient traditions such as the chakra system and Tibetan spirituality. She merges this knowledge with her passion for sharing information through journalism. Her mission is to offer accurate, up-to-date, reliable resources about topics that matter to readers with regards to the chakra systems.