The notion of Kundalini is thus often described differently from one text or tradition to another and appears opaque for the beginners and advanced practioners alike. Let’s add the content lost in translation from ancient texts, as well as cultural differences and we end up with an idea wrapped in mystery and personal stories as fascinating as sometimes frightening.
Nevertheless, it’s important to bear in mind that this vital force is a natural phenomenon participating in our development in various degrees depending on our predispositions at birth, preparatory work and practices, as well as our life circumstances.
Kundalini energy and the nervous system
When kundalini energy is activating, it propagates along the spine through a central channel called “sushumna nadi”. Sushumna is described as a channel located along the spine though which the energy climbs from chakra to chakra, all the way up to the crown or top of the head. There are a lot of parallels between our physiology and the way kundalini energy works.
We can compare the sushumna channel with the central nervous system. The function of this channel is to connect the flow of energy from the first to the last chakra. Similarly, the function of the central nervous system, located in big part along the spine, is to transmit the signal between the brain and the rest of the body.
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.