An awakening is one side of the coin, the happenings *after* the awakening are the often overlooked and much more important side of the coin, if not a totally new coin altogether.
Kundalini is not a show. And it´s not to be taken lightly. It´s not a drug-like, flashy, fancy experience to tell your friends about and feel like a better, different or more special human being. It´s not the new thing to do. It´s not about the physical sensations, the possible hallucinations, the eventually perceived state of euphoria or the event itself. It´s not about constantly pushing the energy up in the higher chakras so that an almost otherwordly mental state appears, which helps to escape daily life.
Kundalini is the possible expansion of consciousness, if it is understood as something highly more intelligent than our own mind and therefore needs space and time to unfold in its own way. The awakening is simply a seed that has been planted throus practice or by the grace of God, without previous knowledge or desire for an awakening. It´s an experience. Not more not less. A very strong one, but still – an experience. And as all the yoga scriptures highly underline: Don´t get attached to any experience on the way to enlightenment. There might be many, all different in their own way and different in effect on each person. Don´t get attached to new found skills, perceptions or higher levels of energy. Don´t give it to the mind.
After-Effects of an Awakening
What is often overlooked after the actual awakening is the importance of giving the energy space to unfold in it´s own way, so that it truly can rise. Kundalini energy is a very strong energy that has it´s own way of working through the chakras, one at a time, and then ascending towards the higher chakras and higher states of consciousness. This can then bring about amplified energy and a deeper understanding of the meaning of life and its everyday lessons. It´s a cleansing process that requires a lot of changes, a lot of letting go and a lot of patience.
Kundalini is traditionally depicted as a snake. The awakening simply meets a meeting with the snake. And if we fully give in to the process, it means we are becoming the snake, gradually shedding old skin, old skin, old skin. A rhythm, a transformation, a constant movement, a dance with the divine.
As the energy starts to rise the energetic vibration of our energy body is raised dramatically, as in no other occasion in energy work, which means that outside circumstances that are not in resonance with this new vibration anymore inevitably have to change, either actively or involuntarily. If this process is blocked the energy might get very ‘loud’ in us. There will be changes in the brain too, as the rational left side of the brain gets shut down for a certain period of time and the creative and intuitive right side of the brain gets highly activated. If the ego is strongly in place, this is a very uncomfortable process as control and planning is simply not possible in that period. There might be other side effects, of not being able to keep the time or perform certain tasks that were easy before (e.g. calculating). These processes don´t last forever, but take the time they need in order to shift the energy in the brain and upgrade the consciousness to a new level. Especially the activation of the right side of the brain, which we usually ignore in our Western world, takes time so that divine consciousness can flow through and guide us into becoming an truly activated being.