Kundalini Awakening: The After-Effects

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.

Double Snake, like the double helix of the DNA, the union of Ida and Pingala and the activation of DNA.

Double Snake, like the double helix of the DNA, the union of Ida and Pingala and the activation of DNA.

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.

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Kundalini Awakening and the 7 Demons of the Chakras

Kundalini awakening is a very intimate and vulnerable experience.

Oftentimes, it can be confusing—shattering every aspect of our lives and disrupting stable grounds, plans, and constructs we’ve previously established. However, once she is out of the box, nothing can stay the same.

I was blessed—or sometimes, I like to say cursed—with two of these awakenings in the span of 10 years, which led me on a path of deep introspection, healing, and continuous chakra work. It’s an ongoing process that does not seem to end, since individual healing leads to collective healing; and from the personal, we progress to the family tree; and from there, the generations and the collective come next.

Jesus ridding Mary Magdalene of the 7 Demons

The Bible speaks about Jesus ridding Mary Magdalene of seven demons, and since all scriptures are related to each other and have at their core the awakening of consciousness, there is a link from the Christian scriptures to the Hindu scriptures. The link is the chakras—and, of course, the serpent.

Mary Magdalene has often been misunderstood as a woman and misinterpreted in her role at the side of Jesus. She has been depicted as a promiscuous woman with a negative influence on the son of God; so naturally, when Jesus rids her of “seven demons,” she goes down in history as a woman in a pact with the devil—someone who needed a classic Christian exorcism.

But, what if everything in the Bible was symbolic? What if everything was a metaphor? Well, in fact, many stories in the ancient scriptures are metaphors, composed with a richness in symbolism, which helps to access deeper layers of the subconscious mind, rather than the conscious one.

The seven demons that possessed Mary Magdalene are the exact same demons we all have. These demons are the seven faces of the ego. Each one of them is specific to an area in our life and related to a specific chakra. (And by the way, the chakras appear in all world religions too.)

Jesus ridding Mary of the seven demons does not mean that he actually performed an exorcism; he simply released karmic seeds and conditionings from each of the chakras, so that Mary could take up the role at his side as a healer and leader, initiating their followers into higher states of consciousness in alignment with God.

Kundalini Healing

However, since higher states of awareness are only possible when we overcome the ego and understand its sneaky influence on our minds, healing at the core is needed. The more we get rid of the ego—which stands in between us and the world, in between us and pure cosmic consciousness—the stronger our healing capacities become, and the more light can flow through us, and thus spread outward into the world.

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The Wounded Feminine & Wounded Masculine

The Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine are two concepts that belong together. They are like the yin and yang not only in a relationship, but also within ourselves. They work together by their attraction and activation of polar energies, which together form a union of one new energy in and of itself. It is here that expansion of consciousness, healing and energy upgrades happen.

By healing the wounded feminine and wounded masculine within, we not only shift our experiences in relationships but also with every interaction we have in the world.

Whereas the feminine is the free flowing, receiving and creative energy, the masculine is the outgoing and action based energy, giving a container for the free form feminine.

Despite noticing and activating these energies within us in relationships, we also have this play between feminine and masculine within ourselves.

The first meeting of feminine and masculine energies is at each energy crossing point in the body, in the 7 main chakras. At each chakra an energy vortex is created by meeting of the two energy streams Ida and Pingala, which go up along and through the spine like two intertwining snakes. Each meeting of the snakes creates an energetic whirlpool which creates the chakra (Sanskrit for ‚wheel‘). Ida is the feminine Moon energy within us, the receptive and flowing energy. Pingala is the masculine Sun energy within, the active and outgoing energy.

The second meeting of the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine within us is through the meeting of polar energies between our chakras. Each of the chakras is either pre-dominantly feminine or predominantly masculine, alternating each other, so that one chakra always has an energetic pull on the following chakra.

The third meeting is the meeting of two polar energies of our chakras when being with a partner. Each chakra in a men that is predominantly yang, is predominantly yin in a women, which creates the attraction!

If one of the chakras inherits a wounded feminine or wounded masculine energy, it will display through the partner. Each partner is a mirror to our light as well as our shadows, and by the attraction of polar energies in the chakras, deeper levels of our subconscious mind get activated and pull up unhealed issue to the surface.

What is the Wounded Feminine vs. the Empowered Feminine Energy?

The wounded feminine is looking for someone to safe her. It´s the inner child looking for help, the needy part of self that easily gets attached for lack of motivation to take charge of her situation. It also stems from a lack of acknowledging uncomfortable emotions that she tries to cover up by reaching outwards.

The empowered feminine however is the one that is allowing herself to be seen, to share her true emotions, and to receive that which she needs, while stepping away from that which does not align with it. She makes self-care and self-love a priority and takes care of needs and wants.

The unhealed feminine energy shows up as a feeling of not being good enough and not feeling loved. It also turns into a form of waiting: Waiting for the perfect partner to show up, waiting for the existing partner to make a move or to better himself, when he actually doesn´t match her true needs, or waiting for him to commit, which often leads to frustration, worry and self-doubt.

The empowered feminine is based on trust. She is trusting that things will work out in her favor, focusses on herself and fills up her own cup independently from the partner.

What is the Wounded Masculine vs. the Empowered Masculine Energy?

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New Moon in Virgo Setting Your Intentions

New Moon in Virgo, a time for rest and setting new intentions. This week-end a portal opened that not only made things confusion but also opened doors into a parallel universe in which everything you truly wish for already exists. It’s highly important now to increase your sadhana, ground yourself as the energies are coming in big waves, do a clear intention setting ritual, mindset work and a deep and honest look at what actions you have to take NOW if you’d like things to change. Want to change your job? Be open for new opportunities and behave as if you already got this. Looking for a relationship? Ask yourself which beliefs have sabotaged you until now. Want to learn about your purpose in life? Get a reading. But go out and take action, only wishful thinking is not gonna last. We are here to become our own gurus, so accept that you do know all the answers! 

~ Anne Haack