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Curing Kundalini Excesses (Audio)
July 15, 2010
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Q: I have done many different forms of yoga and chi
gong and I became aware that my soul consciousness never really grounded in
my tail bone. I am now in the process of re-experiencing a renewed
connection into my tailbone and my physical body. Up until then I had been
living in divine consciousness in my heart. Now I am re-experiencing all the
karmic patterns that I had moved through many years ago into pure love and
service, except now I am experiencing
life force in my root, sacrum and tail vibrating
up my spine. It is causing my vertebrae to go out from my solar plexus right
up to my atlas bone.
I am having a lot of discomfort and am waking
up in the early hours of the morning with a splitting headache and have been
receiving network chiropractic and gentle regular chiropractic, which can
give relief for a couple of hours or days. I have made many changes in my
lifestyle in diet, breath practice, yin yoga, lots of quiet time in breath
and silence. I am now having some breakthroughs into pure love which is
wonderful, but I am really scared because I have been diagnosed with the
cranial fluid and lymphatic fluid not draining from the brain,
especially at night when I am sleeping, so I have the splitting headaches
when I wake up. Is there any practice or suggestion you can give to assist
the flow of the ecstatic energy in my spine so it is not staying stuck from
the solar plexus up? I am of course also experiencing so much emotional
upheaval too. Thank you so much for all you are and all you do.
A: In cases like this, the formula in the AYP approach is self-pacing (less)
practice and more grounding activity, particularly physical exercise.
Sometimes the best thing to do is forget practices and get worldly for a
while, which will bring the energies down into more balance. Also, a heavier
diet for a while can help.
Digestion plays a key role in feeding
kundalini energy. The lighter the diet, the more the flow. A heavier diet
diverts energy into digestion, thus tempering excess kundalini flow. This is
well-known in kundalini circles, as are the inner energy-tempering effects
of regular physical exercise and other physical activities (like digging in
the garden). Service can also help balance the energies, but only if it is
focusing attention away from our neuro-biology and energy, losing ourselves
in work for others rather than dwelling on our own inner energy. Balance
of the inner energies
is best served by noticing,
allowing and letting go, rather than dwelling on and attempting to direct
inner energy. This is a hard lesson for some to learn.
"meditative," "shakti nurturing," and focusing on chakras,
energy flows and physical symptoms can increase
the flows and the imbalances. In general, it is a bad idea to attempt to
direct or micro-manage kundalini energy. This usually increases imbalances
and intensity. Spinal breathing pranayama and grounding practices like Tai
Chi can be exceptions, but not always. If it is not helping the situation,
don't do it. Your relation to causes and effects in practices and lifestyle,
and a willingness to make the necessary adjustments are key. The methods for
achieving balance are well-known, and is up to each of us to take the
necessary steps to promote steady spiritual growth with comfort and safety.
These are typical inner energy/kundalini imbalance symptoms you are
having, and they will pass as you proceed on your path. See
Lesson 69 for more on kundalini symptoms and remedies.
If your symptoms don't abate with these remedies applied, it is good to seek
medical advice to be sure there are no major health issues,
as apparently you have already. But do not expect most doctors to understand
kundalini symptoms, some which can mimic medical conditions. So due caution
is in order before undertaking invasive medical treatments.
can't comment much on the
of your practice, because apparently you have not be utilizing the
it is hard to say what has been going on with your practices, except
probably too much.
You can find additional support in the
AYP Support Forums in the
kundalini category. You will find that most practitioners there have it
pretty well in hand, and there is knowledgeable support for folks going
through situations like yours. If you are looking for a way to build a
balanced routine of practices for the long term, it is suggested to review
the AYP Lessons from the beginning and take it one step at a time. There is
lots of help available both in the lessons and in the community
Wishing you all the best on your continuing
path. Practice wisely, and enjoy!
The guru is in you.
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Note: For detailed instructions on
building and maintaining a balanced daily practice routine with self-pacing, see the
Eight Limbs of Yoga Book.
For more discussion
on kundalini symptoms and remedies, see the Asanas,
Mudras and Bandhas book.