Advanced Yoga Practices
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Lesson 54 -
Kundalini - A Code Word for Sex (Audio)
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How do I Awaken Kundalini? (Audio)
Date: Mon Dec 22, 2003 2:02pm
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"Kundalini" has become a buzzword in many of the innumerable spiritual
communities that span the globe these days. It has within it all the
elements that attract people - knowledge, power, mystery, intimacy,
excitement, alchemy, romance, adventure, danger, ecstasy, and more. But what
is kundalini, really?
Put simply, kundalini is our connection between sex and spiritual
transformation. There are a thousand ways to describe this, but in the end
it boils down to the expansion of our sexual function into the spiritual
arena, i.e., upward through our nervous system. Some say it is a
"transformation" of sexual function, but that implies we are leaving our
current sex life behind. "Expansion" of sexual function is a better
description. As we consciously encourage the spiritual dimension of sex,
maybe we will leave worldly sex behind, and maybe we won't. It is not for
anyone to decide but us. It is our choice. Leaving sex behind is not a
prerequisite for entering into advanced spiritual experience, not in these
lessons, and not in life.
For thousands of years, the spiritual traditions of the world have tried to
keep a lid on sex, usually to the detriment of their adherents, and
sometimes with disastrous results. Why? Because sex is the greatest force in
humanity. If it is not coaxed in a productive direction, it can be
destructive. Lacking reliable means to enable sex for spiritual
transformation, the tendency of spiritual traditions has been to try and
squelch it. It is a fruitless endeavor, this attempt to squelch. The genie
always finds her way out of the bottle. It is not possible to keep her in
there for long. When she is not coming out to make babies, she is expressing
in every other way through humanity - nurturing of the family, money
gathering, the arts, philosophy, science, politics, empire building,
charity, war, abuse, crime. You name it. Much of it is good. Some of it is
horrible. For better or worse, it is all the expression of the life force in
human beings, the expression of human prana. The great storehouse of prana
in human beings is in the sexual anatomy. The key to spiritually managing
sex is not in squelching it, but in giving it a natural channel to go in
that will satisfy its evolutionary instincts. This takes some conscious
doing. We need some more levers in the form of advanced yoga practices to
facilitate the expansion of sex in a new and natural direction.
So far, we have skirted the issue of sex in these lessons. We have mentioned
the "huge storehouse of prana" near the base of the spine. We have talked
about prana being "drawn up from the pelvic region" during pranayama. We
have described the beginnings of ecstatic experience as prana moves through
the spinal nerve and spreads out through us. And we have talked about pure
bliss consciousness brought up in meditation illuminating us with pure joy
from the inside through our pranayama-cultivated nervous system. In all this
we have skirted the word "sex." We could continue to skirt it as we move
into advanced yoga practices that directly stimulate our sexual function
upward into greater manifestation in the process of spiritual
transformation. But of what benefit would this continued skirting of the
issue be? Certainly not to your benefit.
We live in a highly scientific age. Above all, we want to know the truth of
things, so we can apply it to better our lives, and the lives of others.
Jesus said, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Don't we know it? Look what science (the systematic application of truth)
has done for us in just about every field of human endeavor. It is
spectacular what humanity has done with truth so far. We have lagged
miserably in only one area - the systematic application of the spiritual
truth inherent in our nervous system. Success in applying spiritual truth
immediately addresses the ethical and moral problems of the world, and the
widespread feelings of emptiness and insecurity that affect so many of us,
even as we live in material comfort. The stakes are high, and we can't
afford to skirt anything that has to do with applying spiritual knowledge in
So, will we be talking about sexual energy in relation to spiritual
development? You bet. A lot is riding on it. We will do so in a dignified
way. Consider it to be an extension of your original education about the
birds and the bees. Now it will be about the birds, the bees, and the
angels. Along those lines. As we get into it, there will be some amazing
surprises. It is like entering a second puberty.
There is much more to be said about kundalini and the expansion of sexual
functioning -- about the inner dynamics of it. We will get into that as we
review direct experiences. For now, let's focus on letting that genie out of
her bottle in a direction she naturally loves to go in, up into our
pranayama-cultivated nervous system. It is her home, her temple. There is so
much for her to do there, and we will give her lots of help. Besides wanting
to give us a good housecleaning, she is looking for her lover there, and we
will bring her groom to her. We'd better. She will raise all kinds of hell
if we don't. We will talk about that too.
We are speaking in simple metaphors here about a process that is embedded in
our nervous systems, an evolutionary process that is completely natural. As
we do a few specific things in our daily practice, nature will take over.
The metaphorical language of kundalini is about nothing other than the inner
dynamics of your own nervous system. So it is with the metaphorical language
of every spiritual tradition. It is always about the human nervous system.
The nervous system is the common link, the one thing that transcends all
differences, the one thing that gives everyone equal access to the divine,
regardless of race, religion, culture, upbringing, or station in life.
Everyone can sense the truth inside, how special each of us is. We are
always on the edge of knowing who and what we are. It is so close, a part of
us, but seemingly just out of reach. No more. If you really want to you can
know the truth and be set free, just like Jesus said. The essential
ingredient in this is your desire. You can open your gateway to the infinite
if you choose to.
The guru is in you.
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the role of ecstatic kundalini in the enlightenment process, see the
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AYP Tantra book.
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