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Posted - Jul 13 2005 :  08:50:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit yogani's Homepage  Get a Link to this Message
There are two ingredients in the enlightenment equation -- the rise of inner silence and the rise of ecstatic conductivity.

While inner silence cultivated in deep meditation is the foundation of all progress in yoga, the occurrence of ecstatic conductivity gets much of the press. That is because it is immediately noticeable to the inner senses and can be dramatic, especially if it is prematurely awakened or spontaneously occurring in the nervous system due to past practices engaged in, even before this lifetime. When in its dramatic form, the movement of inner energy is often called "kundalini." But kundalini is a term that applies to all phases of energy awakening, and even to unawakened energy residing in our sexual biology in the pelvic region. AYP Lesson #54 discusses the sexual origins of kundalini, here http://www.aypsite.org/54.html

In AYP we engage in practices that gradually awaken our inner energies in a balanced way. The main practices for this are pranayama, mudras, bandhas and certain asanas. Tantric sexual practices play an important role in the awakening of the inner energies as well. Meditation and samyama stimulate the awakening at very refined levels in the nervous system (the level of pure bliss consciousness), which is essential for the enlightenment connection to occur. The natural outcome of all this is a gradual awakening of an abiding inner ecstasy throughout the nervous system -- and we call that "ecstatic conductivity." The blending of this with our rising inner silence gives rise to the alchemy of enlightenment. The end result is a combined state of unshakable inner silence, ecstatic bliss and outpouring divine love.

There are other kinds of inner energy awakenings that fall outside what we would call an orderly progression. The fundamental causes of these have not been in the AYP style of practices, but have originated in past practices and tendencies some people have been born with. Quite a few have come to AYP with kundalini symptoms of the more extreme variety already in full flame, with an array of dramatic symptoms -- some not very pleasant. For that reason Lesson #69 is included in AYP, which deals with kundalini symptoms and remedies. See http://www.aypsite.org/69.html
Along with a good grounding in AYP-style "self-pacing," Lesson #69 also comes in handy if things go a little out of kilter due to overdoing in AYP practices.

This forum is for discussing energy experiences that can be classified as "kundalini." The initial intention here is not to set up a "kundalini clinic," though that will be up to the participants. While many teachings avoid kundalini difficulties like the plague (too much controversy), that is not the approach here. If something in our experience needs addressing, we should address it as best we can. This is not a guarantee that all energy difficulties can be solved here. In some cases, seeking professional medical help will be the best course to take. But, as a minimum, there is the opportunity here to find good listeners and others who are having similar experiences, along with basic measures for dealing with energy imbalances. It is the least we can do.

Note: In June of 2012, a new forum (click here) was added for visitors having kundalini issues not related to the AYP system. This is to free up this forum for kundalini discussions related to the AYP practices, and to provide a place where those coming here from outside AYP can receive kundalini assistance.

There are quite a few kundalini Q&As in the AYP lessons. You can find direct links to them by looking up "kundalini" in the topic index at http://www.aypsite.org/TopicIndex.html

The challenge of dealing with severe kundalini excesses due to wrong sequencing of practices is covered in the Secrets of Wilder novel. See http://www.aypsite.org/books.html#sow
In that case it was the late discovery of spinal breathing pranayama, which can be very effective for cultivating and balancing the inner energies, though not always. You will be the final judge of which practices are best for you, based on your own experience.

The guru is in you.

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