Kundalini. The word itself seems to evoke some sense of the unknown, a sense of magic under the surface that every human knows is real, but hasn't touched yet. It seems to contain the magic of the exotic, the touch of destiny that can transform an ordinary person into a legend of epic proportions.
Wild stories of psychedelic visions, extrasensory abilities and debilitating physical symptoms are running around the internet on just about every spiritual website, easily found, and often shared on social media.
The mystery of the concept has an enchanting quality, like suddenly realizing that you have the ability to ask for a letter from Hogwarts.
But what are the actual mechanics behind this energetic concept? What is happening inside of the body to create such wild sensations and abilities?
First we need to define Kundalini as is generally accepted in the Western energetic philosophy, fully understanding that many concepts have been not only mistranslated, but distorted from teacher to teacher throughout ancient-to-modern times, similar to religious texts that many religions follow today.
Kundalini is a Sanskrit word defining the coiled prana or chi at the base of the spine that all humans are born with. Through spontaneous activation, specific types of yoga/qigong, breathwork, life events or other types of energetic training this energy might rise up the spine to connect into the Third Eye, or the pineal gland. This energy flow is most often felt or depicted as a serpent crisscrossing up the spine through each major endocrine gland (chakra).
Multiple accounts of feeling a lightning bolt shooting up the spine, orgasmic expansive bliss, tearing sensations, blinding headaches as well as psychic abilities turning online have been noted. The symptoms are intense on both ends of the spectrum, both frightening and painful as well as euphoric and overwhelming.
Many people around the world, but especially in Western Society are actively working towards a Kundalini awakening, pushing towards something that they know is *more*, but not quite understanding what it is that they are pushing for.
Traditional Kundalini awakening involves hours of yoga, meditation, moving meditation, clean nutrition, moral/emotional intelligence focus and forms of Qigong to realign the mind/body/spirit trifecta. The goal of these exercises on the physical level is to fully activate all of the neural tissues in the body, not just the ones in the brain. Here is the secret that most in our Western society are completely ignorant of, but can immediately make use of once they understand, because it is already a part of each of us. The brain/heart/intestine connection.
The Brain/Heart/Intestine Tesla Coil
When the body is being formed in the womb, something truly monumental for our applicable understanding takes place. The neural tissue that becomes the brain actually splits into three separate pieces. One part becomes the grey matter and glands of the brain that we are so familiar with, but the other two parts become the heart and the intestines.
This is exactly why a heart muscle cell looks completely different than any other muscle cell in the body, it is half neural tissue! This is why we hear about concepts such as the "belly brain", or the "gut instinct". Your intestines are not just a part of the digestive system, they are literally tubes of neural tissues coiled in the abdomen. (This is one of the main reasons why we have things such as weaponized food. You are what you eat, meaning if you consume edible food like products designed to dampen the gut awareness, your neural connections immediately shut off full awareness/connection due to the induced hormone/chemical imbalance.)
Looking at the upper picture, we see smooth muscle fibers, the majority of the muscle cells in the human body. The middle picture is the muscle cells of the heart, and the bottom picture is a snapshot of mammalian neural tissue. Comparing the extremes on the top and bottom, it is easy to see how the heart is a balance of both types of tissue.
The connections go much deeper than most realize though. About 95% of the serotonin the brain uses is created inside of the gut. Serotonin is an extremely important neurotransmitter in the body tied directly into mood regulation, social behavior, digestion, appetite, libido/sexual function, memory and sleep.
Inside the intestinal thought patterns lie the instinctive knowledge passed down from generation to generation all the way up to now. These are the connections that a zebra uses to be galloping less than two hours outside of the womb, and it is these connections that we can use to access Full Spectrum awareness to what we are already connected deeply into: Our reality. But that comes later.
For now, let us look at this base understanding of physiology and what it means for us. If what we think and communicate with is our brain, what are the thought processes of the intestines? What are the thought processes of the heart? What does this mean for us, and what on earth does it have to do with Kundalini?
Everything. We are a mind, a body and a spirit. As above, so below. Everything we do physically has a spiritual as well as a mental component from the way we move through our reality, down to the very construct of our bodies.
From a purely physical standpoint, the simple fact that we have brain tissues all throughout our bodies should ring a few alarm bells here. Knowing from medically document phenomena such as the placebo affect and spontaneous remission, we have some ability to sway the internal homeostasis towards health or against it. With neural tissues throughout our bodies, what aspect of those phenomena do they actually take part in? Is this something we can consciously do?
Through specific focusing techniques, yoga, breathwork and chi flow, anyone can activate the neural connections that allow us to access much deeper levels of sensation and awareness, and this activa