The purpose of this blog post is:
to show that trauma is commonly considered to be a cause of a kundalini awakening
to propose that trauma is more likely to lead to mental illness than enlightenment
I will be using sources off the internet that mention kundalini awakenings related to trauma.
I respect the knowledge and intellectual clarity of some kundalini commenters on the internet. However, I also feel sorry for quite a few kundalini commenters on the internet who don’t seem to realize that they have psychotic mania. And I feel sorry for kundalini sufferers who are getting information and advice from shaky individuals and websites.
(I have another blog post that has descriptions of enlightenment experiences from 22 people. Over half of them acknowledge having had significant traumatic experiences.)
1. Sources stating trauma can lead to a kundalini awakening
- From http://www.kundaliniawakeningsystems1.com/kundalini-heart.html#.WPg0gPnyumE: It (kundalini) needs to be awakened or activated first and there are many ways for this to occur. Drugs, trauma, meditation, yoga, shaktipat are but a few of the ways. From that point there are a number of paths that it can take and a number of expressions it can manifest.
- From Biology of Kundalini by Jana Dixon: The stress of say child abuse or war can create Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but if it was not for this extreme perturbation of consciousness by trauma, chances are that the individual would not experience a kundalini awakening. Thus what is seemingly “bad” can lead to great “good”.
- From http://elementmountain.com/den-post/kundalini-premature/: Since this energy is primarily dormant in humans, it takes a very unique event or sets of events to activate it. This is where all the practices come into play that try to do that very thing, activities such as yoga, meditation, tantric and breathing practices, chanting and other voice vibration practices. The use of certain drugs is also used to try activating the Kundalini from its dormancy. Other events that can activate the energy are trauma, psychedelic drug use and abuse and pretty much anything that forcefully alters the body’s natural state of being. Trauma can include anything from extreme illness, an accident, torture, sexual abuse and any near death event. Any kind of severe trauma can, but not always, activate prematurely the Kundalini energy.
- From http://www.wingedwolf.citymax.com/kundalini.html: A sudden awakening of the Kundalini due to trauma can cause an array of physical and emotional symptoms, many of which cannot be explained medically. Symptoms include but are not limited to: crackling noises at the base of the neck, headaches, muscles spasms, hot and cold flashes, mental confusion, twitching, emotional outbursts, numbness of the arms and hands, change in eating and sleeping habits, and excess energy.
- From Kundalini and the Chakras: Evolution in the Lifetime by Genevieve Lewis Paulson: Involuntary ways in which kundalini may be released include drug use, overwork, a severe blow or injury to the tailbone area; grief, trauma, or excessive fear; excesses in meditation growth practices, or sex.
- From https://mirror-of-my-soul.com/2015/01/20/when-the-twin-flame-kundalini-rises-souls-merge-true-story/: Kundalini can also be triggered or released by an outside force such as a traumatic accident, near-death experience or emotional trauma.
- The following blog focuses on kundalini, trauma, and spiritual awakening: http://www.vanissar.com/blog/
2. Trauma can lead to mental illness, but it may seem like the threshold of enlightenment
In a previous blog post, I commented that it is worrisome that a kundalini crisis often has the symptoms of psychotic mania. In another blog post, I commented that it isn’t good that psychedelic drugs give the same manic-type experiences as in a kundalini crisis.
Today I am proposing that trauma can lead to a mental illness. Trauma can approximate the same manic-type experiences as a kundalini crisis brought on by spiritual practices (which also happen to be symptoms of psychotic mania).
A kundalini crisis is an overwhelming mind-body experience that could have all kinds of excited mental states, euphoria, overconfidence, grandiose delusions, pain, and physical sensations.
What seems more plausible? Trauma can lead to the mental illness of mania -OR- trauma can lead to enlightenment.
Ascetics from around the world have fallen for the similar idea that self-mortification can be part of a religious practice to attain redemption or higher spirituality. I am not aware that hair shirts and sleeping on a bed of nails have enlightened anyone. (smirk 😉
I don’t blame trauma sufferers for latching onto the idea that they are having a kundalini crisis and are on the verge of enlightenment. Manic experiences have fooled many people including me.
As the first part of this post points out, trauma is commonly accepted as a cause of a kundalini awakening. I don’t think so. I don’t agree with the entire scheme of kundalini, enlightenment, and reincarnation. I have a blog post that has one significant argument against enlightenment; my book contains many more.
Kundalini crises bring a mix of benefits and detriments. I don’t deny that there are amazing benefits to the mania of a kundalini crisis, but in my opinion, the delusions greatly outweigh the benefits.
A significant benefit of a kundalini crisis is the high self-esteem that comes from its basic makeup and from the knowledge that enlightenment is nigh. Unfortunately, the high self-esteem is based on delusion.
And unfortunately, self-esteem has a long, long way to fall from being enlightened to being mental ill. Whether kundalini sufferers be gurus or ordinary folk, they will not be prone to give up their delusions. I have two blog posts (first one and second one) that deal with the self-esteem fallout of coming to terms with the grandiose delusions of a kundalini crisis.
This blog post is yet another nail in the coffin of enlightenment.
Emotional and physical trauma are injuries to health. Some people recover and become stronger, but thinking that trauma creates enlightenment is delusional.
Enlightenment has not been proven to exist. When proponents state that trauma leads to enlightenment, the existence of enlightenment becomes even more implausible.