The further I get along my spiritual path, the more information I soak up! I love learning about different practices and meditation styles, and I’ve been hearing a lot about Kundalini meditation and yoga recently. I’ve read a couple of books about Kundalini, but never really got a handle on what it’s all about. Also, there are the (probably way-over-exaggerated!) stories about people approaching it the wrong way and having bad experiences – so I’ve been a little wary…
Imagine my excitement when I found out my very good friend Becky Scheliga (Mindset Coach), practiced Kundalini meditation and said she would love to help me out with some real information (minus the scary stories!!).
Obviously, I jumped at the chance and she totally went the extra mile and wrote this amazing blog post all about her practice and experience with Kundalini meditation. So, I hope you enjoy our very first guest blog post!
For a long time, I denied my interest and intrigue in anything remotely related to a spiritual practice. I was raised Catholic, and went to Catholic school most of my life, but never really found myself identifying with the religion. Throughout my life, I essentially denounced religion altogether. Some of this was due to life experiences, and some of it was simply due to just not feeling connected to the religion I was born into. And, although I found myself interested in certain spiritual ideas, I never allowed myself to learn more because they had been branded as the occult or some form of blasphemy.
Towards the middle of 2018, you could say I went through my own form of enlightenment, although, some may simply call it more of an existential crisis. Either way, though, I had this awakening that led me far off the path that I had previously been following in life. This new path had long since been overgrown and hidden as it was reclaimed by nature. But, when I was led to it, I felt as if I was home in a sense. In that moment, I just knew that I had to follow it. And, when I did, I found myself being guided towards my purpose.
This is also when my spiritual journey truly began as well. The things that I had previously denied in my life as being evil or shameful somehow were now becoming my truth and my reality. I no longer denied any of it, but rather embraced it wholeheartedly because it was the first time that I had really felt alive in a very long time.
I began meditating as part of my daily morning routine, and was eventually introduced to Kundalini meditation. I found that Kundalini energy was said to be extremely powerful and I instantly wanted to know all about it. Then I soon made Kundalini meditation a part of my daily morning routine as well.
If you are someone who has a strong connection with the spiritual, or are looking to strengthen your connection with the spiritual, then Kundalini meditation can be an important and useful practice to take up. Kundalini energy is deeply connected with the chakras, and can be a very powerful purification system, not only for your chakras, but also for your entire mind, body, and spirit.
The Kundalini energy itself rests at the base of the spine, or your sacrum. In the practice of Kundalini meditation, the object is to basically stretch this energy all the way up through your spine and corresponding chakras. As the energy is raised through each chakra, it will purify them, as well as lead to higher levels of consciousness. It is believed that when this powerful energy has made its way up the spine and out through the crown chakra, that this will lead to the experience of enlightenment.
Kundalini energy is often figuratively compared to a snake because the word itself essentially translates to “she that is coiled”. Therefore, the energy is said to be coiled at the sacrum, and through Kundalini meditation and/or yoga, the coiled energy is being awakened. Then it must be worked up the spine making its way towards the crown chakra. I like to think of it as being a snake charmer and learning to coax the snakelike energy up through the body.
Just like any other form of meditation, it can take some getting used to. In fact, because the Kundalini energy is said to be so strong and powerful, it is suggested that a person be well rehearsed in the general practice of meditation itself before attempting any form of Kundalini meditation. Because of its immense power, it is also the only form of meditation that I have come across that actually requires a warning label.
There is a specific mantra in Kundalini meditation known as “Ek Ong Kar”, and it is said to hold an exceptional power that will manifest whatever it is that you are thinking of. Therefore, it is a mantra that is essentially prefaced with “be careful what you wish for”.
The overall practice of Kundalini meditation is not unlike that of regular meditation. Yet, it is a meditation that has a much bigger purpose in mind. It is said that any meditation practiced long enough and diligently enough can lead to a higher consciousness, or enlightenment, and Kundalini meditation is no different. However, Kundalini meditation is a specific one that also aids in a deepened intuition and a heightened sense of inner knowing.
I try to practice this form of meditation every day. Since delving into the more spiritual side of life, I feel guided to connect with myself and my intuition on a deeper level. I have ignored both for a fairly long time, and feel that it is crucial for me moving forward to honor my higher self and the answers that already lay inside of me. Kundalini meditation is perfect for this deeper sense of self.
While I have in no way mastered this meditation by any means, I have been studying it and practicing it for a little while now, and have figured out some of the most important bits. One of the first key elements is to prepare your mind, or set a clear intention. Again, this isn’t unlike other forms of meditation, but because you are attempting to awaken and harness a mighty energy, it is that much more of an important step. Just remember to be patient with your mind, body, and soul through this process. And, since this meditation can be powerful, it should not be done in a headspace of frustration or impatience.
Posture is very important throughout this meditation as well. Since the desire is for the Kundalini energy to work its way up your spine and through your chakras, the proper posture ensures that there is a clear channel for it to move through. I generally sit on the floor, using a pillow to help support the natural curvature of the spine while sitting up very straight. However, you can sit in a chair for this meditation if the floor doesn’t suit you. Just be sure that you are sitting up tall and straight, and have your feet firmly grounded on the floor.
As in all meditations, the breath is another important process within the Kundalini meditation. I simply start the meditation by just taking time to really focus on my breathing and connect with my breath. Once I feel fully connected to it, I begin, what can be called, the two-way breathing method specific to Kundalini meditation. This consists of slowly inhaling for about one count, pausing for one count, inhaling for one count, pausing for one count, and then repeating this process throughout the exhale. It can take a little bit of focus and practice to master this breathing process, but you will build up your ability and stamina as you go.
Then, there are, of course, the mantras of Kundalini meditation. Choosing the right mantra is something personal because this whole experience is really something personal. Therefore, it is essential that you choose something that really resonates with you and feels aligned with your mind, body, and soul. I would also suggest choosing a mantra that is aligned with the intention(s) you are setting at the very beginning of your meditation. These mantras are the opening of a gateway to your intention in Kundalini meditation, so you don’t want to start sending mixed signals to the Universe.
I generally use the “Ek Ong Kar” mantra because it is said to be a powerful manifestation mantra, and one that is deeply connected to a higher consciousness. However, I only use this if I feel like I can completely clear my mind of any overwhelming negativity or shadow. If that proves to be particularly challenging on a given day, then I simply choose a different mantra aligned with my intention. I feel it is better to be safe than sorry, and I certainly don’t want to be manifesting any negativity into my life any longer.
While these key pieces are part of just about any form of meditation, they are essential in the practice of Kundalini meditation. Overall, I have found that my common meditation practice is far less regimented than my Kundalini meditation practice. In fact, I generally use common meditation now simply as a way to prepare my mind and my energy for my Kundalini meditation practice.
Kundalini meditation may not be for everyone, but I have been finding that it has greatly aided me in my spiritual awakening. It can be so easy to forget or simply take for granted that all the answers that we seek are already inside of us. Most of us were not taught this form or way of thinking. In fact, we are taught quite the opposite, and that deeper knowledge and truth is something that comes from some ambiguous higher being that is outside of ourselves and separate from us.
Don’t misunderstand me, I am a firm believer in a higher power, and you can call it whatever name you like. However, I am also a firm believer that we possess a higher self or a higher consciousness that is deeply connected with this higher power. Therefore, my belief is that we are not a separate entity from this higher power, nor are we separate from one another. And, the more I open this Pandora’s box of spiritual truth, the more firmly I believe these concepts to be true.
If you should decide to begin your Kundalini meditation practice from here, then perhaps you will discover a similar message. Or perhaps you will discover one completely different. Or perhaps you already believe these things to be true, and you will uncover further messages from this higher level of consciousness. Either way, I would love to hear about your experiences or your thoughts. Until then, I wish you light and love along whichever path you choose to follow.
You can find information about Mantras for Kundalini Meditation here and there are mantras available on Spotify and iTunes.
Rebecca has spent her life living with depression, anxiety and in her own words “a lot of negativity”. After serious soul searching and working hard on herself, she turned her life around. With a new positive mindset, she has been depression symptom-free for months and discovered a passion for helping other women with their mindset struggles. She coaches women to help them gain a deeper self-awareness, so they can learn who they really are and feel comfortable in their own skin. She helps them to love and believe in themselves so they feel worthy and unstoppable.
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