John is Your Prana, Jesus Your Kundalini

by Joshua Tilghman on March 10, 2013

kundalini holy spiritThere have been many theories on what John the Baptist meant when he said:

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (Matt. 3:11).

Of course the “he” that John the Baptist refers to is Jesus. But what’s he really talking about? Obviously he doesn’t mean literal “water” and “fire.”

Many people have proposed that John was speaking of two types of initiation. “Water” is the lesser order while “fire” is the higher order. In a sense I believe this is correct. However, it is also misleading. There is a strict balance between these two orders that must be understood to get a truer sense of what John is speaking of.  By order I am referring to what consciousness uses as the fundamental building blocks of existence; as we’ll see, John the Baptist and Jesus symbolize these blocks.

In order to comprehend what I mean, let’s look at some ancient philosophical and alchemical symbols, shall we?

Earth, Water, Air, Fire

Since the New Testament was written in Greek, we should be more familiar with ancient Greek philosophical terms. You’ve probably heard of the elements earth, water, air, and fire. There is a cartoon show that my son likes called Avatar: The Last Airbender. In the cartoon it is the job of the avatar to restore balance to the world through his mastery of the four elements, air, water, earth, and fire. Likewise, to become a type of the avatar like Jesus was we must do the same thing. Therefore it is important to know what each element symbolizes in order to understand the deeper mysteries of the New Testament writings.

Fire represents raw energy. Air is symbolic of mind intelligence. Water is emblematic of the subconscious, emotional and psychic aspect of Being (this includes instinct). And finally, Earth represents solid matter. As you can see, these four elements symbolically describe the fundamental aspects of existence. Combining these elements in certain ways also reveals many mysteries of life. For example, fire and air together make up the energy of life, whereas water and earth make up the matter of life. In order for consciousness to be expressed, it must take on form (matter) which requires energy (motion). It all boils down to consciousness, energy, and matter, and all three exist in every manifestation of the universe. Therefore, fire, air, water, and earth are the metaphorical manifestations that consciousness uses to evolve itself.

So what’s this have to do with John the Baptist’s statement in Matthew 3:11? I believe everything.

What was the mission of John the Baptist? If you remember, it is to be “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” (Matt. 3:1).

John uses the symbolic aspect of water to prepare the matter of life, which includes the subconscious, emotional, and psychic aspects of our being. Jesus represents the symbolic aspect of fire, which is the spiritual energy of life needed to completely cleanse and renew the mind, propelling one to higher consciousness.

To become the Christ there must be balance and order restored to your entire Being. This balancing act has to do with the energy and matter we are made of. Mental intelligence and emotions are integral aspects of energy-matter in higher forms like animals and humans. It is present in the plant and mineral kingdoms to a lesser degree, but I don’t want to digress from this post.

So, is there scripture evidence for this? Absolutely! Consider the scripture below:

“The Law and the Prophets were until John…” (Luke 16:16).

What is the purpose of the Law? It is to perfect the lower nature of man. It is initiation in the lower order of John the Baptist. However the fire of the Holy Spirit (kundalini), deals with the higher initiations and the transforming of the mind in a way that the Law could not accomplish.

Another way to see it is to remember the John the Baptist prepared the way. In the same way, so did the Law. John is the Law, and once the body has been properly prepared through the Law (by John), then the individual is to be transformed by Fire and the energy of life (Jesus).

This is why the New Testament writers tell us that Jesus did not baptize with water. Only John and his disciples did.

A quick note on similarities between the East in West

Many of the Eastern philosophies, such as esoteric teachings in Buddhism, focus on being liberated from the material plane. Through my studies I have learned that Western esoteric teachings seem to focus on bringing the power of liberation to earth, fully manifested in the individual in the material plane, not as an escape, but to bring the concept of God to earth.

Kundalini vs. Prana

This post wouldn’t be complete without explaining the subtle differences between prana and kundalini as well. Some believe the two are essentially the same, but after further study I see a difference.

I like to think of Kundalini as wild and unbridled. That’s why it is symbolized by fire. If you’ve ever watched a roaring fire, it’s seems to have no rhyme or reason for its movement. It flails about in wild, ecstatic motions. It is intensely beautiful and very powerful, and yet it can be extremely destructive. But out of that destructive force there is new life. Just like the forest fire completely cleanses and renews the area so that a new forest can grow again, so does kundalini revamp the entire potential of consciousness in being. In other words, kundalini, a true spiritual force, is the primordial potential (energy of life) underlying the matter of life, and it brings self-awareness in matter to entirely new levels. It mostly deals with intelligence and higher states of consciousness.

Prana is the life-force that is responsible for forming and regulating energy into the form of matter. It is more of a force that we can consciously control and regulate through meditation and breathing exercises. This force helps to prepare the way in the body for the more powerful and intense kundalini wakening. It is the process of balancing the body so that it can better handle and incorporate the release of kundalini.

John the Baptists can be likened to prana, and Jesus to kundalini

Do you see any correlations between any of this, and Jesus and John the Baptist? The purpose of John’s life was “to prepare the way” for Jesus. This is similar to prana, the force of life that prepares the way for kundalini.

How does this help you?

Many people want to rush into awakening kundalini. But there is nothing about it that should be rushed. Many of us just aren’t ready anyways. It is my belief that you can actually do some harm to your subtle and physical bodies if you blindly jump into all this. We must go the way of John first and be fully prepared before you can awaken the Christ in you. Immersing yourself in water baptism (meditation) is the first step. Don’t fret too much about a kundalini awakening. Just focus on enjoying the ride. Most importantly, bring emotional, physical, and mental balance to your life first and kundalini will manifest in time.

Blessings.

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Robert March 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Josh, Kundalini is a newer concept in this blog site that people like me may have heard of or read about but not experienced directly, or may even have had a mild experience of something unusual without knowing what it was, that could be related. From what I gather, Kundalini is a release from the bottom of the spine, up through the chakras toward the head, and then out through the crown chakra, of some sort of vital power or cosmic intelligence that is beyond normal human intelligence. I haven’t paid much attention to it because it is usually mentioned as something only people who are very, very advanced in various sorts of special disciplines experience. In this blog you seemed to have made it part of the natural course of each developing soul, the very thing the teachings and spirit of Christ were meant to ultimately empower. This is an entirely new idea for me, to connect Christ with Kundalini. I thought one would have to find a guru in Tibet or spend a lifetime taking exotic and expensive courses, or perform impossible yoga postures. The idea that Kundalini can be found through Christ is new. It is going to take some getting used to. The parallel you have made between the ministry of John the Baptist preparing the way for something greater to be brought by Jesus, and the practice of meditation preparing the way for experiencing Kundalini is very interesting. You seem to be emphasizing patience and discipline in meditation as a means to Kundalini, not jumping the gun, not trying harder or even being concerned about progress, just keep meditating for itself. It is still hard for me to make the connection. From what I have read, it seems that people have to go to great lengths to clear their chakras first, using special methods, before the Kundalini can flow. Maybe this will happen anyway to those who meditate, that they will be led into a path to clear their chakras. It is motivating to know that making time to be still can eventually lead to greater things besides good physical and mental health. Also I have read that Kundalini can be experienced prematurely as a negative experience, and so it is advisable to follow a Master to mature properly.

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Robert March 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I forgot to mention, it is confusing because we usually think of Christ as a teacher of principles and as a model example to try to follow, that the Christ is anointed (chosen, set apart, commissioned, empowered, an avatar) by something greater than us to redeem us. You are now referring to the Christ as a kind of cosmic energy that arises as Kundalini from inside us. I can relate to this as what I refer to as the spirit of Christ within me, a spark inside that I can choose to guide me, an emerging spiritual identity that is connected to the All, that becomes stronger through meditation. But I am still a little lost here. When people describe experiencing Kundalini, they describe a momentary release of some kind of power going through them accompanied by what they describe as immense peace and deep wisdom. It seems to be a momentary experience rather than a state of being. A kind of marker on the road to higher consciousness. But is the milder state of connectedness I feel with others and my environment when I meditate also Kundalini?

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Joshua Tilghman March 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Robert,

I understand the confusion. Most people just aren’t aware that terms like kundalini, christ, the holy spirit, etc. are all related. Therefore it’s hard to make the mental connection when seeing this for the first time. But once the connection is made, I think you’ll see it more and more when you go back and read the Bible.

To answer your question, the milder state of connection you feel is probably prana, the forerunner to kundalini. I have come to this conclusion when trying to understand my own journey into deeper states of meditation. I’ll admit, I’ve never had the kundalini experience, but from what other people state, you’ll know without a doubt when you do. Therefore it is quite possible that many of the people who state they’ve experienced kundalini have really only experienced the vital energy of prana rather than the spiritual energy of kundalini.

In the Bible the kundalini experience is mentioned in Acts. Obviously these apostles were changed forever. Even Simon Magnus tried to pay for the power that he saw some of the apostles display.

Prana is not as dramatic. It is the vital energy of the body, not the spiritual energy of the cosmos. Does this make sense? I’ll try to clarify more in future posts.

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Christine Hoeflich March 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I feel that the practice of meditation and aligning with / following through with inner guidance / becoming authentic will naturally lead to a clearing of the chakras, because raising one’s consciousness about one’s life and past experiences will clear the issues (blocks). Raising your consciousness through getting in touch with the divine within (through meditation and following through with inner guidance) is the key to kundalini rising. Kundalini energy is not something I focus on, though. Thanks for this article Josh!

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Joshua Tilghman March 12, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Very good points, Christine!

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Alan March 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Great article! I never put 2 and 2 together like that with John and Jesus. Speaking of meditating and kundalini, have any of u tried binaural beats? It’s worth looking up. It’s a new way to meditate very deeply every time and you’ll certainly feel the kundalini stir up. Going too fast too soon with it can lead to a harsh kundalini awakening, but one must go slow. It’s worked wonders for me. Been using it for 3 years feels like 20. There are many good products to choose from I sell nothing lol. Keep posting more articles I love them.

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Joshua Tilghman March 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Thanks Alan. I did not read this in esoteric literature. I took a chance on it and gave the subject my own unique spin. It doesn’t make it right or wrong, but hopefully gives someone a new perspective and the ability to see these spiritual concepts in a new light.

I’ve never tried binaural beats. Like you, there are many people that swear by this method. To be honest, my favorite meditation is on my little boat in the middle of one of the many small coves on Kerr Lake. The nature scene is great, especially late in the evening when the lake is like glass and all the critters stir.

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Robert March 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

As an afterthought, I did not want to totally discourage binaurel or isochronic brainwave induction. We just don’t know that much about it and the people providing this technology on the web are market driven, so may not have the consumer’s best spiritual interest in mind. From what I gather, they have experimented and found people get some meditation benefit and manifestations from using these products, or are entertaining at the very least. But there is no data on long range affects or whether or not it produces something more superficial than traditional, well established (sometimes ancient) methods. So the benefit of thousands of years of ancient wisdom is missing from the new technology. I can imagine that the technology might be an easy way to begin to experience altered state phenomena, to invoke interest and further investigation of the more traditional reliable methods, but I would be wary of getting too addicted to using the technology as a relacement for the “real thing”. For instance, if I used music that induces kundalini-like manifestations (blue light, etc), that does not mean I am connecting with the higher energy and deepest wisdom of the universe. That just my opinion. I would be interested in you describing how the binaurel method has benefited you. I have used the Silva method which uses background beats to help induce alpha wave brain states, and which is then combined with other methods intended to produce relaxation, healing, telepathy, etc. They do work. They are not the only way to get those same results, but they certainly provide experiences that affirm the reality psychic phenomena.

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Robert March 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Josh, Alan, others.. this brings to mind the importance of blogs like this. The ancient methods were well proven and pupils were carefully taught under masters until they developed deep and well-balanced advancement in consciousness. People like me do not have a master. We read books and blogs, and try out “stuff” on the web that is often new, so we are more like explorers than following a beaten path. Our technology and education offer more opportunities than the ancients had, but also exposes us to more dangers. I pray the universal force is watching over and guiding our steps.

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Robert March 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Alan, I have experimented with some of the binaurel beat and isochronic music on the net. I understand how it uses wave interference to create high frequency overtones of sound waves inside the brain that are the same frequency as brain waves. The sound waves then induce the brain wave pattern in the brain of the listener. People who are successful in certain areas of life, seem to generate a particular pattern of brain waves. By inducing the same pattern in your brain by binuarel isochronic means, it is beleived this weill make you sucessful in that same area. Also your brain can be induced to slow down or speed up its normal frequency. So you can listen to music that will gradually keep slowing down your brain waves until they are at alpha (suggestible, intuitive) frequencies or even slower to delta (sleep ) frequencies or very very high gamma (manifesting ) frequencies. I experimented one night by sampling a variety of freebees on the net and ended up having thoughts about a woman who used to flirt with me at my last job two years ago. The next day she showed up out of nowhere right in front of me as I was eating at a fast food place. It really shook me when this happened. It encouraged me to look into manifesting by using more controlled techniques like meditation and visualization. I’ve shied away from using the music induction because I don’t want surprise results. Also the music induction might discourage one from strengthening the brains own natural mental focusing process, which may be important for advancement to higher levels of consciousness. At least that is my gut feeling.

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Joshua Tilghman March 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Interesting info, Robert. Thanks for sharing. I do believe that ancient cultures used pyramids and other devices to help elevate consciousness, but I think the user still drew from himself. His technologies were more of an enhancement rather than a guide or mechanism that caused them to be induced. Interesting conversation anyway!

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Miky March 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Have not been commenting lately but i’m up to date with your posts.
This was a pretty nice read, been distinguishing between the feeling of prana and kundalini lately as I can feel he prana up my spine going to my brain then third eye.

A blog about different types of visions would be nice. As I recently had a vision, meditation is paying off and what it did was motivate me more, that vision was like a push.

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Joshua Tilghman March 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Miky,

Good to hear from you again. Yes, visions are definite part of deep meditation. I recommend not trying to get caught up in them. Just enjoy it for what it is and let it pass. I’ll keep this in mind for a future post.

Namaste

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selina March 15, 2013 at 1:14 am

Kundalini awakening as I am been made to understand can only be mastered by a select few even if one started meditating at a young age and practiced every day in to a ripe old age would not necessarily have the Kundalini awakened in that life time as to have that happen could send a person mad as they would not be able to handle the power of it,and how many of us know someone who has experienced this? I do not know any one who is alive on the earth personally only certain masters in spirit.
Also Joshua what a fantastic way you meditate on a boat in nature( I think I shall try to make a raft) I think that meditation in nature is the best and easiest way to meditate as you are as one with nature and natural setting,as when i try to meditate indoors I give up after a few minutes haha.

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Joshua Tilghman March 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I completely agree. We are a a part of the earth, so it makes sense.

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selina March 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I am so glad that you go agree with me as it was you who told me that you meditated in nature and while you was on your boat fishing and i am not 100% sure but I think that you said that it was the best experience after several months that you began meditating. Also you advised me to keep on trying and not give in so quickly as the benefit’s are vast to people that practice in doing regular meditation’s, like I discovered when I went for my DREADED dental appointment for a mercury (toxic) filling, an injection like a fine needle first in my gums (YIKES) To top it all of by a de-scale and polish with a ICE COLD solution/ suction hoover type machine which is not designed for sensitive teeth( ouch ouch) Rather than my usual heart beat of 100 mph beats per min , sweating and wanting to escape from the waiting room of my death/ my dentist but cannot just flee, so I take a few breathes in and a few breathes out and begin to calm myself down and get in a peaceful state and managed to succeed the whole process with a normal heart beat and only a couple beads of sweat instead of hundred’s lol

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Alan March 15, 2013 at 8:13 am

Selina

You may not have a kundalini awakening in this lifetime, but with regular meditation you will increased your awareness exponentially and that itself is really worth pursuing.

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selina March 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

Alan

Thank you for your words of encouragement on regular meditation,I am getting better at it yet find it harder to meditate indoors than if i am outside,I would love to be able to do both way’s equally but I am still quite new to meditation but I have got the determination to keep at it,hopefully the time spent on it will increase to 🙂
Love and light Selina x

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Robert March 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

I am beginning to get the message from this blog that Kundalini awakening is very advanced and only reached by very few when they pursue it very rigorously. Is this really the case? Then why are there so many popular techniques with the name “kundalini” attached to it (kundalini yogo, kundalini meditation, etc). What is the sense of masses of people pursuing something that is not going to be attainable? Curious.

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Joshua Tilghman March 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Robert,

This problem is encountered in all religious circles. If we only lived one life time, you’re right, it wouldn’t make much sense. That’s where reincarnation comes in.

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Robert March 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

Selina, I think a key to making indoor meditation more conducive might be to make a special place in your home that is dedicated to meditation, with serene surroundings, maybe a candle near the center of the space if you are into candles, maybe an inspirational poster on the wall nearby. use a particular comfortable chair or cushion. Might be better if there are fewer distractions like a TV in the space. This is your meditation space, consecrated for that purpose. You might have some soft, contemplative music or a table top water fountain in the space. Whatever suits your taste. Go there at the same specific time(s) of day. In this way the space itself will absorb the conducive-ness for meditation that you bring to it and offer it back to you. You can also experiment with conditions that make you meditate more easily. Is it easier before or after eating, before or after excersizing, first thing in the morning or at night. What about the outdoors makes it easier. If there are factors like fresh air, sunshine, nature, etc. that puts you in the mood, you can visualize this, even imagine smell it, or bring something from the outdoors in…a plant, a fragrance…to set the mood. When I meditate inward enough, what is outside and around me eventually vanishes from my awareness. But I admit there is still something inspiring to sit by a live trickling stream or see a live sunset over a lake. When I’ve done that, I’ve captured those moments in memory so I can replay them.

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selina March 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Robert,
Thank you very much for all those good ideas you have suggested to try, I think I will make some room so I can have a personal space to meditate in, when I do meditate it is always in my living room sometimes I have 1 or 2 items such as a candle, Joss stick & arch angel Michael card But usually I do not bother though I should always have a lighted candle as they help to focus, calming,peaceful and help bring in the light.
Love and light Selina x

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anny April 28, 2013 at 2:59 am

Joshua, a very interesting concept. I do not know too much about prana and kundalini and never heard about John the Baptist and Jesus in connection with them, but it makes sense. As does the warning that you have to be careful with the rising of the kundalini and should carefully prepare yourself first.

As always the Hebrew word for heaven says it all: shamajim = esh majim, fire and water at the same time. The one is not possible without the other. So if we want to go to heaven we should prepare first or otherwise we will get burnt (end up in hell!). So it is back to the drawing board and do our act of balancing and integrating, of digesting our experiences; in short crucify our ego.

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Robert April 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

That’s interesting. Balancing fire and water … integrating powerful basic forces within…. to serve the greater good instead of the deluded self. Yes. I was struggling earlier today, and now I understand that is what I have to do. I felt such a strong inclination to rise up and dominate to serve myself, and that it was justified because of the enormous strength of the inclination…. but it was not balanced. Kaballah uses imagery with balancing forces. Now I understand it better. When these are balanced, one can ascend to a higher level. when they are not balanced, one is pulled down.

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anny April 29, 2013 at 2:19 am

Yes, is not it interesting how your own knowledge is extending so much when it is combined with someone elses that looks at the subject from another angle? Something new and deeper gets created. It is like a father, mother, child principle, another trinity.

Your input added something again! I love it. I enjoy it so much to share ideas with all of you and to grow together. I do recognize what you write about wanting to rise up and dominate to serve yourself. The temptation is very great. Well, even Jesus felt it during his ’40 days in the desert’. It is the fourty, it is the ego; Point is that we recognize it and start balancing again.

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d.l.purcell December 10, 2013 at 4:40 am

This is my first time ever commenting on an article, as I usually just read and don’t participate, but the comments here greatly interest me. As one who, through years of study and pursuit of hidden wisdom in scripture, has discovered the same truths as the article alludes to, I feel it would be beneficial to provide supporting experience here. It was through the teachings of Jesus that I began to prepare for kundalini, although I did not know what it was that was happening in my body. Through much faith and hard decisions I came to a point that I was ready, and suddenly became spiritually connected to a man who initiated the awakening in me. Since then my perspective has been completely different; it’s like being on the other side of eternity while living a mortal life. Now I am able to see kundalini wisdom all through the bible, although it is no longer my main source for spiritual guidance. I’ve read many different scriptures and esoteric texts but favor the teachings of Jesus to initiate awakening in spiritual people. Since my kundalini experience I’ve been able to progress spiritually, and I’ve had the joy and privilege to awaken the kundalini in others. The kundalini is a miracle. It is a transformation into a being that is immortal. Through the kundalini the soul breaks free from the chains of the karmic cycle and moves on to grow into its deific potential. Great care should be taken by those led to pursue its power. You must be led to it, and you should not awaken it prematurely. For those who diligently pursue wisdom, she will find you, and she will show you the paths of life that lead to the mysteries of eternity, into the source of light and love in the wellspring of creation.

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Joshua Tilghman December 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm

D.L.,

Thanks for commenting and sharing. Like you, I feel the Bible and Jesus’ words to be one of the best paths to spiritual wakening, although I read other religious text as well. Esoterically, they speak the same story, but for me the Bible has always been the one I was drawn closest to. Of course this has a lot to do with my upbringing, but even after I ventured out from Christianity and learned the esoteric meaning behind other scriptures, I still feel most at home with the Bible.

It’s interesting that you mention your personal experience. I am getting a lot more comments on this blog about awakening experiences. Many people are going through this process! What excites me is that so many are also coming to a deeper understanding of the Bible.

For me, kundalini awakening isn’t something to force or yearn after. It’s simply a process that unfolds when we make certain choices and decisions to dedicate ourselves to the knowledge of a higher calling. The awakening process isn’t all butterflies and flowers, either. It seems persistent with setbacks at first, but as the process unfolds it becomes obvious that there is so much to life we have misunderstood and believed in that really didn’t matter. Life will continue to present its challenges, but we face them differently. We learn to step forward with love rather than fear.

Blessings as you continue the path.

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margarette January 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Interesting.

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Jokas August 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm

I recently had a very powerful kundalini raising, and I can relate to your article. Although I wouldn’t differentiate prana from kundalini (in essence), I reckon they describe precisely two different states I experience. Prana indeed being always present and controllable, and kundalini being an unexpected incredibly powerful event (not a unique one in my case).

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