Many Christians are quick to brush off the notion that Revelations contains esoteric knowledge about the mind, body, God, and even kundalini. I understand the reservation because I was once a mainstream Christian, but the evidence is scattered throughout the book. All it takes is an open mind and a willingness to admit that mainstream Christianity might have missed something. 🙂
Before delving into chapter one, I want you to see the importance of the number 3 ½ in the rest of Revelations. It’s literally scattered everywhere and it has to do with kundalini. After reviewing a short history of this sacred number, we’ll look at each individual scripture in Revelations that contains it.
The number 3 ½ and kundalini
3 ½ has always been associated with the concept of kundalini. Kundalini is said to be a subtle spiritual energy containing the power to expand consciousness. To be more specific, kundalini is the raw power of consciousness itself. It’s dormant in most humans, but everyone has the potential to arouse this higher consciousness. This spiritual energy is said to lie dormant in 3 ½ coils, like a sleeping serpent, in the sacrum bone. Even the sacrum bone itself was revered by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and inhabitants of far eastern lands.
In Sanskrit Kundalini means “coiled power.” Ancient Christians referred to the coiled energy or sleeping serpent as the Holy Spirit. In fact, the events at Pentecost in the book of Acts represent this rising of the energy which came to rest as forked tongues (like a snake’s tongue) of fire above the disciples’ heads. Remember, Moses himself had to raise the serpent in the desert to bring healing to the nation of Israel. Healing of what, we may ask? The answer is healing and the balancing of energies which form the conscious experience—i.e., healing for the mind, body, and emotions.
So what does all this have to do with Revelations? Everything!
The number 3 ½ is used repeatedly in Revelations, representing the conscious experience of man and kundalini. Let’s review the scriptures where 3 ½ is used in Revelations and then we’ll discuss a little more about how the number relates to consciousness. Our first scripture is below:
Rev. 11:2: “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread underfoot forty and two months.”
Forty and two months comes out to 3 ½ years. Gentiles are a Biblical term representing those who haven’t developed the higher mental qualities necessary for the higher mind and the risen kundalini. In the scripture above the Gentiles tread the outer court for 3 ½ because they represent the dormant state of higher consciousness as kundalini energy remains in their sacrum. The next verse mentioning 3 ½ states:
Rev. 11:3: “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophecy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.”
If you do the math, a thousand two hundred and threescore days comes out to 3 ½ years again. It is interesting to see how many commentaries have been written on the two witnesses of Revelations, many saying they are Elijah and Moses. Rubbish. The two witnesses are simply Divine Love and Wisdom. As Gaskell’s Dictionary and Scripture and Myth points out:
“[They] witness the process of the soul’s development in the lower nature. They appear to be killed out of the soul by desire (the beast) in its early stages of growth, but afterwards they revive and live through the power of the Spirit of Christ.”
It’s is important for us to grasp what Gaskell is getting at. The Beast in every man, our lower natures, always seems to win over the attributes of love and wisdom until the higher mental faculties have been sufficiently developed. Our next scripture is below:
Rev. 12:6: “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.”
As you might have guessed, a thousand two hundred and threescore days is 3 ½ years. I hope you are starting to see a pattern here. What’s even more interesting is that the scripture above helps depict the process of how and why kundalini rises. The woman in the scripture above represents the higher soul birthing the Self. If you read the verses around the one above you will see that the red dragon also comes. The red dragon is symbolic of the opposing energy (lower self) which needs to be balanced in order to bring love and wisdom into manifestation through our individuality. Notice how the woman is nourished in the wilderness, the place of experience. At first it’s devoid of higher spiritual qualities, but the suffering and experiences of life help us learn to balance the negative and positive energies within us. She is fed for 3 ½ years because that number represents the dormant potential within us. She is nourished through experience in the wilderness the same way the Israelites were nourished and courted by God in the Wilderness on the way to the Promised Land. When the birth of the child comes, the Christ, that potential has then risen. Now for our next verse:
Rev. 13:5: “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto to him to continue forty and two months.”
It goes without saying, but here we have our magic 3 ½ number again, forty and two months being 3 ½ years. The beast which gives power to the dragon above is simply our desire nature. It’s called the beast of the bottomless pit because the desire nature of man is endless, and it is always an adversary of the spirit within. All commentaries that speak of this beast as being a literal demonic figure are not seeing the obvious. If you read to the end of the chapter 13 the author of Revelations clearly states that the number of this beast is 666, the number of man. All men and women have this desire nature within them until the ego or lower nature of man is overcome.
For the next two verses showing the number 3 ½ we are going to go backwards a few chapters. I have saved these two for last because they depict an important scene that will help segue our conversation into what this number really stands for in both Revelations and Kundalini Yoga.
Rev. 11:9: “And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.”
Rev. 11:11: “And after three days and a half the spirit of life (Holy Spirit / Kundalini) from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet…”
While kundalini lies dormant in the sacrum, we are truly dead in our lower natures. The reason we are dead is because there is no true freedom of will when we are driven by our lusts and passions. But when the kundalini rises, depicted by the two witnesses rising to their feet in Rev. 11:11, divine love and wisdom enter the human vessel and consciousness expands. True freedom and freewill enter the picture because we begin to make choices based on discernment rightly dividing the word of truth in real-world experiences. Other portions of scripture speak of us needing to be born again in order to live with the renewed mind—i.e., the mind of Christ. This is true freedom!
Meaning of the number 3 ½
The 3 in our sacred number stands for the three states of consciousness experienced by all humans: waking, sleeping, and dreaming. This is the state we all live by for most of our lives. It is the unawake witnesses of love and wisdom potential within us. The ½ represents transcendent consciousness—divine love and wisdom.
3 also stands for the past, present, and future of linear consciousness while the half represents the transcendence of linear time, which also connects with Jesus’ statements on being the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.
Revelations Chapter 1
Let’s review a few scriptures from Revelations chapter one to establish another important foundation. Christ begins speaking by introducing himself as the Alpha and Omega, beyond time and into the eternal NOW. Jesus Christ is the archetype of primordial energy lying dormant in the 3 ½ coils. He is the kundalini energy because he is the higher mind.
Important side note: Just as Lucifer was once known as the “light bearer” of higher consciousness, so is the Christ. In some traditions they were even said to be brothers, although this was never meant to be literal. In ancient times the coiled serpent and Satan was not evil. It was the process (suffering in life experience) which killed the ego and the serpent within us but simultaneously raised it!
The higher mind is the transcendence of normal consciousness. If you read the first chapter of Revelations again, you should notice that Jesus Christ invites us, through John (the higher love nature), to come and receive of him—the higher mind, Christ himself. Remember John was to write the revelation down in a book for others to tell them what he saw and witnessed. The invitation to John is followed by a roadmap on how to reach the higher mind. I quote Jesus speaking to John:
“…and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea” (Revelations 1:11).
The roadmap is through the seven churches, which represent the main in-body chakras along the serpent channel of the spinal column and into the brain.
Jesus, the higher mind, said the kingdom of God was within us. You need to know that the chakras and body of God is within you. For more information on our bodies being part of God please read Biblical Symbols, God, and Our Bodies.
At the end of Revelations chapter 1 Jesus states:
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive forever more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death…”
The higher mind is the answer and the (key) to overcoming the death which is none other than the transcendence of ego attachment. This is accomplished through raising kundalini in the spine and enabling the higher mind, the Christ, to renew you.
I know I stated I would get to Revelations chapter 2 in this post, but I have decided to tackle chapter two and three together in the next post since both of these chapters focus on each individual main chakra. In that post we’ll discuss how each of the churches Christ mentions relates to these chakras.