A Simple Kundalini Meditation

by Joshua Tilghman on July 2, 2013

kundalini meditationAs the title to this post suggests, I am going to give you a very simple meditation for moving kundalini. This meditation is good because it increases concentration power and helps transform potent sexual energy into spiritual energy that will help strengthen the body and mind.

But first I want to discuss a bit of background information for first time readers. If this is your first visit to Spirit of the Scripture, you may be wondering why a Bible blog is using terms like kundalini and sexual energy.

Consider a quote from the Zohar, a mystical work studied intensely by Jewish sages.

“The narratives of the doctrine are its cloak. The simple look only at the garment—that is, upon the narrative of the doctrine; more they know not. The instructed, however, see not merely the cloak, but what the cloak covers.”

—The Zohar

Although the Zohar is speaking of the narratives in the Old Testament, the same truth applies to the New Testament. All the narratives of the Bible are there to build concrete images and concepts in our minds so that we can then learn deeper mysteries. The narratives are the milk of the word. The meat is what’s hidden within the narrative.

Most religious circles today get too caught up in the narratives instead of looking beyond them. Does it really matter whether or not David slew a giant named Goliath? How does that knowledge help you today? It doesn’t. But if you are able to understand what’s under the cloak of this story you would realize that the story of David and Goliath is really about slaying the ego of man. That’s why the fight with Goliath is emphasized over other much more impressive feats that David supposedly accomplished. For example, David also slew a lion. I can promise you, even if Goliath were a literal 9-foot giant that David slew, it would be much more impressive to slay a lion as a young boy!

Consider the story of Adam and Eve. They weren’t literal people. Adam and Eve are about the conscious and subconscious aspects of the mind. They also represent the male / female sexual energies that run in the human body, powering the personality and psyche. These polar energies—whether they are referred to as male / female, positive / negative, Yin / Yang, or consciousness / subconscious—are what allows creation to unfold and become animated.

Beneath the cloak of the Biblical narratives are the keys to unlock how powerful our bodies really are what sort of potential lies inside of us.

Even though it seems like I knock religion a lot on this site, it is not really my intention. All religions began with esoteric knowledge that was only learned by the inner circle. Consider that the word for religion comes from the Latin religare, which ultimately means union. Yoga is a Sanskrit comes from yug, which also means union. As you can see, underneath the cloak of the West’s religious mindset the West truly does meet the East.

We should take note to the fact that the ultimate goal of religion is to transcend the ego to experience a union with the divine.

For the past few months I have been going through the Book of Revelations in order to delve beneath the cloak of John’s visions. I have already discussed how the ultimate goal of Revelations is to explain the process of having this intimate union with the divine. I will continue that study, but I decided to take a break from it today to discuss this simple meditation that I have been practicing. Within a few weeks I began to feel concentrations of energy (tingling, etc.) in different areas which let me know that kundalini was truly on the move within the etheric body.

The Meditation Exercise

In the summer months it is more convenient for me to begin this meditation soon after rising from bed. I grab a chair from the kitchen table and place it in my bedroom. I plant my feet flat on the ground and sit near the edge of the seat with my spine erect (important). I begin inhaling deeply through the nostrils. Breathing is an important part of moving subtle energy within the body. After inhaling deeply but slowly for a few moments, I place my left hand over my belly button and my right hand on top of the left. Sometimes I can feel the warmth from all the energy in the solar plexus region, especially after taking the time to breathe a bit. It is important for me to say here that another equally important aspect of moving and feeling subtle energy is the mind. Meditation and the breath go hand in hand, so after breathing and relaxing for a few minutes, I place all my awareness on the energy in the solar plexus region behind the belly button and I extend my focus down to the perineum area of the body. Here and in the root chakra is the reservoir for kundalini.

After the warm-up I just explained, I will focus that energy to the bottom of the spine. With each inhale, I concentrate on pulling that energy up the spine in short burst. Beginning in the coccyx region, I draw the energy up (with the mind on each inhale) midway up to the spine and then exhale. Sometimes I will hold my breath gently before exhaling. I also believe it is very important not to let your mind wander. The key to circulating subtle energy is the mind. If you lose focus the subtle energy will fall naturally. From midway up the spine I take another breath and draw the energy up to the neck region. I exhale and hold the energy there with my mind. Then I take another deep breath while using the mind to draw the subtle energy into the brain. Picture it spiraling in the third ventricle of the brain and bathing the pineal and pituitary glands.

The next step is important. Once you get the subtle energy to this region of the brain, you must bring it back down the body to the navel again. But instead of going back down the way I came, I touch my tongue to the roof of my mouth. This exercise will open another channel in the body which allows the energy to circulate. After touching the roof of my mouth, I concentrate on the energy coming into the tongue and down into the throat region. After exhaling, I take another deep breath and use the mind to push the energy into the heart region. Finally I push the energy back down to the navel. I like to end this exercise by mentally picturing the sun shining very brightly in my gut.

I will rinse and repeat the above pattern a few times before getting up and continuing with my day.

My experiences

The above exercise is adapted from Mantak Chia’s meditations. It comes from the Taoist tradition, but don’t let this scare you away if you are a Christian. We have already discussed how the religious traditions of the East and West truly do meet when we pull away the cloaks. Even ancient Christianity is filled with the same concepts and ideas as Taoism.

If you are faithful with the above exercise for a few weeks, I am willing to bet you will feel tingling sensations as you move subtle energy in the body. Let this be your gage as to whether or not it’s working for you should you decide to try it. It was part of my experience. Within a week I noticed strong tingling at the bottom of my spine when I placed my awareness there. You may also feel warm sensations at different points in the body. This has also been my experience.

These subtle energies are actually moving within the etheric body, so you probably won’t notice much at first. But your awareness will pick up on them the more you practice. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t notice anything right away.

Please feel free to share your experiences in your own meditation practices. Have you ever tried something similar? Did you see results?

Thanks for reading!

Kathleen Berry July 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Nice post as always, Joshua. I agree that meditation is a very important technique to increase spiritual growth. I’ve never tried Kundalini, but have practiced basic meditation (usually outdoors) for six years now. As a Christian, I’d been taught that meditation was evil and to be avoided. However, my personal experience has proved this belief wrong. I see meditation as a way to make time to listen to the divine and receive divine guidance. It also calms me and increases my energy. I encourage all Christians to put their fears aside regarding meditation and to give it a try.

Joshua Tilghman July 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for your comments, Kathleen. So true!

Kevin Walrath July 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Excellent post Josh, I’m tempted to share this technique as well as your meditation page of your site at my blog.

I’m curious, what are some of the benefits that you have noticed to come with this practice? I know some report more energy, or more alertness/awareness, sense of calm abiding, and some even report more intuition and increase in smarts in general. Then there’s the more rare case where clairvoyance and such powers are elevated in the process.

The main thing that I have noticed in my short practice of meditation is less anger or better management of that anger, as well as the increased brain function. It takes a tremendous amount of focus, but is completely worth it from the bit of experience that I do have.

Joshua Tilghman July 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Kevin,

Feel free to share anything you like. About your questions:

I haven’t shared much on the blog personally about changes over the past year, but it’s kind of strange. I thought going deeper into meditation would bring changes I would notice to me personally. It has, but not in the way I expected. Let me explain. Since going deeper into meditation, my environment, including others close to me, have drastically changed. It’s almost as if people and situations are reacting more to the meditation than I was. The changes were quite serious because it caused me to evaluate myself and my relationships with others. Recently I went through a sort of emotional cleansing, especially negative emotions that I didn’t know were deep inside. They were brought out and exposed right away for me to deal with. We are all linked on a deeper level, so all this makes sense. But it was powerful! Be careful! Deep meditation will make you confront some issues for sure, whether they come up in your own mind or in your personal life. Overall it has been a big blessing. I have been able to let go of many things holding me back. I couldn’t see it before, but now it’s plain as day.

Kevin Walrath July 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I completely understand what you mean! There are obvious changes that happen within, but I agree, it is as if I see more positive changes are seen in others around me than even myself. Of course I’m sure this comes along with fixing your own perceptions first, and others feed off of the actions as you said we are all linked at that deeper level. That is why I love the quote of Ghandi that states “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” By doing things within yourself and manifesting that outwardly, I think it really does catch on to others around you much like atoms bounce back and forth off each other in relaying messages.

I’m sure it was powerful for yourself…I’ve heard of some so powerful that the individual was in tears from their experience! But that is all a part of facing your own demons I suppose, and it’s best to confront it than continue running away or continue being enslaved to those impurities.

@Bernhardt-
I think the main thing to do in order to cleanse one’s self of negative emotions is to confront it all head on. As Josh said it can be very powerful and seemingly overwhelming, as I’ve known of people being brought to tears by doing so. But by confronting the impurities, alongside balancing the energy flow within the body, one can assume the role of a creator and plan a course of action rather than continue questioning themselves or second guessing themselves. It sounds overly simple I know, but with the proper causes can come the desired outcome or effect!

Joshua Tilghman July 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Bernhardt,

Kevin has hit the nail on the head! I will also add that many people react automatically to some situations. In other words, they are so used to acting out negative emotions during certain situations that it has become a pattern and habit. Therefore, the next time a similar situation occurs, they unconsciously react with the same negative emotion. Sometimes these emotions are subtle, but still there. A person becomes more conscious when they can learn to act without reacting automatically, thereby purging the negative emotional patterns that emerge through certain situations.

Kathleen Berry July 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Hi Kevin~
I thought I’d share how meditation helped me develop clairvoyance. When I say clairvoyance, I’m not talking about predicting the future, but in the sense that meditation has connected me to the larger consciousness and to access spiritual answers whether that’s through reaching out to spirits, angels or other positive energies. I’m more aware of the abundant energies in our realm that I had never been aware of previously. Of course, discernment is always necessary, and personally, before I meditate, I pray to God for protection and to only allow interactions with positive entities. I write a blog also, and you can find my thoughts on psychic abilities, paranormal and spirituality at my site at http://www.kathleenberry.com

Bernhardt Adjedi Cadbury July 3, 2013 at 6:21 am

Hi Josh,
I will want to know if one will term you to be judgmental, even if it is your intention to make truth be known by knocking religious doctrines that will allow our fellow extensions to enjoy the meaty side which will ascend their consciousness instead of leaving them to suffer in the hands of traditions considering …. Luke 11:52 “Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered”. which will obviously be of less benefit in their spiritual life If yes, how then can the true gospel of Jesus Christ be made known so we can all ascent to the ONENESS.

Now, concerning the issue of Adam and Eve not being literal persons, perfectly understood. But i have also been wondering about the initiation that was said to have taken place in Lemuria by Maitreya. You could Google once again “The Myth of Original Sin and the Fall of Woman”. I need a summarized understanding on this issue. Thanks and blessings.

Joshua Tilghman July 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Bernhardt,

I’ll google what you say and take a look. Even if its myth also, it still sounds interesting.

Bernhardt Adjedi Cadbury July 5, 2013 at 4:49 am

Josh,
How then did you do away with the cleansing of negative emotions? Thanks.

Sam Ronicker July 13, 2013 at 5:45 am

While I agree that all Truth is God’s Truth and that nuggets of wisdom can be found in many places… I disagree that you would state categorically that “They weren’t literal people.” speaking about Adam and Eve. My favorite quip to that kind of statement comes from Ken Ham’s older lectures (not sure if he still uses it…) “Were you there?” I agree that the Bible isn’t 100% clear on whether the Genesis story IS or IS NOT allegorical. I agree that it’s still up for discussion, but making such a claim greatly reduces your credibility about being open for discussion or debate about something you cannot possibly know for certain. Your epistemological compass appears to be broken if you think you can know something like that for certain.

Joshua Tilghman July 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Sam,

Thanks for your thoughts. I know it does make me seemed a bit close-minded. I actually use to argue the Bible was literal…all of it! After going on a long journey to prove it was, I had to come to the opposite conclusion.

And in a way you are right; we can’t know anything for certain about ancient history. So what do we do? Should we live like God’s word is literal, or should we live like it’s not?

Personally, I believe if we live like it is humanity will forever remain deeply divided. Thanks again for commenting.

anny July 14, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hi Joshua,

I am a bit ambivalent about this meditation that is purposefully meant to raise the kundalini. Elsewhere you yourself warned about trying to raise the kundalini too early because that can be dangerous. I think this should only be done by people who are ready to do so and I am not so sure that I am.

I sometimes have the feeling that I have never fully incarnated and more or less never felt at home here on earth or in my body. So when people are talking about all these basic animal instincts and needs, I get the feeling, what are you talking about? It is the lower chakra’s that bother me the most, not the spiritual ones. And someone who is able to see the chakra’s actually told me that my higher chakras are opened further than the lower ones.

The way you describe your way of believing in former days is totally alien to me. I have always been independent in what I believed, even as a kid, and once I concluded that something could not possibly be true, that was that, no matter what any pastor might say. And when bad things happened (I grew up in the shadow of World War II), I never blamed God but just concluded that the teachings of the church must somehow be wrong because how else could things like that happen in countries that were called christian. It is really what started me off searching.

Living here, however, in this world, that was another matter. It has always scared me (not death but life) as have many things physical. Gymnastics and sports were/are the worst things I was/am supposed to do, so often I do not with all the consequences of course.

All is all I prefer to take another way where I meet my challenges when they appear in front of me and concentrate on meeting everything with a loving approach.

anny October 15, 2013 at 8:20 am

Hello Leo,

Thank you for your reaction to my comment.

I had already guessed that your were probably Dutch, although there are of course also many people with Dutch names and Dutch roots living in the USA, Canada and Australia, who do not speak Dutch anymore.

I understand what you mean when you describe your feelings about the lower chakras although I do not experience it in quite the same way.

I like the way you write about the meaning of words and parts of words. There is so much more in them than when you only use them in a superficial way. And I agree that it would be easier sometimes to express what you want to say in your native language.

Well, I am sure we will be seeing more comments from each other.

Anny

Robert July 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I’m going to try this. I’ve had an interest in raising the energy, but have been doing it while chanting corresponding chakra sounds as I go up and down from root totoop of head. I sometimes sense vibrations that are tingly and pleasant. I’ll compare and see. The chanting can sometimes be tiring, so your method may be more efficient.

Robert July 28, 2013 at 11:24 am

I finally got around to trying this…not sure what to call it…”the kundalini pull”. I had some difficulty getting into it at first, probably because I had been neglecting almost all my breathing and meditation exercises. I became sick, so I have set time aside an afternoon to build my meditation awareness back up. After doing that for awhile, I was able to focus and relax better. I think this excersize might be less beneficial for beginners. Mantak Chia has a lot of You Tube videos that slowly develop body and chia awareness that a beginner might need to do before benefiting from the kundalini pull. I went back to what I knew that worked…. mindfulness mediation and chakra mantras….and that loosened me up enough that when I tried the “pull” after that I was able to focus better and sense movement of energy and physical vibrations. I’ll keep experimenting. I put an extra step into the pull by going from head to universe and then start back down from universe to head. This added more energy. You might try it.

Joshua Tilghman July 29, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Robert,

You’re right. A beginner might want to start with focusing on the breath for a while. This is a very basic technique that can be used for a few months. This “kundalini pull” as you refer to it is a little more advanced, but still fairly simple. I am glad that it started to work for you.

I have also tried the extra step to which you refer. You can also add going from the feet to the earth and back up again. I like to be on bear-footed on sand when trying this, but it isn’t necessary. Thanks for adding this comment for all to see!

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