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New JoyRide Show this week: Kundalini Awakening with special guest Ashley Aliff
Kerry's Musings: The last couple of days I’ve been contemplating the whole "ascension" thing. I’m pretty sure I’ve stumbled through parts of it; I can feel it. I get the concept of trying to elevate my being to a level of light and love; finding neutrality and purpose in all situations whether negative or positive (I know I have’t mastered THAT one yet). I DO know that I LOVE the idea of waking up my dormant “gifts.” This one is a bit more tangible. I’ve heard incredible stories of people transforming their lives almost in an instant. And what about the Kundalini Awakening? From what I’ve heard, this process is one of the more intense ways a person can “wake up."
For those who are new to this concept, Wikipedia describes Kundalini as: Kundalini, in the concept of Dharma, refers to a form of primal energy (or shakti) said to be located at the base of the spine. Different spiritual traditions teach methods of "awakening" kundalini for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenment and a range of supernormal powers. Kundalini is usually described as lying "coiled" at the base of the spine, represented as either a goddess or sleeping serpent whose energy is waiting to be awakened. In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force, or "mother energy or intelligence of complete maturation."
Kundalini awakening is said to result from deep meditation, and consequently enlightenment and bliss. This awakening involves the Kundalini physically moving up the central channel to reach within the Sahasrara Chakra at the top of the head. Many systems of yoga focus on awakening Kundalini through meditation, pranayama breathing, the practice of asana and chanting of mantras. In physical terms, the Kundalini experience is frequently reported to be a feeling of electric current running along the spine.
Tiffanie and I have a friend that was hospitalized with seizures. The doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong or why she wasn’t responding to the normal protocol. Finally, our friend figured out that she was having her own Kundalini awaking, checked herself out of the hospital with the determination to use spiritual tools as a means of intervention. It worked. We have another friend that awakened her Kundalini by doing hours upon hours of yoga. Her life was turned upside-down, and inside out, but ultimately was a blessing in so many ways.
Not wanting my life to turn upside-down and inside-out, I’ve always been a bit reluctant to seek out this sort of awakening. (on one hand I’d love to come fully into my “claires,” but on the other hand, I KNOW I have to be in a solid place so I can handle it). I’ve since learned that it doesn’t have to be quite so intense. Usually, the energy acts as a “fire” burning off whatever isn’t useful or what no longer serves you. That’s why people leave bad relationships, or unfulfilling jobs. I’ve also learned that you can ask for the process of awakening to be a bit gentler.
Either way, your body will experience symptoms. Here are a few I’ve experienced:
- ringing in my ears
- tingling on my scalp
- dizziness (feeling like you’re walking side-ways)
- a surprisingly sharp shock on various points in the body (reminded me of the game Operation)
- all over aches (for no reason)
- fever, or flushed (for me, this happened at the same time everyday, only lasting a short time. It was only fever with no other symptoms)
(I’m pretty in tune with my body, knowing when to go to the doctor. If you’re not sure, please err on the side of caution. It’s better to rule out potential issues.)
Apparently, these symptoms indicate energetic shifts needed to recalibrate the body for higher vibrations. Simply put: to hear, see, sense spirits and other dimensions, your body has to rev at a higher rpm. Using a car analogy: if the needle is always pegged in the red, you’ll blow out your engine. Our bodies are attuned to the 3-D world, which is really dense. Accessing the higher energies require your “vehicle” to vibrate higher. In making the “upgrades,” your body goes through physical, very real adjustments.
This week’s guest, Ashley Aliff, is really knowledgeable on the topic of Kundalini (or Spiritual) Awakenings. She tells us her story, which we found really interesting...you’ll have to listen to find out! (And BTW, she is very firm in her opinion that her way is not for everyone. If you do choose to do it this way, you really should be monitored by an Elder or someone else who knows what they’re doing.)
On her website
, Ashley has created an inclusive online encyclopedia with topics such as The Kundalini awakening process, numerology, sacred geometry, multiple dimensions, astral travel, and so much more! Personally, I love that she’s also given space for others to tell their stories. What a beautiful community! Ashley really wants you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There is no need to try to muddle through this process all by yourself. Her website also includes free downloads and workbooks. Check it out!
Ashley is currently putting together an online, 9-part course. What I found truly unique was her approach. She doesn’t want to give you “her version” of what things are to look like. Ashley wants to provide you with the questions for YOU to create your own, unique method and outcome. How ‘bout THAT!? Ultimately, her intention is to create a school dedicated to awakening and metaphysics. This will be a place where we can all go to learn, share, and come fully into who our souls came in to be. Can you imagine such a place!?
Ashley Aliff: Spiritual Mentor, Healer, and Researcher at The Awakened State
Ashley is a passionate writer and avid researcher on all things pertaining to Theosophy. She is also the creator of The Awakened State
. Some of her studies outside of her Awakening journey include Psychology, English Literature, Neurobiology, and many healing practices. When she is not blogging, she works as a full-time Mom with her two children and enjoys spending time with her love, Adam.