That is the title of a book written about coping with kundalini. Today, however, I was in the studio working with my students on sculpture projects and while I was doing so there was a discussion about creativity and the brain. This is one of my favorite topics and it has been given new life with my own awakening which has helped to highlight a good many things in regards to what happens with the body and brain in the midst of such an experience. The topic made a turn for slightly subtle realms when one of the students wondered aloud if the experience of consciousness was beyond the body or if it was just the body. This person was thinking or feeling it was beyond body.
We were talking about this whole connection and I said that what is really remarkable is the Left/Right brain relationship and that when we can let the left brain serve the right brain (effectively a linear processor serving a parallel processor) then we can begin to see just how amazing the brain is in creating a hologram in 3-D physical chemistry of the domain of the soul, of consciousness beyond the body. I said consider what happens when awareness is not there at the body for an experience that is in consciousness…..it is as though it does not exist….and people will thus pooh-pooh an idea or experience they themselves have not had because they can’t feel it or “get” it at all. And yet, the body HAS to have a way to record or measure the nonphysical experience which is in the ether, of the experience or else it is as good as not known or experienced. So for the brain to be able to contemplate the infinite is pretty amazing. You begin to realize the masterwork involved in the chemistry necessary to make up what we feel inside our skins.
Within the Light Body or what the Hindus call the Pranamayakosha, there are these nonphysical layers and within these layers there are different vibrations of energy that move through them. This light body is electromagnetic and is fed by iron rich blood pumping through the body to create a weak but very real electrical and electromagnetic field. When I read an aura it is courtesy of this field which displays the information as a stream of light and color around the body….again…in layers. It is like having a slew of bodies one inside the other. This body will record everything that has ever happened to you in the same way that the brain does. Anything that you have had a hard time allowing to flow through you and has gotten “caught” emotionally will lodge and create a block. Over time these blocks can be many. Releasing these blocks leads to liberation and freedom from the emotions that served to create them in the first place. Instead of denying emotion, they are instead felt fully and can be released through a range of methods which can be as simple as movement (Qi Gung worked for me), shaking (learned by an animal behaviorist by watching how animals shed trauma), reexperiencing the emotion, body massage or deep tissue manipulation, as well as Reiki and Reiki-like methods for moving energy. But however the methods, the effects are permanent and leave the self increasingly free from the bonds of certain stuck emotions. As these things are often shed chakra by chakra, they also go layer by layer….so think of the light body as a house with seven levels and seven rooms (chakras) within each level. Or an onion with seven layers. By doing this clearing, you also optimize the brain and body connection as well. While kundalini brings wild swings as a result of latent karmic energy in the chakras or light body, these swings are less and less as you move through the process of casting off the dross.
My experience as a result of having to deal with the dark night of the soul, which for me was the revving up of kundalini to extremely high levels along with the triggering of some sort of adrenal response in my body, resulted in a painful six month ordeal where my adrenals were stuck in the on position. This experience forced me to learn how to deal with fear in a while new way. It was the most arduous experience I have to date experienced. It was also one of the most illuminating, too. I had to work to get my chemistry balanced the right way. Along the way I learned how the body is a mirror of our feelings and just how much of a choice every single emotion is. It underscored just how important it was that we choose healthy perspectives in living. If we feel like a victim, this will be very disempowering and the body will follow suite PERFECTLY. Being able to gain some measure of control over the body and what it does is huge for helping illustrate the clear connection between mind/brain and body chemistry. I can make my body chemistry change ON A DIME now. As a result, it pays for me to remain in a state of mind that is most conducive to bliss and a good flow of positive energy. Instead of negatives reinforcing, its positives.
This is where developing a way of dealing with positive energy in an ongoing fashion is very helpful. Perhaps you take something off the shelf….like yoga or a form of meditation. For me, kundalini showed me the path WAS meditation. Most of what I do in my day-to-day is like living a prayer. This prayer is about the highest and best. It is exciting because there were times when I could not imagine living like this. There was, I think, just too much chaotic energy. But all of this is a process and I can have my days. the intense adrenal burn of kundalini three and a half years ago was very hard on my body. Some suggested adrenal burn-out. Time has shown that I still have reasonable adrenal function despite what I went through.
There is a very real mind/body connection with us as humans. This is no less obvious than in awakening. How amazingly well the body will respond to our thoughts is a wonderful teacher for you if you can observe. If you feel bad you will learn that its you who is doing it. It’s not you being at the mercy of your body (unless you have a longstanding physiological problem that prohibits you from creating some portion of the necessary chemistry for some reason). This is, to my mind, the beginning at least, of learning how to be the master instead of the slave, the victor, not the victim.