1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

How to find out if your Kundalini rises April 3, 2013

The energy of  Kundalini  is quite present in the modern life, today more than ever before. The signs of a 3,5 coiled energy became a popular image in marketing, for it’s a beautiful design element and it echoes in our collective consciousness. Although it is being so widely used I doubt that people really know its meaning and power.


Wikipedia gives some information about Kundalini but most of it HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SUBJECT. It looks like some people tried to awaken this sacred energy being not authorized for it, and they got very strange, if not terrifying results.  I am puzzled how practitioners of so-called Kundalini yoga describe the sensations they get calling it rising Kundalini this way:

(and belive me this is NOT what Kundalini feels like)

  • Involuntary jerks, tremors, shaking, itching, tingling, and crawling sensations, especially in the arms and legs
  • Energy rushes or feelings of electricity circulating the body
  • Intense heat (sweating) or cold, especially as energy is experienced passing through the chakras
  • Headache, migraine, or pressure inside the skull
  • Increased blood pressure and irregular heartbeat
  • Emotional numbness
  • Antisocial tendencies
  • Mood swings with periods of depression or mania
  • Pains in different areas of the body, especially back and neck
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and touch
  • Trance-like and altered states of consciousness
  • Disrupted sleep pattern (periods of insomnia or oversleeping)
  • Loss of appetite or overeating

I mean are they all masochist?!? Why practice something which gives you such horrid discomfort and suffering? I believe a truly spiritual practice must give one the enlightenment and bliss and not horror.

Luckily there have been wonderful saints and prophets all over the world, in different religions and spiritual practices who have given the exact description of Kundalini as of a cool breeze. Even some musicians and artists have referred to this cooling sensation.

kundalinin-coil1Since my Kundalini was awakened 17 year back, and I have felt and have been “working” with this amazing energy for such a long time, I feel authorized enough to give a list of REAL KUNDALINI RISING sensations. This list can be confirmed by many millions of people who have experienced the same (unfortunately they are all too shy or to self-sufficient to post about it).


  1. If you sit with the rounded back, slowly or suddenly your back will get straight, you may even not notice that. The upright position is possible even for people with spine cord problems when their Kundalini rises.
  2. Your nose will breathe much “lighter”, even without any special exercises – this is the sign that Kundalini has passed the Hamsa chakra (between the eyebrows).
  3. You may feel the cooling energy rising upwards your spinal cord, mostly on the back, although some people can feel it within, inside the body.
  4. You will feel cool breeze in your hands, and interestingly – when the breeze gets stronger your hand will open up on their own.
  5. After meditation with well risen Kundalini you may feel the need to “wash off” your face with your hands. You eyes will glow and your face will shine with peace and beauty!
  6. Tickling and warm sensation in different parts of the body can be a sign of Kundalini rising and doing it’s clearing work. Ultimately and ideally this must end up in getting the cool breeze on top of head and in the hands
  7. The cool breeze pouring down your head or even all over the body gives the feeling of the absolute bliss and dissolution, feels like Nirvana and cannot be mistaken for anything else! This is the ultimate goal of any yoga and it is the easiest to reach by the sahaja yoga practice.
mother in light

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga

LOVE, axinia


17 Responses to “How to find out if your Kundalini rises”

  1. Ambika Rikhye Says:

    Dear Axinia, my Kundalini started rising the moment i started reading your article. Its a real treat to the soul. By just looking at Sri Mataji’s picture, i feel my Kundalini rises. We are very blessed and its amazing to read your article early in the morning here.

  2. Sailaja ginka Says:

    Excellent Axinia!! No one could have explained more beautiful than this!!! How naturally our individualKundalini Mother works out our spiritual and physical well being is clear only to those who have experienced it and have been practicing Sahaja YogA.

  3. Edwin Hou Says:

    Ha Ha !!!
    Nice to see you use my picture of triangular bone with 3 and half coil. i drew it casually free hand with the mouse on Miscrosoft Paint, 10 years ago when i was still new to this kind of simple graphic softwares. Myself was quite amazed by how the product came out to be, as i was not trained in visual arts, etc. Sahaja Meditation helps me keep my hands and mind steady to finish this task, and i enjoyed it.
    Jay Shri Mataiji !!!

  4. swaps Says:

    Thanks for clarifications..you have posted about this before too. But it is good to read again!

    • axinia Says:

      actually I do not remember I posted about it the same way…I post now and then about what happens at meditation but not much about Kundalini, especially not in relevance to other practices…or which post did you mean?

  5. ashok kumar misra Says:

    Yes very true discription. In the morning around 4 am if I put attention on top of my head I fee ‘kundalini’ reaching there & cool palms, fingers!
    Also, this is the power which connects our atma to parmatma & can control our mind too!
    In general terms your master computer is connected to supercomputer of the universe through this ‘kundalini’ energy!
    Thanks for the post…jai shree mataji!

  6. draupadi16 Says:

    Liebe Axinia!
    Du hast uns wieder einen schönen Blogbeitrag geschenkt. Fast 24 Jahre praktiziere ich schon die Sahaja Joga-Meditation. Die Empfindungen beim Aufsteigen der Kundalini sind bei mir oft unterschiedlich. Das Großartigste ist für mich die Geborgenheit, die mich erfüllt, das Angenommensein, das dieser liebevolle Energiestrom in mir auslöst. Das bewirkt ein wunderschönes Gefühl der Zufriedenheit und Dankbarkeit. Und dann ist das Leben einfach schön, jeder Tag ein Neubeginn… Alles Liebe von Draupadi.

  7. Very beautiful description and experience. It’s amazing how meditation, no matter what it is called, brings out the inner beauty of everyone. Just want to share this inspiring quote. “Human lives become beautiful because we put our heart into what we are doing. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing. Whether we are sweeping the floor, or managing the country, or whatever we are doing, if we put our heart into what we are doing, it is beautiful to be doing that activity.”
    —Sadhguru . Thanks again, Axinia, for sharing this article.

  8. I liked it sp much that decided to translate into Russian, hope you’ll like:http://sahajann.ru/how-to-understand-kundalini

  9. Sarah Saatzer Says:

    Dear Axinia This is great and you are right, more of us should post this clear description of the world of differences between actual Kundalini awakening and imagined. I wonder if you could swap the two descriptions? I’ll tell you why. There are many people who flick through facebook, click on articles that look interesting to them, do a very skimm read of bullet points and feel they’ve got the jist of it. Do you see the easy way someone could click on this see the list and think oh not interested in Kundalini awakening if it does that to you.

  10. Sarah Saatzer Says:

    Either that or write in bold at the top This is NOT what it feels like!

  11. axinia Says:

    Thank you Sarah, I tried so make some changes 🙂
    I hope really that more people with great positive experiences of Kundalini will finally post about it!

  12. suresh sharma Says:

    EXCELLENT!!! Mother kundalini gives only JOY and Complete PEACE.

  13. Ashok Mani Kawandar Says:

    The above messages are true ” how we know when kundalini is awkening” i can see the changes in my body and life. i conclude myself i am going in a right direction to awake kundalini. but my skull is too hot even though i sit at Air condition for more than 10 hours than also its too hot. some time pain on one side of head. before 6 months before i get itching on hande that is finger parts and beck side of knee parts and now first time i am getting itching on front of leg betweeen knee and toss .

  14. davidtscott Says:

    Thank you for your insights. One should recognize, however, that the saints who have gone through kundalini awakening often describe a long, tortuous process that includes and transcends all those initial symptoms that you suggest are not a function of proper kundalini awakening. Jnanis like Ramana Maharishi, Swami Muktananda and Mother Krishnabai (and even less starry people like myself) certainly describe much more terrifying and painful manifestations than even those you listed. I believe that you may have experienced a rising kundalini, but with all the misinformation out there, we should be careful not to confine the totality of the phenomenon to only our own personal experience.

    If one lands in a situation in which they are residing in the Self—which is to say there are no others and only one being left, whose consciousness is one and the same with theirs—then they have attained the heights of awareness that extend from a truly awakened kundalini. The more benevolent symptoms you mention are also present, an radiation of satchitananda and divine equanimity.

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