For thousands of years kundalini awakening has been viewed in many cultures as a primary goal and the greatest blessing one can have in a lifetime. The nature of this blessing can take many forms because the range of possible experiences caused by the activation of kundalini encompasses all mental and physical types of experience as well as all transpersonal and transcendent types of experience.
The average person has a fairly mundane concept of experiencing consciousness. It is usually confined to the concepts of waking, dreams, and deep sleep. These simple states define our experience of the world and the degree of awareness we have about all our daily activities. Our focus identifies us with the general functioning of the mind and body and we then become bound by the limitations of this concept.
The fact is that there are many other dimensions of consciousness, which are all aspects of universal consciousness or Self. Kundalini is the primary energy coming from Zero Point Field that represents the primary Consciousness that can give the Self the ability to ultimately know its Self in complete unity Consciousness. This enables the individual supraconscious intellect to transcend the limited ego-awareness and lower instinctual brain impulses.
In that process of awakening and transformation, kundalini runs Shakti - the power of pure Consciousness - through all the systems of the subtle body and physical body; healing, purifying, expanding, breaking through blockages and burning through karmas.
Because each individual has a different karmic makeup, the changes being worked on by the kundalini energy will be unique for each person. One of the hardest things about going through the healing and cleansing process of kundalini transformation is that the individual ego may be reticent about having to deal with specific karmic issues that are held in our soul. This can bring about experiences that do not appear to relate to our current lifespan. However, because the kundalini is working on the complete individual, including all the aspects relating to the many lives of the soul, the process is profound and all-encompassing.
Common terms used for the process of kundalini awakening:Metamorphosis, spiritual alchemy, spiritual acceleration, the inner marriage, the sacred marriage, The Passion and even The Great Bliss.
Other names that could be included in the definition of the kundalini energy:
Prana, Qi, Mana, Wilheim Reich's orgone, Ken Wilber's Spiritual Eros, Freud's libido, etheric energy, vital life-essence, vital energy, or life force.
Other names for kundalini used in different languages:
Ka, ichor, inua, sila, manetuwak, oloddumare, qi, Tao, ki, aether and quintessence.
Kundalini is the underlying energy source for the entire bodymind complex. All the energy systems such as the acupuncture meridians, chakras, and terms such as Qi, Prana, and life force energy, are all just different aspects of kundalini.
Kundalini represents the energy of the manifesting consciousness, which is then broken down into different functional aspects of consciousness as represented by the different energy systems. Each of these systems represents different levels of consciousness, and influence the body in different ways. These differences in function are the topic of this course in Eastern Medicine.