One of the most underrated elements of an awakening process is that it is functional. In Kundalini awakening we appreciate altered states of bliss, deep peace, spontaneous flowing wisdom and other special gifts of the awakening process. All of these are beautiful. Yet to me one of the most important qualities of awakening is that the process itself is functional. Functional may not have the wow factor of spiritual gifts and siddhis, but it is essential to our wellbeing. Maybe it is my country girl upbringing but being functional in the world is valuable to me. Perhaps it is valuable and important to you too?
So what is a functional awakening?
Quite simply, it is one in which you can function reasonably well in your life, in the world and you can at the very, very least take care of your survival needs. The Kundalini process is challenging enough without having to add to it the daily stress of wondering how you are going to fulfill your survival needs, especially if Kundalini has affected your ability to care for or provide for yourself, or your loved ones.
Lets face it, most of us are not waking up in sacred enclaves of spiritual protection and nurturance such as ashrams, monasteries and Himalayan cave retreats.
We are waking up in the midst of noisy, busy, stressful and cacophonous modern life. Most of us have jobs to hold down, children to treasure and raise well, bills and taxes to pay, important relationships – both personal and professional – which we need to sustain, nurture and show up for. And we have our health to take care of in order to maintain all of this.
And on top of that, a Kundalini process can be like a second career. It is an inside job, one in which we are asked to reevaluate our relationship with our self at every level, deal with strange occurrences in our body, occasionally wonder if we are going crazy, swot on the internet about the processes of Kundalini, tune into what is happening to us in most moments of the day and complete a masters degree in spiritual transformation. So considering the fact that we are accomplishing a lot while waking up in the midst of modern life, being supported by a functional and less chaotic awakening process can be a very good thing.
One of my fundamental definitions of a functional awakening is that allows us to maintain some or all of our responsibilities, most importantly our responsibility to our self and our wellbeing. It is an awakening process where the Kundalini is regulated and stable and our body is reasonably healthy considering the amount of change it is going through.
A regulated Kundalini process is one in which the Shakti that is released from its storage site at your pelvic floor (from the base of your body) is at a rate that your body can digest, process and integrate. This means the rate at which Shakti purifies your physical and energetic body runs at a speed at which your body, psyche and nervous system can cope. If you cannot cope with your Shakti process it is hard to cope with life. Shakti is big business for the body, psyche and energetic system. It demands a lot of your hormone and nervous systems and can be deeply draining at a cellular level.
If the balance between the amount of Shakti releasing and active in your body matches the capacity of your system to handle it then you will have a much better chance of managing in the everyday world and maintaining your life. You will have a more stable body, a calmer mind and a more coherent energetic system. This will enable you to be able to handle the pressure and expectations of everyday life and simultaneously also navigate your awakening process and handle the immense changes happening in both your inner and outer life. And most importantly it will help you sleep!
Over the next few months I will be writing a lot more about a functional awakening, and what regulated Kundalini is. These are two of the most important things I share with my clients and students. This knowledge transforms and even saves lives. I have worked with many people who were deeply depressed, anxious, suicidal or hopeless because an explosive or rapid Kundalini eruption had eroded their health, destroyed their ability to sleep and/or they have had to leave or take breaks from their employment or lost precious relationships. They have found it hard to survive the impact of unregulated Shakti on their systems, and understandably so.
By supporting these people to regulate their Kundalini process and Shakti, and to build a new and empowered relationship to sacred Kundalini they are able to recover their health, adjust to the impact of awakening and return to everyday life. Many of these people are now leaders in their fields, more present parents, in content relationships and have stable wellbeing at every level. They are satisfied with and enjoy both their rich inner life and their stable outer life as they awaken. And when Kundalini gets a little excited or overactive they have the tools, skills and ability to regulate it again themselves. That is an empowered relationship with Kundalini.
And that to me is a healthy, functional awakening.
How is a functional awakening valuable to you? Please leave your thoughts below, I love hearing from you.