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And you are suggesting that a higher level of awareness would be to choose to be aware of what is really happening even if doing so threatens to destroy our spiritual experiences?
you suddenly begin to think about someone you haven’t spoken with in a long time
originally posted by: Astrocyte
There is no "kundalini" as a metaphysical power. What is actually happening is what would otherwise happen in a non-traumatized and self-aware culture - no small feat of evolution.
Kundalini is evidently a function of a positive feedback loop between two different parts of the brain: the frontal pole, orbitofrontal cortex, and insula, constitute the "intentional awareness of body" pole - with its use of the acetylcholine system (which inhibits) - to focus awareness.
This system is being put into interaction, at the same time, with an imagined "stimulation" of energy 'rising' from the spine - the so called "kundalini".
So what are the elements so far, from a neurological perspective? The forebrain cortical system of the frontal pole mediates "intentional focus"; the OFC allows direct regulation of feeling dynamics, whereas the insula is the internal representation of body state. What else is there? There's the energy: this imaginative part of the process utilizes the dorsolateral cortex, which in turn via the frontal pole, stimulates a feeling of dynamism rising from the spine - a part of our body represented deep in the brainstem. Thus, the forebrain (pole) stimulates activity in the brainstem (counterpole).
This is a self-stimulation exercise which more or less seeks to 'animate' consciousness with a more direct experience of the body. And since the body intermediates between the outside world and the inner world, when we increase knowledge of our bodies, we paradoxically gain what is naively imagined to be 'psychic' powers, but what is really spontaneous inferences that correctly 'land' on the semiotic target.
Kundalini is a potential energy - the very concept of energy as applied, internally, to the regulation of our own affective states.
originally posted by: Night Star
a reply to: geezlouise
Many years ago, I tried hatha yoga and it was wonderful. Never tried the kundalini yoga though. Now that I am much older, way out of shape and disabled with back problems and other things, I would imagine any kind of yoga would be difficult. I can see me now...Help, I'm on the floor and can't get up! LOL
I have been meaning to try gentle movements and get back into the deep breathing, but I am the Queen of procrastination.