What is Kundalini Awakening? Here Are 19 Intense Symptoms

what is kundalini awakening

‘Dark’ Kundalini Awakening Symptoms

  1. You experience intense, involuntary shaking of the body that can be alarming
  2. Your nervous system becomes hypersensitive to external stressors (bright light, TV violence, loud noises) and shuts down or craves total solitude
  3. You struggle to sleep properly
  4. You experience sudden and shocking moments of ego death
  5. You have visual disturbances that can feel alarming (e.g., objects seeming to vibrate)
  6. You experience intense heat, vibrations, or electricity surge through your body
  7. It feels like you’re having a bad drug trip while sober
  8. You struggle to distinguish what is real from imagined (psychosis) and feel like you’re going crazy

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What is Kundalini Awakening
What is Kundalini Awakening? Here Are 19 Intense Symptoms

Other Kundalini Awakening Symptoms

The above kundalini awakening signs are fairly common. However, as someone who has experienced the energy of kundalini moving through the move, I can say that it doesn’t happen in the exact same way for everyone.

One of the most recent experiences I’ve had, for instance, was preceded by two weeks of low-scale feelings of ‘impending doom,’ followed by the kundalini energy gently moving from my head and down through my body into my stomach. The energy felt gentle, like a soft breath of wind, and when it reached my stomach, it felt like it was ‘working’ on something there. Then it melted away and vanished.

Here are some other, and perhaps less common, kundalini awakening symptoms:

  • Feeling shattered (fragmented) or like you have no center
  • Dreaming of snakes or seeing snakes everywhere (this is an alert from your subconscious mind)
  • Feeling raw and extremely vulnerable, like a newborn child
  • Manic and exuberant energy or the opposite, chronic fatigue (sometimes alternating)
  • Frequent lucid dreams or vivid dreams
  • Seeing lights or hearing music that isn’t there
  • Tapping into your past life experiences (or other people’s) 
  • Entering spontaneous yoga poses (known as kriyas), mudras (hand poses), or pranayama (yogic breathing) 
  • Developing a Savior Complex or feelings of grandiosity
  • Feeling intense grief for the planet and all suffering beings
  • Out of body experiences where you (may/may not) connect with your Higher Self
  • Visual and hearing changes
  • Panic attacks and feelings of terror
  • Strange food cravings or aversions
  • Spontaneous orgasms
  • Developing strange, undiagnosable physical symptoms that may manifest as autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, nausea, etc. 

Have you experienced anything that has been mentioned above? Feel free to share your experience in the comments. This might help others who have undergone similar experiences to not feel alone.


Is Kundalini Awakening Dangerous?

This is a fair question, especially considering some of the symptoms mentioned above.

To answer the question, yes and no. Kundalini energy isn’t innately dangerous or bad. It’s our energy blockages that limit the flow of kundalini that make it a painful, scary, and sometimes dangerous experience.

In Georg Feuerstein’s book Tantra: Path of Ecstasy, he explores why kundalini can go haywire:

Without prior cleansing of the nādī system, raising the serpent power (kundalinī-shakti) along the axial pathway is not only impossible but also very dangerous to attempt, for instead of entering the central channel (sushumnā-nādī) it is likely to force itself into the idā- or the pingalā-nādī, on either side of the central channel, causing immense havoc in the body and mind.

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In other words, when kundalini is prematurely stimulated or aroused in an incorrect way (aka. through inadequate preparation and clearing of our energetic body), the results can be disastrous. Thankfully, the experience doesn’t last forever, and we’ll explore what to do if you’re experiencing the ‘dark side’ of kundalini awakening a little later.

But to further illustrate, Feuerstein goes on to quote the experience of yogi and mystic Gopi Krishna during his spontaneous kundalini experience. He writes:

There were dreadful disturbances in all the organs, each so alarming and painful that I wonder how I managed to retain my self-possession under the onslaught. The whole delicate organism was burning, withering away completely under the fiery blast racing through its interior.

I knew I was dying and that my heart could not stand the tremendous strain for long. My throat was scorched and every part of my body flaming and burning, but I could do nothing to alleviate the dreadful suffering. If a well or river had been near I would have jumped into its cold depths, preferring death to what I was undergoing. . . .

I racked my distracted brain for a way of escape, only to meet blank despair on every side. The effort exhausted me and I felt myself sinking, dully conscious of the scalding sea of pain in which I was drowning.

I’ll stop there because I know that this might be alarming to you (or alternatively, affirming, helping you to see that you’re not alone if you’ve experienced this).

In short: kundalini is a mighty potent force. 

If you’re seeking to awaken it, be sure you know what you’re doing and seek out trustworthy guidance. This is not something to be trifled with.

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Aletheia Luna

Aletheia Luna is an influential spiritual writer whose work has changed the lives of thousands of people worldwide. After escaping the religious sect she was raised in, Luna experienced a profound existential crisis that led to her spiritual awakening. As a spiritual counselor and professional writer, Luna's mission is to help others become conscious of their entrapment and find joy, empowerment, and liberation in any circumstance. See more of her work at lonerwolf.comView Author posts