Kundalini energy interview with Jeanette Amlie


Jeanette Amlie, Creator of Blue Earth Awakening kindly discusses her experiences and knowledge of kundalini energy and kundalini awakening with ThoughtBrick.

Jeanette has a masters degree in transformational counselling, decades of experience in spiritual practice, and has spent the better part of a decade seeking to understand energetic awakening from a neurosomatic perspective.

Kundalini energy interview with Jeanette Amlie

My journey of conscious, energetic awakening took me through many schools, trainings and teachings for the mind, the body and the spirit. Eventually I found that my calling was simply to share my journey and offer support for others on their path of transformation. It was then that Blue Earth Awakening came to me as a vision when I was sitting beside a still mountain lake. Soon after the website Blue Earth Awakening was created as an online Center for Transformation with the mission of supporting all who are in the throes of energetic awakening.

♡ Jeanette Amlie

What is kundalini energy?

Kundalini energy is one particular manifestation of the human Life Force Energy. In the classic Hindu yogic traditions it is deemed to be the feminine energy that lies coiled at the base of the spine and can be awakened with various spiritual practices. However, each culture has its understanding of this Life Force energy and ways to address its activation in order to enhance one’s conscious awakening.

How can the kundalini be awakened?

Kundalini can be awakened intentionally or unintentionally, which is happening more and more these days. Traditionally in India there have been ashrams dedicated to yogic practices that involved many aspects of life including meditation, spiritual studies, chanting of mantras and nutrition as well as the physical “asana” yoga practices that we are more familiar with in the western world today.

Yet many cultures around the world have also developed ways to help cultivate the life force energy in people and assist in conscious awakening. Ironically, there are many people who have spent years or decades devoted to these practices who have never experience a profound sense of awakening, and there are also increasing numbers of people who have spontaneous experiences without any training or teaching at all. So it seems we are in a new era where the old “rules” don’t necessarily seem to apply much of the time.

What are the dangers of kundalini energy?

In general it is considered dangerous to attempt to use radical practices to force this energy to rise up within an unprepared body-mind. Often a body that is in poor physical shape and a mind that has been heavily conditioned to believe in the reality of the egoic personality faces greater challenges when this deep energy is kindled.

But it is also important to remember that any process or practice that asks us to turn inward and face the repressed fears and delusions we have of ourselves and the world are likely to create turmoil in the organism simply because their very purpose is to disturb its homeostasis. When this happens one can become overwhelmed as “pandora’s box” begins to open and what we have repressed begins to rise to the surface of our conscious awareness. And indeed there can be a plethora of strange “symptoms” that may occur physically, emotionally or mentally, which western medicine and psychology may find difficult to address.

Yet the most important thing I have found is that any resistance we have, conscious or unconscious, will tend to make the process less fluid and more uncomfortable, so nonjudgmental witnessing can be as beneficial as any specific technique or practice in my experience.

What does a kundalini awakening feel/look/sound like?

This varies so radically from person to person that it is difficult to define specifically. However, at some point in the process there is generally some sense of energy awakening along the spinal column, which may be accompanied by involuntary wave like movements.

There is often a feeling of one’s perceptions opening up and becoming one with the environment and other beings, although this can also take many forms. There can also be an activation of the chakras as well as a feeling of the crown chakra of the head opening up and allowing a flow of energy to pass through the entire body-mind. And one can experience waves of bliss as well as panic as the body-heart-mind are cleared and reorganized by this movement of the Soul.

Yet it is essential that one does not judge their unique process of awakening or compare it to other people’s thinking that it should or shouldn’t be a certain way. Instead, asking for divine assistance will likely bring to each person the guidance and support that is uniquely tailored to their own process of awakening.

Why does  kundalini energy exist?

The human nervous system is designed to function like a conduit linking the body, mind and spirit. However, eons of repressive conditioning have caused us to limit how this natural conductive system works. So the activation of the kundalini energy serves to open up these pathways, restoring their original function and allowing the human organism to become the expansive, creative expression of Divine Consciousness that it was intended to be.

More and more people seem to be having kundalini awakenings. Why do you think this is?

There are many theories about this, but it would seem that it is a combination of various factors including our collective human consciousness progressing in its awareness of a sense of Divine Presence or Self that is not limited by worldly conditions or circumstances. This in tandem with changes in our planet, solar system and galaxy seem to have created an acceleration in the evolution of our consciousness. And there seems to be a tipping of the scales effect, which means that as more and more people begin to awaken this dormant sense of expanded awareness, it ignites this inner fire in others who may otherwise have remained content in their slumber.

What advice would you give to others who would like to experience kundalini energy?

The guidance that each of us needs to awaken ultimately lies within ourselves. Although in the past one may have required spiritual teachers, specific practices and secluded sanctuaries dedicated to this goal in order to experience even a glimpse of physical and mental awakening, we are now in a time where it is often spontaneously revealing itself in the most unexpected circumstances.

Physical conditioning, time spent in nature, spiritual practices and a pure, healthy diet can certainly help encourage the process. Yet I find that the greatest catalyst for awakening is the willingness to begin to see every experience in our lives as Divine communication inviting us to let go of our limiting beliefs in a finite, separate and material world. The more we are willing to simply stop all of our striving and allow a deeper flow of Divine guidance to carry us along, the more likely we are to awaken to the truth of our original nature, whether or not kundalini activation is part of our process.

If you have any questions regarding kundalini energy or have experienced a kundalini energy awakening and would like to know more share your comments, questions and thoughts here.

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  • Lucy

    Hi – thank you for this very interesting article. I would say that I am right at the beginning of my spiritual journey having dipped in and out for about the last seven years, the last year has seen me become more focused on enlightenment. I have begun meditating, and purchased a kundalini yoga dvd for exercise, relaxation and guided enlightenment. However, I have had a turbulent few years and have put on a lot of weight. I would say that I pretty much have hit rock bottom and things seem to be getting worse by the day. Yesterday, owing me two months salary, my employer laid me off with no warning. Can you tell me, could all the negative things happening around me, are they as a result of my haphazard steps into spiritualism, and if so, what should I do? Also, having read yours and other posts about not being in a good place and beginning Kundalini, I have yet to do more than watch the yoga dvde through as I feel a little apprehensive about starting! I would really appreciate your thoughts. Mine is a bit of a lonely journey as my friends and family all think I am a little crazy when I talk to them about spiritual subjects! Thank you

    • http://www.thoughtbrick.com/ Clare

      Hi Lucy, I’m really sorry to hear that you’re feeling like this, but I can assure you that you are certainly not alone and there are lots of people who can support you and do not think you are crazy. I’m not in a position to be able to give you advice on what to do next, but I do think it’s important not to see meditation, yoga and other spiritual practices as substitutes for counselling and other forms of therapy. I’m sure Jeanette Amlie who wrote this post might be able to provide some further advice. She is a counsellor with many years of experience in spiritual practices.

  • Brendon Cammell

    I found this article while searching for possible physical effects kundalini meditation can have on ones body. I have had 2 experiences in the last year or so whilst practicing kundalini mediation that include intense feelings in the 7 chakral areas (starting in the base of my spine and moving up to my crown gradually). These sensations have been described above, but I also experienced things such as my hands and face becoming distorted and stuck in strange positions for a short period of time during and after the meditation. I assume it has something to with changes in the nervous system and it does not worry me as both experiences were truly special and not at all scary. It does however leave me wondering if these intense physical changes are common and/or safe? Also, could they be due to breathing or something else I am physically doing? I have taken a photo of what I looked like after one of these sessions and can upload it if that would help.
    Thanks for the article!

    • http://www.thoughtbrick.com/ Clare

      Hi Brendon,

      Thank you for sharing your experiences; I’m pleased they weren’t unpleasant. As for your questions about your kundalini experiences being safe and/ or common, I’m afraid I don’t have the answers — really this is a question for a physiologist with considerable experience in meditation and kundalini. You could, however contact Jeanette who I interviewed for this article. Her website can be found here: http://www.blueearthawakening.com/. Other than this, perhaps it would be worth finding a qualified meditation teacher or kundalini yoga teacher who might be able to further guide you.

    • Brendan Murray

      I think it might be similar to sleep paralysis. And seems perfectly natural for sitting in extreme meditation for long periods of time.

  • marco_penne

    The western mind is not trained to understand the subtle aspects of life but is slowly awakening to them. For example, we practice yoga essentially for its side-benefits to the body but are still oblivious to its true purpose (i.e. to learn to tolerate the impulses to speak, to desire, to act on anger, hunger and sex impulse) and its goal (i.e. moksha, to transfer oneself into the eternal spiritual world, which is distinct from and above heaven). For anyone interested in obtaining a glimpse into the original authentic (and shocking) process of awakening the kundalini, i recommend the book of Charles Barnett entitled “Blazing Sadhus or Never Trust a Holy Man Who Can’t Dance”. Reading it made me aware how dangerous Kundalini yoga can become in the hands of insufficiently trained, inexperienced or self-appointed kundalini yoga teachers simply interested in revenue. Students of such amateurs face a real risk of ending up with various degress of sexual obsessions and mental madness. Knowing the dangers is as important as knowing the benefits.

    • http://www.thoughtbrick.com/ Clare Hudson

      Hi Marco,
      I wouldn’t necessarily say the western mind is not trained to understand the subtle aspects of life… as everyone is different, but I absolutely agree with you that kundalini yoga can be dangerous. I think many people in the west attend kundalini classes without really knowing what kundalini energy is or how damaging an awakening might be if the person is not ready. I’ve highlighted some dangers of meditation in a previous post which included spontaneous kundalini awakenings.

    • http://www.thoughtbrick.com/ Clare Hudson

      Also, thanks for the book recommendation — Just bought it.