Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kundalini...The Year of the Snake

When I received inner guidance urging me to organize the first UK conference on Kundalini in April 2013, I had absolutely no idea it would take place in the Year of the Snake. When I learned Sunday, 10 February marked the first day of the Year of the Snake, I felt the hairs on the back of my neck prickle and I knew without any doubt that this conference is meant to happen in this year.

Kundalini is often called the sleeping snake

Kundalini is often called the sleeping snake because it lies dormant at the base of the spine. It is also called the serpent and is the symbol for spiritual enlightenment. Why? Why a snake and not another reptile or animal?

One reason is the way Kundalini wraps around the spine. It is said to be coiled three and a half times around the spinal cord with its mouth opening into the spinal column. When it rises, it assumes the form of a snake. I have recently seen a video of someone having a Kundalini experience and what impressed me was how the energy moved through the body. Snake-like, it struck at points corresponding to the locations of the chakras in the subtle energy body. Interestingly, the energy seemed to go no higher than the throat chakra in the video. But the force of the energy was enough to jerk the subject's entire body.

Another explanation for the snake being the symbol of enlightenment might be the way it sheds it's skin. Kundalini rising shifts consciousness so that the old is left behind in much the same way as a snake sheds its skin. The old must be either cleared or transformed to make room for the new. Kundalini works to repair, strengthen and balance the nervous and glandular system thus renovating the body and mind.

So to all those who will be celebrating the Year of the Snake and that includes me! Have a wonderful celebration.

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