Should I Cultivate a Desire to Awaken Kundalini?

Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP

As outlined in our discussion of the energy body, inasmuch as the chakras and kundalini energy itself can be seen as natural phenomena, then we can postulate that these realities exist within Christians. They certainly pop up even spontaneously in Christians today, and have taken place in the Christian world in the past, even though Christian spirituality had no common vocabulary for articulating what was going on.

The deeper question lies elsewhere: On a practical level, should Christians cultivate a desire to awaken kundalini? There are very real dangers that can accompany this kind of awakening. Spontaneous kundalini awakenings, or premature awakenings done by imprudent use of mantras or breathing techniques, can be extremely damaging to mental and physical health. The violent awakening of kundalini is often considered to be the result of unhealthy physical and psychological conditions.

Ultimately and even before it manifests, the energy must be consecrated to a spiritual objective; otherwise it can cause harm.

In the normal course of spiritual practice in any tradition, a person will gradually notice the awakening of energy phenomena in the body. It is only logical that the experience of growing intimacy with God, who is a real Being emanating real energies, is going to impact you physiologically, psychologically, and spiritually. Relating to this energy requires a strong container developed through mental focus, self discipline, regularity of practice, and a healthy life style. Ultimately and even before it manifests, the energy must be consecrated to a spiritual objective; otherwise it can cause harm.

If you undertake this practice or any other advanced practice from any tradition, it is wise to do so under the eye and care of a well-trained teacher or guide.

For a more in-depth discussion of kundalini within the context of Christian spirituality, see Philip St. Romain’s book Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality