Teachings about kundalini in women can pretty much be summed up in one phrase: We’ve got it it all backwards. By this I mean that historically and culturally, the dominant message regarding women and power is that women have less, and men have more. In terms of the power structures that have dominated our seen world, this has certainly been true, and we have been working hard – particularly in the last 100 years – to redress this.
But in the unseen world – unseen by the physical eyes anyway – the exact opposite is true. On the subtle plane, where kundalini operates, women have more power, or rather, a more open and direct access to power. Our physical anatomy that make our bodies the conduit for new life is mirrored in our subtle body anatomy, and our second chakra offers a naturally open and unique doorway to creative life force and kundalini energy.
Interestingly, this teaching that women have more kundalini power at their disposal is present in most of the classic kundalini traditions, even those that have discriminated against women in other ways. In the last 60 years or so, as Eastern teachings on kundalini have migrated to the West, many teachers have begun to surface these teachings. Yogi Bhajan for example, perhaps the teacher the most influential in bringing formal Kundalini Yoga to the U.S., taught that women were 16 times more powerful and intuitive than men, because of 11 special energy, or ‘moon’, centers that circulated energy throughout the subtle and physical body. There are many other versions of these teachings, particularly within Hindu and Buddhist-based Tantra traditions and within both Chinese and Shamanic energy medicine traditions.
But in far too many of us, our feminine power is blocked from expression by the cultural power structures that have been in place, and the limiting beliefs we have internalized because of them. From a kundalini awakening perspective, this drives women’s spiritual journeys, at least in the initial stages. For women, most of the blocks that are pushed to the surface as the kundalini rises are related to these limiting and disempowering energetic structures. Feelings of unworthiness, self-doubt, and shame, for example, or repressed rage at perceived imbalances or outright abuse, are brought to the surface and have to be dealt with first, before we can experience any other growth. Often we also need a lot of boundary work, based on patterns of taking on others’ emotions due to social conditioning that tells us we are responsible for the emotional dynamics of any situation.
This isn’t always true of course, as we each have individual journeys, and many men struggle with feelings of unworthiness and self-doubt too. But working through these kinds of issues typically takes up much more of a woman’s journey than a man’s, particularly in the early stages of the kundalini rising. It’s ironic really, because without these blocks, women are usually able to connect to the kundalini much more quickly and effectively. In general the differences between women’s and men’s kundalini journeys might be put this way: Men need to focus upon accessing and awakening their kundalini, while women need to focus upon clearing blocks to the power already rising within them.
So how does a woman use this information to ease her own kundalini rising journey? Much of what I’ve written in the first two articles of this series applies, but there are some special notes that can be especially helpful for women to consider:
- Step Into Your Power in the World, and don’t fall into the trap of thinking this is counter to your spiritual development – it’s part of it. We have so many conflicting messages about worldly power not being spiritual, but there’s no separation between the world and spirit. The world is changing because more women are owning their power within it, and this rebalancing benefits everyone.
- Pay Special Attention to the Second Chakra Themes of fluidity, passion, creativity, and sensuality. A woman’s kundalini tends to be ‘seated’ in her second chakra, not the first, and this is central to so many of the differences in our subtle body, and the way the kundalini moves through us. I’ve written about the second chakra in an earlier post, so won’t repeat all of that here, but build ways to connect with and express your second chakra energies into your day.
- Work With Your Cyclical Ebbs and Flows. Our energy body runs in cycles, just as our physical body does, and the kundalini (and other energies running through us) run in cycles of introspection and outward manifestation. Become aware of your own cycles, and work with them, rather than trying to defy them.
- Embrace Your Emotions and Sensitivity as a form of power, not a liability. Women’s subtle bodies are more sensitive, partly because of the second chakra focus, and we do experience more emotional swings, as well as the swings of other people around us. We receive too many messages that this is problematic, and so we often develop habits of repressing our emotions or feeling guilty for them. But there’s a way to embrace our emotions and sensitivity as gifts, without becoming lost in them. Work with energetic boundaries, and with letting go of any of your own attitudes holding you back.
In this month’s meditation, I’ve focused on a visualization that I feel especially represents women’s subtle bodies and the way that the kundalini comes through us – the Sacral Lotus (also a part of the second chakra meditation offered earlier, but with some differences here.) I also have included clearing work for dissolving limiting emotions such as those described above, and a strong invitation to step into your own power. May this meditation, along with the prior two in this series, help you awaken and embrace your kundalini rising!
Meditation: Kundalini Rising in Women – Stream: