The Kundalini Activation Process (KAP) is described as a direct energy transmission between practitioner and receiver, with the intention to activate a kundalini awakening in the body. It is also described as our ultimate life force, inner fire, and the source of creativity and divine femininity.
What is Kundalini Energy?
Kundalini is often described as a form of divine feminine energy (or Shakti) believed to be located at the base of the spine, in the muladhara. It is an important concept in Śhaiva Tantra, where it is believed to be a force or power associated with the divine feminine, or the formless aspect of the Goddess. This energy in the body, when cultivated and awakened through tantric practice, is believed to lead to spiritual liberation.
KAP stands for kundalini activation process and is an embodied activation and transmission process conducted by a KAP facilitator. Kundalini is the energy that connects everything, our invisible source. The KAP energy contains a wide range of frequencies that serve higher states of consciousness and spiritual growth. From the upper energy centres, the energy flows to the base of your spine where your kundalini is located. When activated, it begins its ascent toward your crown. This creates an energetic cycle of ascending and descending energy flows.
What happens during KAP Transmission?
Kundalini unfolding is your process and is as unique as you are – so is the spectrum of what may be experienced. Your capacity to let go and surrender to the energy opens you up to the depth of the process. It is often said that by letting go of your expectations, you enter into surrender and open yourself up to the magic.
Symptoms can include involuntary physical movements in the body, non-dual states of being, the feeling of energy pulsing through the body, the release of emotions (crying, laughing, shaking), or visual experiences such as lights and colours. These are similar to the experiences reported by people engaging in practices such as breath-work, or consuming psychedelics.
With KAP, you walk the path of surrender and let yourself be carried by the energy. This is why KAP is different from traditional practices or kundalini experiences such as kundalini yoga, tantra or breathwork, in which the energy is raised through willful practice. The KAP energy opens you up to the natural process of awakening only as far as you can surrender in that moment. It shows you exactly what you are ready to see. Allow yourself to let go and open to the process with childlike curiosity, because each KAP session is different.
The KAP centre states “being embodied means not only grasping knowledge with your mind, but anchoring it in your entire being. To feel connected to your own body and grounded in it, to perceive all your sensations emotionally; For your truth comes from the heart, not the mind. Most healing practices in modern society often reach the upper chakras, but rarely touch the full spectrum of our energy centres. If the energy flows in balance, you can manifest a new reality for yourself; A reality where you draw healthy boundaries, create a deeper consciousness, and live a life in alignment with your authentic self.”
Are There Risks To KAP?
Kundalini energy rising can sometimes be smooth and subtle, but it can also be intense and explosive. It can happen at any time to anyone, even spontaneously, without any practice, knowledge of this energy, or any interest to grow spiritually. Under a Western medical lens, some experiences may also be listed as a psychotic break, and Kundalini Psychosis can happen when the experience feels strong, is out of control, and the practitioner / client is unprepared.
A Kundalini awakening is not that common but it can be seen as “normal”. If you are not prepared and do not have any guidance, experience, or context – an unexpected Kundalini awakening can be extremely overwhelming. You can experience shakings, visions, hot and cold flashes, out-of-body experiences, extrasensory perception, disorientation, anxiety, fear, discomfort and so on.
Although some people have reported the negative effects of Kundalini awakening or bad experiences, there is not a lot of evidence regarding lasting negative effects. It can sometimes take years to adjust, as it is poorly understood in modern society and there is often a lack of effective help; people may experience being misdiagnosed and mistreated, but many do get through it.
It is said that Kundalini energy purges anything that is not true to your being and this can feel very intense, but it is better not to let the mind interfere by creating fearful thoughts – something easier said than done! A profound rewiring of the brain is happening, destroying old limiting beliefs. Realising that what we have been taught, or what we thought we knew might be false can certainly feel destabilising.
“Even with just the practice of Kundalini activation, your frequencies shift. This is a beautiful evolution, but as you become more connected to source and more in alignment with your authentic self, you may feel uncomfortable with some of the people or situations you were once accepting of. Of course, this can be a painful process in the sense that it can lead to the end of toxic relationships, work situations or old habits. Especially if one is not ready to let go of the known and familiar, and attempts to hold on to people or situations. In the long-term, it can lead to self-realisation, inner peace, authentic relating and happiness.”
Some people who experience a spontaneous Kundalini awakening report being overwhelmed with wonder as if they are seeing everything for the very first time like a newborn. This is a wonderful feeling in the beginning, but for some it may become difficult to function in everyday life after a while. However there are an increasing amount of resources, guides and meditation techniques to help re-ground yourself again.
How Do You Prepare For A KAP Session?
Try to spend some time calming and grounding yourself before the session. It could be through meditation, breath-work, a walk outside, listening to calming music or staying in silence, taking a bath, or simply taking some deep breaths. Having a consistent practice such as meditation is helpful in improving your ability to surrender to the present, and to manage your emotions as you enter into new experiences.
It is advisable to avoid drinking alcohol or consuming drugs (marijuana etc.) at least 24h before the session. It is said that it is better to come on an empty stomach (fasting 3h prior) or to eat very lightly before the session, to allow the energy to flow more freely, and to have a diet that avoids meat. Do not drink coffee or any energetic drinks right before the session and come in comfortable clothes, as you will often be laying on a yoga mat for 60+ minutes.
People report a range of benefits from sessions, including higher energy levels, increased meaning, improvement of stress and anxiety, on-going integration and resolution of past experiences, greater intuition and improvements in body pains. However the process is often very personal, and part of improving your problem-solving and decision-making comes from tuning out the noise, by learning to listen and to trust yourself again.
After the sessions, you should make some space and time for yourself in order to feel and integrate what happened. Drink plenty of water, write in a journal, ground yourself by walking barefoot on the earth, spend time in nature, prioritise joyful activities, and surround yourself with positive people that makes you feel good and lift you up. Rest and do less for a little while. Or use that surge of energy to fortify your body, by dancing, running, exercising and strengthening your physical vessel – whatever it is, lean into yourself and trust the process as life continues to unfold.