Article: The three directional expressions of dynamic kundalini, and their significances

by Tao Semko

In our last article, we discussed the three states of kundalini – inertial, dynamic, and equipoised – and mentioned that all three states tend to exist in parts of the body at any given time. In the average person, the largest portion will tend to be inertial, or “asleep,” in the traditional metaphor.

Once a combination of conditions are present that triggers the kinetic release of dynamic kundalini energy in the body, there are three different directions it flows, each with a different “feel”.

The first of these three currents tends to move upwards from bottom to top. Depending on the individual, the upward current is often associated with red phosphenes behind the eyelids, electrical sensations moving longitudinally along the body from bottom to top, effervescent sensations like gingerale or champagne bubbles flowing upwards, and/or sensations of fluid serpentine movement, undulations, or upwellings in the viscera, not unlike a lava lamp upwelling.

In esoteric Christianity, this upward current is the apostolic flame, moving towards the crown of the head from the base of the body… In Tantra, the metaphor of a snake arising from it’s slumber is often used. Depending on the individual, it may arise from the soles of the feet, the base of the spine, the perineum, or the pelvis. Less commonly, it can originate in other parts of the body, though these risings tend to be less stable and long-lasting.

This upward current will first take the path of least electrical resistance upwards, whatever that might be… it may move in one upward current or break into several streams, depending on the inner terrain of the individual.

It will attempt to flow from highest electrical potential to lowest, around somatized emotional tension, areas of disconnection, or low conductivity, but if it cannot, it will create increased localized metabolic heat. Keeping the body unimpinged and nutrients circulating is thus very beneficial during the upward flow.

The flow can follow the spinal nerves, and/or the vagus nerves, and/or the endocrine pathways through the blood, and/or the interstitial inter-cellular plasma pathways (the meridians or nadis). Some of the meridian pathways are comfortable vessels for kundalini, others not so much… The most common initial pathway in a rising is the spinal pathway, though the ideal pathway is the axial meridian pathway of the central channel along the space occupied by the vagus nerves…

This first, upward moving directional current of kundalini is alive with raw energy that gradually becomes more subtle as it progressivley moves through particular fields of expression termed chakras on the axis of the body… If it cannot move through the body’s axis it will move up the periphery without becoming more subtle in feeling. This upward rush towards the head through the outer layers of the body can be quite uncomfortably, feeling like upward moving pressure, sometimes accompanied by heat. Again, circulation and relaxed openness in the structure of the body goes a long way towards creating comfort during the rise.

In the lower parts of the body, the upward current can feel like heat, cold, pressureor even extremely sexual or orgasmic sensation as it begins to pulse and express itself upwards…

The second current of dynamic kundalini is downwards, from head to feet, and often produces milky-gold or whitish-fluid phosphenes behind the eyes. It is perceived as dripping, flowing, wafting, showering, or cascading from the crown or above the crown of the head downwards, first towards the heartspace, and then eventually through the viscera and down the legs and axis into the earth.
The second current’s flow is less electric, more fluid or airy, more subtle, and typically more blissful and heady, unlike the virile / visceral upward current… The downward flow is often called the Descent of Grace, or Nectar, or Amrit, the Descent of the Dove, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the return to the heart, the Reunification of Heaven and Man, or Heaven and Woman, or Heaven and Earth, etc, depending on the cultural frame of reference and the quantity of the body involved in the flow.

There are individuals who, in a devotional, prayerful, or wonderstruck mode, briefly or intermittently experience this downward current long before the upward current rises (and sometimes without the upward current ever rising) though this is a less common ordering of kundalini’s experiences…

On a biochemical level, the pineal and pituitary become more active during the downward flow, literally secreting endocrine “nectar”, including increased dopamine, oxytocin, seratonin, and naturally occuring Dimethyltryptamine (DMT).

The first two currents may flow independently of each other in time, or overlapping in time, or simultaneously in time, literally flowing through each other in opposite directions…

The third current is more rare than the other two, and though it can appear and disappear early on in kundalini activity, it tends to coincide later in the integration of the upward and downward currents, as kundalini becomes more a part of the individual’s creative process, assuming the individual cultivates being a vessel for creativity…

This third directional current tends to be experienced laterally and diagonally in sensations and multicolored phosphenes moving in mobius loops, figure eights, elipses, helical spirals (like the form of DNA, only in motion), and spiral circles around the body, expressing through what Taoist cultivators call the girdle vessels, or Dai…

We’ll continue in next issue with more about these three directions of flow, and their significance for the personality and the unfolding of consciousness…

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