Ones entire being and life prior to an awakening
goes into the making and riding of the wave. We undergo the kundalini
process to afford some growth and change to the brain after full
myelination has taken place. One doesn't have to be special or be a
rocket scientist to go thru kundalini. Those with sensitive nervous
systems, high energy, trauma damaged nervous systems, highly stressed,
and high psychic sensitivity are often susceptible.
Some kundalini activity is no doubt apparent in childhood and related
to growth in general. Children do experience all kinds of psychic
phenomena and strange-body sense stuff. But for a full on awakening the
nervous system must be fully myelinated to avoid serious damage, also
that degree of charge will not carry in an un-myelinated system cause
the nerves are not insulated for "speed." Full myelination occurs in
the early twenties and a lot of people have their first awakening at
Approximately 7 years after full myelination at 27-29 years is breaking
away from the family meme time. This is an enormously difficult period
when one is trying to workout who one is and what is reality is beyond
the dicates of the family collective mind. This is an organic process
that arises of its own accord and is not necessary a process of
"thinking" but of alchemical upheaval and restructuring of the brain.
The tensions involved in having codependencies, enmeshments and family
dynamics made conscious is enormous and often sparks a kundalini
awakening or schizophrenic breakdown at this time. There can be an
exaggeration of or rebellion from family patterns and beliefs as the
matrix of the family psyche becomes more available to conscious
introspection, or childhood patterns reach their zenith. Personally I
don't think adulthood starts until after this crisis. If the crisis
doesn't occur the individual remains predominantly a socially
conditioned being with little self-will or Self realization.
This individuation crisis occurs around 7 years after full
myelination of the brain. Myelination of course is related to
socio-emotional and functional use of the brain, laid down mostly in
response to the family environment. So that when this next 7-year-cycle
of neuron pruning arises there is a physiological evaluation of the
brains neural networks to assess their validity and value. This is why
"everything" seems to arise out of the woodwork at this time,
repression mechanisms are lifted and the contents of our neurology seem
to impress themselves on our minds.
Since neural pruning after full myelination involves a more extreme
method of axon death, a kundalini awakening might occur in order to
create the massive oxidation, apoptosis and self-digestion necessary
for a brain overhaul. This is especially so if the individual
experienced chronic deprivation, rejection, abuse or developmental
deficiency of some sort during their first 27 years.
The kundalini cycle probably follows the 7 year neuron growth cycles
that Joseph Chilton Pearce pointed out. Further research will probably
find that we all go through 7 year neurodetoxification cycles that
might show up in changes in mood state, mania, depression or the 7 year
itch. A 7 year full-on kundalini cycle being a very obvious version of
a developmental process that is usually more subterranean. Depending on
the set point the symptoms may be observable or not. This also might be
keyed into the 7 year solar cycle.
Although it appears that kundalini awakenings begin after the mature
nervous system is established there is always exceptions to the rule.
For example Ramana's first awakening was at 17 years, and Meher Baba at
12 years, so both were obviously not fully myelinated. It might be that
those who are going to be great teachers and gurus have early
awakenings. Ramana couldn't help the neglect of his body during the
height of the awakening because he was so "gone." Also his awakening
happened when he was so young his physiology didn't have the
preparation of years of spiritual practice.
The nervous system will try and reset itself at whatever age it
can, in some ways the earlier the better, it is just that our society
has a negative illness-focus and so the child can be persecuted for his
kundalini symptoms rather than nourished and assisted. We are not yet
aware that awakening is healthy, natural and inevitable in a culture
that is mostly asleep and so we are afraid of it.