Digestive system problems are common with kundalini awakenings because the energy and enzymes are being diverted away from the digestive system and into the transmutation/substantiation process. So it is harmful and counterproductive to overburden the digestive system during the years in which metamorphosis occurs.
Some reasons for digestive disturbance during kundalini are:
White blood cells have the most enzymes of any cells and if one eats cooked food leukocytosis occurs. That is white blood cells rush to the digestive system to protect, clean up and digest the heat-damaged molecules. Thus leukocytosis takes energy and enzymes away from the metamorphic process and so evolutionary progress is disrupted by eating heavy cooked food during active kundalini. Stimulating the immune system with every cooked meal means that there is less cleanup, repair and regeneration going on. Most people's bodies don't even clean up between meals let alone repair and regenerate. But one of the main problems with cooked food is the radical overworking of the poor liver, kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas etc...It's just a lot of extra work for "nothing"--whereas that energy would have gone into the development of the spiritual body. Raw food however and especially sprouts provide adequate enzymes to ensure proper digestion while supporting the metamorphic process itself.
Although adopting a largely raw diet will tend to bring on a kundalini awakening, converting to such a diet while in the process of an awakening might cause digestive disruption if a lot of bulky fibrous material is eaten when the digestive system is not used to such cellulose intake. By use of raw juices, raw soups, wheat grass and careful use of high antioxidant fruits, we can avoid the problems that chowing through pounds of vegetables and unsoaked nuts and seeds will inevitably create. The fact that the digestive system is already compromised by the kundalini itself means that we have to be twice as mindful and intelligent about our diet.
Adopting a raw diet often brings on a kundalini awakening through derepression
of vital energy. Whereas the cooked diet usually usurps most our energy
in the digestion and detoxification processes, and so we have little
energy and materials for repair, optimization and for building the
spiritual-body. When we go raw this suppression is lifted and nature
suddenly brings us up to the speed of our more Universal Self. Since we
often use food as an escape mechanism to reduce the vividness of
reality, returning suddenly to our full physical and spiritual senses
can be extremely disorientating. It can take many years to integrate
greater aliveness and to embody our full Presence and full senses.
Because a kundalini awakening is already destabilizing I would not
advise people to suddenly adopt a 100% raw diet during a full-on
awakening...the adjustment would be too great for most people and
negative coping mechanisms or digestive imbalances might result.
Raw food will cause the fastest evolution, however you may find
winter to be a challenge on raw, especially for the first two years.
Sensation really increases, and that includes the sensation of pain as
we emerge from the numbness most of us live under. A good all round
book is Living Food For Optimum Health by Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Institute.
Metamorphosis must indeed be the highest energy function in human experience. Because metamorphosis demands energy and enzymes and because the body's elimination channels must be free to enable a high degree of detoxification during the changes, it is advisable to not weigh the body down with a lot of heavy cooked food or substance addictions. A "quality" light, raw-sproutarian type diet with superfoods instead of "quantity" is advisable.
"When the inner nectar travels down to the gastric fire in the solar plexus, it spreads through all the nerves. This nectar nourishes the body so that it is not necessary to consume much food." P.40 ~ Swami Muktananda, Kundalini, The Secret of Life
The quantity of food one consumes need not return to normal until the anabolic or building phase of substantiation. In fact the transfiguring body needs less food because the senses are fulfilled with bliss, higher energy and consciousness is conveyed and the body is catabolically recycling its own tissues. It is advisable to maximize metamorphosis and assist purification by eating a diet of high nutritional and life-force value.
If we are in fear and resistance there may be a tendency to try and maintain continuity with one's former self, and to put the reigns on the transmutation process by overeating. Over filling the stomach to may tend to dampen the intensity of the awakening, but it will also create dullness, unresponsiveness and generally make one ill equipped to handle the alchemy and one's life. Also belly breathing is one of the best adaptive tools to use when kundalini is heightened and a full stomach prevents this deep and natural breathing.
Because metamorphosis assumes precedence over other life processes it will continue by drawing energy from other functions. Thus we are our own worst enemy if we try and put reigns on the process by eating heavily and using up our energy in excessive sex etc...The ego will tempt us with these consolations and comforts, because the alchemy can threaten the ego's sense of control and the known. Until the ground of the Self is well established, the ego feels threatened by the sense of groundlessness that emerges as the dissolution of former conditioning proceeds.
If kundalini is out of control and there is a need to slow down the process because it's too intense, then it is suggested that a cup of food be slowly eaten every three hours. This takes energy away from its present firey purification function and into the digestion of food. Gobi Krishna who awoke without the aid of a teacher resorted to this method to ease his distress from an extreme extended awakening.
In my own experience, after the bulk of the "message" had come through in July 2000, I chose to come down, so I ate a bagel with cream cheese and coffee each day. This brought me down from the stratosphere. But had I been stronger, supported and more informed as to what was happening, I would not have reduced the fire in this manner. In the end this kind of avoidance results in the creation of a mere mortal who had a "spiritual holiday," not a transformed being. Thus I am not as advanced and transformed as I would have been had I truly surrendered to the process with no resistance, inertia or control.
Since girls are more likely to choose passive modes of coping behavior in response to stress and trauma, their nervous systems are more likely to be set toward learned helplessness. Boys are more likely to resort to vigorous exercise, fighting and proactive aggression which would diffuse the traumatic charge and prevent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with its hypertonality of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. PTSD whether it be from a traumatic event or a dysfunctional family of origins leads to inevitable problems with digestion by causing the ongoing hypertonality of both the sympathetic and parasympathetic sides of the nervous system...which is a permanent subtle flight/fight/freeze. Ways to remedy this include yoga, meditation, breathing, toning, discharging the freeze through dance, shaking, vocalizing, pushing limbs and back against walls etc..., aerobic exercise. This will help stabilize blood sugar, stop cravings, lift depression and reduce pain. But we have to work at it daily in order to reset our nervous system, and thereby prevent secondary complications like chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, diabetes, hyper/hypoglycemia, obesity-insulin resistance-lack of growth hormone production, fibromyalgia, cystitis, yeast infection, ADD, sleep disorders, allergies, asthma, psoriasis.
I would say that if you simply cannot endure kundalini, and can't
find the methods to work-with and work-through the current symptoms,
then a more solid diet is an answer. Providing one is still eating that
which is slightly more complex, but not clogging and toxifying. Sugar
will increase adrenaline and cortisol at a time when these are already
high. It will degrade protein strength, compromise the immune system
and increase pathogen growth.
Avoid sugar at all costs or your kundalini will burn too hot,
leading to neuro-emotional weakness, instability, rapid burnout of
neurotransmitters and oxidation damage to tissues, as well as build up
of metabolic toxins. A sugar-carbohydrate quota of two pieces of fruit
a day should be ok for most people.
According to Stanford University Prof. Reaven studies best results
are attained with a diet with 40% of fats, 40% of carbohydrates, and
20% of proteins. Fiber intake needs to be at least 25 gr. each day,
fiber consumption is inversely correlated to insulin resistance. It is
best to split food consumption to several small meals a day to avoid
hypoglycemia and hyperglycemic peaks. Avoid foods with high glycemic
index such as: potatoes, carrots, bananas, grapes, pineapple,
watermelon, melon, refined rice, cookies, honey, jams, refined cereals,
sugars and all foods rich in carbohydrates and poor in fibers.
Dealing with Constipation— During kundalini we have to be
conscious of preserving our intestinal lining because sympathetic
activation can lower immunity and peristalsis and there is the
potential for the intestinal lining to become more porous during the
intense changes going on with metamorphosis. I tend to think colonics
damage the colon, and allow toxins to enter the bloodstream. Instead of
a colonic during the intestinal-contraction phase, or the constipation
that sometimes comes with the heating of the body it is best to just
drink more water...around 5 liters a day with a 1/2 “unrefined sea
salt” (Utah) in it. Massaging the solar plexus, sacrum and belly with 1
teaspoon of caster oil will help release the intestines. Tap the
kidneys/adrenals, spleen, liver and belly with light rhythmic thumps.
Also go for at least an hours walk, preferably in nature, (and
especially down by a river or the ocean) and do deep breathing into the
solar plexus as you walk...also growling, humming and toning with a
focus on the belly will help.
Smoothies are a way to get maximum nutrition for the least amount of metabolic effort.SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIES
SPICEY DIGESTIVE TEA
This is an incredible tea to help all those with nausea, pain, digestive, coldness or circulation conditions and kundalini. If you want orange peel you might have to make and dry your own. You can also grind this tea fine and chug a teaspoon of the powder in a shot glass of apple juice to help reduce GI pain and inflammation, increase digestive fire and prevent nausea and dizziness.
Bulk Recipe for Digestive Tea:
6 oz Dried Ginger Root
4 oz Slippery Elm
4 oz Flax Seed
2 oz Cinnamon
4 oz Rose Hips
2 oz Chamomile
1 oz Clove
1 oz Cardamon
Optional: Small amount of dried orange peel.
Grind any of these that are not already powder in a coffee grinder and combine the powders. Note that herbs and spices are more potent if you buy them as cut or seed and grind them yourself. Keep in a jar in the fridge. In a saucepan heat water and apple juice or a combination of water and apple juice. Then add 1 tsp of tea mixture per mug of liquid. You can use the mixture twice, making a less strong tea the second time so just add less liquid, and keep on a low heat until you want to warm it up to drink. You can use a French press, but you really need a sieve and a spatula to make the most of this tea.
This tea in combination with taking a papaya enzyme tablet with every meal and bentonite clay in the evening will greatly reduce weakness and nausea derived from disrupted digestion/elimination. Good for pregnancy morning sickness also.
If you are kundalini active you might want to keep your apple juice intake to a bare minimum due to the sugar…I got a debilitating left-brain spazz going the day after I took 6 oz of apple juice in this tea. Raw apples do not give this effect, it is just the fact that the apple juice is cooked…hence the sugar is pasteurized or altered from its natural state. Rawfoodists and kundi-actives can get around this by adding some “raw, fresh apple juice” to the already made tea to sweeten it if desired.
BALANCED KUNDALINI DIET
For those not ready to adopt a raw diet, a combination of the anti-inflammatory Zone Diet plus the timing and principles of the Provita Plan
will provide a great basis for balanced nutrition. But even for
rawfoodists to adopt the principles of these diets would be
advantageous, as active kundalini necessitates optimum nutrition and a
balanced diet is all the more important.
The Rave Diet people at www.BeaconDV.org recommend a 100% plant based diet with only 10% calories from fat. This is the ultimate disease prevention diet that strengthens the immune system and lengthens lifespan. Whereas animal based diets raise serum estrogen and testosterone increasing the risk of cancer and raise cholesterol levels thereby blocking receptors.
There is no problem with getting adequate protein on this diet. According to www.nutritiondata.com/ the protein ratio of spinach is 30%, brussel sprouts are 19%, boiled green beans 13%, romaine lettuce 18%, raw cabbage 15%, raw Spanish peanuts 16%, almonds 13%, quinoa 12%, buckwheat 13%, kidney beans 24%, sprouted soybeans 26%, tofu 38%, sprouted alfalfa 34%, Swiss chard 23%, wheat grass juice 27%, and mushrooms 37%.
See the DVD Eating 2nd Edition from BeaconDV, and the books: The RAVE Diet & Lifestyle by Mike Anderson and Eat to Live : The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman.
The Fasting Path by Stephen Harrod Buhner is one of the best books I have encountered on re-spiritualization. As I get older I find less discipline and enthusiasm to do stuff like fasting...but this book perhaps more than any other gives one the incentive with a resensitizing spiritual injection.
Mail order companies like Jaffe Brothers are really worthwhile using
because most of the nuts, grains and seeds in the stores are old and
rancid. When you by pumpkin seeds from Jaffe Bros they are as green as
wheatgrass. There is no point in eating OLD food. www.organicfruitsandnuts.com/
Only overburden the digestive system during kundalini if you are not interested in spiritually transforming.
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