Biology of Kundalini A Science and Protocol of Spiritual Alchemy    

The Nervous System

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More than half of the estimated 100,000 genes in human DNA seem to be dedicated to building and maintaining the nervous system.

Within the brain, the autonomic nervous system regulates and adjusts baseline body function and responds to external stimuli. It consists of two mutually inhibitory subsystems: those nerves which activate tissues-- the sympathetic or arousal system, and those which slow structures down for rest and repair--the parasympathetic or quiescent system. The sympathetic is ergotropic that is releases energy, and the parasympathetic is trophotropic, that is conserving energy. The two sides of our autonomic system reflect the two main processes in life "growth" or "protection." These two mechanisms cannot operate optimally at the same time. Consider that our nervous system is either wired for eating (parasympathetic) or running away from being eaten ourselves (sympathetic). So the two systems generally act in opposition to each other; yet where dual control of an organ exists, both systems operate simultaneously although one may be operating at a higher level of activity than the other.

 
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Kundalini Gland

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The muladhara chakra at the base of the spine is where kundalini is supposed to lie coiled awaiting to rise. Several factors led the ancients to this symbolic idea of the coiled serpent. First when kundalini does rise one of the initial pathways it takes seems to be around the spine between the two sympathetic trunks. The discharge of a double helix of energy can be felt rising up around the spine. Some people such as Gobi Krishna, call this a zigzag. For it appears that energy is flowing backwards and forwards up the ladder of the spine from ganglia to ganglia. I experienced this during a hypnogic vision around the time of my 1988 awakening. I imagine that energy is transmitted in this double helix fashion at the beginning of an awakening prior to the inner-conjunction through the sushumna nadi or central channel of the spine.

 
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Hormones

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Metamorphic hormonal secretions are felt as ever more poignant longings and gratitudes.

The fire of kundalini is a circuitous contagion of cause and effect. Increased sex hormone levels intensifies kundalini and increased kundalini upregulates both the level of sex hormones and receptor sensitivity to them. This circle of cause and effect is the basis of metamorphosis and spiritual birth.

 
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Nitric Oxide

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Nitric oxide is one of the key factors in promoting the maximum peak of kundalini and spiritual experience, and in the dissolution of the bodymind.

Nitric Oxide (NO) is associated with the main excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate and the generation of action potentials in the nerves. NO and glutamate act as excitatory neurotransmitters, used when high levels of activity are needed during HPA axis activation or sexual arousal. It appears that nitric oxide is a factor present at the very cusp of our existence, both birth, death and resurrection. It seems to play a part in extreme readiness chemistry, thus NO might be implicated in the four great F-Responses: *censored*, Freeze, Fight or Flight.

 
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Healthy Hormonal Foundation

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If the foundation of kundalini awakenings and life in general is sex and growth hormones, then it stands to reason that to both fuel an awakening and to prevent its premature end and burnout we need to strengthen our hormonal system.

L-Arginine a non-essential amino acid commonly found in the diet, is an oxidative precursor of nitric oxide (NO). Arginine is a safer and cheaper way to support NO production than Viagra. Like Viagra, the amino acid arginine increases blood flow to the genital area, potentially increasing sex organ sensation and enhancing the pleasure of sex. The concentration of L-arginine can be a limiting factor to both our NO metabolism and the production of Human Growth Hormone. Arginine plays an important role in cell division, the healing of wounds, removing ammonia from the body, immune function, and the release of hormones. According to beyond-a-century.com L-Ornithine is about twice as effective at releasing Growth Hormone as L-Arginine.

 
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Histamine

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Histamines use in the body is not soley involved in allergic inflammatory response. The hormone/chemical transmitter histamine is a biogenic monoamine similar to serotonin, epinephrine and norepinephrine. Chemically histamine is 2-(4-imidazolyl)ethylamine and has the formula C5H9N3. It is found in plant and animal tissue and released from mast cells as part of an allergic reaction. It stimulates gastric secretion and causes dilation of capillaries, constriction of bronchial smooth muscle, and decreased blood pressure and plays a role in the movement (chemotaxis) of white blood cells. It is hydrophilic and once formed is either stored or rapidly inactivated. Most tissue histamine is found in granules in mast cells or basophils and its release is immunologic in function. Mast cells are especially numerous at sites of potential injury such as the nose, mouth, and feet, internal body surfaces and blood vessels. Basophils represent only 1% of circulating leukocytes. Like mast cells basophils store histamine, they tend to appear in specific kinds of inflammatory reactions, particularly those that cause allergic symptoms. Non-mast cell histamine is found in several tissues, including the brain, where it functions as a neurotransmitter. Another important site of histamine storage and release is the enterochromaffin-like (ECL) cell of the stomach. ECL cells are a distinctive type of neuroendocrine cell in the gastric mucosa underlying the epithelium, most prevalent in the acid-secreting regions of the stomach. Together, histamine and gastrin are primary positive regulators of acid secretion from the parietal cell. The four types of histamine receptors each have a different mode of action:

 
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Heat

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Through tapas (heat) the ascetic becomes clairvoyant and even incarnates the Gods.

By discovering why kundalini flow through the nerves creates heat we can begin to work out just how the function of the nervous system is altered during transmutation. The heat from kundalini is not caused by "friction" as kundalini moves through blockages, as is traditionally thought. Kundalini is purifying in that it uses whatever state of perfection or dross it finds, but purification is not its purpose or goal. Kundalini is the fire of transmutation and the heat from the nervous system we experience is the heat of transmutation. However, we cannot yet say exactly "what" transmutation is, but there are many mechanisms of possible heating in the body that we might look into.

 
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Thyroid Metabolism And Kundalini

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Thyroid hormones are derivatives of the amino acid tyrosine bound covalently to iodine. The thyroid gland secretes two principle thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and the more physiologically active triiodothyronine (T3). A healthy thyroid is intimately linked to a balanced endocrine system. The health of the endocrine system will reflect our overall health. The thyroid is a major player when it comes to hormonal health since it stimulates and synchronizes all metabolic cellular functions. All tissues in the body are stimulated by the thyroid and the level of cortisol at the cell level controls thyroid hormone production.

 
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Autolysis-Self Digestion

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Upgraded cognition will tend to cascade down and cause a revolution in the limbic and autonomic system. This is perhaps why significant growth is followed by a period of "regression." I use the word dissolution instead of regression, because it is a contemporary temporary disorganisation/breakdown of patterns of function, to make way for a higher, more complex patterning to form. If there is one thing I am hoping to install in the Global Brain, it's the idea that metamorphosis is a very real and common process that is occurring within us humans. The most obvious examples of this are the huge losses of neurons during various growth periods in childhood and the die-offs in kundalini awakenings.

 
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Kindling Effect

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Some of the conditions for the initiation of kundalini appear to be:

Hyperactivation of the thyroid and parathyroids.

Hyperactivation of estrogen and testosterone (plus metabolities of T. eg: Estradiol).

Hyperactivation of the sympathetic nervous system (adrenaline, norepinephrine).

Hyperactivation of the stress hormones (corticosteroids eg: cortisol, DHEA) Hyperactivation of opiate systems (endorphins, enkephalins, anandamide, phenylethylamine).
 
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Bliss

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Bliss is synonymous with kundalini

Before starting this section on bliss I wish to clarify that the experience of spiritual awakening is not "just" a bunch of chemicals. Just because a particular subjective experience can be the "cause of" or "caused by" a particular release of chemical or electrical phenomena, doesn't mean to say that the subjective experience can be reduced "down" to that physical chemistry. All manifestation has its atomic, chemical and electrical component. The apperception of "interiors" realized in the subjective experience of phenomena is what makes us human.

 
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The Crystal Palace

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The opiate substance secreted from the pineal gland during Samadhi has been variously called Nectar of the Gods, ambrosia, amrita, and the Living Water. Gurus like Sai Baba claim to materialize amrita and can shaktipat others into generating their own nectar. It is said that to experience amrita is to be bestowed with immortality, that is to be freed from the cycle of birth and death...hence liberated. The term Amrita is Sanskrit for "elixir of immortality," it literally means "deathlessness". This has obvious parallels to "ambrosia" the name of the classical Greek "food of the gods" which means "no death."

During shaktipat, inner-conjunction or through initiation in meditation this nectar is produced and drips down the back of the throat. Perhaps an associated phenomena to the generation of the nectar, is the intense light of a Thousand Suns that occurs sometimes during its "manufacture." This secretion gives one the experience of Timelessness, and being a divine God or Goddess. It is "sweet" in taste and in sensation--it is described as nectar, honey, gold dust, euphoric, ecstatic, intoxicating and gives the feeling of being imbued with holiness.
 
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The Amrita-Heart Connection

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Besides meditation, visualization, projection, toning and energy circulation through the microcosmic orbit, the the amrita-heart connection shows how the brain and body naturally coordinate to build the diamond body or the resurrected body.

Studies show that about one-half of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) removed from the cranial vault is cleared by extracranial lymphatic vessels. Transport of CSF through both the lymphatic drainage and arachnoid villi routes increases as intracranial pressure is elevated. Although the ambrosial liquid excreted from the sinsuses is the most potent form of amrita, during max kundalini all the CSF is highly charged and can also be classed as amitra, when it is thus superionized by the superfluid state of the activated central nervous system (CNS).

There are three main methods by which the amrita that is generated by the CNS is transported around the body:
 
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Ibogaine And Shamanic Renewal

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Holy-wood (Tabernanthe iboga)
People of the equatorial regions of Africa have used the iboga plant as an herb of initiation and as a rite of passage and for millennia. Ibogaine generates period of lucid vivid dream-state that coincides with extensive rewiring and resetting of the opioid nervous system. Deborah C. Mash of the University of Miami School of Medicine is finding it "extremely effective" in blocking withdrawal from opiates; she says it is a very gentle detox. Not only is ibogaine an effective addiction interrupter for most substances, including heroin, methadone, methamphetamine, cocaine, alcohol, and nicotine, but it also can be used to transcend the compulsive, habitual levels of consciousness in which all addiction is manifest. It is also ideally suited for use by those from traumatic origins and PTSD in general as a means of liberation from the past. The dream-like "visions" don't cause any LSD-like euphoria that would tempt the repeated use of the drug. They say the experience is exhausting for you're up for about 36 hours in peak visual activity.

 
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Action Matters

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"The earlier concept of a universe made up of physical particles interacting according to fixed laws in no longer tenable. It is implicit in present findings that action rather than matter is basic...This is good news, for it is no longer appropriate to think of the universe as a gradually subsiding agitation of billiard balls. The universe far from being a desert of inert particles, is a theatre of increasingly complex organization...a stage for development in which man has a definite place, without any upper limit to his evolution." ~ Arthur M. Young, The Reflexive Universe.
 
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Fire and Water

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Pulling it all Together With Dr. Batmanghelidj

The work I am drawing from for this is largely from Dr. Batmanghelidj and his water-cure books and articles. www.watercure.com Here I am attempting to pull kundalini theory together around the subject of water. Fire and water see, that is Taoist justice. The Justice of the Tao is the intercourse of opposites.

 
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Fire and Water part 2

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Tryptophan

Dr. Batmanghelidj claims that dehydration causes a severe depletion of the amino acid tryptophan in the brain. And tryptophan (along with its derivatives serotonin, tryptamine, melatonin and indolamine) operates a measuring mechanism for the amount of salt that is kept in the body. As tryptophan dependent neurotransmitter systems become less effective with dehydration, then the histamine and RA system becomes increasingly engaged in inducing salt retention; for the body retains salt in an effort to keep water in the body. Water shortage and consequent histamine release increases the breakdown of tryptophan in the liver. When there is adequate water and the brain's tryptophan levels are restored, and so histamine-operated systems will revert to their primary nonexaggerated functions.

Tryptophan is also an important precursor to acetyl-CoA, which in turn is responsible for manufacture of cholesterol and acetylcholine. During dehydration more of the body's tryptophan is perhaps assigned to cholesterol production for waterproofing vessels and cell membranes against water loss. The sebum produced by the sebaceous glands contains cholesterol and cholesterol esters among other things. If you drink adequate water you will notice the pores on your face become finer and no longer fill with excess sebum. This means that more tryptophan is made available for other things than plugging the dam against water loss.
 
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The Ammonia Hypothesis

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The following ties together much of what I have written on the possible physiology of kundalini so far and is the most speculative piece in this book. I am pretty sure that convulsive/seizure/kindling can actually produce ammonia, as well as be caused by ammonia. If so this could be one of the main causes of people running into extended periods of difficulty with kundalini. The good news is that the problem is relatively easily addressed once we know the mechanism. I would like to point out that I am not saying that kundalini is epileptic seizures or is caused by ammonia. But that until we get research done specifically for kundalini, I am using the knowledge of various phenomena like epilepsy to arrive at a deeper understanding of what might be happening.

 
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