Biology of Kundalini A Science and Protocol of Spiritual Alchemy    

The Downside of Bliss

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The depressing effect of too much bliss!

"In stress, several hormonal overrides become operative. The body assumes a crisis situation and will begin to mobilize for a 'fight or flight' response...Several strong hormones become secreted and will remain 'triggered' until the body gets out of its stressful circumstances. These hormones are mainly Endorphins, Cortisone Release Factor, Prolactin, Vasopressin, and Rennin-angiotensin." Page 57, F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., Your Body's Many Cries for Water, 2nd ed. Global Health Solutions, 1995.

Endorphins and Depression

The term "Endorphin" means endogenous morphine, so named because it affects the body like morphine does. In fact bet-endorphin was found to be 48 times more powerful than morphine and even more addictive. The main role of endorphins is as a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator, with physical, psychological and behavioral effects. Like opiates, endorphins are known for their painkilling, sedatory, anti-anxiety properties and for producing euphoric, trance and dream-like states. Endorphins are involved in a wide range of processes such as: motor coordination, learning, memory, seizure control, sexual behavior and reproduction, thirst and hunger, gastrointestinal function, water and salt balance, temperature control, grooming, tolerance development and physical dependence (addiction).

Endorphins can be found in many areas of the body including the pituitary glands, the hippocampus, pineal glands, kidneys, pancreas, GI tract and adrenal glands. So far 20 different types of endorphins have been found for three types of receptors m, k and d. Included in these 20 endogenous opioids are enkephalins and dynorphins, plus alpha- and beta-endorphins. B-endorphin selectively binds m receptors, which is the same one morphine binds to with high affinity. The m receptors are mostly localized to the limbic system and hypothalamus. Co-released with ACTH from the pituitary, b-endorphin is also produced in the medial-basal hypothalamus and widely distributed in the brain.
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Exhaustion Phase

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This section gives an overview of the “stress effect” of a kundalini awakening. The hyper-activated sympathetic nervous system that is so persistent in kundalini awakenings causes the same kind of damage to the organism as that produced by prolonged and excessive stress. Once we understand this and intelligently adapt, we can avoid burnout and regression, and thereby learn to keep the gains made through heightened kundalini. It is very important to grasp the distinction between “damage” (pathology and disease) and the transformative process of “metamorphosis.” Certain phases of metamorphosis include cellular necrosis and catabolic breakdown for the new cannot grow without the removal of the old. Through allostatic adaptation we will assist both the breakdown and renewal processes in order to essentially give birth to our Self.

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