What is Shaktipat and Kundalini Awakening

In this article I am going to talk about Shaktipat and Kundalini awakening. I will cover questions such as, what is Shaktipat? who should get Shaktipat? Who should not get Shaktipat? What will happen once I get Shaktipat? How much Shaktipat should I receive? Is Shaktipat safe?

I first came across Shaktipat a number of years ago, I had already gone through my first Spiritual Awakening two years prior and had been fully stabilized in Cosmic Consciousness / Self Realisation and was moving in and out of the God Consciousness phase. I had read about Kundalini awakening and how it was vital in advancing towards higher states of enlightenment. After doing some research I discovered Shaktipat and found an enlightened master called Jan Esmann who could give this spiritual transmission, he was situated in Copenhagen Denmark but was actually holding Shaktipat intensives all around Europe and was holding a 3 day Shaktipat Intensive in my home town of Dublin.

After attending the 3 day Shaktipat Intensive I started to experience deep states of love and bliss. My state of self realisation now started to deepen and had depth and fullness that was not there previously to receiving Shaktipat. After attending my second Shaktipat Intensive with Jan in Copenhagen a number of months later I experienced a full Kundalini awakening that travelled up into the brain and my Crown opened up fully.

So what exactly is Shaktipat and how does it work?

Shaktipat is the transfer of spiritual energy from the enlightened Guru / Teacher to the aspirant in an attempt to awaken the dormant Kundalini energy that lays coiled in the base of the spine. Kundalini energy is our life force which is responsible for the beating of our hearts, the digestion of our food, it keeps us breathing while we sleep. It is the vital force that keeps the body alive. In its dormant state Kundalini remains coiled up like a snake at the base of the spine.

When one receives Shaktipat from an enlightened Guru or Teacher, the Teacher sends his or her Shakti energy from their consciousness to the consciousness of the aspirant. This can be done in a number of ways, it can be done in person via the teacher placing his or her thumbs on the persons third eye situated in the centre of the forehead, the teacher uses their intent to send the shakti energy, they can also place a hand on your knee sending the energy in a similar manner using intent. Shaktipat can also be sent via sight or just being in the same room as the Guru / Teacher you can pick up the transmission of Shaktipat. One can also receive Shaktipat in absentia, via a mala or some dried fruit, the Guru / Teacher infuses the Mala and dried fruit with Shakti energy and can post the items to the aspirant. The Mala can then be worn by the aspirant during meditation and the shaktipat will enter their consciousness.

Whats does Shaktipat feel like?

Shaktipat is a very subtle energy, it may be felt in a number of different ways by various aspirants, the most common is a warm liquid like sensation that descends from the top of the head down. It may also be felt like tiny fizzing bubbles in different locations around the body. Individuals receiving Shaktipat often experience entering trance like states, waves of bliss and spontaneous body movements known as Kriyas may also occur in individuals.

Once the Shaktipat enters the aspirants consciousness, usually via one of the energy centres or Chakras it starts to stimulate the dormant Kundalini energy, heat can be felt in the base of the spine or there can be tingling in the sacrum area. This may not happen on the very first session or intensive and may take multiple session to awaken the dorma