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  • Casey Giovinco

Discovering the Point of Ascension

I've been traveling a lot over the last two weeks, so it's been a bit difficult to keep my morning sadhana going. Sadhana is a Sanskrit term that refers to a daily spiritual practice. My sadhana includes the morning routine from The Serpent Ascending and Uncrossing Your Roads as well as a Kundalini Yoga practice. However, I was able to finally get back to it today after returning home from my travels, and I feel amazing.

I'm currently in the process of getting ready to begin my chakra work for awakening the Kundalini energy within myself, and I'm actually itching to get started. Alas, there is some preliminary stuff that must be attended to before I can begin.

That preliminary work will actually take about three months, but I have to keep reminding myself that it's better to be slow and systematic in the beginning than to rush things and run into the risks associated with improper kundalini awakenings. These risks include things like madness, insomnia, intense fear, even illness, and more. That said, I'm not deterred. Even practicing witchcraft has its dangers. When asked about whether witchcraft was dangerous, Doreen Valiente responded, "Sure it is, but so is crossing the street." Nothing great happens without taking some degree of risk, and since I've never shied away from witchcraft or even crossing the street, why would I bulk at the dangers associated with awakening kundalini? Better to just follow the timeworn path of the great rishis who have come before me, and do it right.

So, I'm forcing myself to slow my roll, even though I just want to jump in and get started with the actual work of awakening the chakras. Fortunately, there really is so much to do in the preliminary practices. There are things like awakening the nadis (or energetic channels), hatha and kriya yoga practices to prepare the body through exercise, there are even methods of purifying the body through various cleansing techniques called shatkarmas, which must be done. I'll get to all that in future posts. For now, I'm just going to get ready to hit the gym.


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