Kundalini Mechanics – A Scientific Perspective, Part II
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This article comes in perfect timing with the latest Innerversity Semester 2 class gone live yesterday about the role of women in the outcome of a thriving society.
As with the most solid things that last and brings fulfillment, be it a successful career, relationships, physical condition, short and long term goals, etc. it all requires a steady buildup. This buildup may be slow or fast although both concepts are relative, but the fact is that nothing that brings greater levels of gratification come from instant achievement. One may be happy with it for a moment, but this doesn’t mean the person is ready to collect the full benefits from everything that it entails on the long run. One is only really ready to collect what s/he is only prepared for.
Same thing with Kundalini. This cosmic energy knows you better than you know yourself, it is sentient and has a consciousness of its own. It’s impossible for one to try cheating it or find a shortcut.
Now as promised on part I, let’s take a closer look to what happens with this energy in women. As said before, the monthly and annual kundalini cycle in males will track closely with testosterone and with females it follows the estrogen cycle. Estrogen, among other functions, is also known to be primarily responsible for the conversion of girls into sexually-mature women just like testosterone for men.
The study continues:
Estrogens antagonize the effects of the parathyroid hormone, minimizing the loss of calcium from bones and thus helping to keep bones strong. Recent research suggests that rising estradiol levels in estrous females causes a temporary but substantial increase in dendritic spine density of the hippocampus. What this means is for females who are on the period, the estrogen sex hormone contributes in raising memory storage and synaptic transmissions, which leads to an increase in the number of possible contacts between neurons.
ESTROGEN CYCLE AND KUNDALINI
It appears that kundalini increases around 8 days after the start of menses, probably due to the sharp peak of estrogen at this time. During menstruation a new follicle begins to develop in one of the ovaries. After menstruation ceases, the follicle continues to develop, secreting an increasing amount of estrogen as it does so. The estrogen level reaches its peak just prior to ovulation at around 8-10 days, then it drops off for ovulation, and picks up at a lower level, (along with progesterone) for the building of the uterus wall. Estrogen has been shown to increase seizures (kindling), while progesterone has been shown to decrease them; and both seem also to modulate bipolar mood states. With this said, we can see how it is true that inside of our bodies we simultaneously have the poison and the antidote…
The estrogen peak of the menses cycle’s effect on kundalini might not be apparent during the peak of the awakening, for it would be hidden amongst the intensity of the various symptoms; but it appears to be a very regular phenomena during the quiet substantiation stage for the years following an awakening.
PROTECTION FROM ESTROGEN
Excessive estrogen can be dangerous. And since testosterone also changes into estrogen one thing that should be of concern is to focus in making sure the diet includes substances that sop up the extra estrogen so it doesn’t cause cancer. Increased free radicals plus increased hormones and a preoccupied immune system is a dangerous combo, so during a kundalini awakening both men and women should consider taking herbs to protect ourselves from excess estrogen. This I believe is related to why more and more women are getting breast cancer.
The effect of meditation on the pituitary gland is one such way to avoid this happening, and exercise will increase testosterone. To facilitate the Heating phase of awakening we can constructively manage our testosterone metabolism by taking herbs to unbind the blood testosterone, free up receptors, increase testosterone production and aid in estrogen elimination.
Progesterone is another endogenous steroid involved in the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and embryogenesis of humans and other species. and plays an important role in brain function as a neurosteroid. Having this in mind, it is also most helpful to include a cleansing program to detoxify the tissues thus diminishing resistance to whatever circulating thyroid hormone is present. Women who are estrogen dominant have poor thyroid efficiency. Adequate amounts of natural progesterone reduce estrogen dominance and consequently, increase the biologically active form of thyroid hormones. For many women, using natural progesterone along with committing to a healthy diet, using nutritional support, reducing stress and adding exercise is most effective. Saw palmetto has anti-estrogenic and anti-androgenic effects in addition to anti-inflammatory properties.
Beyond-a-Century.com sells an antiestrogen formula to inhibit the conversion of testosterone to estrogen and DHT. It contains DIM, chrysin, nettle root and Bioperine. Other antiestrogen products include: quercetin, chasteberry, Saw Palmetto, methoxy isoflavone and calcium D-glucarate. Avena Sativa or “oat green juice” frees globulin bound (useless) testosterone making it bioavailable and preventing it from turning into DHT. The percentage of testosterone held by globulin increases with age. Those taking oat grass juice report higher free testosterone levels and an increase in strength, and libido in both males and females. Works especially well with higher potency Tribulus. Oat-grass juice is both a sex enhancer and helps recovery from nicotine addiction helping to increase endurance, mental processing and anaerobic work capacity. Avena Sativa, Saw Palmetto and Nettle Root are a good combo for freeing serum testosterone for women and men.
Black cohosh preparations are used in the treatment of menopause to improve symptoms such as hot flashes, depression and sleep disturbance. Hot flashes have been linked to a significant spike in the release of luteinizing hormone. Luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) are called gonadotropins because they stimulate the gonads –> in males, the testes, and in females, the ovaries. These two hormones are essential for reproduction. In women, LH helps regulate the menstrual cycle and egg production (ovulation); in men, LH stimulates the production of testosterone, which plays a role in sperm production.
Oxytocin, the love peptide, is considered the hormone of bonding and trust. It is released into the blood stream in response to a variety of stimuli. Oxytocinergic neurons display widespread projections throughout the central nervous system, and in peripheral tissues such as the uterus, placenta, amnion, corpus luteum, testis, and heart. Oxytocin activation lessens the signs of stress. During kundalini awakenings there are some liberal squirtings of oxytocin with very interesting somatic/emotional consequences. Before any inner-conjunction and samadhi there must be a fair amount of this chemical in order to calm one prior to the paralysis of the event. Along with all the bliss chemicals there must be oxytocin as well. It has also been labeled the cuddle hormone, it increases during nursing, and skyrockets in men and women during orgasms. OT exerts potent antistress effects that modulate the neuroendocrine reflexes to the establishment of complex social and bonding behaviors related to the reproduction and care of the offspring.
Oxytocin is undoubtedly elevated during some of the peak experiences of kundalini influx such as: the inner-conjunction/samadhi/silver cord, and mystic sexual ecstasies and when the helix-cord of energy goes down to the ground from the pelvis. Also during the false pregnancy events when kundalini is working on the belly.
Oxytocin stimulates contractions of the uterus at the time of birth, so it is probably dominant during mystical ecstasy (Sex with Eros). Oxytocin is higher in women, and gives uterine contractions this is perhaps why females have more spontaneous orgasms than men. Oxytocin and testosterone in differing quantities are used by both the male and female body. Estrogen seems to enhance the effect of oxytocin, while tesosterone seems to reduce its effects.
Because oxytocin is one of the main chemicals involved in the actual initiation of kundalini there is great spiritual incentive for upgrading our ability for compassionate action. This explains why compassion, generosity, and caring action for others is essential to the spiritual path for it’s the very stones on the path. No walking of compassion, generosity and caring means no spiritual path, period.
Kissing and cuddling triggers the release of oxytocin – the so-called love hormone – which sparks reward activity in the brain and makes partners appear more attractive to each other. However, researchers from Bonn University in Germany have discovered that the Pill shuts down the besotted response. The pill was meant to revolutionize life in the bedroom – but taking the Pill switches off the look of love. Women who choose the daily contraceptive see their men in a less flattering light.
The study – published in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience – states: ‘Treatment with oxytocin increased the perceived attractiveness of the partner relative to other men, which was paralleled by elevated responses in reward-associated regions, including the nucleus accumbens. These effects were absent in women using hormonal contraceptives.
Previous research has shown that oxytocin levels are higher in new lovers compared with single people. Among men already in a relationship, the hormone has been shown to deter flirting with strangers and to increase the attractiveness of wives or girlfriends.
The study says: ‘[It appears that] oxytocin interacts with the brain reward system to reinforce partner value representations in both sexes, a mechanism which may significantly contribute to stable pair-bonding in humans and appears to be altered in women using hormonal contraceptives.’
Psychosexual therapist Pauline Brown said the research presents women with a dilemma. She said: ‘There’s no doubt that the Pill lowers the libido in many women and this explains why. ‘It’s a paradox that contraception can be seen by some couples as a way to help their relationship and yet it may end up having the opposite effect. The more we know about how it affects our behaviour and the brain, the better the decisions people will be able to take for themselves.’
The Pill was introduced to the UK in 1961.
Considering what was presented in this article and the state of society these days in what respects to increasing numbers of divorce, abandoned pregnant women turned into single mothers, the lost art of monogamy and the rise in short term relationships, is there any co-relation between harmonic Kundalini experiences and real partners? It seems as if we give more value to instant physical attraction than to actually work on a more meaningful goal… We are addicted to instant gratification and to the “love at first sight” mentality thrown at us from the movies. We don’t want to take the time and work in cultivating deep relationships that transcend the more mundane sexual attraction, instead many of us want instant happiness, when even happiness is confused with an illusion of it, as if it could be taken out from a pack of cookies. Is this why our society is taking so much longer in learning about itself? Granted that it may be not this simple, but I dare to answer anyway that Yes!
Be sure to tune in for the next part of this series as we will go through the role of stress during Kundalini.