During meditation, I have been experiencing swaying back and forth and sideways for the past couple of years. This year in Feb20, on the day of Shivratri, the swaying became almost like a vibration. After that day, I experienced the same body vibrations again only yesterday and now today. Please can you tell me why this is happening and if I need to do something to stop this. I have taken kriya initiation but have been irregular in my practice.

—Rajendran Nair, India


Dear Rajendran,

The swaying during meditation you describe is fairly common. As we go deeper into meditation, the Kundalini energy at the base of the deep spine begins to awaken and starts to rise. As it does it can result in the swaying of the body, which is usually temporary. There is no need to try to stop it, nor should you deliberately sway your body since such an outward movement would not induce kundalini to rise. Kundalini energy can also rise without any perceptible movement so it is important not to consider swaying as necessary for spiritual progress.

When movement occurs you may continue your spiritual practices or stop for a moment and concentrate deeply at the spiritual eye, making it a magnet to draw this energy all the way up and offer it to God. Offering all of our energy, our aspirations, and our love to God is what we seek to do with every spiritual practice. When we reach enlightenment, the energy once stored at the base of the astral spine and chakras will be lifted and united at the spiritual eye. Consider you experience as an encouragement to make your Kriya practice a regular part of your day!

Many blessings,
Nayaswami Mukti

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