One of the biggest struggles we face when amidst the awakening process is fatigue and exhaustion. In worst-case scenarios, this can become burnout.
Many people write to me in different kinds of distress, fear, and agony about this ongoing depletion that can sometimes arise while awakening.
I remember my own experience this very well.
I was living in my mountain hermitage when my Kundalini process was in its most intense phase and interacting with what then was acute PTSD (yep, a pretty hardcore combination — and not uncommon).
The pressure my precious body, nervous system and psyche were under was enough to keep me on the couch and at many times bring me to tears.
Still, I needed to work to survive. I had no choice.
As a high achiever and someone who loved being amongst it in life, this fatigue was tough — sometimes heartbreaking — until my perspective of the situation adapted. It required developing a new mindset that balanced my everyday life with awakening, taking supportive supplements, reducing demands on my system during this phase, and finding solutions and new skills to ease the fatigue.
I had to learn how to surrender to greater forces while always keeping the goal of inner peace in focus, keeping up the best I could. Ultimately, I had to prioritize being gentle with myself no matter what — well, as much as possible!
So, why do we get so immensely fatigued in awakening? What is going on?
To be honest, the change that awakening brings forth is profound, intricate and affecting many levels all at once.
Here are just a few suggestions for you to contemplate that may be contributing to your exhaustion.
This is not a complete list. Instead, it’s a starter menu.
By identifying what may be contributing to fatigue, we can then begin to find solutions and antidotes, calling on our intuition, Kundalini, and our supporters for the next steps to take.
We can also appreciate the enormity of what we are accomplishing on many levels.
1. Adjust your everyday life to accommodate your clearing processes.
Quite simply, even in a well-balanced Kundalini process, so much powerful, exquisite transformation is happening at every level, energetic to cellular, as well as multidimensionally. This requires adjustment and balance in your everyday life.
You are processing and transforming all of your history and its residues that you carry in your body and energy bodies: personal, ancestral, past life, cultural, and collective. This takes fuel to accomplish. You are in a profound and ongoing, though modulating, release process.
In the early phases, your body and psyche are learning to adjust to the awakening process and to refine their abilities to accomplish the tasks at hand with more ease. This adjustment can continue as the awakening tasks continue to evolve and change.
2. Make time for rest, even if it’s only a few minutes at a time.
You are rapidly learning, deepening awareness, and receiving new information, high-level energies, and insights constantly. And then you are required to integrate this into your mind and body.
You are radically evolving. Your brain is changing, your glandular system is upgrading and learning the secret, subtle spiritual fluids that nurture and facilitate awakening, new channels are opening in your subtle energy system, chakras are speeding up and opening, and so much more.
3. Don’t rush the trauma-release process.
Often, awakening requires us to process trauma from our personal history and past lives.
As a trauma therapist, I know well that even if you are not in a Kundalini process, that releasing, digesting, and processing trauma is a fatiguing business. That is why we seek to titrate the release of trauma.
It’s important that the awakening process does not go too fast so you have time to keep up with the trauma content being relieved from your body.
3. Practice calming, de-stress techniques to relieve an overactive sympathetic nervous system
(Word of caution: yoga and meditation might make things worse because they naturally stoke the awakening process. You might want to try other techniques.)
Sometimes the Kundalini energy can trigger the sympathetic nervous system to become over-active, stuck in threat mode and constantly filling us with anxiety, states of hypervigilance, constant stress and stimulation.
This can happen also if you have a lot of trauma in your body when it activates, if Kundalini frightens you or if your system feels very unprepared for the awakening process.
Certain obstructions in the system can also trigger this. Over the long term, this hyper-activated state fatigues our body, brain, immune system, nervous system, and if unmitigated can lead to burnout.
It’s also tough on the kidneys and adrenals in particular. There is so much published scientific research about long-term stress and the complex impacts on the body.
When working with clients, I always explore a range of options and tactics to bring the body out of threat mode as soon as possible to reduce the impact, allow recovery, protect the system, and support the return of energy. I see this as paramount.
Sometimes your original ignition of Kundalini can stay in a surge mode after initiation, rather than naturally slowing down, self-regulating and soothing to a more stable, gentle flow. Being stuck in the intensity of the initial phase can be exhausting.
Your body may have already been stressed, unwell or unhealthy prior to awakening. You may have had existing health challenges or old symptoms return as the body cleanses throughout the awakening. Kundalini can then place more stress on an already depleted system. This was part of my experience.
4. Get support to help you process the unnerving, fearful or overwhelmed emotions.
Sometimes, people can be overwhelmed and frightened by the awakening process — especially if it’s unsought, unwelcome and spontaneous. This can lead to being in a constant struggle and fight with Kundalini. And quite frankly, long-term fighting of anything is depleting.
And honestly, my dear fellow awakener, you now have two precious tasks you are fulfilling in your life: your ordinary, everyday life and its demands, and your sacred awakening journey.
There are so many nuances to awakening and exhaustion; this little list is just an opening to offer some insights and possibilities to contemplate as you find your way through your Kundalini journey.
There is a lot of hope and means of soothing these processes.
I struggled with many of these and emerged on the other side resilient.
I have seen hundreds of people go through the initial difficulties of adjusting or tinkering with the roots of the fatigue and finding long-term relief. Sometimes that recovery can be up and down as it progresses. But any progress is welcome.
Please trust and know that there are solutions to all of these challenges and ways to ease and relieve the circumstances that contribute to fatigue and to relieve the fatigue itself.
And in those moments when you are led by intense fatigue to the sofa to heal, release and recover, please take a moment to contemplate the profundity and miracle your body and systems are seeking to accomplish.
To them, I bow.
If you would like to learn more and get guidance from me and support from a community of fellow awakeners, check out my online course, Kickass Kundalini.
Please share your thoughts and any tips YOU have for navigating awakening and fatigue below. Let’s continue to learn and grow together!
With passion for your awakening,