Can Kundalini Awakening Trigger Psychosis? 

Yes, especially if Kundalini is activated prematurely, accidentally or without proper guidance. 

“Kundalini” is transformative life force energy. It is an ‘alive’ and intelligent force of nature that activates the process of divine transformation. 

It is the precursor to spiritual awakening and it represents the call to undergo the process of transforming one’s human consciousness into divine consciousness. Powerful beyond measure, Kundalini’s agenda is death and rebirth.  

This initiatory rite-of-passage is an intense psycho-spiritual process that is often mistaken for psychosis and/or schizophrenia. 

Our Western culture is not equipped to recognise, let alone support a spiritual awakening. This is largely due to our disconnection from spirit. In indigenous communities where connection to spirit remains strong, these rites of passage are understood, honoured and more widely talked about and supported.

A spiritual or kundalini awakening is an evolutionary process that occurs naturally and spontaneously when one’s psychic container has reached sufficient robustness and can tolerate the divine energy that is unlocked through the transformation process.

If one is prematurely exposed to divine energy before the psyche has had a chance to develop and prepare its circuitry, the results can be catastrophic.

Unable to tolerate the Kundalini energy, the psychic container can become traumatised and turn on itself. Underlying/unresolved trauma and personality disorders are amplified, which if not faced and resolved, results in one’s psyche rejecting the transformation process and distorting the flow of Kundalini energy, driving one quite literally insane.

Prolonged engagement with spiritual practices, especially those involving the use of “plant medicines”, is not advised without proper guidance and psychotherapeutic integration.

Contrary to what many spiritual teachers advocate, busting through one’s ego before it’s ready to transform is a violent approach that is not rooted in love and inclusion. A traumatised ego will often lie dormant – playing “dead” – only to spring forth later but in far uglier and more complex ways that require more untangling than was initially required.