The kundalini is a mighty force, a colossal energy. It is nuclear in nature. It is a white snake. It is beyond beautiful. It is bliss. It is a force within each & every one of us. Lying sleeping, the snake she sleeps. Coiled, waiting to awaken. She is 1 of the female snakes residing within us on the spiritual astral plane, which is the vigyanamaya kosha/the astral-sheath. These snakes are so majestically, exquisitely beautiful. The epitome of femininity. They are orgasmic in effect when they appear.
We have already spoken of the red snake within Mooladhara chakra, coiled around an upright elongated oval, which is known as a Shiva Lingam which represents the projection of the material world....this is Cognition. A non-intellectual state. It is, however, the state of "knowing". It is to do with consciousness, & this consciousness is symbolised by a Shivalingam.....we have some at other chakras too, and they are considered to be masculine in nature. At Mooladhara the Shivalingam is a beige colour.
The red snake, she represents all of the manifestations of what we know of a "life": ie the physical world. When this exquisite red snake comes away from the Shivalingam, we realise, in an instant, we just "know", that our awareness is indeed separate from all of these manifestations including our thoughts, feelings & energy. Energy is female in nature, & all physical manifestations are considered also to be energy.
Within our psyche, the red snake also is our own energy, whilst the beige shiva lingam is also our own awakened consciousness.
These male/female aspects can cause confusion in spiritual seekers when they hear that consciousness is male & energy is female. And anger, because it is a common mistake to apply these principles to male & female humans. People can become offended at hearing these things, but in spirituality we are talking of something else: we are talking about mind...the Higher Mind, which of course does have to develop & reveal itself, this is consciousness/male aspect...not human man aspect. Then the energy in all it's forms, both manifest & unmanifest, is the female aspect...but not the human woman.
This can be hard to understand but like all spiritual truths & realities...it is to be experienced in order to understand it. I have seen confusion with these principles to newcomers of philsosophy in both yoga & the esoteric Maori teachings whereby people completely misunderstand & they the apply man/woman thing. But this is all right, for how can we understand what we have not experienced?
The male aspect, consciousness, is just as much a part of each individual as is the female/energy aspect. And on the physical level, the right side of the brain & the left side of the body are the feminine sides, whilst the left brain hemisphere & the right side of the body are the male sides. Again, we have both male & female.
With the prana, or life-force, aspect, the flow of the breath in the left nostril "feeds" the right side of the brain with prana. The right nostril breath flow is for the left side of the brain. Again, we all have both aspects, male & female.
On the nadi aspect, the flow of energy in each of the 2 main nadis, electrical in nature when awakened, are called ida, & pingala. Each has it's own qualities, the qualities of ida complimenting those of pingala, & vice-versa. Two halves of a whole:
Pingala/left brain hemisphere/ red/hot/sun/active/male...also relates on the physical level to the sympathetic nervous system.
Ida /right brain hemisphere/blue/cool/moon/passive/female...also relates on the physical level to the parasympathetic nervous system.
So ida & pingala on the physical level relate to the Autonomic Nervous System = parasympathetic & sympathetic nervous systems.
These 2 energies emerge from either side of mooladhara chakra, pingala comes out on the right, ida on the left. They end at Ajna chakra (3rd eye) in the centre of the head, with pingala coming towards it from the right, & ida coming towards it from the left. So, where ida & pingala start, & end, are chakras: mooladhara at the start/base; ajna/3rd eye inside the head. Ida & pingala weave out of the base chakra & travel up, alongside but separate from, the spine, up to the next chakra: they intersect/unite/crossover at points in the spine where other chakras are: behind the pubic bone; behind the navel; behind the heart; behind the base of the front part of the neck.
It is like a dance, between male & female, ida & pingala, sometimes one is stronger than the other, othertimes they are balanced. But when both are strong, are full of prana, or electricity, whatever, & are in perfect balance...in that moment in time of exquisite harmony, these 2 energies...they "kiss" & in that moment...... a spiritual awakening takes place. We have many spiritual awakenings in our journey & these 2 aspects, male & female, must be separate, yet harmoniously balanced, & travel in unison. It is like a Divine longing in those moments...the 2 must meet...time (energy/female) & space (consciousness/male) stand still...& an awakening happens. An awakening is able to take place because a 3rd energy, the Divine internal energy, emerges, & gives birth to the experience. In an instant. In a heartbeat.
It is the same in the manifestation of the cosmos. In reverse. From the Divine energy that pervades everything in the Universe, by what ever language one uses: IO, God, Great Spirit, Brahma...emerges both the God Siva/consciousness, & the Goddess Shakti/energy who weave, separate, come together, & dance with each other to create life, in all it's forms. There is but 1 Creator....& from here emerge the Gods & Goddesses, down through a lineage (Whakapapa) with IO, God, Brahma, Great Spirit at the top, the peak, of the lineage/whakapapa.