Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 3 – The Serpent and the Lotus

The Christian mystics called Kundalini Shakti; Holy Spirit.
“and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the son of man be lifted up.” 

Pharaohs and gods are depicted with awakened energy whereby the Kundalini snake moves up the spine and pierces “Ajna chakra” between the eyes. This is referred to as the eye of Horus. In the Hindu tradition the bindi is also representative of the third eye; the divine connection to spirit. King Tutankhamen’s mask is a classic example showing both the snake and bird motifs. The Mayan and Aztec traditions combine the serpent and bird motif into one god. Quetzalcoatl or Kukulkan. The plumed serpent god represents the awakened evolutionary consciousness or awakened Kundalini. The person who awakens Quetzalcoatl within themselves is a living manifestation of the divine. It is said that Quetzalcoatl, or serpent energy, shall return at the end of time. The snake and bird symbols can be found within Christianity as well. Their true meaning may be more deeply encrypted but the meaning is the same as in other ancient traditions. In Christianity, the bird or dove often seen above Christ’s head represents Holy Spirit or Kundalini Shakti as it rises to the sixth chakra and beyond.

The Christian mystics called Kundalini Shakti by another name; Holy Spirit. In John 3:12 it says, “and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the son of man be lifted up.” Jesus and Moses awakened their Kundalini energy, bringing awakened consciousness to the unconscious reptilian forces that drive human craving. Jesus was said to have spent forty days and forty nights in the desert, during which time he was tempted by Satan. Similarly, the Buddha was tempted by “Mara” as he sat to reach enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, or wisdom tree. Both Christ and Buddha had to turn away from the lure of sensory pleasures and worldly grasping. In each story, the demon is the personification of one’s own attachments. If we read the Adam and Eve story in the light of the Vedic and Egyptian traditions we find that the serpent guarding the tree of life is Kundalini. The apple represents the lure and temptation of the external sensory world, distracting us from the knowledge of the inner world, the tree of knowledge within. The tree is simply the network of Nadis or energy meridians within ourselves, which literally form tree-like structures throughout the body. In our egoic quest for external gratification we have cut ourselves off from the knowledge of the inner world, our connection to Akasha and the wisdom source. Many of the world’s historical myths about dragons can be read as metaphors for the inner energies of the cultures in which they are embedded. In China, the dragon is still a sacred symbol representing happiness. Like the Egyptian pharaohs, ancient Chinese emperors who had awakened their evolutionary energies were represented by the winged snake, or dragon. The royal totem of the Jade Emperor or Celestial Emperor shows a balance similar to Ida and Pingala. The yin and yang of Taoism, awakening the pineal center or in what in Taoism is called the Upper Dantien.

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