"The central channel, or susumna , is associated with fire and the union of the ida and pingala. Pattabhi Jois calls the susumna nadi which runs from the center of the pelvic floor through the crown of the head, "the empty flute."
The term Kundalini, which has been fetishized and imbued with literalist interpretations (such as a purely physical feeling of tingling up the spine", reduces the essence of that process. "Kundalini" describes in metaphorical language the present moment that is curled up but inaccessible in every movement of experience in which there is even an ounce of self-image. We are not present because of karmic patterns, most notably greed, hatred and delusion." (Emphasis mine.)
I've never really heard Kundalini described or defined in this manner and I think it is brilliant. We tend to speak of the Kundalini energy as the energy of pure potential, "coiled and sleeping" at the base of the spine. Certainly, there is no greater pure potential energy than the possibility of been fully present in any moment without the veil of Avidya (ignorance) and Asmita (ego) preventing us from seeing and experiencing what truly is.
Burn a little Karma today. Do your practice, whatever that may consist of (asana, pranayama, Jnana Yoga , etc.) and then take it "of the mat" and into your life. Stay with the breath, stay in the present moment, and see how much of the pure potential in every moment you can fully realize.
Kundalini Awakening no doubt is a direct path to God Almighty... the path to unification with God Almighty... the creator of all things cosmic! But fully awakening of kundalini needs practice of absolute celibacy for a minimum period of 12 years in continuation! In absence of practice of absolute celibacy... nothing much in field of kundalini awakening can be realized!
The inherent kundalini Shakti... the Serpentine energy lying dormant in base of spine when aroused to its extreme... finally reaches nodal point in brain behind the forehead! Abstaining from sexual relationship... negating the invocation of negative thoughts altogether is what absolute celibacy is all about!
I started in search of God when 13 years of age! 25 years of yoga meditation landed me in laps of God Almighty... when I finally reached stage of self realization... stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi... the stage of absolute nothingness! Throughout my life I never practiced awakening of Kundalini Shakti!
In absence of a preceptor I was totally unaware what kundalini energy truly meant! Only when I gained self realization in wee hours of third of August 1993 at 37 years of age did I realize that my kundalini had awakened fully absolutely unknown to me! Awakening of Kundalini Shakti is a prerequisite to reaching stage of enlightenment... kaivalya jnana!