The sensation I'm referring to is emphatically not a painful one--it's just a tingly one. An energetic one. It can feel like something is happening to the crown or forehead region, even if you can't explain exactly what that something is.
When I run into people who are new to kundalini awakening, this is a common question: what is this forehead tingling business about?
Kundalini rise and receiving messages
This past week, as I've been upping my daily amount of kundalini yoga and meditation, I've been feeling WAY more head tingles than usual, typically during my KYM practice (or sadhana). In my experience, the tingling has to do with two things: kundalini rise, and divine messages.
Kundalini energy typically resides at the base of the spine, and is usually channeled as sexual energy. When a kundalini rise is sparked, that energy travels up the spine, hopefully all the way up into the crown chakra, where it is used for spiritual enlightenment instead of sensual pleasure. Kundalini rises are accompanied with a wide variety of symptoms, not all of them pleasant. But one such side effect is the tingling sensation in the crown.
Sometimes the tingling sensations in the crown are not just related to kundalini rising--they are a side effect of spiritual messages being downloaded into your space. You can tell if this is the case by praying about it, listening to your intuition, or muscle testing (assuming your polarity is proper and you are properly hydrated and muscle testing accurately).
In my experience, I can usually tell the difference between kundalini-related tingles and message-related tingles by asking my body.
What are the messages? Who are they from?
In my experience, the messages are from the Holy Ghost, or else from our angels, per 2 Nephi 32:3:
3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.If you read through the Book of Mormon, you will find that it is actually very common for the prophets to assert that an angel told them what they are supposed to be writing about. In your scripture study, I recommend taking a mental note of it when the prophets say they received their information from the Spirit versus angels--you will find that angelic communication is very normal and definitely an approved way to receive divine information.
The times I have felt "the tingles" and known they were messages, I have rarely known what the messages where. Sometimes I have been privileged to understand the main topic; for example, in the weeks leading up to my most recent birth, I got a lot of tingles, and was given to understand that I was downloading spiritual information my body would need in regards to birthing. And so forth. Our conscious minds don't need to understand these messages; these messages aren't for our conscious minds anyway. Our conscious minds get specific messages from the scriptures more than anything else (again, see 2 Nephi 32:3). But our subconscious minds and superconscious minds benefit from these messages, and since their roles in our lives are extremely influential, it still makes a difference.
Feeling the tingles
This sensation is one processed by the nervous system, so the more healthy your nervous system is, the more likely you are to feel it. A lot of times people start feeling these sensations after beginning a daily meditation practice. Other people who feel them may include empaths and highly sensitive people (HSPs). If your kundalini is rising, you are likely to experience this sensation.
If your nervous system is damaged, kundalini yoga and meditation will start healing it. You can also pray for a nervous system reset. The more developed your nervous system is, the more it will allow you to feel it when your kundalini is riding and when divine light graces your crown.
Feeling head tingles as you pursue enlightenment? No worries, it's normal.