Imagine a snake winding, climbing its way up and around your skeleton like a tree. Now Imagine that this snake, once settled into its new home, occasionally squeezes your skeleton – Ouch!
Just like we all have a skeleton, we all have a snake that twists its way around our anatomy.
I feel this analogy closest resembles the true nature of our Psycho-Physical make-up: latent within us is a being that when irritated constricts our vital energy and causes stiffness, pain, decrease in all system functionality and increase in stress and heart rate.
We all have heard of Kundalini: two snakes, left and right ( male/female), that wrap around a central channel that can awaken our spiritual centers. I believe that this concept is true and fundamental to our being. But what if one snake is dominant over the other and tries to take over the skeleton ( tree ). What if one side is fed at the expense of the other? For sure an imbalance occurs. In the modern world the male side seems to dominate at the expense of the female, however not for all.
The bigger the dominant snake gets the more the skeleton/tree contorts to the pressure. That pressure causes structural changes that end up in our posture, and when the dominant snake is irritated discomfort turns to extreme pain and/or loss of function and vulnerability ti disease.
We can say that an imbalance is fed by our unchecked desires and negative unconscious patterns.
What are we to do about this ? I think the ancient Yogis realized to achieve health, remove ego and thus experience higher states of consciousness, that they must control the grip that these snakes have on us. That these snakes can assist us when balanced, or, limit us when not. In many pictures that depict Kundalini, the snakes grow wings to achieve greater heights once they reach the upper reaches of the tree.
Yoga, Massage, Medicinal Herbs, Meditation, and Diet all mediate the grip and lead toward balance. Ultimately when both side are equal they can be led to the inner brain and trigger our connection to the divine.