>> Does Bardon's system raise the Kundalini in the initiate and if so at what stage. <<
It's not a matter of raising the Kundalini. It's a matter of the kundalini rising *of its own accord* as a natural consequence of the initiate's mago-mystical advancement. When initiation is *balanced*, the chakras unfold and the kundalini rises without any ill effects. This is because in a balanced Hermetic initiation, the kundalini and the chakra system are not forced. In fact, they are not focused upon at all.
The chakras are reflective of the initiate's inner state of maturity. They flower *of their own accord* when the initiate reaches the stage of maturity to which they correspond. The kundalini force *of its own accord* naturally rises to fill the flowering chakra. When this *natural* process is left to its own wisdom, instead of being interfered with and forced before its time, there are no ill effects. Instead, it is empowering and immediately carries the initiate forward.
Ill effects on the other hand, are experienced *because* the individual has not reached the stage of maturity which *naturally* unfolds the chakras and the kundalini. In such a case, the kundalini meets resistance in the form of "impurities" (i.e., a lack of maturity) and, as is its nature when faced with this sort of resistance, the kundalini burns away at the impurities and at the surrounding area in the individual's emotional energy structure. From an Hermetic perspective this is ultimately destructive because, even if the *energetic manifestation* of those blocking impurities are effectively burned away,
the level of maturity remains relatively unchanged and those *energetic* impurities inevitably re-manifest.
There are very complex eastern methods by which one can safely work *with* the kundalini, but, contrary to what most westerners surmise, they involve intensive focus upon one's level of maturity and its growth. In other words, these methods involve a great deal more than just trying to move the kundalini. Really, they are about using the kundalini (very carefully and precisely) to encourage one's maturation -- the goal being *maturation* and not the mere movement of the kundalini.
Bardon's system sidesteps all of these issues by focusing upon developing the initiate's mago-mystical maturity directly. In Bardon's system, the kundalini is left in nature's hands and its rate of rising is left to nature's wisdom based upon the initiate's own rate of maturation.
When someone is suffering the discomforting consequences of having forced their chakras open and their kundalini to rise unnaturally, the remedy is to focus upon the work of character transformation. Only in this way is the individual's level of maturity raised to par with their unnaturally elevated or active kundalini.
My best to you,
:) Rawn Clark
29 Jan 2004