When energy travels through the body, it sometimes meets blockages that impede its flow. Genevieve Paulson states, "Energy blocks are caused by locked-in attitudes or feelings or old emotional or mental scars. Poor posture and injuries can also create energy blocks."(5)As Kurt Keutzer says concerning the effect of such blockages, (see Related Links), "There will almost certainly be periods of pronounced psychological discomfort and social alienation". There is also anecdotal evidence of physical discomfort as well.(6) When this happens in yoga, it’s called "kundalini syndrome" - a term used to describe how this new-felt energy affects those who are unprepared for it or who fail to integrate the energy effectively.
So the “honeymoon
period” is over, and (as some teachers put it) the students’
“real personality” is coming out; it’s a definite change,
and an obviously uncomfortable time for them. Once I noticed
it, it became easier to spot, but more and more puzzling; I
asked other teachers and body workers about their
experiences and was led to this esoteric subject. I didn’t
come into this knowing about chakras, kundalini, etc., but
it seems to fit the bill. So until a better explanation
comes along that answers the question from a
mind-body-spirit viewpoint--this will do.
Teachers should research this as they would any other advanced aspect of the dance; and then address in the classroom. As adolescents need to know about the changes puberty brings, belly dancers need to know about this phenomenon, what to expect and how to handle it. I’m sure some people will “tune out” this information as effectively as teenagers “tune out” their parents, but in any case at least some of them will understand why they seem to have run off the track, and that it’s not “just them”.
How can teachers and students achieve balanced growth of the mind, body, and spirit if we only concentrate on the physical—our material success, our image, technique, reputation etc.? The end result of that will be at best, unsatisfactory, and at worst, spiritually repressive and/or psychologically destructive. That’s not very “empowering” is it?!Continued: Part 3: More Evidence of Chakra Energy in Belly Dance.