What does “pulling up the energy” mean?
The answer is quite simple:
Whenever I use the term “pulling up the energy,” for example in The Secret Power of Kriya Yoga, it is merely an indication to move your attention upward from one point to another within your spinal cord.
Visualize your spinal cord, or feel it as a “hollow tube,” and move your attention from the chosen “point” to another as if it were exerting some kind of “pressure.”
For example, if the instruction is to pull up the energy from the Root Chakra (Muladhara) toward the Third-eye (Ajna), all you have to do is:
1- Visualize your spinal cord or feel it as hollow tube, just like in the picture above. Make sure it has the same type of curvature so that you perceive it as real as possible;
2- Place your attention on the bottom of your spinal cord (Perineum ~ Root Chakra);
3- Move your attention upward through the spinal cord (“hollow tube”) from the perineum toward the third-eye (the point between the eyebrows or in the middle of the brain, depending on the instruction given), exerting some kind of “pressure.”
As you can see, the picture below shows the energy being pulled up (and down) through the middle of the spine.
As you keep practicing, you will eventually begin to feel some vibration or tingling as you pull the energy up through the spinal cord, as if it were some kind of “life-energy.”
This type of “moving the attention upward” and “using tactile imagining to feel pressure” is typically used in Kriya or Kundalini Yoga techniques, such as Maha Mudra, Yoni Mudra, some forms of Kriya Pranayama, or Kriya Supreme Fire. In Kriya Supreme Fire, the energy is pulled up from the Root Chakra (Muladhara) toward the Heart Chakra (Anahata).
Such a simple instruction can make a tremendous difference in your spiritual practice if correctly applied.
Above everything, don’t forget to abide in the blissful silence of Parvastha after your spiritual practice.
“The aftereffects of Kriya bring with them the utmost peace and bliss.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda
Man’s Eternal Quest
This peace and bliss can become your standard state of being. Who wouldn’t want to be unconditionally happy?