I found that kundalini transformation is about total surrender of mind and body. When fully surrendered our higher-self or being takes over, which is experienced as a rush of energy and also is that which creates the symptoms we experience as transformation ensues.
I feel that a large part of kundalini transformation is learning better to go to center, as the observer, to watch the metamorphosis going on in the body. At first I felt it as painful and unwanted, or like negative symptoms, and I felt like a victim. Later when it got more painful, this pushed me even more to center to be able to take it. As I learned to do that, then I realized it was part of the process to learn how to surrender at will when needed. Then while in observing mode like this, I noticed that I knew there was pain in the body, but it was in the background. It was like I could see the locus of pain at the point in the body, as a point of fire or transformation. On one side I saw the energy rushing into the point of body being worked, then the pain was felt at the point, and behind it pleasure with the new healed tissue behind it while was filling with tingling blissful energy. I could see energy flowing away from that point being ‘healed’ and going down to the root, collecting, reforming and building energy in the pelvic bowl. I watched this process many hundreds of hours. My conclusion was that transformational pain was only experienced when I resisted ‘mentally or emotionally’ when I identified with the symptom as unwanted and negative. When I let go of that notion and went into quiet stillness, then there was no pain.
With that said, I don’t think the question should be about lessening symptoms, as symptoms are the signs one is being healed. The nature of personality and why it stays in place is because we don’t want to change. When we feel symptoms as annoying and negative, then it means we are resisting that which we feel as painful. All healing has the side effect of transformational pain, as when tissues mend and reform; there is heat and reorganization. But as ‘practicing higher beings’, there is nothing that we are faced with which we don’t have the strength to confront. That it is happening now, means it is a challenge we are ready to take on. If we don’t want the symptoms and side effects of the bodily changes and healing process, then we are reacting emotionally and resisting our own healing process. This resistance is what is causing the pain. The majority of pain that is felt comes from resistance, and what we are resisting is self-change, or metamorphosis itself.
Rather we should change our attitude and welcome symptoms and see them as signs of healing and transformation. When we do that, then we can lessen our resistance to the kundalini transformation process and rather nurture it and help it along by becoming a better observer. Learning to be relaxed and at ease in the no-mind state is our inherent destination. Who is it that doesn’t want to transform into our true being?
If we have the attitude to not want the symptoms then we are resisting the process of metamorphosis itself. I also don’t agree with medicating the symptoms because it’s the same thing as being resistant to the healing process and not learning how to go beyond one’s own resistance – which is that perceived as ‘unwanted pain’. To transform and heal, we have to welcome transformational pain as part of the process. There is no other way around it. By practice of relating to arising symptoms rather than escaping from them, we learn to go to center as being and stay calm at the center, which is the end-goal. So if we can see kundalini symptoms as positive and as signs of healing vs. something that needs to be avoided or eliminated, it will greatly help the progress of our kundalini transformation. If we resist, it takes much longer.