ASMR Vs. Chakra Activation

I have been been asked the following question multiple times lately so decided to write a formal answer!

Question: Is the feeling associated with ASMR the same thing as chakra stimulation?

ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) has been described as an activation of the pleasure response; however there is no research on the subject.  It is felt, by some people, as a  pleasurable, tingling sensation at the back of the head and neck, more of an external, surface sensation.
Stimulation of individual chakras is not felt physically.  The results of chakra activation are seen in the mental state of a person.  I will not go into chakra characteristics here but it is an interesting read if you are curious J  What can be felt physically is the activation of Kundalini energy when it is allowed to flow freely throughout the body.
Personally I have experienced both kundalini rising and ASMR.  In my experience ASMR is an external kind of pleasurable feeling in the back of the neck and head.  Whereas Kundalini Awakening, is an internal pulling, pulsing feeling, like that of an electrical current running through the body, that heightens awareness bringing the individual towards bliss, Enlightenment.
The point of chakra activation is to balance the energy field of the body in order to bring health and healing both physically, mentally and spiritually.  Once the chakras are balanced kundalini can uncoil from the root chakra and make its up way through the body to escape through the crown chakra creating connection with the universal energy.
Perhaps ASMR can help a person on the path to awakened Kundalini…. But I believe they are a different  experience all together. 
With guided meditation the ASMR experience may occur as a result of the pleasure response being activated by the voice you hear; however it is awareness (mindfulness) of the union of breath, body, mind and spirit that will balance the chakras to allow awakening. 
Not to say that the feelings created with ASMR are not chakra stimulation.  Currently there is controversy as to whether ASMR actually exists; no one can say for sure what the feeling is or how it is created.

I leave this up to you.  What do you think?  Have you ever experienced the sensation of Kundalini awakening?  The experience is entirely personal, we will each feel it differently.  

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  • May 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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    I began experiencing frisson (or cold chills) listening to Mozart when I was a child, however, I always associated this feeling with a more spiritual source – not just a response to an external stimulus (ASMR B). Eventually I was able to sustain and recreate these waves of energy (ASMR A) by focusing and breathing techniques (using Kundalini exercises). A year ago I met with a Vietnamese spiritual teacher who indicated that I was indeed experiencing Kundalini. I'm now under the impression that either ASMR A is actually Kundalini awakening, or ASMR A “activates” the same bio-mechanisms that are also activated when practicing Kundalini meditation (unless what I experience is not ASMR, or isn't really Kundalini). Perhaps, ASMR B is a doorway into spiritual development, and the composers of music that initiates ASMR B knowingly (or unknowingly) contribute to the awakening of Kundalini in their listeners…. Would be nice to hear from others that could corroborate the connection between ASMR A and Kundalini, or provide information indicating that they are two completely separate phenomena.

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  • May 5, 2014 at 6:51 pm
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    Exactly! Who am I or anyone else to say what you are experiencing! I feel it as 2 different things however I do believe that ASMR can activate the same bio-mechanisms as Kundalini awakening. I believe with practice you will begin to feel a subtle difference between the 2. or maybe not! We are all so unique in our experiences just as our perceptions of the same event will create different memories and associated feelings. The point is to keep practicing 🙂 because when we can all relate to each other on an energy plane peace will come because we will see that we are all the same just the experience is different. Namaste!

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  • July 31, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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    I have never had a kundalini activation before but I did want to comment on the feeling I am experiencing with ASMR type A. My best description is very close to that of your description of the awakening, “Whereas Kundalini Awakening, is an internal pulling, pulsing feeling, like that of an electrical current running through the body”. I can trigger ASMR merely by thinking a happy or sad thought that I wish to feel – I'm going to call it a release for lack of terminology. But lately I have been listening to kundalini meditations to clear daily frustrations and the results have been overwhelmingly powerful. It begins as a tingle in the back of my head and travels throughout my entire body to the tips of my toes. Similar to water bouncing off the rear of a bathtub, the tingling/electricity/rippling/blissful sensation travels back up into my torso and again passes back down as if it is breathing or pulsing within me. These waves can be prolonged as long as I focus. They can also be further fueled by additional releases. It is difficult to determine whether it just exists on my skin or is deeper. Other than that, I know very little about what is going on but would like to know more.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 3:59 am
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    I can have ASMR sensations just by will. To me it's like moving an arm. I have to let it flow exactly like an electrical current that has wiring along my body. ASMR is very real to me.

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  • May 20, 2015 at 4:59 am
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    As I have posted before. While I would receive mostly uncontrollable type B throughout my childhood and into adulthood, my type A developed outside of whispering videos or music or anything else. It developed from a belief that I could feel the energy that surrounds me. I believe we have a way of changing our frequency to synchronize with the energy around us. This ability opens the door to many other traits. As others have posted. I can create Type A at will, hold it for as long as I choose, and I feel it from my head to my toes, depending on how hard i feel like concentrating. While thinking emotional thoughts drives a harsh Type A that is less controllable. Absorbing the energy around you can be felt throughout your body and is largely controllable for a somewhat indefinite time period. My advice to anyone who feels that they have Type A is to close your eyes, breathe slow and long, reach out your hand, and TELL the energy around you to come to you. Listen to it. if you can clear your mind, you never know what premonitions may come to you. While many claim that the purpose of ASMR is unclear, I believe it is a step in evolution, it is the beginnings of our connection to the multi-verse. Now if only someone could teach us how to harness it.

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  • December 5, 2015 at 4:00 am
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    I discovered ASMR a few months ago but have been meditating to some degree for most of my adult life. I too quickly discovered that I was type A. I was not even aware of Kundalini and am extremely rational person. Not even sure what to think of Chakras. Basically I discovered that the strength of the ASMR response was dependent on how focused I was. Then Something happened. I experienced what felt like MANY multiple recurring full body orgasms. The ASMR video that triggered it was in no way sexual although the experience was. Again, I didn't think too much of that other than “Holy shit that was amazing, there's no way that'll ever happen again.” Anyway, a few weeks later I was doing a type A meditation listening to gentle white noise and things started to get intense. There was an intense and pleasant pulsating in my forehead so I kept it up. Soon my head felt like there was an immobile glowing presence trying to escape. At least that's how it felt. The visuals were actually not that spectacular but the insights were. Although not orgasmic it was beyond blissful. I did feel “Changed” after that occurred but I struggle with anxiety and mild depersonalization so it's not a completely unfamiliar feeling. The next night I sat again and a similar sensation on the top of my head started getting stronger. As it peaked I felt what could only be described as an intense spiritual understanding. Many insights were beyond rational while others were confusing. Once that came to a conclusion I experienced about 24 hours of strange mental clarity. I was feeling the rain on my face and realized that it felt like pins and needles. It felt good. Then I realized that's what rain always feels like. Nerve endings sending an impulse. We create the idea of rain in our heads. I noticed with explicit detail how your heartbeat affects your thoughts. Then it occurred to me. The heart at least helps to set the clock speed of our brainwaves. Approximately once every second your neurons get a fresh dose of chemical energy. There must be a pulse of electricity. Factor in harmonics and feedback and voila. Brainwaves. Nothing too profound but I was suddenly inundated by these thoughts. I won't lie. Everything feels a little spooky now but also a little awesome. It's still just sinking in. So I don't know what to call that experience.

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