I wrote this today for a forum. I thought you would enjoy reviewing it because it holds some of my core understandings about Kundalini.
My kundalini is awake and maturely developed. If we say intensity is a measure of enlightenment then I would have to be the most enlightened person on the planet. Based on experience I would say intensity is based on how much clearing the kundalini has to do through the body which determines the intensity. A lot of crap in the body/mind/spirit means a lot of fuel for the fire so a lot of dramatic experiences.
My awakening was explosive, fiery hot, dramatic, and orgasmic. My friend, a Xing Yi master, told me that if I was his student and my kundalini awoke like that he would have been ashamed and lost face. Why? Because the Chinese don't do crazy. In yogic or chinese cultivation practices it takes three years to have an awakened kundalini. That is because you do the process slowly and the practices eventually clear all the crap out of your system so you can have a non dramatic awakening.
Being a shallow American I like fast and quick and full on pleasure so I have no complaints with the way my K process happened or unfolded.
Experiences are just experiences. Intensity is not a measure of enlightenment. A better measure is what's different about the practitioner now? IMO, kundalini awakening is a cross cultural phenomenon, manifested in all the great sprititual traditions most often hidden in occult language. Such knowledge was/is available to only the higher levels...the priesthood, the popes, etc. Why? because walking the kundalini path is opening the door to true Power. Don't want that in the hands of the masses. Why they might get empowered and no longer be satisfied with being sheeple.
When your kundalini awakes this is the new birth. You become a new person. It's a brand new life. As the Christians say, "old things pass away, all things become new." If you are not different then your k is not in gear.
In non Christian terms, kundalini development heals the split in the body/mind/spirit/matrix. The result is one begins to walk in spontaneous concert with the Tao not living life in reaction. Kundalini creates Alphas out of betas or even zetas. It's the warrior lightening path and not for the faint of heart.