Kundalini awakening definitely is path to higher consciousness but what consciousness we are talking about!
This higher consciousness is the spirit, soul atman existing in our heart. The whole purpose of human life is reaching this higher consciousness, spirit existing in heart.
Indulging in spirituality detailed in Bhagavad Gita when human beings finally liberated themselves from cycle of birth and death forever, it announces full awakening of kundalini shakti. At this moment the brain of the seeker activates 100%, fully.
To an awakened one, there was nothing more to be known. Finally connecting to reservoir of jnana wisdom contained in entire cosmos, one becomes knower of all forever.
A kundalini awakened person can contact God Almighty, Brahman every second of life through path of Shruti jnana, the universal means of communication.
How potential kundalini awakening is can be gauged from the fact that the brain of an enlightened one, a kundalini awakened one energizes 100%. Normal human beings used their brain 1 to 2%, the balance always lying dormant. Kundalini awakened human beings used their brain 100%.
Kundalini awakening becomes possible indulging in spirituality as detailed in Bhagavad Gita. There was never a shortcut path to full kundalini awakening except indulging in jnana wisdom contained in Bhagavad Gita. To indulge in teachings of spirituality contained in Bhagavad Gita one has to master delicate art of contemplation (chintan). Only then we can reach the hidden cosmic truths of life contained in scriptures of different religions of world.
Full kundalini awakening must be indulged by a seeker whose goal of life is spiritual never religion. God can be reached, kundalini can be awakened indulging in spirituality never religion.