Healing Crisis?

Bronwen and Frans StieneArticles, English 5 Comments


Many practitioners use the words “healing crisis” when referring to an energetic response to the system of Reiki, but is this correct?

Most of us label the word, crisis, as something negative, so when we talk about a healing crisis we start to see this as a negative aspect of our healing.

But healing is all about becoming healthy and whole, even though in the process we might experience clearing or purification when we do hands on healing or have a daily meditation practice.

Some of these purification experiences are vomiting, shaking, skin rashes, crying, laughing, extreme heat or cold flushes, sharp or dull pain in the body, strange dreams, you name it.

How should we then view these experiences? As something negative or positive?

We can best see these kind of reactions positively.

Let’s look at it from this view point; say you had worked in the garden and your pants and shirt got stains on them. You have to wash them to get them clean. In this process the first thing that happens is that your water gets all dirty and murky. You rejoice in that fact as you know now that the stains are coming out of your clothes.

This is what we can best do with our own healing – rejoice as we have these purification experiences. They are signs that our stains are coming out of our body, mind, and energy. 

Sometimes the purification process lasts only a moment, yet others times it can last a few days or weeks.

Not all of our stains, though, come out immediately. Some take a lot of time to get out and might also need harder work – more meditation so to speak.

Let’s take another look at the stains in our clothes. If they’re old, we need to scrub harder to get them out. Maybe we even need to use some kind of different soap depending upon what kind of stain it is. This is also why within the system of Reiki there are different practices for different kind of internal stains within our mind, body, and energy.

And as we always say: better out now than in 10 years time.

So, next time when you have a purification experience, or your client or student has one, rejoice, don’t see it as a crisis. Your mind, body, and energy are shifting the stains and you are beginning to feel happier and healthier.

Comments 5

  1. Avatar of Elly

    Very well put! I too was taught to call it a “healing crisis,” but “healing process” is much more apt. Especially when giving or receiving Reiju or attunements, or in class, where lots of energy is concentrated and moving, the effects of this process can be dramatic, both at the time and later. But it’s clearing out byosen blockages, making you a clear channel for the energy, washing you clean, as you say. When you turn on a light switch, the electricity must first run up the cord before the bulb will light. Imagine what a shock this is for the cord! Yet soon the power is streaming freely, the bulb is lit, and there is connection rather than agitation. We should welcome these signs that the switch has been thrown in us rather than dreading them. It is not a crisis, it is an opening, to the energy and to the light.

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  3. Avatar of Frans Stiene

    Hi Elly,
    Wonderful way of expressing it.
    Yes we need to rejoice the fact that we feel this current of energy through us.
    That we feel the old emotions, hurts, pains, etc. leaving us.
    Only when we rejoice about it we start to really be the light.

  4. Avatar of seema

    I really like the picture of washing machine , cracks me ..he he. it reminds me how much i used to say to my husband not to laundery as when it comes out it has all the white patches as he would mix up whites and blacks . Then I see few my bachelor friends who would try to do laundery and clothes will come out still dirty. Just thinking—if the colored clothes and whites are like our different emotions , all jumbled up and when we try to agitate too much we come out in all patches and when also when we try to “wash ourselves” without using the right ” product” or ” wash cycle”  meaning proper tools , teacher , teachings etc. we come out same or worse .. I really like this article , just brings smile every time I read it 🙂

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