Transmuting the Healing Crisis into a Breakthrough

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate".

- C.G. Jung

If you’re like me, you just read the word crisis and thought, “Oh crap! How do I avoid this?”.

For many people, the word crisis triggers negative thoughts and feelings associated with fear, confusion, and uncertainty. However, not all crises are meant to have a negative connotation.

In Holistic and Integrative Healing, the term crisis is used to represent a critical turning point in the process of healing. It is most commonly used by practitioners of Reiki to represent the symptoms that arise during and after a Reiki session.

Reiki and the Healing Crisis

Reiki is an ancient Japanese energy healing technique. It works with life force energy to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and other physical ailments.

Life force energy, a.k.a “Ki”, “chi”, or “prana”, is the energy that flows through and gives life to the physical and subtle bodies of all living beings. When life force energy is in balance, it contributes to good health and proper functioning of our vital organs. Unbalanced life force energy causes weakened functioning of the physical body and its internal organs, which leads to poor organ functioning and illness.

The concept of Reiki healing suggests that any imbalances in our energy field can manifest as physical dis-ease. Therefore, the healing energy works to rebalance and heal the life force energy that flows within our physical, and subtle energetic bodies - chakras, meridians, and nadis.

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