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Mental-Emotional Healing Crisis During Reiki Practice – Tips to Cope

Article by Haripriya Suraj, Reiki Master

Once attuned to Reiki, some people go through a phenomenon that could be termed a “mental-emotional-karmic” upheaval. This is quite common after a second degree attunement, though it can happen after other attunements as well. These people experience one or more rough patches in their lives. In these rough patches, they find themselves head on with many of the monsters that tormented them in the past and interfered with their quality of life. These monsters could be in the form of mental patterns like irrational fears, obsessions or compulsions and emotional patterns like feelings of being inadequate, unloved, undeserving, insecure, unsafe etc. Some karmic cleansing can also occur in the form of life changing experiences such as a break up, any kind of loss, miscarriage etc, depending on each person’s karmic blueprint. If you are going through an intense healing of this kind, know that you are not alone. In such challenging moments, it may seem like your world has come crashing down and that Reiki is actually causing more chaos in your life than good. It may feel like the energy has stopped working and that you are left to deal with a whole lot of mess all by yourself.

You wonder what happened to all the peace and pleasant feelings you experienced during the initial stages of your Reiki practice and may even start feeling bitter about healing yourself with Reiki.

If this sounds familiar, consider yourself blessed. Though dealing with fear, obsession, anxiety, anger, insecurity and the like seems far from being a blessing, know that if you are experiencing this, it is indeed a blessing in disguise. Reiki brings up all these patterns buried deep in your energy fields not to scare you, but to give you an opportunity to heal and overcome them. All the clutter that piled up in your energy fields over years, if not lifetimes, is brought up to be healed. All this clutter was buried so deep that you never even realised your energy fields carried a storehouse of unwanted baggage. They came up at specific moments in your life and you denied, suppressed or gave in to them, not knowing how to handle them. And you forgot all about them until they popped out of hiding at the next opportune moment. And this went on and on until Reiki came into your life and starting cleaning up the closet.

What do you do if you ever find yourself in this kind of a situation or healing crisis? The best thing to do is to go with the flow. Here are a few tips-

  1. First and foremost, allow the patterns to come up. Keep reminding yourself that this is a part of your healing and that it will pass in time.
  2. No matter how agitated you feel, make sure you practise daily self healing with Reiki. Reiki has a unique way of guiding us to the right places and right people. So, when you are in constant touch with its healing energies, you may be led to other teachers, guides or resources that will assist you with the healing process.
  3. Make sure you invoke Hon-Sha-Ze-Sho-Nen, Sei-Hei-Ki and Cho-Ku-Rei every time you practise self healing and even when you find yourself in the grip of stubborn patterns from your past.
  4.  If you feel lost and afraid, do not hesitate to request help from Reiki to guide you and help you heal in the most comfortable way possible. It is perfectly alright to talk to the energy, like you would talk to a friend and ask for its help. Remember, Reiki is a highly intelligent energy!
  5. You can also take the assistance of angels such as Archangel Michael or Archangel Raphael. All you need to do is request- “Dear Archangel Michael, please help me cope with this phase. Please bring me assistance and help me feel strong and comfortable.” And you will be assisted. The angels are always willing to help us, provided we ask them for help.
  6. Keep in touch with other people who may be part of your Reiki network. Sharing experiences often helps and you will take it easy when you see for yourself that others too might have had similar experiences.

If your own Reiki Master is able to guide and support you through this difficult phase, be thankful and do whatever he or she recommends to make your journey smooth. Do not try to analyse too much and just go with the flow. Some Masters are not in a position to offer ongoing support due to personal and professional constraints, in which case, you will have to support yourself. The above tips will help you.

The bottom-line is – No matter what, don’t give up!

Reiki always works for your highest good. In hindsight, we realise this truth. Keep your practice going at all costs and one day in the future, you will be glad that you persisted. Reiki love and blessings to you 🙂

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Haripriya Suraj
Haripriya Suraj

Haripriya Suraj is a Reiki Master, Angel Healer and Starseed Lightworker. Reiki is her constant companion from which she derives peace and contentment. She is deeply connected with the Stars and Angels and they form an integral part of her Reiki practice. Her core mission is to help bridge the worlds of Spirit and Science and to help Lightworkers connect with their unique soul missions. Haripriya offers Personalised Starseed Transmissions, apart from workshops in Reiki and Angel Healing. She resides in Bangalore, India. Reach Haripriya at lightworkersonearth.com, empoweredmedicine-hospitaldiaries.com on email at angelhealingbangalore@gmail.com and on Facebook at Angel Light.


{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Dee July 3, 2014, 7:27 am

    Thank you I look forward to your posts your information has opened up another world of Reiki uses I feel very blessed to have your guidance thank you once again ….god bless x

    • Haripriya Suraj July 16, 2014, 10:34 am

      You’re welcome Dee 🙂 Love & Light

  • Meirwen John July 3, 2014, 8:50 am

    Great article, thanks to being attuned to reiki I dealt with stuff that needed to be dealt with. Also I was well informed before my reiki attunment, which is always a good thing
    Love & blessings

    • Haripriya Suraj July 16, 2014, 10:36 am

      Thanks for sharing Meirwen John! Love & Light.

  • Michelle September 21, 2014, 12:47 pm

    I had a major life change after my first attunement…which eventually lead to me divorcing my husband.

  • missy September 21, 2014, 2:45 pm

    I went through two major shifts after my attunements…one, taking the step away from 25 years of teaching in early childhood education, two my husband leaving me after 30 years. This prompted emotional and mental crisis in which I was diagnosed add. The western doctor put me a a low dose of ritalin …I’ve always done everything natural so this went against my heart. But it’s helping. I’m receiving my third attainment next week…My question is can western medicine that works on the chemicals in the brain effect the energy flow when working as a reiki practitioner? I have a new practice and recently began taking clients.

  • Sandy Ink September 21, 2014, 6:03 pm

    I cannot thank you enough for this! The last two years I and my family has been through a very difficult time. A death of my mother and then a decision to place my father in a nursing home. Looking back at this time, I hadn’t experienced Reiki. Not until almost a year later,I know understand why and the reasons for everything, well there are some that I still question, but I don’t think earth bound spirits will ever truly understand until we pass. However, I had a Epiphany reading this . I understand and feel a huge releases of burden ,saddened, and pain that has been burried.
    I thank you for posting this as I have been on the Reiki journey alone thus far,so having your web site a wealth of knowledge.
    Thank you again.
    Sandy 🙂

  • Susan October 23, 2014, 3:48 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you, How Blessed this reminds me I am

  • Connie February 25, 2015, 12:27 pm

    Thank you! That is what I needed. I am going though this . That’s the way I feel after taking Reiki 2 a month ago. This is the message I need. Thank you, thank you ! Thank you!
    Love & light

  • unknown May 6, 2015, 6:55 pm

    Hi, i am in need of some desperate help!! I started having energy healing about 4 weeks ago and up until last week i had been feeling good then all of a sudden iv had overwhelming feelings of anxiety, fear, intrusive thought to the point where it is unbearable. My healer has not told me anything about a healing reaction. Could this be what iam experiencing,

  • Nivedita May 18, 2015, 6:04 am

    I went through a series of physical pain from migrane to cervical spondylitis. But Divine reiki n angels helped me to come out of this. Thanks haripriya for ur kind words. They are really strengthening. GOD BLESS YOU.

  • Tahany El Banna July 17, 2015, 3:57 am

    Thanks for Sharing… Remain grateful to you 🙂

  • Michiel August 5, 2015, 10:56 am

    Thank you for writing this down, at the moment I am in a healing crisis and I notice how much baggage from the past is still with me, so many emotions, so many fears.

    • Charlotte September 29, 2015, 2:11 pm

      Hi Michael, Do you mind me asking was this after a Reiki treatment or Attunement? How long have you been like this for?

  • Charlotte September 29, 2015, 2:05 pm

    I have just completed the last Attunement for my Reiki Level 2. It was 6 days ago. I felt wonderful for the first few days but now feel as though I’m gripped in a world of fear, panic & extreme emotion. Already today I’ve had 2 anxiety attacks, a huge row with my lovely sister & am very close to destroying a new relationship with. A very special man. Has anyone else experienced symptoms as strong like this? But the main thing is, how long can they last?! #endoftether

  • jane March 17, 2017, 3:40 am

    i have been receiving reiki treatments for approximately a year now, i attended and received the first 4 attunements on level 1,less than a week ago, i felt the best i had ever felt and within 72 hours felt that my world has come crashing down bringing up all my suppressed demons to the surface.and not knowing how to cope, feeling so alone . is this normal and how long will it last

  • HariniSankar August 18, 2017, 9:17 am

    Jai reiki. Dear angel your message is so reassuring and was so timely. It has given me a ray of hope when I felt things were worsening…God bless you. I could relate every word you have penned and am going to just blindly do more reiki the way you gave beautifully guided. Thank you so much. Sending lots of love and gratitude.

  • Angela October 17, 2019, 1:35 pm

    I am really struggling since my Reiki 2 attunments. The first ones felt very gentle but this time around is horrible. Nothing has changed in my outer circumstances but in the past few weeks I am convinced that no one likes me and I’m unpopular and unloveable, I feel isolated and lonely (I am a single mum so this isn’t ideal as I need to keep upbeat to keep us all going), my issues with my toxic family have re-surfaced, I’m depressed about my Twin Flame and the associated abandonment issues (I was doing really well for a while) and worried about this new career path. All my demons are surfacing.
    My question is…
    How do I process / heal this stuff ‘once and for all’?? Will it come up again in the future, this pain?
    For example, I’ve talked about my family issues a lot in the past (grumbled/ranted/journalled) but it obviously didn’t ‘heal’ it long term otherwise it wouldn’t be coming up again now…. what’s required of me to process and heal it properly this time so that I can become more ‘Whole’ ? Thank you x

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