How to Avoid a Healing Crisis

What is a Healing Crisis? Healing Crisis is something that happens when a lot of healing is done in a short period of time and the clean-up and the waste removal from poisons and toxin released from the body and mind is unable to keep up with the release, causing sometimes a worsening of symptoms before improvement.

Some symptoms of a Healing Crisis may include: A panicky feeling; increased pain; anxiety; fatigue; lethargy; a surreal feeling. Symptoms may vary from one person to another, and may last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to days or for some even months.


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    Have the body prepared for the healing, by increasing the efficiency of the waste systems of the body before you begin to work on healing.
    • There are two main waste systems in the body, the Lymphatic System and the Urinary System.
      • The Lymphatic System parallels the Circulatory System, but runs purely on water and muscle movement to propel it along its way. The Lymphatic System picks up waste from body cells. It is impaired when tight clothing is worn and by lack of movement. Exercise and movement substantially help the Lymphatic System with its job. Water is essential for the Lymphatic System to work properly. Drink plenty of water and move around to help work the Lymphatic System.
      • The Urinary System collects and excretes waste from the body. Water is the greatest key to allowing the Urinary System to remove poisons and toxins from the body. "The solution to pollution is dilution." If you are not drinking enough water, the Urinary System may be hampered in its ability to remove poisons, toxins and waste from the body.
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    Drink water. Having a person well hydrated before beginning to deal with healing may be a big key to avoiding a Healing Crisis.
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    Check your diet. Another key to getting the body ready to deal with healing is making sure it is getting plenty of protein, and not being overrun with sugar, processed carbs and grains. It may be wise to check up on a person's diet and make sure they are eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and proteins, and not eating a lot of fast food, prepackaged foods, sugars and grains for at least a week or two before starting into deep healing.
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    Check with the body's computer system to see if it is running at capacity before beginning to work on someone, and throughout healing sessions, to avoid overloading them.
    • One way to check with the body's computer system is simply to use Reflex Muscle Testing and ask the body each time you complete a technique if it is okay to continue. A weak muscle when you ask, "Can I continue to work with this body?" means it is time to stop now. Ask the body to save the work and when would be a good time to continue.
    • Another tell-tale sign that the body is at or beyond capacity is when Reflex Muscle Testing gives the same result for Yes and No. Often the body will give weakness on both if the body is full, but sometimes it will show strong on both. If you ever get an unexpected answer on Reflex Muscle Testing, check two questions with known answers, one yes and one no, to verify if the body is going beyond capacity. If it is getting overfilled, you will get an incorrect answer on one of them. If this happens, ask the body to save the work and stop immediately.
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    Learn Switchwords. There are a few Switchword phrases that may help alleviate a healing crisis.
    • The Switchphrase "DIVINE-LIGHT-FLOW" may be helpful for brightly focusing positivity and stepping out of routine, allowing flow. When one deals with illness and disease, generally it relates to negative emotions and ways of being, one must allow oneself to flow in another direction to release the illness or disease.
    • The Switchphrase "OPEN-GO-BE" may be useful for releasing and allowing things to progress and return to health and peace.
    • The Switchphrase "CRYSTAL-ALONE-BE" may be useful for connecting to the healing path and opening to healing.


  • Switchwords are powerful poignant words used to connect directly to the subconscious mind, giving it direction for drawing the essence of the Switchword to you. The more a Switchword is repeated, the more it affects your energy. The more it affects your energy, the more you draw the experience, condition or response the Switchword represents to you. Chant the Switchwords given to help clear a Healing Crisis.
  • Switchwords are always presented in full caps, as that is how they were presented to us by James T. Mangan and Shunyam Nirav.

Sources and Citations

  • James T. Mangan introduced us to Switchwords in his book "The Secret of Perfect Living, first published in 1963, back in print since 2006.
  • Shunyam Nirav returned focus to Switchwords in his book "Switchwords - Easily Give to You Whatever You Want in Life in 2006.
  • Learn more about using Switchwords at:

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