As our word of the week series continues here at South Orange County Detox and Treatment, we will be highlighting the Sanskrit word “Kriya” which can be defined as a “spiritual seizure” that takes place after we have allowed ourselves to be broken from a malady that has arisen and which can only be resolved by an intervention from a divine source. The most obvious Kriya in the context of recovery from substance abuse is the final phase before we make a decision to turn our will and life over to a power greater than ourselves. More bluntly stated, a Kriya can be a stern nudge from our higher power that says, “Do you get it now? You separate yourself from Me when you refuse to acknowledge the higher calling I have for you.” It is the insult added to the already sustained injury that has came about from our own making.
A Kriya can also present itself to us following an event or series of events in which we are engaging in actions that are not spiritually advantageous. Manifested physically, Kriyas can be severe fatigue, nausea and vomiting, head and stomachaches, and so on. Much like synchronicity, which was our focus last week, Kriyas come from a realm that is hidden from us, but that intervenes to help point us in the right direction, or warns us that if we continue on a negative trajectory, we will certainly pay a spiritual and often physiological price. Here at South Orange County Detox and Treatment, we believe in treating addiction not only with cognitive strategies and emotional processing but also we believe it is integral to include the addition of spirituality as means to reconnect, and tap into, the divinity that we so desperately need to embrace.