1) A time when a difficult or important decision must be made.
2) The turning point of a disease when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death.
A crisis implies a tipping point, a point of no return, a point of immense change and important choice making. By that definition, crisis is never something to avoid. Rather it is something to embrace when it arises. Because it means something important is happening. It means something needs to be let go of. Something present in one’s life no longer serves their highest good. A crisis arises when it’s time to move beyond it, when it’s time to choose wisely in favor of a new and untread path. One can be certain if they’re experiencing a crisis that something profound is taking place within them.
For me, it is a matter of shedding the devotion to the small, separate self; the devotion to the principle of individuality as the supreme ideal. It is much better in my opinion to pursue the cultivation of community, the cultivation of one’s gifts and passions for the betterment of the world. So this little crisis, this depression, is exactly what I have suspected it to be: it is inner turmoil alerting me to the presence of energies that no longer serve me.
How wonderful to know I get to spend a whole month, reading, writing, meditating, and shedding these old skins at my residency. Perfect timing, eh?