What is Life Reentry?

Life Reentry is an inner language designed to interrupt a survival based default setting constructed by the human mind to restrict change, defaulting on familiar routine while in transition. In turn it created a stagnant, self soothing loop that ejects the individual out of life and into a holding pattern.

The Discovery

Christina Rasmussen coined the terms "Waiting Room" and "Invisible Loss" to aid the human mind in tracing itself while transition. She spent ten years distinguishing 3 unique thought personas that occupy the self while suspended between two realities. A past and a future.

The Waiting Room


The Life Reentry Model begins with the individual stuck between two worlds, a place we call The Waiting Room: a psychological, space inhabited after loss. A gap between lives: the life that has been forced into the past due to unprocessed and invisible grief, and the new life that has yet to begin.

You can think of The Waiting Room as a survival coping mechanism with its own language, thoughts, and neural pathways. It begins with honest intentions but becomes a comfortable space where most people never leave. We enter The Waiting Room for healing loss, but we stay to protect ourselves from fear. For an individual to reenter their life a series of changes must occur. This is the process of Life Reentry.

The Science

When the amygdala part of our brain remains in a state of long-term stress, it will favor self-protective beliefs over logical decision-making and planning. This leaves the individual trapped; no longer mourning, but not quite living, either.

The Three Selves

When we experience an inner hidden loss event (invisible loss) impacted by an outer experience, we must not rely on our default survival mechanism to get through it long term, but in the divergent mix of the three Life Reentry thought personas.

The Survivor Self

There is tremendous power in identifying The Survivor Self—the fear-driven inner caretaker that wants to protect us from further trauma and loss.

The Watcher Self

Each of us have an intuitive and understanding voice inside. We refer to this as The Watcher. Even when we claim to be lost in grief, there is always a higher level of perception we can connect to.

The Thriver Self

While The Survivor reclusively prevents pain, The Thriver aspires toward life without restrictions. It is like a child’s imagination, existing without awareness of laws or rules. For each of us, The Thriver represents our potential and continually rises above any misconceptions we have about our strength.