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Energy healing can be a viable alternative for providing depression help, easing the pervasive, flat, grayness and joylessness of a melancholic mood disorder.
Of course, with major depression, it should only be used as a complementary therapy. Please, please seek professional treatment if you are suffering from major depression. It's a serious illness and should never be ignored or taken lightly.
You can read about some of the energetic causes of depression on this page. Below you'll find a few energy healing strategies for working with pervasive low moods, a sense of hopelessness, low energy, and lack of joy—all hallmarks of depression.
While depression is complex and every session should be unique, these strategies are going to be useful for most people.
Weak grounding or connection to earth energy is a major issue for
many people experiencing depression. In nearly all cases of depression help can be derived from addressing this. To strengthen grounding:
Often depressed people are leaking energy, either from an energetic wound or injury, or just from an over-porous field.
Work to support a strong 3rd chakra. This helps to create and maintain healthy personal boundaries, both physical, emotional and energetic.
Also try this exercise for strengthening your energetic boundaries.
People who are depressed are often energetically very
depleted. They are often both leaking energy through a compromised boundary, and
not taking in enough external energy.
Once the boundary of the field strengthened, it's good to address that depletion.
**Grounding is crucial for "filling up the well." Do it often.
**Support the second chakra
Second chakra work promotes joy, which is usually completely lacking for someone who's depressed. The second chakra also governs receptivity, so it helps depressed people, who have often closed themselves off from receiving external energy with a hard energetic shell. Here are a few activities to support the second chakra.
Belly breathe or use some of these other breathwork techniques. Breath-work is "good for what ails you." Belly breathing balances your blood chemistry, soothes your nervous system (anxiety often goes hand-in-hand with depression), balances and smoothes your energy and supports the third chakra -- among a whole host of other things. Do it at least 5 minutes, preferably twice a day.
**Hold the acupressure point Stomach 36: (3 Mile Point)
Located on the outer-front calf, approximately four finger-widths below the bottom of the kneecap and one finger-breadth outside the shinbone, in the depression between the shinbone and the leg muscle. You should be able to feel the muscle flex when you lift your foot off the ground. It relieves depression, balances emotion, and promotes vitality.
**Hold the acupressure point Lung 1 (Letting Go)
Located at the outside of the upper chest, under the shoulder, in the space just below the first rib. To find it, locate the depression below the end of the clavicle. Lung1 is one thumb-width below this and slightly inward (in the first intercostal space). Provides depression help by relieving grief and moving blocked emotions.
Often people who are depressed have repressed some integral part of
themselves. They feel grief over this loss, and a sort of "psychic
bleeding out" from the wound. Reuniting the self with its lost or
repressed parts can heal the wound and the grief.
Here's a centering exercise to help "call the self" home.
Redefining how you think of depression can also help you reclaim your power and re-integrate lost parts of yourself.
Depression is complicated. From an energy healing standpoint, there can be many causes. The energy healing for depression help ideas above are just a few possible approaches. I hope they're valuable to you. And if you or someone you love has to deal with depression, I hope you or they experience healing.
I know from personal experience how much suffering can be involved in depression. I also know from personal experience that it can get easier to cope with over time, and that it's possible to get beyond it, for long stretches of time anyway. (I can't really say permanently until I die, but I actually think I'm over depression permanently.) So there's hope for everyone. And hope is good medicine, too.
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