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Understanding Depression and Finding New Ways to Overcome It: Part 2

April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160

Depression has become the third largest individual health problem in Australia - more women than men experience depression (almost twice as many) and around one million of us will experience a depressive illness this year alone. In this article we'll look at how the body can be used to create anchors for us and how we can make time in our everyday lives to debrief and prepare for our challenges.

Depression is a malady of our age and is part of our shared psyche - it could be called a spirit of our times. Wherever you are, whatever you do, the spirit of the age is present. Its important to know how you can assist yourself before, during or after depression visits yourself or someone you love. These principles are based on the running of the human body in synch with the energetic flow of life and draw from indigenous wisdom.

1. Principle one is context, context is the surrounding information that gives meaning to a certain event. Context can answer the question, "Where am I?" To build a connection with the land under our feet gives us both feelings of being grounded and centred- powerful wells to draw from when we feel lost or confused.

Shamanic context comes from the regular observance of changing seasons and tides of life. This could be walking daily and observing the change of the earth seasons, redecorating to change the colours or layout of your home, and consciously following the patterns of holiday times, a weekly day off, or a regular weekly event, like Friday date night etc. Our bodily patterns of eating, sleeping and creativity differ season to season, consciously marking the start and end of seasons helps us stay attuned to our body's wisdom and get in touch with what's happening here and in the now. To get in touch with the present moment is to build a sense of belonging that anchors us.

2. Principle two is rites, rites are a solemn ceremony that marks the changes in our lives. Rites can answer the question, "Who am I?". When we celebrate the major passages of our life we birth ourselves consciously. This conscious care and attention to what our bodies are experiencing can offset much of the grief and disillusionment of becoming something we are not ready for or welcomed into.

Shamanic rites mark the passages of girls becoming women then mothers then wise women, boys becoming men and fathers and elders, and communities becoming new expressions of their ancient ways. Acknowledgment and celebration of these transformations gives us anchors to go back to when we experience things falling away or falling down around us. Sharing our life changes with our families and our communities allows us to share the weight and the benefits of coming of age. This kind of community sharing helps us to feel welcomed and supported as we find our newly grown selves in the context of global or even universal anchors.

These two principles can be applied directly to balance and combat depression. Both of these methods hook us into the flow of energy in the world around us and the ebbs and flows of energy in the body that we live in. Happily, building context and honouring our rites can be very simple or as ritually organised as we would like to make them. The time we will invest in anchoring ourselves into our deeper wisdom will depend how much time we have to devote to our selves, how our communities are taught to respond to such activities and what suits our personalities. There is an spirit that combats the spirit of depression in our age and that spirit is harnessed through honouring our body, honouring our process and consciously marking the events that bring us into being.

Living Dreams is a Melbourne based Alternative Health Practice, led by Counsellor and Therapist Rebecca Ryan. Treatment is based on the development of the whole self. Rebecca works with a cross section of the community dealing with issues such as grief, trauma, depression, anxiety and behavioural challenges (eg. eating disorders) and anger management. Previous clients have included footballers (living up to their potential), children and many people who want to understand more of who they are and how to love and live more satisfying lives. Trained services include: Hypnotherapy, Counseling, Process Orientated Psychology, Meditation, Theta Healing, NLP, Entity Clearing & Soul Retrieval. She is also a practicing Shamanic Witch and teaches courses on esoteric wisdom. For more information on shamanic witchery and healing, visit

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