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Light Healing for Depression

Light Healing for Depression

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A think-piece on depression and light healing.
A think-piece on depression and light healing.

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'WHOLE PERSON HEALING: LETTING GO FOR LIFE'
Light Healing for Depression: Light From Darkness by JSG58"What has been most notable from the beginning of (this exploration), is the rapiditywith which healing can take place with something as seemingly simple and non-invasive as light. It compels one to stop and reconsider what our true nature is - thatwe are, in a very literal sense, light beings, as ancient mystical teachings profess."
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Journal of Energetic Medicine"We know today that man is essentially a being of light...In terms of healing, theimplications are immense. We know, for example, that light can initiate, or arrest,cascade-like reactions in the cells, and that genetic cellular damage can virtually berepaired, within hours, by faint beams of light. We are still on the threshold of fullyunderstanding the complex relationship between light and life, but we can now say,emphatically, that the function of our entire metabolism is dependent on light."
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Dr. Fritz Albert PoppLight Healing for Depression: Light From Darkness
Dare we believe such a thing? Dare we see depression as not only a sign that something isdreadfully wrong, but as a painful movement toward something that is wonderfully right? 
’ –Andrew CanaleThis article, abstracted from a proposal for a Light Healing Centre in the UK, will beaddressing, exploring, researching and developing, and applying treatments for the holistichealing through Light and meditation of depression. This work will rest on the premise thatdepression is, foremost, a spiritual affliction with its basis types of spiritual and energeticimbalances. There is much material in available relevant literature to support the hypothesisthat depression has aspects of spiritual and energetic imbalance as its causal trigger, andalso that holistic and explicitly spiritual treatments can and do ameliorate its causes andsymptoms.For example, it is now well known that physical exercise can alter hormone levels within thebody and have a positive effect on our moods, however new research has demonstrated thatmeditation offers similar benefits. Researchers at the School of Behavioural Sciences, JamesCook University of North Queensland, Townsville, Australia (Harte JL; Eifert GH; Smith R. Theeffects of running and mediation on beta-endorphin, corticotrophin-releasing hormone andcortisol in plasma, and on mood. Biol Psychol (Netherlands) Jun 1995, 40 (3) p251-65)studied the relationship between three hormones ( hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical(HPA) axis, beta-endorphin (beta-EP), corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and cortisol)and mood changes in 11 elite runners and 12 highly trained meditators matched in age, sex,and personality.Despite the obvious metabolic differences between running and meditation, the researcherspredicted that mood change after both of these activities would be similar if they could beassociated with similar hormonal changes. Compared to pre-test and control values, moodwas shown to be elevated after both activities but there was no significant difference betweenthe two groups. There were significant elevations of beta-EP and CRH after running and of CRH after meditation, but no significant differences were seen in the increases in CRH levelsbetween the groups. CRH was found to be directly related to positive mood changes after running and mediation. Cortisol levels were also noted to be generally high but erratic in bothgroups.The researchers concluded that both running and meditation have a positive effect on our moods that is associated with the changes in relation to plasma corticotrophin-releasinghormone.1
 
In addition, a new broad review of more than 80 studies appearing over the last 100 yearsfound a factor steadily linked with lower rates of depression: Persons who participate in areligious group and highly value their religious faith "are at a substantially reduced risk of depressive disorder" (
USA Today 
, Nov. 30, 1999, A1-2 and 8D) while people with no religiouslink may raise their risk of experiencing depression by as much as 60 percent (McCulloughM.E., Larson D.B. "Religion and depression: a review of the literature."
Twin Research
1999;2: 126-136)."Lack of organizational religious involvement leads to a 20-60 percent increase in the odds of experiencing a major depressive episode," noted Michael McCullough, Ph.D., and DavidLarson, M.D., M.S.P.H., of the National Institute for Healthcare Research who undertook this1999 review.Why might a spiritual link help prevent depression?"Valuing one's spirituality as centrally important and actively belonging to a religious groupmay give spiritual roots that provide meaning as well as support from others. This createsanchors of hope and caring which might help protect against depression," Dr. Larsoncommented.Also, spirituality offers comfort in times of suffering and provides a message of hope thatgives those who rely on it an extraordinary buffer against depression and other emotionalupheavals.In a study of 4,000 older Americans (age 65 to 102), researchers at Duke University School of Medicine found that those who attended church at least once a week were half as likely to bedepressed as those who attended religious services less frequently. Other studies haveshown that religiously inclined people over 60 are healthier and lived longer than those whoare less spiritual.In particular, the Christian and Jewish faiths are therapeutic because these religions offer stellar examples of overcoming adversity and emotional suffering. The Bible is an excellent"mental health guide." It doesn't cover the issues of mental health and depression. Bibleshows that several persons, like King David, Elijah, and Jeremiah, were extremely depressedand yet could proceed with their lives. You can take advantage of your faith and spirituality toovercome or prevent depression. Reach up to God, reach out to others, and reach insideyourself. Actively participate in your chosen faith, help others within your community, becomeinvolved in your religious/voluntary activities and develop your own religious faith. It will resultin personal growth and mental well being, according to researchers in spiritual healing.
Light Healing and Bipolar Affective Disorder: Integration By Light
Holistic treatments including Light meditation and healing have special application to one of the most prevalent forms of depressive illness, bipolar affective disorder (known in its moresevere forms as manic depression). Bipolar disorder is characterized by an alternating patternof emotional highs (mania) and lows ( depression). The intensity of the signs and symptomsvaries. Bipolar disorder can range from a mild to a severe condition. Doctors and researchersdon't know exactly what causes bipolar disorder. But a variety of biologic, genetic andenvironmental factors seem to be involved in causing and triggering episodes of the illness.Evidence indicates that differences in the chemical messengers between nerve cells in thebrain (neurotransmitters) occur in people who have bipolar disorder. In many cases peoplewith bipolar disorder may have a genetic disposition for the disorder. The abnormality may bein genes that regulate neurotransmitters.Another factor that may contribute to bipolar disorder is drug abuse. Stressful or psychologically traumatic events may act as triggers for episodes of bipolar disorder.Bipolar disorder tends to run in families. More than two-thirds of people with the illness haveat least one close relative who has experienced either bipolar disorder or major depression.Researchers are attempting to identify genes that may make people susceptible to bipolar disorder.2
 
People with bipolar disorder may be affected by other problems as well, such as anxietydisorder or alcoholism. The length, severity and frequency of mood swings vary from personto person. Sometimes there is rapid cycling in bipolar disorder, with more frequent and shorter periods of mood disturbance.It's also possible for mania and depression to be present at the same time. In this mixedstate, you may experience combinations of agitation, disturbances in sleep and appetite,psychosis — a major mental disorder in which the personality is disorganized and contactwith reality is impaired — and suicidal tendencies.A metaphysical interpretation of bipolar affective disorder has much to teach us. While it isadmitted that this perspective is theoretical and not yet endorsed by the medicalestablishment, it is worth exploring the hypothetical metaphysical and even mystical nature of bipolar disorder and depression in general. At a time when millions of people in the West aredependent upon prescription drugs, notably the SRIs such as Prozac, to help them cope withdepressive illnesses - drugs that normalise the patient by essentially lopping off the further poles of their psychic and spiritual capacities and energetic frequencies - we need to askourselves: Is feeling less what we want?Yes, SRIs and other conventional treatments for depressive illnesses are often crucial inhelping people; but what of the many who miss an opportunity to understand their illness andthemselves, their spirituality and greater being, simply because it is easier and moreconventional to treat depression as a curse as opposed to a possible blessing in self-development, spiritual growth and evolving wholeness?Taking bipolar disorder as an outstanding example, we have to understand that the humanbeing is crucially a spiritual being, and also an electro-chemical complex. The problem withperceiving depression as solely or principally an illness - a curse - is that we lose sight of thecausal aspects that are based in spirit. Simply put, bipolar disorder is prevalent in our societybecause our society it is in itself polarised. We are beings crying out for paths to integrationthat we can them express collectively, and so heal our fractured culture, where polarisationsocially, economically and in many other ways is creating a perilous imbalance and voidwithin and without that will, if we are not vigilant, be filled with energies and manifestationsthat are counterproductive and hostile to our individual, mutual and collective happiness.The fact is that, metaphysically and spiritually, there is much darkness in the world today. As aculture, and often as individuals, our Light has been lost. It is interesting to note the greatincidence of depression in such an explicitly and wilfully materialistic culture; it is as thoughthere is so much darkness, it takes millions to process it, usually unconsciously, and thatthese sufferers - engaged in transmuting dark to light unconsciously - are then in material andconventional terms identified as 'ill' and treated counter intuitively, when in fact they areproviding a necessary service that, were it endorsed and understood, made explicit and evenorganised, would provide an outstanding healing force for good in a world struggling to Lightagainst a tide of gross material energy, awareness and conditioning.Bipolar disorder, by definition a disease of polarisation, invites a metaphysical analysis, for inall the religious, spiritual and mystical traditions of weight and worth, a recurring andpersistent theme and premise is that this reality we inhabit is inherently dual - Yin/Yang;Good/Evil; Light/Dark - and that the path to wholeness must turn on an integration of theseopposites so that consciousness, spirit and its material manifestation can be made whole. Inbipolar people (so to speak) we see only a more extreme and explicit expression of anaffliction besetting us all: division within and without, beings divided against themselves andeach other, person-to-person, people to people. In bipolar people, the Light and Dark are far apart, and in the gulf between there seems to be some process expressing that unbalancesthe individual; mystically, it could be said that the gap created by this polarisation is filled bythe unconscious connection to the Uncreated, Void state written on so well in Buddhist, Hinduand Christian mystical texts for hundred of years. It would appear that this space within invitesthe Void - which in its pure state is an invisible and mysterious crucible of creation andcreativity at every level, seen and unseen, but which admixed with conditioned andmaterialistic consciousness causes extreme imbalance and confusion, destructive drives and3

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