Spiritism offers an anti-depression aid kit
by Vanessa Anseloni, Psy.D., Ph.D.
As with any other mental disorder, depression has biological, psychological and spiritual roots. Among the first ones are hereditary, neurocircuitry and neuropharmacological factors. Psychologically, grief, guilt, repressed emotions in general can induce depression. Spiritually, depression can be caused by one or more of the following factors: melancholy; past lives trauma; unbalanced mediumship; and obsession. We will leave the explanation of the root causes of depression for another article. Now it is time to talk about the prevention and treatment of this widespread disorder.
The best way to treat depression is to prevent it. The visionary Spiritist Dr. Bezerra de Menezes, also known as the doctor of the poor, stated that “the Spiritist psychotherapy allied to modern healing techniques will definitely contribute to change Humankind’s mental chart.”
In spiritist centres, we recommend that any depressive patient also see a physician and/or a psychologist in order to take care of possible physical and/or psychological problems that may have caused the depression.
Along with that advice, the Spiritist therapy offers incredible insights and treatments to depression. Spiritism is an opportunity for those who would like to increase their levels of spirituality which can induce health to the mind and body. According to recent research articles published in PubMed (a service from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health), more than 1,800 medical publications over the last 25 years show a strong correlation between spirituality and health.
The Spiritist therapy encompasses seven tools that could be effective in either preventing and/or treating depression:
(1) Inner Transformation
(2) Therapeutic Visualizations
(5) God at Home
(6) Intelligent Sleep
Truly, all lies in the mind. Therefore inner transformation is an essential tool to either prevent or treat depression. The reprogramming of the ill mind is crucial to open new doors to a more fulfilled life. Allan Kardec, in a comment to question and answer 685 of The Spirits’ Book, explained that we need to acquire new habits, in order to grow stronger in spirit. Later, in the Genesis, Kardec wisely explained the dynamics of thoughts. Our thoughts are electromagnetic forces that travel through the universal cosmic fluid. Depending on the intensity and frequency of our thoughts and the direction of our will, those thoughts will get condensed, by manipulating this energy that surrounds and permeates us. They will induce the saturation of the perispiritual molecules which in turn will be materialized. This is the reason why therapeutic visualizations may serve as an indispensable tool to inner transformation and empowerment of the Self. Through Divaldo Franco’s extraordinary mediumship, we have been exposed to therapeutic visualizations that can, as a consequence, induce deep healing of the mind and the body. Those can be found in his CDs Inner Journey and Health. In support of this mind-body connection, several scientific articles have reported that those who are prone to forgive have better health scores.
If in any way, you find it difficult to go
through the inner journey, then prayer may be another necessary tool to overcome obstacles. Prayer is subjective, but is not an abstract act. It is as real as any other action we may perform in life. Recently, Dr. Andrew Newberg, MD, a neuroscientist at Penn State University, has shown that when we pray or meditate, specific brain areas light up in his imaging studies. Those praying moments should also be brought to your home, which we call “God at home” meetings. Invite family and friends to join you once a week and read an inspirational message together. Ask someone, when possible, to say a heartfelt prayer, praise and be grateful to the Supreme Intelligence and Love of the Universe, God. This shall bring new energy to you and your loved ones. In cases of depression, it can deeply cleanse your mind and the spiritual environment of your home, protecting from and rescuing the suffering spirits.
At the end of the day, you can add one more tool to your anti-depression kit: the intelligent sleep. When your body is sleeping, you, spirit, are more active, because you are emancipated from it. In the Spirits’ Book, we observe that the Loving Spirits have recommended that we use that time “to regain the society of other spirits superior to ourselves. Talk to them and gain instruction from them.” Thus, every night, before you lay down to sleep, pray so that the spirit guides bring you to the Spirit clinics where you will truly be treated by the doctors of the Spirit realm. Added to all that, you can make use of the spiritist fluidotherapy in the Spiritist centre. Fluidotherapy uses passes and spiritually magnetized water to treat you. In Dr. Andre Luiz’s words “Passes is a fluidic-magnetic procedure that has the objective of restoring the equilibrium of the complex Spirit-Perispirit-Physical Body.” The technique of the passes can not only treat but prevent depression as it helps balance your energetic/fluidic composition. Deep fluidic knots, which were caused by traumas and wrongdoings in this or previous lifetimes, can be spirit-surgically removed.
In severe cases of depression, the person may have lost the will to overcome it. Thus, call for help. Spiritual treatment meetings shall be one of the greatest aids against depression. Not only will the patient receive fluidotherapy through the passes and the spiritually magnetized water but also the spirits who may probably be obsessing the patient. More specifically, in disobsession meetings, a well-trained group of mediums with the guidance of Loving Spirit Messengers will counsel and rescue the disturbed-disturbing obsessor.
The first step to the use of the Spiritist aid kit against depression is your willingness to live a more fulfilled life. This is the reason why Christ said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Let the door to a happier life be opened to you. Let happiness in and depression out.
Extract from the United States Spiritist Council NEWSLETTER
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