I’m sharing my personal experience with depression as a way to help others who are going through it themselves. It’s my intention to provide you with support, inspiration and hope.
My first experience with depression came in my teenage years. It arrived suddenly and completely overwhelmed me.
It began when my first love broke my heart into a thousand pieces. This was an incredibly difficult time for me and I grieved deeply. But life had a big lesson to teach me and it was only just beginning. What followed the break-up was a very real feeling of abandonment by all the important people in my life. My best friend was nowhere to be seen, falling in love herself she was happily wrapped up in her new love and had no time for me or my problems. My parents responded with well-meaning, yet completely unhelpful advice and I was told to just “get over it.” Feeling very unloved, utterly alone and deeply upset, I slipped into a dark depression.
Yet the deeper I slipped, the more I tried to “put on a brave face.” In an effort to avoid the hurtful and unhelpful advice I was getting, I began to hide how awful I really felt. On the surface I appeared to be improving. I tried to act normal, to smile more, but deep down I was hurting to my core - now dealing with abandonment as well as heartache.
The dark clouds of depression weighed over me until I could no longer feel or see the light in life. I lost hope.
In all my emotional confusion I lost my sense of self.
This gradual realisation was my catalyst for change and at some miraculous point in my journey, the pain of who I had become, hurt more than the pain of the break-up and abandonment. I began to question “Who is this person I’ve become, and who do I want to be?”
Being young, I was unaware of the support that is available outside of friends and family, and I decided I would have to figure this out on my own. It took me a long time, but I slowly moved from hopelessness into determination. I had shifted my focus away from my suffering, and instead towards questions like “Who am I, and why am I here?” I looked at all of my thoughts, feelings and actions and examined them from a new perspective.
The emotional baggage I was carrying was weighing me down, it was time to travel lightly. I decided to release anything that didn’t support the “new and improved, authentic” version of me. It was a gradual process that included letting go of people who no longer resonated with me, ideas that were outdated, beliefs I had inherited that were holding me back, and all of my negative self-talk. It required me to be mindful in my thoughts, feelings and actions which was life-changing. Being mindful helped me to be aware of when another episode of depression was approaching, allowing me to proactively deal with things.
This experience with depression has been the most challenging period in my life, yet I can look back now and feel gratitude for all that it taught me. The toughest experiences usually do provide the biggest opportunities for growth and development! I am grateful because it made me a better person. I reclaimed my power that I had given away to others. I came out of it with a keener sense of who I am. I became more conscious of my thoughts which made me more compassionate towards myself. Out of that grew a deeper compassion towards others which has fuelled my desire to help those in need.
I want to help you. You matter. You are totally unique, and the world needs your unique perspective and your unique talents!
Reiki Energy Healing respects you as an individual. It is holistic, that is we look at your mind, body and spirit and how these aspects of yourself are relating to each other. A balanced mind-body-spirit creates a sense of wellbeing.
Understanding where you are now is a great place to start your healing journey. Starting a private journal is an excellent way to understand more about yourself, and like me, you may decide to change some things that aren’t in your best interests.
Through your journal you can explore areas such as:
How you think
How you feel
How you communicate with others
How you deal with trauma
How you deal with stress
How you deal with ‘negative’ emotions
How your thoughts and beliefs affect your feelings
How your experience affects your beliefs
What thoughts and beliefs are limiting you
How you take care of your body with nutrition and exercise
How you sleep
How you experience pain
How your body responds to your thoughts
How your feelings affect your behaviour
How your behaviour creates your experience
What are you doing that isn’t supporting your goal of wellness
How you nurture your soul
How you are of service to the world
How you connect to your spirit
How you express your authentic self
How you receive divine healing and guidance
What could you do to help someone else
Energy Healing for depression
Energy Healing is heart-centred healing, meaning it is delivered with unconditional love and compassion. It is therefore incredibly supportive during the process of self-exploration.
Research consistently supports the effectiveness of Energy Healing for use in depression, while other reported benefits of Reiki include:
Enhanced sense of wellbeing
Reduced levels of anxiety
Reduction of stress and pain
Improved sleep patterns
Replenished energy levels
During a Reiki Healing session you receive spiritually-guided energy. This life-force energy flows through all living things. It is divine, intelligent and creative and bringing it into your system allows your mind, body and spirit to create health and wellbeing. I completely trust in this process and allow it to unfold naturally.
Laying fully-clothed on a massage table (or sitting comfortably on a chair), I share the healing energy with you in a completely non-invasive way. I gently lay my hands on your chakras and body, or above your body through your aura.
You may sense changes in heat or experience a tingling sensation. You may see colours or other visions. You may receive insights to problems. You may have an em