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technique ENERGY WORK The Subtle Energetics of Depression and Anxiety By Cyndi Dale 92 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a r c h / a p r i l 2 0 1 7 Many of my clients describe themselves as depressed, anxious, or both. Yet, others seem to have depressive or anxious feelings, based on their behavior. While the medical and therapeutic professions can offer significant assistance to people with depression or anxiety, I thought it would be helpful to share my subtle energy perspective on these conditions. Understanding what might lie in the energetic realms affecting these clients can help you better support them with bodywork or other forms of healing— or just a little bit of subtle kindness. I am not suggesting that anyone substitute an energy analysis for a professional diagnosis or treatment. These conditions are so widespread, however, that it's important to understand what someone is dealing with from as many viewpoints as possible. In addition, as I'll be sharing in this column, chances are we will all tussle with a version of depression or anxiety at some point in our own lives. What might we look for if we peer inside these challenging concerns while wearing subtle-energy eyeglasses? Well, we'd be examining the ownership of the causal energies, as well as spin rate and direction. Let me explain. Obviously, ownership and spin are not factors high on a medical evaluator's list. I'm using language from the subtle energetic community, which recognizes that energy is simply information that vibrates. Everything in the world, seen and unseen, is composed of energy. Every object, person, idea, or illness, including psychological conditions, exist because information makes it so. Logically, if you alter the information causing or holding a problem in place, you can shift the condition. Everything is also in constant movement. Absolutely nothing is still. For example, when water vibrates in a specific way, it is solid. If it vibrates differently, that water turns into liquid or gas. This means that we can transform objects, situations, or illnesses by varying vibration. We do this by changing the spin and direction of the subtle or high-and-fast energies, which in turn, affect the physical or measurable energies. Spin refers to which way an energy is moving, as well as the speed of that energy. FROM A TRADITIONAL PERSPECTIVE From a medical perspective, depression and anxiety are complicated conditions. We all feel depressed or anxious at times, but when either state becomes chronic, we need help. Depression can appear as sadness, alienation, nervousness, or a lackadaisical attitude. Again, these might be normal feelings, but not when they last more than two weeks and interfere with daily life. Serious depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, and most likely, in the world. A person has a nearly 20 percent chance of becoming clinically depressed at some point in their lives. That statistic only describes reported depression, which is rising each year. Think of how many of us fall prey to "down" days or weeks. Overall, there are many types of depression and an

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