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Exploring Options for the Treatment of Depression, Part Five: “Let There Be Light”: Introduction to Light or Energy Based Therapies
Children of Light
I crave the light. My biggest quest in life has been to know what is real and true. Depression pulls me into darkness and fills my mind with thoughts that are not true, so overcoming depression is central to my well-being. Alma 32:35 offers guidelines: “O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is light; and whatsoever is light, is good, because it is discernible.” This article is all about light, about discerning what is real and true in regard to health in every part of our beings: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Peggy and I invite you to ask the Spirit to confirm which of the ideas presented here might be helpful for your personal growth and progress.
As children of light we have a natural affinity to light and truth, but we are born into a world where ignorance and darkness continually challenge us. Ephesians 5:8 tells us, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” Light and truth increases as we open our minds to the truths the Lord is willing to teach us.
In days gone by people had no idea that microbes (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) existed. However, once the microscope was invented, a whole new world of microbiology became accepted science, which played a profound role in understanding and controlling disease epidemics. Today, new discoveries in regard to the mind, spirit, and emotions are making inroads on the epidemics of depression, anxiety, and addictions. The marriage of Eastern and Western science has opened up a whole new world of healing tools based upon the concept of “energy,” “life force,” or “light.”
Our purpose in this article is to connect this concept of healing light with the gospel concept found in D&C 50:24: “That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.”
Let’s review a few principles covered previously in this series:
(1) Our spiritual and emotional body is holistically connected to our physical body. To treat any disease, we must consider all aspects of our being. Being able to connect to the emotions held in our body is an essential part of healing depression and related emotional illness.
(2) Within every cell of our bodies, within the very elements that comprise our bodies, is the light of Christ, literally, the "light” (energy) and “life” (life force) of the Creator of the world. The “breath of life discussed by King Benjamin (Mosiah 2:21) which preserves us, and allows us to “live and move” from “day to day” is a life force that surrounds and intelligently communicates with our cells. Consider this explanation by eminent molecular researcher, Candace Pert, PhD, “We know that the immune system, like the central nervous system, has memory and the capacity to learn. Thus, it could be said that intelligence is located not only in the brain but in cells that are distributed throughout the body, and that the traditional separation of mental processes, including emotions, from the body is no longer valid.[i]”
(3) Within each individual is a capacity for self-healing as we learn to access the resources inherent in our mind-body system. Many holistic or complimentary practitioners tell us their job is simply to remove obstacles that may be blocking the body from its natural ability to heal itself. The practice of mindfulness, “be still and know that I am God,” (discussed in Article IV) helps us learn to connect to our deepest spiritual and emotional selves; connect to God’s light, truth, and intelligence; and to connect to the multiple coping resources inherent in our mind and body system.
The Spirit and Emotion Level of Healing
A new concept we want to add is this: Disease, including depression, begins at the quantum level. Quantum is the smallest known quantity, which is vibration or energy. Medical treatment that aims to heal the physical body, deals only with the symptoms. The core of our symptoms exists at the quantum energy level. In energy science we say: “Where the energy goes, the body follows.” It is an eternal principle that things are first created spiritually before they manifest physically (Moses 3:7). When a medical treatment fails to relieve symptoms, it is evidence that the body needs relief at the quantum (spirit and emotion) level. This is especially true for depression.
Darla shares, “Like many people, I’ve had life-long physical challenges compounded by emotional challenges. Maybe it has been a blessing in disguise that I could rarely find answers in conventional medicine, so was compelled (and led) to turn to alternative medicine, including the energy clearing therapies we will be discussing. Early on, before I began to understand the scientific and spiritual basis of these therapies, they seemed strange and required a total leap of faith. But I was desperate enough to try anything that was not invasive or harmful, and soon learned that energy therapies were real and effective, and could be key to improving both my emotional and physical health.”
The bodies of living beings are composed of both physical and spiritual matter. Consider Joseph Smith’s teaching on the nature of our bodies: “There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes; We cannot see it; but when our bodies are purified we shall see that it is all matter” (D&C 131:7-8).
Inherent in our living bodies is spirit matter which is actively at work, yet which cannot be seen. In addition to our own intelligence and spirit, we are infused with the light of Christ. In D&C 84:45 we read, “for the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ.” From the revelations of Joseph Smith we know that the light of Christ is an intelligent, life-giving, pure matter. In other cultures, this life force is known as “chi,” “prana,” or “mana.” (Note the similarity of “mana” and “manna” or “bread of life” which God fed to the Israelites.) In earlier times, life force energy was only understood by cultures or individuals who were blessed with a super-natural ability to sense or even see this finer, purer matter.
Over a period of 5,000 years, Eastern healers developed a meticulously documented understanding of how life-force energy flows in the body. Dr. David Feinstein explains, “Your body is composed of energy pathways and energy centers that are in a dynamic interplay with your cells, organs, moods, and thoughts.”[ii] In modern times, research from pioneering scientists, psychologists, and doctors such as William Tiller, Bruce Lipton, Candace Pert, Fred Gallo, Roger Callahan, David Feinstein, and Dawson Church, all PhDs, along with many, many others, have demonstrated that it is the subtle energy system, fed by a universal intelligence or life force energy that intelligently guides the thousands of marvelous processes accomplished by our cells.
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