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At Black Orchid Alchemy, we believe that it’s our job to show you the options you have to manage your Depression. So that you can live a fulfilling life, sharing your gifts with the world and those in your own community. So that together, we can reduce the global suicide rate to zero.

You may have heard me speaking scornfully about the medical and psychiatric professions. That’s because I don’t think they have a clue about how to stop people from killing themselves. They only know what their last text book told them about the latest theories for treating Depression.

I believe, that there is no “one way” to treat Depression. I don’t believe we need to recover from it, I believe we need to learn how to use it to our advantage.

Don’t get me wrong, I take my medication. Just like I use any other tool that I know works for me. And I visit my Doctor every 3 months to get a new prescription for that medication. But, I don’t believe that any Doctor knows more about MY mental health than I do.

And I believe there are many, many, ways to treat Depression.

Spiritual Practice

A spiritual practice is a mainstay of good mental health. But, like most things, it means different things to different people. And that’s fine. I’m not here to tell you what to believe in, or how to express that belief.

For myself, my spiritual practice involves connecting with Lilith every day, working with my spirit guides, walking the left-hand path, and meditation. However, I could also include tattoos, music, and books under the umbrella term “spiritual practice.”

For some of our members, spiritual practice means gardening, cooking, or even cleaning. (And please feel free to call it something else).

My point is, it doesn’t matter what your spiritual practice is, as long as you have one. It’s that part of your day that is only for feeding your soul. For soothing your pain and for keeping your heart full.

It is vitally essential for people with Depression.

Dream Work

We all know how Depression can  affect our sleeping patterns and vice versa.

have a theory that people with Depression dream vividly and always remember their dreams (One day I’m going to do a survey to prove it). If I’m wrong, it doesn’t change the fact that we can learn a lot from working with our dreams.

When we dream, our mind is actively processing all the events of our day. But, not only that, it’s also firming up our beliefs and value system for us while giving us clues to how we really feel about things.

And let’s face it, the demon Depression tries desperately to confuse us about how we feel about things.

Having some sort of way to interpret dreams can give us massive insight into how well we are at any given time. There are many different systems out there to choose from, but honestly, the most important thing is that you write your dreams down as soon as you get up. The very act of writing them down is often enough to give you the insights you need.

Shadow Work

Everybody has their own take on shadow work and how to do it. Here’s a quick rundown of the facts that most of people agree on.

  1. The term “shadow” comes from Psychologist Carl Jung who believed that we all have a “shadow self.” The part of us that we don’t like, or try to hide from others. Sort of, like an evil twin.
  2. Shadow work can be painful. It can drag up things we don’t want to remember and make us face the darkest part of ourselves.
  3. Shadow work can be hugely beneficial for those of us with Depression as it can help us accept the darker part of ourselves, and therefore take away a few of the demon’s weapons.

When we live with Depression, it’s important that we only tackle shadow work when we are well. And I mean really well. Not when we’re at the stage where we’re recovering from an episode and are desperate to do everything we can to make sure we don’t fall again. 

For me, one of the best shadow work tools I have is my Dark Wood Tarot Deck whis is designed specifically for this purpose. I also think that working with a specialist in shadow work is a good idea  for many of us.

 

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