Last week I had a jaw-dropping, heart-opening insight into healing.
There I was, sitting with my chiro, Dr Gerald Vargas. I needed some help with a sore lower back, and I honestly didn’t think anything negative would come up in our session. I was feeling super that morning. Su-per. But then, a few minutes into it, through his chiropractic and applied kinesiology techniques he found the black dog.
Kinesiology is one of those approaches that’s pretty tricky to understand because it’s not straightforward, but it is so mind-blowing and accurate in my experience. Basically it’s muscle testing to find out what’s going on in the body. This great article explains it in detail. For example, my chiro will ask me if I’m sick/in pain/depressed because of a particular food, something in the environment, past trauma, grief, guilt, and so on, and my body will tell him as he presses against my arm. Strange, but true.
He asked me about depression, how it feels to be depressed when I don’t know I’m depressed. It’s like being stuck, disconnected, numb, confused. Without a clue what’s wrong, I don’t know how to make myself better. There’s no map. No one to show me the way home.
But now that I know I’ve been depressed, it’s easier to navigate myself out of the cave. I’m lucky I find it easy to talk to people about my stuff. Otherwise, I think it could be much worse, I’d be lost for longer.
We chatted for a bit and then Gerald mentioned something off-the-cuff which struck me like lightening. He said depression can creep in when you’re “cut off from the source”.
I almost fell over from the weight of it. “The source?” I asked what he meant. He said depression is more likely to appear when we get disconnected from God, The Universe or The Source, whatever we want to call it, and the best thing to do when I feel any depressive triggers is to connect with the source through nature.
Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountain and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life ~ Morihei Ueshiba
Healing the mind and body can come in many forms. Sliding my feet through the grass, dipping my body in the ocean, walking mindfully through bush, or sinking into an epsom salt bath. This isn’t just nature healing, it’s connecting ourselves to the divine.