Pleasuring the Senses - Curing Depression
Today whether sufferers are diagnosed as clinically depressed or suffering bipolar, most are usually prescribed drug therapy by their doctors; which may or may not include some type of regression or cognitive therapy, (commonly known as counseling.) Now many health professionals agree that drugs are necessary in cases where the sufferers is so severely depressed that they are threatening to kill themselves, or otherwise harm others. However the use of artificial mind and sense-numbing solutions has rarely if ever, equated to a sustainable cure for depression or anxiety, over the longer-term for any sufferer.
In contrast, body workers and sense healers, trained in pleasure healing, work with their clients who suffer depression and anxiety, in such a way as to clear the root of the illness in an effort to provide sustained recovery of their joy, energy and well-being. Logically our next question then is, what is the root of depression? To answer this question let us look first at the symptoms of the dis-ease. For most suffers, cycles of lethargy equating to a chronic lack of energy, would rate highest on their lists. Scattered thought, lack of motivation and the inability to focus on carrying out even the most basic daily living functions, also rate high as common traits for depressive illnesses.
Now in an effort to help clients understand this chronic 'Armoring' that is likely to be the underlying cause of their dulled senses; a little game I like to play is to pinch them lightly in different parts of their body. While I am doing this, I keep asking them to show me where their mind is located. Immediately most people point to their head and insist that their mind, lives only in their brains. Still I keep pinching, and pinching, until finally a client is moved beyond that illusion. After a bit of a rethink, the majority arrive at the truth, which is that the 'mind receptors' reside in every part of the body - and therefore is never ever, separate from it. Certainly once one comes to know the capacity and extended reaches and regions of the mind, one is then able to recognize that the entire sense-system of the body- is the mind. In fact the mind and the sense system are so functionally related to each other that it is unfathomable to think it possible to separate or wall off even the slightest 'sense of a sense,' from being taken in and absorbed by the mind. And vice versa; to believe what manifests in the mind does not manifest in the sense system, is utterly senseless.
Hence we arrive at the precise explanation of the root cause of depression and anxiety disorders. When either a sense, or even as little as a 'sensation of a sense' is walled off or repressed, in effect a part of our mind is walled off and repressed also. In essence this state of walling off and repression of our senses is equivalent to chopping a leg off of our mind. Of course when we do, the mind becomes literally imbalanced; and as a result, it burrows down into the deep dark hole of senselessness.
As a further example to explain 'sense armoring', those with Asperger’s and Autism are very apt at walling off stimuli that is perceived as far too complex for their senses to process. Very cleverly, those with Asperger's or degrees of Autism learn to shut out stimuli that they cannot process by withdrawing, or otherwise by generating their own familiar stimuli; such as rocking or shaking or making monotone repetitious sounds.
Similarly a normal person will do the same, but in more subtle ways. Rationally though, let us remember that all this flurry of selecting or rejecting stimuli takes a great deal of energy to properly process; especially when we realize that our senses are not as easily switched on, or off, as a light bulb.
Care, clearing & reconditioning the sense receptors
Often when coaching clients with sense disorders, I use the example of their motor vehicles needing proper care, maintenance and fuel to function effectively to carry them from A to B reliably. Essentially our body and mind are no different. Repairing the function of a damaged or dysfunctional sense system, holistically and without the use of drugs is possible; though I confess, no quick fix.
Yet it is a cure that far more effective in treating the underlying causes of depression, compared to just numbing the senses with barbiturates or 'talk therapy' such as counselling or psychotherapy. Certainly the holistic natural approach of pleasure healing, which consists of pleasurably stimulating the body's sense system, has proven to result in a sustainable long term cure for those who are able to sustain a commit to the discipline of self-care.
Learning to listen to our senses, so they do not have to scream and rage against us to receive our attention is the first process in the recovery of healthy sense receptors... read more