by Andrew Pacholyk MS, L.Ac.
(excerpt from Crystal Medicine – A Clinical Approach to Healing Mind, Body, Spirit)

Depression is the most prevalent of all the emotional disorders. Symptoms may vary from feelings of minor sadness to sheer misery and dejection. When sadness persists and impairs daily life, it maybe an indication of a depressive disorder. Depression brings together a variety of physical and psychological symptoms, which together constitute a syndrome. Depression is considered “Anger turned inward”. (See also: Anger). This is a situation that should be addressed. The external manifestations represent a cry for help from the tormented mind of the depressed persons. The severely depressed patient feels worthless and is finally convinced that he himself is responsible for his undoing and his present state of hopeless despair. Depleted functioning of the adrenal glands is one of the main causes of mental depression.

The Root Chakra represents physical identity, oriented to self-preservation. This chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane.

Also address the Heart Chakra when healing abandonment issues. This chakra is most important in all facets of love, when it is balanced; you trust in others, take risks, love and feel loved.

Allow The Universe To Take Over!

– Learn to breathe deeply and fully. Your breath is your connection to relaxation and inner peace.

I relax and let go. Say this 4 or 5 times and watch how your body and mind relax.

– You have no motivation: MOVE!! Exercise is the key to regulating your mind and body.

– Metaphysical expert Louise Hay sees depression as: Anger you feel you do not have a right to have. Hopelessness.

– Use this affirmation: I now go beyond other’s fears and limitations. I CREATE MY LIFE!

Create a Crystal Net with clear quartz points. Use any energizing grid that encircles the body. Ask the patient to choose from a pink or green stone. The crystal they choose, place at the Heart Chakra.

Consider the following stones by color:

Yellow – Associated with joy and happiness. It is a stimulant to the brain, the liver and the spleen. It is also effective in the treatment of indigestion, kidney and liver disorders, constipation, eye and throat infections, syphilis and impotence. In using yellow, it allows clarity of thought. It gives good ideas and awareness. It has a powerful effect on the nervous system and assists the left brain in operation.

Orange – Orange is the best stimulant, helping us in times of depression, loneliness, and boredom. It is the best emotional stimulant. Joy comes from orange energy. Orange has the love from red and the wisdom from yellow. It strengthens confidence and allows independence. In using orange, you can learn to understand how the stomach tells us about our physical situations.

Specific stones can benefit on many levels:

Blue Lace Agate relieves repression and suppression of feeling stemming from fear.

Hematite is grounding, protecting. Dissolves and protects negative energy from entering the aura

Sunstone brings light and sunshine to life. It is a great stone for depression.

Fire Opal is for those feeling disconnected, indifferent and empty.

Amber helps with feeling of suicide and depression.

Pyrite helps with melancholy and deep despair.

Jet balances mood swings, helps one “take control” and lifts depression by bringing balance.

Lapis Lazuli helps us express ourselves. It amplifies and stimulates the higher mind.

Moonstone soothes emotional instability, calms overreactions and helps us understand old emotional patterns.

Support this treatment by making a gem essence of any of the above stones.

Carry 4 of the above stones with you.

Make a grid for self-realization and self-expression. Use a place mat or grid mat. On a piece of paper, write a positive affirmation or realization of how you want to heal yourself. Be specific with the intention. Fold the paper and place it under a clear quartz stone in the middle. Around that stone place 5 or 7 stones that you (or patient) relate to. Trace the grid with a single terminated stone to transform the intention and then let it go.

For further reading, please see Alternative Answers for Depression