I found in my own experience with depression that healing for the spirit was the capstone of my triumphing over depression. No matter what religion we follow, we all have a spirit. It is what makes us different from the animals. It is our connection to God. The tools I’ll be discussing come out of the Judaic-Christian tradition, but with subtle adjustments, they could be adapted to any religion. First of all
find a spiritual guide to stand by you and advise you. For me, this was my brother, a Christian psychotherapist; a pastor husband and wife team who prayed over me and anointed me; Christian friends; and the Holy Spirit Himself. As a coach, I now serve as a spiritual guide to those who are depressed if they don’t have someone else to fill that role.
There is more. Below is a partial list that offers other tools for spiritual healing.
- Inner healing – replacing the lies from the past that cause you problems now and replace them with God’s truth. This was a major breakthrough for me and a major breakthrough for one of the people I coach. See if you can find someone certified in Theophostic Ministry. I use the Immanuel approach for inner healing for my clients.
- Read spiritual books – fiction and non-fiction. I prefer fiction and George MacDonald of the nineteenth century is my favorite author. I have almost every book he ever wrote. C.S. Lewis is another favorite.
- The Psalms – Read through the 150 psalms and choose the ones that speak loudly to your spirit. I had about ten psalms that I read over and over and over again when I was in severe and major depression.
- Become involved in a faith community. Research shows that church goers are less prone to depression than non-church goers. Some churches have an active mental health ministry that promotes spiritual healing.
- Listen to soothing spiritual music. My two favorites are Inspiring Calm and Psalms by an Englishman named John Mansfield (inspiringcalm.com) and Nothing Will I Withhold by American Kathi Wilson (living-water-productions.com). You can preview spiritual music on You-Tube and download songs there or on amazon.com.
- Pray often, even if it is only calling out to God for mercy. He welcomes those who are desperate for Him.
- Become passive to the outer world and your own self and be active to your inner self, your spirit, where God lives. If you think about it, you are your own worst enemy in depression, regurgitating all that is wrong with you and how death could put an end to your suffering. I have been there and know how tough this transformation is.
- Start to see things from God’s point of view. Put Him first in your life – less of you and more of Him.
This is a good start. I expect you’ll find other tools or already know of some different ones. Leave a comment to share with our readers.