Edgar Cayce Readings Advice On Life Issues -
Treating My Depression
Edgar Cayce responded to questions from over a hundred
individuals regarding the causes of depression, and recommended
relatively simple, natural therapies to address it.
Essentially, Cayce viewed depression as a literal “depressing” or
inhibition of nerve impulse. In particular, he emphasized the
visceral organs (i.e., stomach, liver, etc.) and sensory nervous
system as playing key roles in some of the symptoms of depression,
including disturbed sleep and appetite, sluggishness and
listlessness, headaches, backaches, and more. Toxemia and glandular
dysfunctions (most often the adrenal, thyroid and pineal) were also
associated with depression.
Traumatic life events, loss of meaning in life and hopelessness
are also cited in several cases as a cause of depression. Cayce
typically referred to these factors as a failure to establish a
spiritual ideal around which to center one’s life. This sense of
spiritual malaise could lead to despair, negative mental patterns
and eventually to the mild physical symptoms linked to depression.
To treat depression, the Cayce material recommends such therapies
as osteopathic or chiropractic treatment, hydrotherapy, constructive
mental attitudes, dietary suggestions, and exercise. A major
strength of this treatment approach is that it tends to be
relatively safe. The following basic treatment plan is suitable for
most cases of depression as well as an appropriate maintenance plan
to reduce the likelihood of a relapse.
- Improving eliminations is a high priority since toxemia is as
one of the most common factors associated with depression.
Hydrotherapy (such as colonics and steam baths), osteopathy and
chiropractic adjustments, massage, and a diet rich in fresh
vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and clean water are the main
recommendations in this regard.
- Use of osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments and massage
also assist in establishing better coordination between the
central and peripheral nervous system. This is important since
Cayce consistently portrayed the pathophysiology of depression as
a “lapse in nerve impulse.”
- Moderate outdoor exercise for relaxation and improving
- Setting ideals is an important intervention for establishing
priorities. It is also an excellent means of recognizing and
correcting dysfunctional attitudes and beliefs.
- Finally, the spiritual phase of the basic model encourages
taking a broader perspective on the immediate situation.
Altruistic service provides a sense of interpersonal connectedness
which can be extremely therapeutic in the treatment of
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