Spiritual Cause of Depression: Part 2

In part two of our blog series on the spiritual causes of depression, the 2 main spiritual sources of the symptoms of depression are explored. A must read!! 

by Sarah Petruno, Shamana

In part one of this post, we covered the overarching spiritual cause for the symptoms of depression.

Low energy, negative, and darker emotions (ex. sadness, anger, instability, and stress) are comprised of energy that is heavy and denser. When experienced by those around you and within yourself, they create a weight that sits on top of you.

Heavy, dense emotional weight is the source of the symptoms experienced in depression.

When we take antidepressants, somehow, we are less able to feel the weight of these emotions and the symptoms are made more manageable or non-existent. But, the source of the symptoms does not disappear with medication, it’s just made less noticeable.

If you wish to heal depression without medications, or even to address the source while on medication, it helps to know the source of the problem.

If you know the source of the problem, you can pinpoint it and work to resolve it.

There are 2 primary sources of the emotional energy that causes the symptoms of depression.

In part two of our blog series on the spiritual causes of depression, the 2 main spiritual sources of the symptoms of depression are explored. A must read!! 

Spiritual Sources of Depression

1. From within yourself

Spiritually, depression has long been described as an individual's “dark night of the soul.” This is a dark period of time that many do experience and transition through, with the point being a journey of self-discovery and healing of past pain.

This is why experiencing depression can be so painful; you are indeed working through inner pains and struggles.

However, what tends to happen with those who get more or less stuck amidst the depressive patterns, is a halting of the release of these painful emotions.

Typically, prior to entering a period of time in which symptoms of depression arise, there is major life change underway. MAJOR. Breakups, deaths, moves, job changes, instabilities galore.

These are all impetuses for us to re-evaluate and re-address our lives, naturally. And, for the most part, we do. We experience the emotional hardships and pains, and many times, we learn new things about ourselves. But during the process, there comes a point where we can become stuck.

When we experience difficult emotions, especially during a life transition, we go through what is called energetic release by emoting through tears, writing, or even thinking, emotions are released from us. They rise from deep within ourselves to the surface.

And in the case of depression, that’s where they stay. They don’t fully release from us and instead, hover over us, energetically, creating a fog. This fog will get denser and denser and more and more emotions rise to the surface through the process of emoting.

Once the fog becomes dense enough, something interesting happens. Those painful emotions we were working so hard to release are now seeping back in, causing us to feel pressure, failure, and despondency about life.

Then, rather than being able to move forward with a transition, we become stuck in a pattern of our old, painful emotions, being compounded back onto us.

Why don’t they release properly? In many cases, it’s our upbringing in which we may have been taught that fully emoting and expressing ourselves was not appropriate. Thus, we hang on and suppress. In other cases, it’s the individuals that we live with currently who reject our feelings as valid and appropriate, blocking us from completely releasing.

2. From your environment

The heavy, emotional weight causing symptoms of depression can also originate from those around you, either in close physical proximity or in close emotional proximity.

When those you are close to, particularly parents, loved ones, siblings, and close friends experience heavier, low energy emotions, these can be felt. You can feel their sadness, anger, feelings of failure and inadequacy, and stress.

If you grew up in a home with instability and stress, you most definitely were aware of it on some level, even if your parents never told you directly. You could feel the worry.

The truth is, that when most people experience and feel difficult emotions, they are unable to keep those emotions to themselves.

We are feeling creatures, and even without being aware of it, we can often feel the emotional state of others.

In some circles, this is called empathy. In other circles, it’s called clairsentience.

Not only that, if we are in a position in our lives in which we may be perceived as having some ability to “help,” these emotions may be inadvertently dumped on us.  

For example, if someone you know is struggling with financial distress and you are perceived as having financial means, the emotional stress may be somewhat placed on you because you are seen as someone who could help.

The more you are surrounded by and in an environment with people who are experiencing painful, angry, upsetting, or stressful situations, the more you will be able to feel them.

More of it will rub off on you.

If you imagine these emotions as a dark cloud of energy surrounding someone, the more you are in this environment, the more you, too, will begin to be covered in the dark cloud.

The more people around you who experience darker emotions, the greater the intensity of them, and the amount of time you are in this environment are all factors in how much exactly will rub off on you.

Even if the heavy emotions never came from within you, if you are surrounded by it in others, the weight of those emotions can drift over and settle on to you.    

It can build and become heavier and heavier, creating that dense fog we talked about when emotions come from within.

Only now, the emotions aren’t yours at all - they just feel like they are.

From there, you can start to experience the symptoms of depression, just by being around those who were experiencing stress and pain.

Those are the two primary sources creating the symptoms of depression. In most cases, it is not one thing or the other, but a combination of both to varying degrees.

In your own life, consider which source plays a larger factor for you, and start there.

With love,


LAST UPDATED: May 15, 2015

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