Holistic Outlook on Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Burn Out
By Jacques Tombazian©
In a way it’s easier to understand the concept of stress than to define depression and anxiety. That’s because stress relates us to objective facts of life, while depression and anxiety are words that designate inner emotional or existential states. Stress is usually understood as coming from external factors acting upon one’s inner psyche, such as assuming too many or too heavy responsibilities in ones professional or personal life.
A great variety of objective factors that create stress may lead one person to anxiety yet may lead another to depression or both. Or the same things can leave a third person untouched by either of these psychological states! On the other hand, any of these may lead a person to the state of “burn out”.
We should remember that Hans Selye (the first person to officially study stress and burn-out some fifty years ago) distinguished between “positive stress” and “negative stress”; he meant that stress can also be a tremendous growth factor in a person’s life, because by putting a person under objective stress, such as anyone has in work, study or military training, this kind of positive stress will allow the person to grow into potentials and talents that were dormant before.
Stress becomes negative with the following conditions.
1-The situation calls for change and growth in a period of time that is too short, or in a rhythm that’s too quick for the person’s capacity for change rather than because of an absence of potential or talent.
2- The situation calls for talents or powers that the person simply doesn’t have in their make-up.
3- The situation is borderline relative to items 1 and 2, but has been going on for too long and the person’s energy is being used up.
4- Having a lot of responsibilities and no corresponding power in the situation. This is a common problem in the workplace, or sometimes in family responsibilities. The stress factor here is in a direct relation with the difference between the degree of responsibility and the degree of power.
5- When the sum-total of all tasks that need to be accomplished is greater than what can be dealt within a reasonable period of time and rhythm.
When one or more of these situations happens in a person’s life for long enough, anxiety followed by depression occur. If this lasts long enough they will lead to burn-out, a radical incapacity to function. Anxiety eventually leads to depression.
Anxiety is the first emotion felt, and it consists of perceiving the difference between what is expected of oneself and the perceived capacity to accomplish the tasks. In positive stress, anxiety fuels up the person’s energy level and gives him/her the extra energy necessary for accomplishing the growth or the tasks.
Anxiety becomes negative and induces depression when the person starts perceiving that he or she isn’t up to the growth or the task, neither in the moment or in the future. When you cut off hope and faith from a situation that’s when depression and eventually burn-out occur.
Human beings can’t stand feeling not being good enough yet cannot stand thinking that they’ll never be up to accomplishing some situation either. It’s our survival instinct that makes us want to leave situations we’re not up to. It’s when we insist on achieving impossible situations that our organism, our basic programmed survival instincts, make us depressed and burned out so that we will have to go away and do something else. It accomplishes this by first making us experience the painful and negative emotions, and if this isn’t enough then it cuts off our physical energy (tiredness, fatigue) and ultimately dysfunction and sickness follow.
Some depressions could be understood as an inner stress that arises from a negative self-perception and self-judgment. This means that any person who feels inadequate in any important manner, who judges oneself to be without value or personal power, who perceives him/herself as impotent, or not worthy of love or recognition by other people, any of these or any combination of them will create in that person the same situation as objective stress.
One reason is that these types of feelings acts upon the physical and subtle bodies and the chakras in such a manner as to cut off some of the life force, cut off the inner production of Chi, and diminish the strength and the endurance of the person. Once the physical and the emotional energies are reduced, stress occurs because even quite ordinary everyday situations will act upon a depressed person as “too much”.
Another reason that people experience serious lasting depression is because they cannot achieve emotionally or otherwise the potential that they know they have to manifest a satisfying life. On the one hand, the problem lies in a deep-rooted negative self-perception, and on the other hand, in a great need for validation through the eyes of other people.
Other sources of depressions could be through external energy influences that infiltrate the physical and or subtle bodies. This could be under the form of spirit entities or implant connections. An example on this is when a person is possessed by a depressed spirit of a dead person or a spirit of a negative entity. Then the person would feel the depressed entity. The same goes with implant connections.
An implant is an energy link between two or more persons, between humans and animals, between animals and animals, or between positive or negative entities and humans. For example once a relationship exists, any relationship (even the one you develop with your grocer or your barber) you establish many energy connections through certain chakras or subtle bodies (depending on the quality of the relationship) that link you to that person.
These energy links between individuals represent the non-verbal communication mechanism between relationships, just as words are the verbal mechanism of communications.
All relationships accomplish themselves through energy links that transmit information, energy and emotion from one person to another, even at a distance. So if the individual or the group that we have energy connections with, are depressed, then we might feel depressed also, and the more the person is sensitive, the more he or she will be affected by the depressed entity or implant.
There are many other forms of depressions such as “bipolar depression”, “accidental depression”, “genetic depression” and the one’s caused by “chemical imbalances”. I will analyze these four types of depressions in the workshop part two.
Now let us look into solutions for some of the depressions cases that are caused by either stress or entities or implants. We have to first introspect and find the real causes. In this matter we might encounter the following situations:
a- The person under-evaluates her/himself and the main solution would be to work on one’s perception of oneself.
b- The person over-evaluates oneself. There wouldn’t be anxiety or depression in this case. At least not until the final failure. Sometimes not even then. But this case isn’t under consideration here, since most people would classify this type of a person as merely “dumb”
c- The person evaluates her/himself correctly as not having what it takes, and should bow to the situation before getting severe depression or burn-out.
d- The person is capable and knows it, but the problem is in the time/rhythm factors. In this case the problem is still self-perception, but as it relates to one’s capacity for change and growth. We might distinguish here between cases where the person has the power to change the time/rhythm factor and the cases where the person doesn’t have such power. In this case, as in c above, the person should bow to the situation.
e- The person is capable and knows it, but the problem is in the time/rhythm factors. In this case it’s not self-perception that’s the problem, and the person doesn’t have the power to change the time/rhythm factors. But there is a possibility of making oneself capable of sustaining the required change in the rhythm. This is possible through spiritual and energy techniques.
f- The person is possessed by an entity, or the person is linked to a negative collective or individual implant, that could be released by a holistic healer or by the patient if they have the right tools.
We need to note that in a minority of cases, there are some people with mental or physical disabilities who don’t experience depression for the simple reason that their environment doesn’t expect much of them. They might be unhappy, or not, but they wont experience depression in the usual sense, and no burnout either. The problem with these kinds of depression arises only when a person knows, more or less consciously, that she/he should be able to cope with life and work, but they can’t believe themselves capable.
1- Healing session.
In all cases before diagnosing the source of a condition, it is advisable to start with at least one spiritual healing session, which will allow immediate emotional relief, will heal the wounded subtle bodies and chakras, and get a good start on eliminating fatigue/tiredness. The Healer should ascertain through clairvoyance, intuition or any other kinds of perception that the person has the basic capacities or talents required to deal with this situation. If not, the Healer should simply encourage the person to quit the stressful situation and find another life.
But if the person does have the capacities/talents then the solution is to do rituals. The rituals will have multiple goals all at once:
1st slowing down the objective rhythm of the required changes and growth,
2nd making the person more able to change and grow quickly.
3rd inducing a healthy more optimistic state of mind in the person.
2- Negative self-perception in a Stress situation.
First a spiritual healing session followed by a ritual, is the quickest way to make the situation livable. This will not be a complete solution, but will quickly heal enough of the problem so that the person can better deal with him or herself in the situation. The importance here is gaining time to more profoundly heal the person. Second, Alchemical inner journeys or a major form of psycho-therapy would be necessary to guide the person to a true complete self-healing. Both approaches are very efficient in this situation with the only difference that the Alchemical approach would relatively have much faster results.
3- The objective situation is too heavy, either way (paragraph. 3 and 5)
A- In the case paragraph 3, where the real problem is that too much energy has been required for far too long and assuming that the person can’t or won’t quit the situation alone. In this particular case, after the spiritual healing session and repairing the subtle bodies, the person needs to actively participate, to develop his or her chakras, to heal and amplify the basic Chi circuits and reservoirs and to activate the factories of Chi production. Depending on the person this can require two to four sessions and the results are usually spectacularly successful.
B- In the case of paragraph 5, where the real problem is truly objective and has little to do with the persons self-perception or true capacities, and assuming that the person can’t or won’t leave this ugly type of situation, only Major Ritual can help, and it must be done with the active participation of the patient. Of course, doing first the same as in the preceding paragraph will help, but only temporarily.