Jerika Shupe writes about the bright light at the end of her own dark tunnel of depression.
In 2010 I was happily looking forward to my high school graduation and moving on to college and other exciting pursuits. In the midst of all this, I became extremely ill and was diagnosed with two chronic diseases. Day after day became a fight to somehow get my body to tolerate food so I could give it the nutrients to heal. My body was so sick that it was extraordinarily painful to even have a thin bed sheet lying on my abdomen.
I was in denial about my health, pushing myself too hard, and finished high school with great difficulty. I began to slip into a depression. After the summer, I went to a semester of college. That’s when I finally realized I needed a break and to heal my body.
At this time, I also was unexpectedly grieving the loss of two family members and my best friend. And this is when my depression sank into suicidal thoughts. This seemed to creep up on me by surprise. I didn’t realize I was suicidal for a while, once again, I was in denial. Until things got worse and worse and I realized I needed help. So I started opening up to people about what I was going through.
Depression, also known as Major Depression Disorder “is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest: it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living” (Mayo Clinic Staff). Furthermore, in 2007 a nationwide study showed that Utah was the most depressed state in the country (Thalman).
Depression may come from a chemical imbalance in the brain: too little serotonin, and can be corrected by medication. As a result pharmaceuticals create antidepressants to raise the serotonin which we hope will help cure us.
However, this is not entirely true. Depression can sometimes be caused by low levels of serotonin, but that is not the whole picture. There are so many other things that it can be caused by. So raising the serotonin might not do much for you. A collection of doctors studied this and discovered that “…while anti-depressants raise serotonin levels within hours, it takes weeks before medication is able to relieve depression. If low serotonin caused depression, there wouldn’t be this antidepressant medication lag.”
Studies have shown that antidepressants are, “…slightly more effective than placebo” (Ramsey). What? We are putting our lives in the hands of a pill that is slightly more effective than a fake? This is our problem. In learning this, I for one, wanted to get to the heart of the issue with my own difficulty with depression so that it could get resolved and fixed.
There were many different options of things I could do to try to help. I considered anti-depressants, counseling, taking herbs, etc. And tried many of them. I began to talk to different people who had gone through something similar or knew someone who did, until I was referred to someone who used “The Emotion Code.” Which is my solution to our problem.
Upon studying, I discovered many different things that I didn’t know before. The Emotion Code is the use of energy healing to release emotions that have become trapped in our bodies. What is energy healing? Well we need to remember back to our science class what we learned as we were trying desperately to keep our eyes open and hope the teacher didn’t notice us nodding off. (Maybe that was just me….but it wasn’t completely entertaining watching the slideshow of my teacher’s private collection of moss photos…true story). Einstein discovered that E=mc2, which means that everything is made up of energy. Our thoughts are energy and can be electromagnetically measured. Well, same goes for our emotions. They are energy, too, and when we feel an emotion strong, enough the energy of it can get trapped in our body.
So what I was learning is that trapped emotions I had in the past were still affecting me today and contributing to my depression and difficulty coping with present-life circumstances and moving on. (Got Depression?)
There are several steps in an Emotion Code session. First what we need is to learn from your subconscious mind if you have a trapped emotion related to whatever you are coming in for, and for the sake of this paper we will say depression. Your subconscious mind is 90 percent of your brain capacity, remembering everything. It remembers every face you’ve seen, knows what is going on in your body, even if you have trapped emotions.
To tap into the subconscious, the practitioner will use muscle testing. Dr. Bradley Nelson, the creator of ‘The Emotion Code’, described in an e-mail what that is.
“Muscle testing is a noninvasive tool we can use to identify imbalances in the body. The science behind it is similar to a lie detector test or a polygraph. In a polygraph, a person is hooked up to sensitive electrodes and asked certain questions. The person’s answers generate a certain electrical response in the body, which is read and graphed by the machine, showing if the answers are true or false. This is done on a very delicate, minute scale. The muscles of the body are also affected by this electrical state- so we can use them to show this same response, just on a more pronounced, larger scale. Any muscle will become weakened in a state of incongruence or falsehood, making resistance difficult. Conversely, muscles will remain strong and able to resist when in a state of congruency or truth. What’s nice is that muscle testing allows us to access important information about health, we just have to know what questions to ask, then apply the resistance to a muscle and get our answers!” (Nelson).
In layman’s terms that means you hold your arm out straight and try to resist the practitioner pushing down on it. If your arm holds firm, the answer is true or yes. If the muscles in your arm weakens then the answer is false or no.
So once we have discovered the emotion we need to release it. We release it by rolling a magnet down the middle of our back where there is an energy pathway called the Governing Meridian.
“Just like a magnifying glass will intensify sunlight enough to start a fire, magnets can act as an amplifier for the energy of your thought and intention, enough to produce a change in the body.
“The intentions and thoughts we have are energy. Magnets are energy. Your body is energy. Because of this, one can have an effect on the other.
“When we identify a trapped emotion with The Emotion Code, we simply must intend to release it, using a magnet to amplify this signal and put it into the body. We use the Governing Meridian as the entrance point for the amplified intention energy, because the Governing Meridian is an energy reservoir that connects directly to all the acupuncture meridians of the entire body. So when you put energy into the Governing Meridian, it flows instantly throughout the body and the trapped emotion is released!” (Nelson).
I set up an appointment with a practitioner and was amazed at the burdens being lifted off and my increase in confidence. I released trauma that I had felt when I was around 6. I had taken a piece of paper, put it over a candle that was burning. I must have felt super awesome and powerful for doing something like that. My plan was to walk down the hall into the bathroom and put the paper under running water to put it out.
When I walked down the hall, I accidentally angled the paper so that the flames were pointing up to my fingers. I felt the hot fire and instinctively dropped it onto our carpet in the hallway. I ran and told my mom who blew it out with her super-mama wind-power.
This experience was so traumatizing for me at the time because I realized I set my house on fire and jeopardized my whole family’s safety. I now understand that I was just a young child with poor judgment, but at the time I felt utterly awful and couldn’t speak openly about it without guilt until I was 20, after releasing those emotions that I had trapped as a horrified six-year-old.
I realized the emotions from this experience and others throughout the years were still in my body. I was carrying those burdens and then when other burdens came, such as the grief and disease it all became too much and I lost my zeal for life.
Relieving these emotions was an incredibly freeing experience. I began to feel burden after burden lifted. Not just dulled, but lifted. I went to the root of my issues: low-self-esteem, fear, grief, and got them out of my body.
I had a complete transformation by use of the Emotion Code and was able to feel happy once again. I was able to laugh, play, fun, feel free, but most importantly, truly love myself. Truly be happy with me. That is something I had previously thought I could never feel.
So we have a problem. Here we are, believing that all we need is antidepressants, and if they aren’t fixed, then we are doomed to continue wading through our mossy swamp, when there is a life of happiness waiting to be unleashed.
My proposed solution is for those with depression to take a hold of our own health and seek help through a modality that gets to the root of the problem, that releases these emotions, not just learning how to deal with them, but to actually get them out of our body. I believe our success will help those around us gain the strength to have successes of their own.
Depression was very difficult to go through, but through the Emotion Code I became healed and have become stronger and happier than ever before in my life. That is why I, myself, chose to become an Emotion Code Practitioner. I wanted to give help those around me who are suffering. To anyone who may be going through similar things or knows someone who is: There is hope. You do not need to be stuck in this cycle forever. There is healing. And I am proof.