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Can Brujeria Cure Depression?

Stories Of Us
A young filmmaker tries to cure her PTSD through Voodoo in New Orleans. Will it work?
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I come from a Latino family and the talking about mental issues
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is just something that we don't discuss.
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I have been suffering from depression and anxiety, ptsd for
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the past 16 years of my life.
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And I don't want to stay silent about it.
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I wanna be able to talk to my family about it.
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The reason I'm here in New Orleans because I'm seeking for
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alternative healing methods.
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I decided to try out voodoo, you know, and you know, spiritual
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healing new or says give for you.
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What does she give you?
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Why are you here?
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What is she gonna reveal to you about yourself?
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Let's see.
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This is your essence as a person empress is what you will be
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once you embrace who you are, spirit wants you to know that
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behind all the depression and after all the depression is
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a strong woman who emerges knowing a lot about herself.
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So one thing you can really do in order to further on your healing
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process is to engage in reflection, work like this, make it
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an effort to every day, to keep track of your feelings, to be
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forgiving and to most of all believe in yourself is the door
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opener.
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So we're asking him to open the door so that the other spirits
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can come in and help.
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Now, what I want you to do is focus on what you're looking to
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have happen in your world, especially with this Greg bag.
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Gregory bag is a traditional New Orleans voodoo and it contains
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all sorts of magical ingredients to assist us in drawing positive
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influences into our lives, say whatever little prayer work
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you want.
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And what I want you to do is take that John Roof, push it right
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down in the center and lightly blow three times.
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Thank you.
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Oh It smells amazing.
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I'm gonna be working on your chakras and normally you might
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see colors, you might feel waves.
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Um and then also just uh focus on your heart, gonna feel some
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heat from my hands.
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You might feel electrical currents, you might wanna cry,
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you might wanna laugh, just allow whatever emotion comes
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up to just come up.
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Let's get started.
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Let's get you in.
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So how do you feel?
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I feel very light, emotional.
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Um But it's what I needed.
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I feel like I really needed that.
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Yeah, I feel like you did too.
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So I just feel like there's some things you need to let go of
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and just do some journaling, maybe write down some things
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what you feel.
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You should let go of allow yourself to trust in who you are.
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Thank you.
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My pleasure.
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I'm happy.
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With the decision I made of going to New Orleans because it
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brought me closer to my mom.
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It made it easier to communicate with her about my mental health
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Don't forget that I'm here for you and that you can share with
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me anything or talk to me about anything you can always count
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with me.
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Ok, mom, I hope that my journey can inspire others to open up
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with their loved ones.