It casts a shroud of darkness and doubt over everything it touches. When you are depressed you can’t see the way out. Your joyous, happy energy is no where to be found.
Depression may be outwardly invisible. It doesn’t show up on scans or medical exams. And, it is uniquely individual. It may seem to attack you from out of nowhere.
When depressed, it’s common to retreat, to isolate at the very times when it would be best to reach out and connect with someone who cares.
You may feel like there isn’t anyone else who could possibly understand what you are going through. You may feel embarrassed, ashamed, concerned someone will call you weak or think less of you.
And so, instead of seeking healing you try to just deal with it through sheer will power. Or even worse, you suffer in silence.
Maybe you’ve tried conventional medical treatments, or anti-depressants, or natural supplements, but they didn’t work like they were supposed to, or they had undesirable side effects. Maybe you feel too ashamed to tell anyone that you are suffering. Maybe you don’t know how or who to ask for help.
According to the latest research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, major depressive disorder affects over 15 million adult Americans. That’s 6.7% of the total population living in pain.
I’ve been there.
I was depressed for a long, long time. I tried to hide it. I had no motivation whatsoever. I felt lethargic and had to force myself to do even the simplest activities. I couldn’t stop my negative mind-chatter. I had no idea what was wrong or what to do.
On the outside, everything looked great. I had a well-paying job, a family who loved me, a big, beautiful house. I had a handsome husband, a BMW in the garage, the latest fashions, and plenty of food on the table. But on the inside, I was dying. I was bankrupt.
Then one day, I finally became willing to ask for help. That first step, difficult as it was, set me on the path to healing. This one decision changed everything, and it lead me to the work that I do today.
Since those dark days over 30 years ago, everything transformed.
My darkest moment became my greatest gift, and as a result, it steered me down a new and unexpected life path. I’ve now been able to help thousands of people who were suffering just like I was to identify the hidden root cause of their depression and take that first step on the road to recovery.
The hidden reasons for your depression may never show up on a medical test.
Your thoughts, your feelings, and experiences are all made up of the same energy and are just as real as your physical body. In fact, thoughts and feelings come first. The last place anything shows up is in the physical.
Thoughts and feelings are made of “subtle” energy, and subtle energy is the pre-curser to anything physical.
Energy never dies, it must go somewhere.
With depression, the energy of thoughts and emotions turns inward. This often leads to a slew of painful, physical side effects. You may feel severe fatigue, muscle tension, changes in your appetite, weight loss, weight gain, emotional eating, insomnia, brain fog or have trouble concentrating.
You may find yourself feeling irrationally angry, irritable or monumentally sad. Mood swings come and go and you may be struggling with dizzying highs and incredible lows.
This is the energy’s way of getting your attention. It’s telling you that you have internalized unresolved conflicts that are interfering with your natural state of ease and comfort.
When we go through particularly challenging experiences, it can be incredibly difficult, and you may want to be “done” with the experience before you really are. Ever found yourself muttering “I’m so over that!” and doing your best to put it out of your mind or distract yourself in order not to feel ?
The problem is that instead of resolving these issues, we tend to bury the feelings deep inside where they fester and grow. We’re not really over it…we just want to be.
Pain and depression take root even deeper when thoughts and emotions go underground for long periods of time. What we resist, persists, so instead of dissipating, the energy gets stuck and doesn’t budge no matter what.
Resistance traps the pain inside, and keeps it there. Growing. Festering.
The best way to ditch depression is to face that pain. Open it up, acknowledge it and feel it.
In order to heal, you must learn to feel.
We need new tools to heal old wounds. We can’t simply think our way out of unresolved feelings. Feelings aren’t good/bad, right or wrong. Feelings are made of energy and are experienced as sensations. It’s our interpretation of the feelings, our judgements and fear of them, and our resistance to feeling these sensations fully that keeps them stuck in place. By allowing the feelings to come up, the wounds release. We break the pattern of suppression, repression, denial. Dis-ease dissipates, and ease returns.
This nearly killed me.
The perfect time to “deal” with feelings never comes. You are never going to be in the perfect place to deal with your pain, depression, and unresolved conflicts. It’s simply a matter of asking yourself an important question – Have you had enough pain yet? Are you willing to change, to learn some new tools that get results? To take action and do things differently? Then the doors will open and relief will come.
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results!
Your healing journey has to start somewhere. That may as well be right here….right now.
The anger, the bitterness, the regret, the pain- the feelings and repetitive thoughts will keep pulling you down until you deal with them.
Dis-ease is NOT our natural state.
And your pain is part of the solution. It’s trying to help you. To teach you. To show you where you are out of alignment with your true nature in some way. Pain tries to get your attention and encourages you to get back onto the right track.
You don’t have to do it alone.
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