Dissolving Depression ©2015 Joan M. Newcomb
For many people, February is a tough month. In the northern hemisphere, Winter is dragging on, and the lack of warmth and sunshine has been taking it's toll. The holidays are over, although Valentine's Day is coming up, which brings up relationship issues. And many of us are mourning losses. People seem to pass during the holidays, the "veil" is thinner, we feel and miss our deceased loved ones more.
Depression is a soggy, wet, blanket, blocking our body/personality's awareness and receptivity to Us as Consciousness. When you are under it, you feel powerless. People, places, things have more control over your reality than you do.
I struggled with depression from the time I was twelve until I was thirty-five. When I left my first marriage, I was suicidally depressed. As a single parent, I made decisions which resulted in 'staying small' and living in poverty, so I wouldn't tip over the edge.
During those years I tried a number of solutions. I saw therapists, I was given antidepressants, I went to support groups, and as an adult I medicated myself with St. John's Wort and Kava Kava.
What created the ultimate turnaround was noticing my thoughts. I realized that I spent most of my day imaging myself talking to people about how terrible life was. I started noticing when I was doing it (whenever I was driving, when I'd fall asleep at night) and I would figuratively grab my ears and redirect my thoughts. I'd reframe it to all the good things that were happening, or set intentions for good things to happen!
It was challenging to do at first, but within two weeks I lifted out of that depression, that I hadn't known I was in, that had been going on for years.
Now, if you are deeply, darkly depressed, don't try to do this on your own. Reach out, get help. Depression affects (and is affected by) brain chemistry. Although positive thinking rewires your brain, creates new neuropathways, you may need medical help to get to the point of treating yourself.
All of this is ground level stuff, body/personality issues. It's the body/personality that feels depressed. Consciousness is light. Consciousness is always joyous. YOU are Consciousness, therefore your Essential Self is always happy.
Your body/personality is how You experience life here on playground Earth. When you're too bogged down in the mud, you feel disconnected to the Essence of who you really are.
Body/personalities are happier when You are in the driver's seat. Meditation helps you clear, anchor and center, but if you're depressed or in emotional pain, it's impossible to sit still and focus. I found walking and reciting affirmations helpful when I struggling.
Shift your perspective from being the body/personality, where things are happening to you, to being Consciousness, the Creator of your reality.
Notice I said 'creator' not 'controller'. Controlling your reality implies an outside focus, trying to manipulate, change, or even keep your external reality the same.
We create our reality from within. Our thoughts create our reality (you can think of them as projections, but I also find them energetic building blocks), but the impulses emanates from within.
Besides consciously changing your thoughts, here's a simple exercise for dissolving depression:
Part 1 is to imagine a Gold Sun above your head, bring it's sunlight into your body and surround yourself in a bubble of gold. Part 2 is to imagine that same gold energy emanating from within you to outside you. Surround yourself with gold that generates from within.
You can visualize it as the color gold, or feel it as warm sunshine, or imagine it as solar energy to generate your system.
You can play with this in different ways. You can imagine a gold grid dissolving depression patterns. You can imagine this gold energy blessing your path.
Try this for the next 7 days and see what happens!