When Spiritually Healing the Root of an Illness, You Are Often Also Healing Depression
Depression underlies many physical conditions, either because it was part of the cause of the illness or because you are feeling the pressure of your physical limits. If you are healing the root cause of your illness, the root cause of your depression is part of or contributing to your physical and emotional challenges.
When I was young, I was extremely depressed. In fact, in my twenties, I spent far too much time thinking about how bad my life was and wondering what it would be like if I just ended my life. I could see people around me and I knew that some of them were genuinely happy. Amazingly to me, some of them were happy most of the time.
I was extremely jealous of their happiness. I felt more depressed around them than I did when I kept to myself, and yet a part of me wanted to know what it was like to be happy most of the time. I also wanted to know what it was like to be healthy most of the time.
Depression Calls You to Define the Quality of Life You Want
Ultimately, that became my primary motivation for healing—I wanted to know what it felt like to be really happy.
The motivation that takes you beyond your depression will be uniquely yours. Somewhere deep inside you, there is probably a burning desire that will carry you from depression to the emotion you truly want to feel day-in and day-out.
Discover what motivates you and knowing how to lift yourself out of depression will show itself to you.
When you are feeling depressed it is easy to look at depression as though it is a curse, but depression has its gifts, if we choose to be present to and compassionate with what we are feeling. Here are a few of the discoveries I made about the gifts of depression.
Depression Calls You Into a Deeper Relationship with Nature
I discovered that spending time with Mother Nature is powerfully healing for the soul and body.
I found a powerful reciprocal relationship with nature that I had only read about in books. I discovered that when I cried out loud it rained, and when I laughed, the sun came out. Nature is not separate from us, it is part of us. My honesty with my feelings allowed me to discover just how profound the relationship with nature can be.
Over the years, I’ve discovered that some people more quickly establish their balance when they are near one of these four natural elements: earth, water, wind or fire. Does one of these elements speak more to you? That is probably the right element to spend time with at least once per day or more.
Depression Calls You Into Creativity
I learned that creativity allows one’s Divine nature to express and when we are in our own unique expression of Divinity, we have fewer problems and experience greater happiness. Creativity allowed me to safely express the intense feelings going on inside of me, and as my emotions calmed, my creativity became a source of absolute joy.
Creative expression is something many of learned is a luxury, but that’s not what I learned as I used it to heal my depression. I found that creativity is a necessity. Without it the human spirit feels stifled and imprisoned. Creativity takes us into the exploration of the Divine experience as humans, and that is one of the reasons we are here on earth. Engaging creativity allows us to fulfill some portion of our purpose.
Depression Calls You Into Stillness
Depression led me to meditation, because something deep inside was telling me that if I found stillness, my raging and sorrowful emotions would quiet down and I would find inner peace.
Depression can be associated with a sense of failure for not having accomplished what you perceive you should be able to accomplish. But in stillness, you eventually discover that you are loved simply because you exist—that your very existence is enough. This is a powerful healing revelation. At my Sacred Feminine website, we explore this as the call into the realm of the Sacred Feminine, because being held in the womb of darkness and stillness is the experience of Sacred Feminine essence.
Many of us discover, we need to explore this realm of unconditionally loving acceptance and stillness in order to heal. We need to grant ourselves the deep rest, love, and acceptance we have been denying ourselves.
Depression Calls You to Heal Your Spirit
As you heal your spirit, you heal your depression. So often we put our spirit on hold while we attend to everything else going on in our lives, yet it could be your spirit that is most wounded. Depression responds to spiritual healing approaches because you are tending to the very depths of you—your soul—your spirit, and as I say in The Root of All Healing, “It is the human spirit that beats the odds.”
When you commit to healing your spirit, all manner of approaches find their way to you to support you. The Mystery opens up its healing wonders. For example, one of my friends and colleagues used an ancient and powerful Holding Meditation to end 15 years of chronic, genetic depression.
Becoming free from depression and finding long-term happiness was one of the major motivators in my healing. My motivation led me into a path of discovery about how the choices we make affect our illness and our wellness, and that eventually was written down in a book to share with others–The Root of All Healing. As I share in the book, it ultimately led me into a deeper realization of my own Divine nature and my true ability to love all.
Some of the greatest healers I know, at one time felt immense depression. Depression is only a curse if we allow it to be one. It can, if we choose, become a doorway into Divine awareness and the realization of our capacity to love.