The Science that Links Depression to Your Spiritual Awakening

Depression Spiritual Awakening
Alex Pietrowski, Staff
Waking Times

Is depression simply a disease as many psychiatrists and doctors would have us believe, or is there tremendous potential for personal growth and spiritual awakening locked up in the struggle against this common ‘disorder?’

For those who are battling, or who have already conquered depression, there is certainly no one size fits all answer, but, according to one of the world’s foremost experts on the relative study of mind and spirit, Dr. Lisa Miller, severe depression and spiritual experience are two sides of the same cognitive coin.

Her idea is perhaps best presented with this metaphor: depression and spiritual awakening are two sides of the same door. On one side is the total possibility of despair, hopelessness and isolation, and a look through to the other side reveals equally strong shades of spiritual satisfaction, inner peace, and connection to all that is.

Personally driven by her own despair and depression that resulted from infertility and a lack of being able to find her and her husbands’ lives worth living without their own children, she began, ever so slowly to awaken to the messages of healers and helpers that seemed to arise serendipitously on her path, offering hints at greater possibilities for happiness and fulfillment.

Slow at first, her rise in awareness of how the universe was speaking to her through others quickly gave way to a flood of synchronicity, events that were simply far too meaningful to be described as coincidence. Synchronicity, remarkably, is one of the most important and commonly shared experiences or features of the process of human awakening, and individuation onto the soul’s proper path.

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The synchronistic events in her life ultimately gave way to a letting go of sorts, a submission to new possibilities, a release, if you will, of previously held notions of what she thought happiness was supposed to be or to mean in her life.

As a researcher and professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University, Lisa ended up in a position of critical curiosity about the nature of depression: is it a disease or not? If so, how can a disease be caused by emotionally charged events in one’s life, such as the loss of a family member, or in her case, the lack of being able to create a family?

The causal link simply did not fully add up, thus she applied her skills as a scientist to the matter and came upon a significant discovery about how the brain is physically constructed with regards to its disposition of being in a depressed or spiritually connected state. For in her eyes, these two concepts seem to mirror each other philosophically, so why not scientifically?

Researching this with her team at Colombia, they discovered that yes, indeed, the actual substance of the brain where depression and spiritual fulfillment are registered are remarkably different with each of these states, reflecting a genuine physical polarity to accompany the metaphysical connection. The study began by recruiting some of the most depressed people she could find, especially those with a long family history of crippling depression, then looking at people with equally long lineages of spiritual presence.

They realized that the subjects all had a similar condition in the cortex region of the brain, and in the case of the depressed participants, the brain’s cortex was literally withered and underdeveloped, as though it had been starved. Similar to how a plant reacts to insufficient water.

Conversely, when looking at spiritually awakened subjects, those with a rich history of happiness and feeling connected to physical and spiritual realms of our multidimensional existence, these same regions of the brain were markedly stronger, more robust and larger, looking like the broad trunks of healthy trees.

“What we found, was that in precisely those regions of the brain which  atrophied and withered in lifelong depression, for those people with strong personal spirituality, there was thickening of those very same regions. The cortex was thick, as if you were looking at a tree in the Amazon, versus a tree withering in the cold and drought.

Depression is not always an illness. It can be… but very often, depression, as every one will face it, is core to our endowment and core to our development.” –  Dr. Lisa Miller

Another fascinating thing that they found, indicating what clinical science can show about the spiritual path, is when they looked at women who, “through suffering had come to a spiritual path, with nice thick cortexes, they also had another quality. The back of their head gave off a certain wavelength of energy that we call alpha, and its also found on the back of the head of a meditating monk.”

Of the possible frequencies that the human brain can naturally operate under, such as alpha, beta, delta and gamma, alpha is the same frequency as the Schumann resonance, the known frequency given off by the earth. In other words, those on the spiritual path, with healthy and vibrant brain cortexes, are operating at the same frequency of our home, the earth.

“The spiritually engaged brain vibrates at the frequency of the earth’s crust.” – Dr. Lisa Miller

Final Thoughts

This information can uplift many of the millions of people struggling though depression and looking for some hope to find their way out of the isolation, despair and darkness of this common condition. The more deeply a person feels depression, the greater the possibility for spiritual awakening that sets a person firmly on the spiritual path.

“The world is alive and infused with that sacred field we might measure as high amplitude alpha. Knowing this, we live into an inspired life. All life of meaning that is not one that we create, but one that is truly in the fabric of the world. We live an inspired life.” – Lisa Miller

Take a listen to Dr. Miller’s beautiful and uplifting story. At the very end she reveals an incredible even that adds even more to this story of synchronicity and inspiration.

About the Author

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and Offgrid Outpost, a provider of storable food and emergency kits. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

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  • L Garou

    The Supreme Spirit, (Person and power), is certainly not the order supplier for egomaniacal pipsqueaks like us. No matter how powerful and opulent we’ve convinced ourselves we are (aka) the power of imagination over intelligence.

    Without ‘bending a knee’ all hope is lost. Well, spiritually. It will just be the same old same old trying to cure the disease (materialism) while carrying on with it at the same time. Fuggedaboutit.

    We can’t even fool Mother Nature, let alone you know Who.
    Via embarrassing bribes?!

    The good stuff don’t cost no money, you got to pay with your heart..

  • bsroon

    There was a question as to whether this paradigm is more accurate than that of the mental profession. i think i use that in the most perjorative sense of the term, since so far there has been no proven physiological links to brain physiology and chemistry to any of the pretend diseases the mental profession claims to treat.
    When you realize that the DSM-V is literally a group of claimed mental illnesses that are decided upon by committee and opinion – the whole thing loses credence.

    In that sense – any paradigm would seem to function better. Eating peanut butter is more likely to cure depression than SSRIs – absolutely proven to be both ineffective in treating depression, AND additionally dangerous. (virtually all mass shootings took place with people on SSRIs and mind altering, psychotropic, pHARMaceutical (keeping the harm large) drugs….

  • Daniel Bowman

    There is nothing worse, then going through hell of depression. You wake up each day, not knowing if you will make it ’till night, or you will simply give in, and end it all yourself. The drugs sometimes help, and sometimes make it worse.
    Felt like I had no control whatsoever over my own life. But with some help from my family, the people who truly love me, I managed to get myself out of that hell-hole. It took me a while, but I managed to teach myself how to push trough the day, and keep on fighting. In the end, it all comes down to helping yourself get up and fight, because without that no one can truly help you, no matter how much they would want to.
    To conclude, help yourself, so you could go out into the world, and start truly living, and that will be a cure on it’s own. I recommend something that has helped me a lot. It is James Gordon’s system.He is a former depression sufferer, and teaches a totally natural 7 step process which relieves depression from your life. Google lookingupstuff/depression to see the system for yourself

  • D Martin Miller

    “At the very end she reveals an incredible even that adds even more to this story of synchronicity and inspiration.”?!?- An incredible even? Typo Alert!

  • Angie Payne

    The Dark Night of The Soul, that’s what that kind of depression is. But I think gamma waves are just as important here.

  • psILo

    I believe from personal experience that as soon as you start to “wake up” and see through all the b.s. in our society you realise something is lost. People feel disconnected and lonely and helpless. The western world tends to put way too much emphasize on status, money and materialistic things, instead of focusing on what really matters, your soul, mind, heart and your values. When you realize how fake and shallow our society is, that’s when you start to feel depressed because it dawns on you that your view on life up until this point has been completely wrong. However, this is a critical step and necessary one in order to progress to the next step in your process of moving forward to find happiness and new true meaning in your life. Here is an excellent video that explains the awakening process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3CjF-fwz4w

  • Miguel Lahunken

    Once you know that you are only a closed circuit of the one substance, energy, in the one substance, energy, an entity, with properties, in relationships, you will never get depressed again. Since I learned the following information, I have never been depressed again.

    All probability timelines exist, for each and every difference. There is infinite room for them all in infinity, and, they are repeated an infinite number of times, each and every one. Yet, in infinitely dimensioned Hilbert space each and every probability timeline is only Planck’s distance from any other probability timeline.

    Access only depends on the tuning. If over fifty percent of your brain believes anything, it will become your reality by drawing you by inductive resonance to the probability timeline where your belief is reality.

    It’s all true and real. Here is an example, presented by Dr. Max Tegmark, professor of quantum physics at MIT. Here is the Multiverse:

    http://space.mit.edu/home/tegmark/PDF/multiverse_sciam.pdf

    By increasing your percentage of conscious brain use you may switch to the timeline where what you imagine is reality there, by varying extents of will, inversely proportional to your percentage of conscious brain use. The power of the mind is will times imagination. The MRI shows that we normally use 10% conscious brain use. From 10% to 19% brain use, the world feels euphoric. That is called “perinatal matrix one”.

    But, from 20% brain use to 49% brain use, the mind is flooded with that which has been called “the knowledge of good and evil”, and this is called “perinatal matrix two”. From 20% to 29% brain use, if you symbolize what you want, especially with a logo of solid colors in an emblematic form you will go to the timeline where getting what you want is reality. From 30% to 39% brain use, if you write down what you want, you will get it. It is what has been called “real magic”, for, you don’t even feel that you have gone anywhere. You just get what want by writing it down. Between 40% and 49% brain use, what ever you say will become your reality. Jesus Christ said, “If you have the faith of a mustard seed and say to this mountain move it shall be moved”.

    But, from 50% to 100% brain use, called “perinatal matrix three”, every thought manifests as your reality. I don’t know anyone who can control every thought all the time. If you imagine what you don’t want to think of, it too will then become your reality. Things go wrong, and soon you wish you were someone else, and “zap”, you are in the body of that someone else, but, now probably with a body down to 10% brain use again. But, it isn’t your body, so that when that body sleeps or dies, it’s on to another body you go, and, in this way you body switch backward and forward in time into everyone you have seen, and, this can go on for about a hundred years duration. This was called an “aioniu amartematos”, an aeon of failure, in the Greek New Testament, but it was mistranslated into English, “eternal damnation”. There has always been much secrecy about this hyperdimensional travel. Psychiatry presents it as delusions within the brain; but, we now know that these hyperdimensions exist. Psychiatry professionally defines more than 10% brain use “psychosis”. Over 50% conscious brain use, “perinatal matrix three” has been used for punishment.

    What awakens the brain like this? We have inhibitory neurons in the brain which keep our conscious brain use down to 10% brain use. Blocking these inhibitory neurons causes higher percentages of conscious brain use. LSD, and similar seratonin blockers block seratonin, the neurotransmitter of our brain’s inhibitory neurons, thereby awakening our brains to more that the normal 10% conscious brain use. Large doses of LSD were used for the “Clockwork Orange” treatment to put it’s victims into perinatal matrix three, after showing these victims horrible films of human torment, so that these torments are experienced as real as life, for it is real on those timelines.

    But, these inhibitory neurons may be overriden by muscarinic nervous system, like the parasympathetic nervous system, stimulation, mechanical, even with one’s own hands, or chemical, like by muscarine which doesn’t even pass through the blood/brain barrier, so it doesn’t even have to enter the brain. Muscarine excites the whole parasympathetic nervous system, therefore it is messy, and not popular in the West. The West has mechanical ways of exciting muscarinic nerves near the brain, therefore, cleaner.

    Crucifixion forces what is called “holotropic” breathing, which stimulates the parasympathetic nerves of the respiratory nervous system, the stimulation of which, spreads to the brain. Remembering the body switching, you can see how Jesus Christ, being God the Son, body switched, backward and forward in time, into everyone who ever was, is, or will be, and that is how Jesus Christ is in you and I. With ordinary people, therefore on a lesser scale than Christ’s, waterboarding has been recently used to inflict the Clockwork Orange treatment.

    In “Living Systems” by Dr. James Miller, he made the basic statement that, “There are two things in the universe: energy; and, information, which is the conformation of energy. It is obvious that energy is the “one substance” of the universe. It is also obvious that in one substance motion can only be in closed circuitry, that there be something to move out of the way and fill in behind. Some of these closed circuits have been called “magnetic fluxes”.It is also obvious that these basic closed circuits would only slip by one another, and no one would be conscious of anything, if there wasn’t the granularity of Planck’s volumes to provide a frictional grip. Planck’s volumes are moving in closed circuits of Planck’s volumes in the matrix composed of Planck’s volumes.

    This is how information is differentiated from energy. Dr. James Miller called matter “alpha code information”. The perpetual and eternal mechanisms of manifestation are: The infinitesimal point nothingness, . , is rastered by time into timespace, U , that exerting its oneness in one direction, / , stirs closed circuitry, O , that all going the same way, vO^XvO^ , clashes (a Big Bang), X , forcing confluency, = , undifferentiating individual closed circuits into nonexistence.

    The energy that maintained their differentiation is released as photons. Closed circuits being turned by that “exertion of the oneness of the one substance”, energy, on apparently both sides is allowed by one side being in timespace with a value of pi different from the other side, as this manifestation of a world expands, also fifth dimensionally. This fifth dimension was defined for science by Harvard University professor of quantum physics, Dr. Lisa Randall, in her book “Warped Passages”.

    The counterclockwise and clockwise of these closed circuits are the basic opposite polarities. Structure, maintained by orthogonality, is the cause of the separation of opposite polarities. Now we take the variously bent timespaces into consideration, that Scientific American has written about before. As we leave the rigid orthogonality of flat timespace, where the value of pi is 3.14159265…, like, for example, by accessing globally bent timespace by the mechanical velocity analogues in electricity, current, and thermodynamics, entropy production rate, etc., we depart from that rigid orthogonality of flat timespace that maintained the separation of opposite polarities, so that individual closed circuits may undifferentiate into nonexistence. `

    We wouldn’t be conscious if differentiation didn’t cause consciousness. Reciprocally, all the differentiations have caused energy itself to be eternally conscious. As you know, everything is “trying” to run down, or is being built up by that which is running down. In other words all differentiations are being pushed to undifferentiate. To undifferentiate is the actual true will of every differentiated thing in the universe.

    Descending into globally bent timespace matter acquires a tenuousity that has been called “spirit”, and as we descend into globally bent timespace it gets more and more flexable until, especially with the fast polarity cancellation rate allowed there, all is literally flames. But, undifferentiating being pleasure, undifferentiating into nonexistence is the attainment of the satisfaction of all desires.

    The Second Law of Thermodynamics indicates that in our infinite universe, also including what has been called the “multiverse”, the reunion of previously associated Planck’s volumes back into their original closed circuits is impossible so that the attainment of total undifferentiation is the eternal satisfaction of all desires. It can also be said that there are three things in the universe: entities, properties, and relationships. In the one substance, energy, a sphere can manifest as a closed circuit. A sphere can turn on itself. That could be called a particle. We know we are entities. “I hurt therefore I am”.

    Our entity is a closed circuit of the one substance, energy, in the one substance, energy, that is a ring, that qualifies to be called a unit of “dark matter”. Dark matter is composed of all those closed circuits that don’t qualify to be called particles. Remember, we are the information, not energy. If we were energy we would never sleep. Thinking you could figure that an entity “being almost everywhere” is a hyperdimensional view, I neglected to explain this phenomena, for, the great quantum physicist, Dr. Hugh Everett, already explained this. He said that for every possibility there is a “parallel universe”. Actually, these “parallel universes” can be called probability time lines sideways in time. This direction, sideways in time can now be called the sixth dimension.

    So, we have all the entities, and their “similarities”, in all their possible probability time lines. We can call them “similarities” rather than duplicates, though MIT professor of quantum physics, Dr. Max Tegmark, revealed that in the infinite eternal universe, that he calls the “multiverse”, each entity has an infinitude of exact duplicates, hyperdimensionally.

    “The fact that an entity is a closed circuit, its shape is a property, and the rate of its circulation, counterclockwise on one side, and clockwise on the on the other side are also properties, etc. Counterclockwise and clockwise circuits, ^OvvO^ , able to go confluent when face to face, is a relationship. Side to side they draw other entites in like a ringer, which pushes them apart, of course, also by closed circuit configurations.

    The universe had all one polarity in the beginning. The infinitesimal point nothingness, . , was rastered by time into timespace, U , which being one substance exerted its oneness in one direction, / , stirring closed circuitry, O, that all going the same way, vO^XvOx, repelled, X , a Big Bang. If it is said that the exertion, /, was equal on both sides, no, it was different due to the increasing of pi, from the globally bent timespace of a pi value of zero, to our relatively flat timespace, 3.14159265…, (perfectly flat timespace has a pi value of 20612/6561) and beyond, the “saddle” timespace caused by “dark energy” on a grand scale, probability. And, the pressure of repulsion forces circuits to turn around, again by the mechanism of closed circuitry, so that circuits can undifferentiate by confluency, =, into nonexistence. The final fate of any universe, in the “multiverse”? Nonexistence.

  • Meter

    Light reading of spiritual books on the side should not be confused with a person committing to a genuine spiritual path. A desire to be happy or ambition to be more is not sufficient to move one’s spirit. Usually a spiritual emergency or limit situation arises which makes the suffering caused by ego unsustainable. It’s not so much that people move toward their dreams with ambition, but that they abandon a part of themselves that has become too heavy and dysfunctional to carry any longer. (“I’m just so tired, I can’t go on like this.”) This transformation tends to be a devastating and painful process in itself, though it becomes sought after for its growing sense of freedom.

    In my experience, being spiritual doesn’t make you happier exactly. In fact in many ways a spiritual life can be more challenging than a normal life. You know higher highs and lower lows, you deal with more energy and experience of all kinds, yet you also develop much more functional methods of living which enable you to endure this greater existence. A bit of distance also develops between your human experiences and your ‘self’, such that you become the observer and gardener of your human life. This distance between you and your life circumstances creates a kind of peace. (Imagine going to an action movie thinking its real and thus suffering fear and worry, versus going into it remembering it’s only a movie and thus enjoying what you once could only fear.) Others may see you going through what they consider very difficult things, yet for you the experience may be liberating or joyful, because your primary attention has shifted to what is happening within, on a soul level. Affairs of the soul become important. Laughter and tears merely create context – you will use them both, but not take them so seriously.

    Lower consciousness is horribly bad at identifying and understanding higher consciousness – blind as a bat. Most masters in the world are not labeled ‘spiritual master’ (except when they do a bit of teaching perhaps), but are more likely mistaken for idiots, fools, criminals, the homeless poor, mentally ill, insane, etc. These impressions are mostly just momentary glimpses of an endless actor, from which the lower mind builds a conclusion and misses a far deeper truth.

    While it may not make you ‘happy’, especially in the eyes of others, being spiritual is far, far, far easier than living a normal life, if only because you can be simpler and truer. It takes much of the struggle out of life: a deeper process is honored rather than doubted. Thus it is said that it is both the easiest and most difficult thing you’ll ever do: easy because you’re just being yourself and there’s nothing you have to do; difficult because you must disregard everything you are told by people and defy the illusions that seem so real.

    A spiritual life is very expressive, creative and rewarding. The happiness reputation probably came about because a master was witnessed being incredibly happy and free like a child one day, and this is indeed a delicious part of a spiritual life. Yet the master can also be found in moods and suffering so dark that if witnessed, it is interpreted as un-masterful pain and abject human suffering. Yet even so there will be that inner distance at play, a twinkle in the eye, and likely even joy in the midst of pain. Unlike normal human life, there is never mere repetition of mindless suffering, it all becomes creative and alive, a conversation with God. You see the process and it is beautiful, if difficult at times.

    A spiritual person could never be sustained by a normal human life, there just isn’t enough life in it. When you’re done with that level of experience, you move on. Yet it isn’t all happiness and easiness, sometimes it’s sad and difficult. Yet you are larger than your experience, and also an active creator of it, so you bless it and are thankful for it, even when it hurts. All of life becomes a meditation and sacred practice; nothing is discarded.

    Think about depression: it causes you to be still. Stillness is a gateway into deeper being. You merely need to let go of the negativity surrounding that stillness, the part of you that makes it wrong to be still, that scolds you for being a ‘failure’, a ‘loser’, etc. Within failure allowed there is great success. Let yourself fall gently from that high position. Allow yourself to flow to the lowest places, like water does, bringing refreshment and new growth.

    Mostly be gentle with yourself and kind to others. This is true strength. Unlike normal human life, you don’t have to beat yourself up and deny yourself to be spiritual – quite the opposite. Nor do you have to pretend to be happy all the time, which is true misery.

    • Me

      Thank you, that summed it up perfectly. I was hoping someone would shed some light on the depressed mind DURING the awakening process. I mean, do I have a luscious tree since I’m going on this path, what if I’m also deeply depressed? I don’t think they are on opposite sides of the same door, I think of depression as a tool, as you said, to be still and explore your mind deeper. As painful as depression can be, the deep down joy you speak of is there, because you know that your higher self is taking you exactly where you asked it to go, and no matter what you will come out of this knowing more and with a higher consciousness than where you started. You have read the Ra material, haven’t you? You seem like only very few that know that kind of wisdom.

      • Meter

        Thank you for your comments. I have not read the Ra material, except perhaps excerpts, though I’ve heard it mentioned in positive terms. We often speak from one source, so will sound very similar.

        Often we hold a belief that spiritual persons must be happy, healthy, fully vibrant people, or they are somehow flawed or fraudulent. Yet do not confuse egoic ideas of success with true awakening, which can be subtle to observe. What is of the spirit is of the spirit – let it be free. It may benefit the body and mind in many positive ways, yet more importantly, it adds depth to all experience. It’s another place to live, inside, a place of refuge. It’s wise to let go of expectations, eg “when I become spiritual all my pains and problems will be gone”.

        Some bodies are damaged; some are ill; some are healthy yet have extreme limitations. Some minds and emotional/energy bodies are traumatized by their past treatment, with deep scars and disability. Many bodies and minds have been poisoned, deliberately as well as carelessly. Some humans are more intelligent in conventional terms, while others are more limited of vision (yet perhaps strong of heart). Just as height and weight vary, there are many variations in the human form. All are equal in being, yet form varies and isn’t always easily changed.

        In what form are you today, and what will you make of it?

        The spiritual invitation is open to everyone of any condition. Just your will to have a meeting with Creator creates that meeting, at any time or place or condition. It’s closer than your breath. Often spiritual adepts emerge from painful childhoods and experiences, because they are driven out of their egos by suffering. The fact is, you may learn to live with all manner of disabilities and dysfunctions for a long time, even on a spiritual path. Miraculous healing does occur, slowly as well as quickly at times, yet in the meantime you have the form you have, with its history, pains, depressions, failings. This won’t usually change in a day, and it has its purpose too.

        What does change is how you live with these experiences. I often think “higher consciousness” would better be referred to as “deeper consciousness”, because that better describes the feeling. Everything has greater depth. Sometimes this is unpleasant initially, yet becomes divine as natural discipline develops. Yet “higher” describes the paradoxical lightness and freedom of this depth.

        When it comes to living in an enlightened way with depression or other challenges, it’s sort of like having an automobile that has its quirks and problems. You get to know those quirks, and how to work with them, often quite effectively and creatively. You may LOVE that automobile; you wouldn’t trade it for the world. You may come to call your problems gifts. You are able to pull better music through a dented and damaged old violin than most can pull through a Stradivarius.

        There is great peace to making it okay to be as you are. Form is merely an instrument; focus on the music. It’s all about soul. Where are you coming from?

        I found greater peace when I realized I wouldn’t necessarily be able to perfect my mind and body in this lifetime (after decades of productive work at it), and that perfection of form isn’t necessary to move forward spiritually. Excellence is hard to avoid on the path, but perfection is a false god. I found much greater happiness by just realizing I was kind of broken almost permanently, but would enjoy this broken self anyway, just as I am. It’s very liberating to be your rough, honest self. It feels really good. Often it seems the psyche is a sea of endless past pain, tapping into the collective unconsciousness of humanity, suffering from thousands of years of unimaginable brutality. And the body can be a wellspring of dysfunction, especially as you age, especially in our damaged environment. If you look for stability in form, you will be disappointed one way or another. It all goes to dust. Enjoy it while it lasts; love the one you’re with.

        So if you are often depressed, maybe you will feel that way for a long while. It’s a part of the form you’re living with for now. Like me, maybe you have set sail for a distant shore. Hope comes and goes. Can you enjoy yourself a bit even with your depression? Can you laugh at yourself and find the feeling of joy beneath all emotions and thoughts? Tune to it. Breathe. Maybe it will actually heal your depression if you do this enough, or maybe it will not stop it, but will bring a mystical depth to your being. You may become a true romantic through it, and maybe even find true love from there. Everyone enjoys being down sometimes, feeling that way in all its glory. It is part of the human experience. Depression is grief (loss) which has been repressed, so learn to express it gently, get to know it. It holds a gift. Tell me, what do you imagine you have lost, that you feel so broken-hearted, so discouraged?

        What the soul is after is everything. It wants to taste it all, to be it all, in many forms. Nothing lasts forever in form; everything is changing. So you don’t have to obsess over changing yourself. Practice enjoying yourself, and that will change you forever.

        All of life is spiritual practice. Nothing is wasted.

      • Meter

        A brief tale of presence shining through unhappiness from Eckhart Tolle… “A woman in her thirties came to see me…”

  • Veri Tas

    I just didn’t believe her. She doesn’t believe herself. She is still struggling – you can see it through the painfully artificial smile that she puts on for the audience, all the while she’s crying on the inside.

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