This post lends insight into depression and its various forms. Here, you study its root cause, how it builds up, and the purpose it serves. By understanding this, you grow more conscious and alert. This state readies the mind to release depression in full. With such confidence, you learn the steps to achieve this and what to expect while going through this journey.
What is depression?
Depression is a sense of deep sadness that lasts for long periods of time. In this state, the mind feels weighed down by its thoughts and emotions. As a result, the body has less energy and daily tasks seem harder to complete. Despite these effects, depression serves as a call towards gaining better insights into yourself and life. By accepting this, you move toward inner growth as deep feelings of sadness reduce.
A depressed state affects the body and mind in several ways. On a mental level, thoughts with the following themes arise:
- Why/How could he/she cheat on me?
- Everyone is nasty to me. Why can’t they be nice?
- I deserve to feel bad because of XYZ that I did.
- The world is such an evil place.
- I hate myself/life.
- My job/work is draining.
- The world is better off without me.
- No one understands or cares about me.
- It’s not possible to solve my problems.
Do thoughts of this nature arise in your mind’s space? Note when they come up and your reaction to them. It’s also important to pay attention to the body’s sensations and emotions. When doing this, you grow in awareness. In a depressed state, you may experience effects such as,
- Sleep problems.
- Lack of energy and drive.
- Aches and pains.
- Changes in appetite or weight.
- Less interest in work, life and social activities
- Neglect of hobbies, relationships and personal interests.
Depression and its effects stem from emotions that become imbalanced. In short, these block your balanced, true self from shining through. To visualise this, picture a solar eclipse. Here, the shadow of the moon blocks out the sun’s light, thus creating darkness. Notice how this applies to your body, mind, and thoughts. By doing so, you realise how depression occurs to prompt inner growth and balance.
What is the root cause of depression?
The root cause of depression is an excess buildup of thought energy within your mind’s space. This mass results from emotions gathering within you over a long period. As they reach a threshold level, you sense feelings of depression. These symptoms result from your mind’s heavy store of thoughts. By learning this, your awareness opens and you address depression at its root cause.
The heavy sensation of depression comes when your mind stores high volumes of fear and pain. This action often happens without you realising. To explain this, view thoughts as small flakes of snow. If too many of these come together, they form large mounds that represent dark emotions. You collect these from,
- Thought and emotional energy you receive from the genes of your past ancestors.
- The act of blocking out painful thoughts and emotions over a long period.
- Disease or injury. These create low states in the body and often stop emotions from releasing.
As emotions become heavier, there comes a point where your mind can no longer hold them. When this happens, bouts of depression happen as thoughts release in surges. In short, this action works like a snow avalanche. Special nets, fences and walls act as means to manage such events. These barriers represent your ways to control, suppress, or divert attention from your mind. Stressful life events often break these mental walls, thus triggering surges of depression. These occur to help purge your mind of its imbalances. Realise this and let them serve their purpose. Here, the weight of emotions melts away in your mind’s space.
On balance, a conscious mindset builds the freedom to release imbalanced thoughts. You’re then able to watch your mind’s events – without getting involved. In effect, you stop fuelling the root causes of depression and allow space for solutions.
How should you view depression?
You should view depression as an imbalance of emotions in the mind and body. Their fuel comes from constant efforts to avoid, fight, or get rid of them. By understanding this, you become wary about viewing depression as a disease or disorder. Instead, you see it as a thought creation that is not permanent. This outlook inspires you to grow more aware by taking responsibility for yourself. In effect, you can allow depression to release.
A mind with low awareness will try to justify and defend its unhappiness. If you view yourself as a depressed, ill person, your brain creates thoughts that support this notion. For example, if you feel down, the mind raises and distorts memories that favour this state. It also seeks reasons to feel more angry and sad. Here, it raises thoughts such as,
- ‘There is something wrong with me and I have a lifelong condition.’
- ‘I have to live with this pain.’
Such thoughts are your mind trying to defend its place as a depressed being. By growing aware of them, they lose their fuel and weaken. The mind then opens and stops trying to defend or justify its unhappy state.
Negative views about depression add further weight to your emotions. In the long term, these create the belief that thoughts are your enemy – thus making you feel worse. Instead, see depression as a chance to release the weight of emotions. Here, you view imbalanced thoughts as objects that take up your inner space. Be aware of how this mass creates your mental state, prevents solutions and blocks life’s wisdom. In doing so, you learn that depression is not something to fight or suppress. You can only grow aware of it, then allow its release. Once depression dissolves, you can take responsibility for your mind.
Why do thoughts of suicide often arise in depressed people?
Thoughts of suicide often arise in depressed people when their emotional energy reaches extreme levels. As a result, they have less space to observe their mind. This effect can make a person feel overwhelmed by the mass of their thoughts. Here, the mind often feels it has no solution and must escape its pain. Such notions can lead to thoughts of self-harm and suicide. By learning how they occur, their energy fades and your mind clears.
It’s easy to believe imbalanced thoughts if they occupy too much of your mind’s space. In extreme cases, they create the following images:
- A past/future event or scene that you’re afraid of and don’t wish to face.
- Cases of you inflicting harm or punishment on yourself/others for past/future mistakes.
Thoughts of this nature can trouble your mind so much that it wishes to escape and end its suffering. If they arise in you, don’t act upon them. Instead, be alert when they occur and allow them to have their say. This meditation takes away their power. Ask yourself, if these thoughts and emotions didn’t exist, what’s left? Who is the person you cannot live with? Are you a mere bundle of mind contents? In reality, you’re the space that’s aware of the mind. Once this consciousness takes root in you, tormenting thoughts cannot feed on your efforts to escape them. In time, your mind’s troubles and suffering resolve as solutions emerge.
Once you stop trying to escape depression and its thoughts, your awareness builds. From here, you can allow emotions their full freedom. By doing so, lifes wisdom helps you face and dissolve the mind’s troubles. This power is already within you and seeks to balance your entire life. When you allow it to flow, your mind clears as depression and its thoughts resolve.
How do you release the energy of depression?
You release the energy of depression by first growing aware of its motion, then allowing it in full. By doing this, you leave aside the various methods and efforts to ease your mind’s pain. These work for brief periods but only manage the surface of thoughts and emotions. As the mind grows in awareness, your calm inner space opens – without thoughts clouding it. Upon learning this, you don’t strive to avoid or get rid of depression. Instead, you allow its release.
A depressed state often feels like a dark cloud in your mind. As this power gains momentum, its hard to note thoughts without getting involved with them. Here, it’s important to train your mind to be more aware. Practice this by paying attention to the motion of your breath, body, or surroundings. When thoughts emerge, return attention to your point of focus. These exercises build awareness and open the mind’s space.
After a month of practices, move to the state of allowing. Here, you let depressed thoughts and feelings arise – without trying to be aware of them. This step seems unnatural at first and you may wish to avoid it. Allow these doubts and let awareness happen by itself. In time, imbalanced thoughts pass. When they do, the cloud of depression fades.
Solutions and new points of view come as you sense more space from thoughts. You also sense how depression gets lighter each day by allowing it. As the mind releases deep emotions, it cycles between periods of bliss and distress. You may doubt if anything useful is happening during this phase. Allow these questions and continue accepting what arises. By sensing space from thoughts, your outlook changes and solutions arise. The mind soon settles and balances. These outcomes result from allowing the energy of depression to release.
An example of how you release depression by allowing.
The following example of low self-esteem shows the steps you go through when releasing depression. These stages apply to any thoughts and emotions that result from such a state. The purpose of using an example is to show how consciousness and its intellect work to solve depression. It’s then easy to address common doubts or issues you may face while going through this process. In effect, depression leaves your space.
In the case of low self-esteem, you lack confidence and doubt your ability to succeed in life. Such beliefs hinder the mind and body’s wellness. From here, it’s easy to assume that allowing such thoughts makes them worse. For this reason, you feel afraid to relax and instead try to suppress or avoid the mind. Common ways to do this are drugs, alcohol, rituals, excess work and distractions. These methods work for brief periods, but don’t resolve the basic problem. As a result, the same thoughts and emotions return. To dissolve low self-esteem and release the depression that comes with it, move through the following steps:
Stage 1: The mind builds up content that causes depression and low self-esteem.
From early childhood, your mind gathers and stores content. These result in the brain forming an image of you. Low self-esteem forms if this picture holds memories of not meeting standards, neglect, abuse, or excess punishment. In addition, a lack of love, praise, and high expectations can create dark images of life. Together, these lead you to feel depressed and angry about the past.
A state of low self-esteem prevents you from interacting with others and trying new things. By growing aware of this energy, you learn how the mind gathers information. Once you have this clarity, it’s time to move onto the next stage of allowing. This step clears depression and past anger at the root level.
Stage 2: You stop trying to be aware and allow the mind its freedom.
By letting go of efforts to be aware of your mind, you allow its freedom. With low self-esteem, let all thoughts and emotions about the past arise. You also stop trying to avoid situations that trigger feelings of depression. Instead, learn how they exist to help the mind release deep emotions. It takes time to accept and relax into this stage – don’t place pressure on yourself. Once you’re ready, stop trying to bury thoughts and move into a state of total allowing. This stage happens as the mind matures.
Realise that as an adult, your childhood is over. Despite this, your mind often holds a “child’s identity” and views life through this lens. Let such thoughts arise and relax efforts to control or push them away. This stage is painful and confusing, but necessary to release these emotions. To explain this, imagine a cup of boiling tea. It releases its heat through steam. In the same way, allow your mind space and time to release its tension. Don’t worry about falling into reckless actions. The earlier exercise of building awareness allows life’s intelligence to come through. This intellect eases the mind’s pressure as it becomes free, wise, and still.
Stage 3: You allow insights and wisdom to arise.
As you continue to allow the mind’s movements, insight and wisdom arise. These resolve troubling thoughts and release the weight of depression. In time, the body and brain feel lighter as their chemistry balances. You can then access the wisdom that dissolves the thoughts behind low self-esteem. Here, you realise how past circumstances were beyond your control. As an adult, you’re now responsible for your life. You also learn how unique your mind is, as are its talents and wisdom. These effects come when insights arise and the weight of depression releases.
How long does depression take to clear?
The time it takes for depression to clear depends on how much imbalanced thought energy you have suppressed. This material took years to gather in your space and takes time to release. Such an open state takes readiness because no one can do it on your behalf. To gauge how ready you are for this stage, meditate on the following questions:
- Do you want to be free of depression and its effects on your life?
- Are you able to commit some time to learn the nature of thoughts and grow aware of them?
- How fearless and willing are you to allow your mind in full?
- Can you bear emotional discomfort in your brain and body? Or are you willing to find some means to avoid or escape it?
- Do you depend on anyone else’s advice? How open are you to finding your own answers?
- Can you reduce/eliminate drugs, alcohol, or any means of suppressing thoughts or emotions?
- Are you open to change, new knowledge, and insight?
Once you’re ready to balance your mind, start by taking part in some awareness practices for a month. These teach you to observe the mind’s thoughts. When you’re comfortable doing this, start the phase of allowing. Within two to three months, you will become more at ease with letting go. As you develop trust in life’s wisdom, it’s possible to grant your mind its full movement. After six to eight months, you will notice a vast change in your overall well-being. This process continues for the coming months until each one of your imbalances resolves. When they do, depression and low self-esteem no longer affect your life.