Depression is not a mystery, it’s not a ‘sickness’ and its origin is not a genetic chemical imbalance in the brain, even though there may be a measured lack of e.g. serotonin production in people who suffer from depression. It’s definitely not something millions of dollars and man/woman hours need to be wasted on, in search of a ‘cure’.
depression is emotional constipation.
To use the current ‘psychological model’, your unconscious is jammed with emotions that are past their expiry date to be released!
From a psycho/spiritual or consciousness point of view these blocked emotions inhibit the flow of life force (prana) in the subtle bodies and have a direct effect on our psychological and physiological functioning as a result. Inroads in science are being made to try to measure this life force, chi, ki, qi, prana, orgone (and the host of other names it has been called since humans began investigating it), but until science catches up, we can only rely on past wisdom traditions and our own direct experience of the relationship of prana with our emotions.
After over 20 years of breath work practice and inquiry I have unblocked the residue of superficial and deeply held emotions that had accumulated in my subconscious. As a result I have freed myself from debilitating depression, anxiety, deep-seated fear and anger and the full gamut of reactionary emotional states that had prevented me from living responsibly, deliberately and joyfully. I have also facilitated this same process for hundreds of other people who ‘suffered’ in the same way—as slaves to their ‘shadow’, or the stagnant emotions and core beliefs locked in the subconscious (see some of their testimonials below).
From a consciousness point of view depression is simply a blocked heart centre and blocked energy channels that result in the blocking of all energy flow and it doesn’t take years to unblock them. Generally the stuck/jammed energies are the result of unexpressed or unassimilated emotions (depression in essence) and this prevents the innate energy of joy, love and happiness from being experienced!
You see we only have one ‘FEELING ORGAN’— the heart energy centre (what the ancient spiritual traditions and philosophies refer to as the heart chakra or the heart/feeling centre).
WE FEEL EVERYTHING, THE GOOD & THE BAD THROUGH THE HEART/ FEELING CENTRE
As children we are not emotionally mature enough to logically process and deal with the powerful emotions of childhood – fear & terror, sadness & despair, frustration & anger, shame, guilt, loneliness, feelings of something being different/wrong with us, and so on. For example, to an infant, simply not being held against our mother’s skin on arrival into the world can lend to feelings that life isn’t safe or the belief that life won’t support us. And even if this belief is proven wrong as we grow, this deeply held childhood experience may become a self-fulfilling prophecy, even if we are no longer consciously aware of it, which we experience as a life of lack, loneliness, abandonment.
In an act of self-preservation we shut down this heart/ feeling centre so as not to feel these ‘unpleasant emotions’. Unfortunately and inadvertently this means closing off the heart/ feeling centre to all the good emotions too – joy, happiness for no reason, love, connection with others and the world around us, our inspiration, our feeling of connection to our innate spiritual, joyful states…
When you close your heart to avoid feeling the bad/unpleasant emotions, or when you are conditioned to shutting down and not expressing the emotional energy that you feel as a child, your heart closes itself to fully feeling anything, our feelings then become muted, warped, toxic, tainted, smothered, buried. Then, voila! Depression and its symptoms of emptiness, numbness, helplessness, hopelessness, negative mind chatter, negative life outlook, and so on, prevail.