The state of depression can be seen as an imbalanced low state, or in other words a low state of high intensity/momentum. It’s important to understand that depression can happen at two levels
1. Physiological depression
2. Mental depression
(these are not medical terms or categories, I’ve coined them for the purpose of my explanation)
What I mean by “physiological” depression is simply the condition where the body is energetically at an intensely low state – it’s normal for the body to go through low and high cycles, but an intense low state which disrupts the functional harmony is caused by the presence of high emotional momentum. Mental depression is the condition created by the “thinking” going on in your mind. Of course, the mental depression eventually feeds into the body/physiology, after all emotions are nothing but stored-up “thought energy”. One can be aware of whether the depression is created by your current thinking or if it’s simply a physiological depression created by the emotional momentum accumulated over the past.
(Some events like a disease or physical injury can create an extended low state in the body, however in the absence of mental/emotional momentum the body is able to heal faster, and also, the depressive state doesn’t feel too intense)
To overcome physiological depression requires you to release the emotional accumulation in your body – I’ve discussed this in the post Releasing Suppressed Energy. Overcoming a mental depression requires you to see through an imbalanced/deluded thinking by bringing awareness to it, by gaining the right understanding. Mental depression is a call towards gaining a better understanding/perspective of life, and of yourself, and thus releasing the imbalanced patterns of thinking, whereas physiological depression is call towards releasing the past accumulation of emotions.
In most cases, it’s quite common to deal with physiological and mental depression at the same time – it’s because one feeds the other. What’s required is to first break this loop by addressing them individually, else the tendency is to unconsciously feed into loop – for example as soon as you sense a physiological/bodily depression, in the form of a strong low state in your body, you can create some negative interpretation about it, start panicking, start getting anxious, and thus create thought patterns that eventually lead to a mental depression. In the same way, when you are dealing with a mental depression, you can unconsciously start identifying with it, empowering the thoughts, giving it more momentum, and thus creating “thought energy” which is what gets stored up in the body as emotional momentum, which leads to physiological depression. The fact is that even when you’ve gained an aligned understanding of life, even when you’ve gained a full awareness of your negativity, it takes a while for the mental and physiological depression to ebb away – this is because it has a past momentum which takes time to release even though your current awareness/thinking is more aligned.
Depression is a call towards finding alignment
Thought is always the source of creation. Depression is an imbalanced state, but it’s still a “creation” of thought. Even physiological depression is the by-product of mental depression, after all without thought there is no accumulation of energy. Thought is the force that concentrates energy. To find wholeness in your thinking is the foundation to allowing a wholeness in your being. The very fact that you have the capacity to observe your thinking gives you the ability towards “conscious living”, whereby you no longer give in to an unconscious, and mechanical, movement of thinking in your mind, rather you develop the freedom to let go of what feels imbalanced thus creating the space for a balanced perspective to come in. The unconscious tendency is to be rooted in the momentum of the mind’s thinking without any space outside it – in such a case, an imbalance in the mind’s thinking directly affects your being, and your focus on this thinking keeps amplifying it, and it just becomes a vicious loop.
Depression is actually a wake up call towards gaining a better understanding of yourself, of life, of balance. If you get hung up on the state of depression you will fail to see the growth opportunity that’s being instigated in you by it. It’s not about trying to suppress depression, rather it’s about bringing a growth oriented perspective to it. If you are depressed there has to be a “reason” for it – depression is not a balanced state, and imbalance is “creation” and hence it was created (or is being created) through a certain way of thinking. Of course, the emotional energy of depression can be passed on genetically as “cellular memory”. However, a genetically inherited depression is also a creation of the past that can be released by you in the present – all imbalanced creations can be “undone” once you release the concentration of energy that’s keeping it in place. So it doesn’t matter if you are dealing with inherited depression or if you created it solely by yourself through your thinking, what’s pertinent is to come back to a place of conscious balance. Nothing is served from blame, it doesn’t matter who contributed to your depression, the fact is that if you want to find conscious balance you have to take full responsibility for “undoing” the imbalance in you, in your current awareness.
The higher-level cause of depression
It helps to see the cause of depression from a higher perspective. I mentioned in some past posts (for ex A Non-physical Perspective) about how one of the reasons life-energy/source goes into creation is for the purpose of “self-realization”. You can’t know who you are unless you see your opposite, light can’t know itself without dark, love can’t know itself without hatred, wholeness can’t know itself without experiencing the state of imbalance. Just imagine that you are the source, and you are already whole (unconsciously whole), but how do you consciously know your nature of wholeness if you’ve never experienced anything else? This is not some vague/ambiguous spiritual question, it’s just a very reasonable, rational, logical question. From the perspective of the source, in order to know its wholeness, it has to experience the imbalance. The source/life-energy is made up of two natures – light and dark (yin/yang), and it’s important to experience each of these natures, separately, as a part of self-realization. Of course, wholeness is the balance of light and dark nature, but to know what wholeness is one has to “consciously” balance/integrate both these natures in oneself. This is the reason why life goes into “duality” (of separating the light and dark, through imbalance) into order to realize “oneness”/wholeness consciously through a conscious integration. A “conscious integration” is simply an integration made from a place of choice/volition.
So how does the source accomplish this task of having a conscious realization of its wholeness? By creating streams of imbalance, streams projecting from the source, like river projects from an ocean – these streams can be called “streams of consciousness”. You can imagine two streams being created – one of the streams is imbalanced in light nature, and the other stream is imbalanced in dark nature. The beings that are created from the light-natured stream have an inherent imbalance towards light nature, and the beings that are created from the dark-natured stream have an inherent imbalance towards dark nature – neither of them is good or bad, they are just both imbalanced in their own way. So there is the source and its creation (the two streams of consciousness), the source is whole, but the streams of consciousness are not whole, they just hold the capacity to become whole again through conscious integration.
The source can now “experience” through these two streams of consciousness, it can experience what imbalance is and it can experience what it means to consciously come back to balance, and in this way can consciously know its natures. Imbalance always moves towards balance, so finding balance is inevitable, hence there is no real risk involved here, the beings that are created in imbalance eventually bound to find their balance. So in that sense it’s all just a play of life, deliberately created by life, thus the imbalance is not a mistake, it’s a requirement. Though I’ve explained it in an overly simplistic manner, you can get an idea of the higher level reasoning behind the creation of imbalance. Again, this is not some spiritual philosophy, it’s a very logical explanation of how life moves, and anyone who can observe life will always come to the same conclusion – this is the reason why enlightened teachers, no matter which part of the world they belong to, always come up with the same underlying teaching about life, they all, independently, come to the same realization about life.
Depression is a natural outcome of imbalance, an imbalance in light-nature leads to depression as does an imbalance towards dark nature. But depression is not a mistake, it’s simply something that’s needed so that you can consciously overcome it and thus experience conscious balance/freedom/wholeness. But the way to overcome depression is not by suppressing it or fighting it, it’s by understanding that it’s just an indication of an imbalance, and all that’s needed is to bring in an integration – if you have an imbalance in light nature, allow the integration of dark, and if you have an imbalance in dark nature allow the integration of light. Fighting the depression is like fighting the imbalance from a place of imbalance, it solves nothing. Also, you need to realize that the reason why you are feeling the imbalance is because it’s “needed” for you find conscious balance, so let go of the mindset of fuming over the imbalance, and look at it as a requirement for the evolution in your being towards finding conscious balance. Without this higher level perspective you are bound to have some narrow, deluded, thinking about the depression and thus keep fighting it in some way.
The relative causes of depression
Once you understand the higher level perspective on why depression got created, you have the right foundation to address the relative cause of depression in your life. Always remember that depression is simply the result of imbalance in one of the natures, light or dark. The only way to resolve an imbalance is to integrate the natures of light and dark in you. This integration happens naturally when you are in a state of total allowing. The logic is simple, life-energy naturally moves towards balance, when you are in the state of total allowing/openness you no longer resist the movement of life-energy in you and hence you naturally are brought to a state of balance. The state of allowing is more like a pointer than a technique, it’s important to “understand” the pointer rather than trying to get a technique out of it – to be truly open by itself means that you can’t try to apply it as a strategy. For example, sometimes openness requires you to allow yourself to show your anger at someone to let them know that you are not going to take their nonsense, and sometimes it requires you to simply allow the anger within without giving into any external reaction, you are no longer a prisoner to anger but you can use it when it’s needed as a part of wisdom – so you can see how it can’t follow a technique, it follows wisdom.
There are many relative causes of depression. Physical life can be challenging as it is and the state of imbalance, in your being, just makes it all the more difficult to deal with. A light-natured imbalance causes you to be meek, anxious, needy, whereas a dark natured imbalance causes you to be bitter, aggressive, greedy, and both these imbalances eventually lead to a net result of you ending up in creating circumstances that are miserable, which leads you to depression. The fact is that the relative causes just don’t matter, it doesn’t matter what circumstances you are in, it doesn’t matter what upbringing you had, it doesn’t matter what you inherited (cellular memory/genetics), the bottom line is that depression is inevitable, sooner or later, as a being, and it’s simply an indication, or wake-up call, for you to find a conscious balance. Your specific emotional/mental imbalances are simply the symptoms, your imbalanced external circumstances are also the symptoms, to root cause is an imbalance in the light, or dark nature, component in you and call is for you to work on finding a conscious balance.
The release of depression
A lot of people have a hard time understanding the state of allowing, it’s mostly because they try to see it from their place of imbalance. A person with an imbalance in light nature would see the state of allowing as some means to become more loving, more peaceful and more joyful – they are usually the ones who will ask – how do I feel good while allowing fear, how can I become more forgiving and loving, and I always reply that this not about finding a “good feeling” refuge, and it’s not about becoming more loving, this is about finding balance which would involve allowing the dark natured aspects within (of course balance eventually feels good, but the process is not rooted in feeling good but in allowing a real integration). A person with an imbalance in dark nature would see the state of allowing as some means to get an edge over others, to become more superior – their usual question is, how can I get richer/successful with this “method”, how can I have some cool experience that I can add to my basket of “accomplishments”. As you can see, each person seems to interpret the state of allowing from his/her imbalance. The state of allowing is about being open to an inner change, it’s not about enhancing your current inclinations that may be rooted in imbalance. The light natured person has to be open to the integration of dark and vice versa.
I can give a simplistic example of the two cases – a depressed light-natured person and a depressed dark natured person, and specify how each can find the required balance.
A depressed light natured person – The underlying cause of depression is usually a sense of powerlessness. You may have a hard time dealing with people, for example, your colleagues, your relatives, your boss or your spouse. You may have a hard time dealing with the competitiveness around you, the coldness of the dark-natured people, the unending struggle to make a living and the survival aspects of life. Some common ways of thinking present in a light natured person, in a state of depression, are as below
- Why can’t people be nice
- How could he/she cheat on me, I trusted him/her so much
- Why does everyone pick on me / no-one cares for me
- Why is there so much suffering in this world
- Why am I stuck in this work/job that feels so draining
These are just a few off the cuff examples, the questions are not important, it’s the fact that these questions are taken in from a place of powerlessness. You can sense the undertone of helplessness in these thoughts – this is basically the story of one’s life when one is imbalanced in light nature. Feeling powerless eventually leads to depression. The wake-up call, created by this depression, is for you integrate with your dark nature aspect. Of course the challenge is that your inherent “habit” is to cling to the ligh-natured aspects, and hence the dark nature would just feel alien to you, it may feel obnoxious, threatening or cold. However, the truth is that you already have the dark nature present in you, since you are life-energy, it’s just that you will have to consciously allow this nature to find its expression in you.
The state of allowing, in this case, has to be a re-connection with your sense of inner power. Let go of clinging to your sensitivity, your hurts, your insecurities, your neediness, just allow them to arise in you without needing to get involved with them – allow them in your thoughts, in your emotions, but don’t make them personal, don’t get identified with them. For a while, it can feel very unnatural to not get involved with these habitual patterns of thought/feeling, you may feel like you are actually suppressing yourself by not clinging to your usual imbalance, however this is not suppression this is just an openness towards letting go of your habitual movement towards identifying with your imbalance. You have to stay allowing without identification until you sense that you are truly free of the pull of these imbalanced patterns.
When you are in a state of allowing it’s very common for thoughts to arise about its “effectiveness”, you may wonder if anything is really happening, in fact you may feel “worse off” for while (it’s like dealing with withdrawal symptoms of an addiction), but all along you need to keep connecting with your sense of openness to what arises. Keep connecting with your inner power and sense your freedom to allow all these thoughts/emotions/sensitivities without clinging to them – it can make you feel detached, cold and uncaring, for a while, but that’s just part of the integration of dark nature. Once you hit balance you will not be able to sense the dark and light separately, it will just work in a unison, in a sense of wholeness.
A depressed dark natured person – The underlying cause of depression is usually a sense of greed. An imbalanced dark natured person operates from a place of wanting to acquire, of wanting to possess, without much sensitivity towards the means. If you are in such a state of being, you are likely to feel restless and agitated most of the time, and sooner or later your agitation takes you to the brink of depression. The restless energy is like an imbalanced high which can’t be maintained for long, and when it falls it falls to the opposite end of a real low. This forced low is highly depressing for such a person and it’s common for him/her to try unnatural means to get back to the high, only to create a more severe depression eventually. Some common thought patterns in such a person are as below
- Why can’t things happen faster
- Why can’t people agree with me more
- Why can’t I just party all the time
- I am going to prove myself to xyz/everyone
- Why can’t I just get what I want
The underlying tone is one of a restless desperation to get more, a hunger that has taken over sensitivity. They may come across as a being powerful (almost in an obnoxious way) but they are inherently empty within, there is a real void in their being because of disconnection with sensitivity. They are more like machines operating from a place of greed. Sooner or later depression does start setting in, mostly from the sense of inner emptiness or the desperation of being stuck in a low state/circumstance (an imbalanced high cannot be maintained for long, it’s just not supported by life’s natural balance). Losing out on some acquired status, a loss of importance/popularity, depleted finances (caused by over indulgence), broken relationships, could all the various circumstances of the low state created by the imbalance.
In such a person the state of allowing has to work as an openness towards re-connecting with “sensitivity”. The sense of letting go can feel threatening to your sense of power and control, it can make you feel vulnerable, and this is exactly the balance that’s needed for you to restore the imbalance of the dark nature in you. Your ego, in the state of imbalance, has gone towards arrogance, recklessness, in-sensitivity and shallowness, and it requires to be balanced towards sensitivity, compassion, humility and depth of character. Don’t be afraid if the state of allowing makes you feel like you are losing your rigid control, just allow this movement to happen in you; it should feel like a real surrender. The dark natured imbalance in your ego would resist any form of vulnerability to come in, however you will need to consciously let go of giving in to this pattern and be open to the integration of the light nature in you – as a part of the balance, you will see yourself becoming more sensitive, more empathetic, developing a depth in your being which was not present before.
The movement of balance
You can see how the state of allowing can have different connotations for different people depending on the nature of their imbalance. The state of allowing is simply the openness to integrate what’s imbalanced in you, and the integration happens naturally if you don’t suppress it. A person imbalanced in light nature will naturally find an integration towards inner power and a person imbalanced in dark nature will naturally find an integration towards sensitivity/humility.
One of the biggest hurdles towards allowing the balance is the fact that your “brain” is conditioned in your imbalance. The brain, as an organ, is designed to create neural pathways towards your most dominant patterns of thinking. Once they get created, these neural pathways end up reinforcing these patterns of thinking – it’s like neural pathways want to survive and hence they keep reinforcing themselves. The way that the brain reinforces its past patterns is through the mechanical process of repetition, it just keeps replaying the patterns of the created neural pathways in a mechanical fashion – it makes you think that the brain has a life of its own, that it’s arguing for a certain way of thinking, but in truth it’s just mechanical in the way it wants to reinforce the patterns familiar to it. If you’ve studied about how artificial intelligence can be created in robots through the use of neural networks, you can realize how robotic the brain really is.
This challenge of dealing with your brain’s conditioning, its robotic reinforcement of past patterns of imbalance, is what feels most draining during the state of allowing. One has to understand and be very aware of this robotic/mechanical nature of the brain to ensure that one breaks out of this loop of past conditioning. A few pointers for breaking out of this mechanical reinforcement are as below
- Spend time observing your brain, get a sense of all the repetitive patterns that are running mechanically in the brain (just observing your brain keenly, over a period of time, can give you a sense of all the repetitive patterns that are present in it). As you become more aware of these repetitive patterns, start working on consciously letting go of identifying with them as they arise. Don’t suppress them, just be allowing, without identification, until their pulls stops ebbing away.
- Understand that brain operates from conditioning and not always from wisdom – in many cases the brain is simply following a mechanical way of thinking based on its design and its projections have no realistic value. For example, the survival tendency in your brain can keep it in a constant state of anxiety about the future, coming up with all the negative projections possible, and this is just a mechanical thinking based on its design and conditioning. You need to consciously learn to let go of taking your brain’s interpretations on its face value, work on the capacity to have a space of independence from your brain’s conditioned thinking (this is what allows for true wisdom to come in).
- Aligned technology is always an assistance to evolution/growth in a being. The technology of internet is a great example of how it’s a huge assistance towards evolution by making information exchange so convenient and easy. I explain about a product – Brainev, in the post Eliminating Anxiety, which uses the brainwave entrainment technology (simulating balanced brainwave states), that I find to be very effective in releasing the momentum of imbalance in the brain. I find that the way it’s designed is very congruent with the state of allowing and works on gradual levels of training (using 6 mp3s from level-1 to level 6) the brain out of imbalanced frequencies/waves by simulating the balanced brainwaves.
- Be open to allowing changes in your reality. When you start balancing out internally you are bound to see external changes. It usually starts with the deconstruction of imbalanced elements in your reality, and this deconstruction can feel challenging since you were so used to that reality (even if it was dysfunctional). You can feel disoriented and anxious about where you are heading, and it’s a natural part of a transition. Allow these feelings of anxiety, confusion, insecurity or uncertainty to arise, in a state of total openness; it’s all part of the integration process. You will start sensing a natural order falling into place, in your reality, a natural wisdom playing out, as the balance starts setting in within you.
In conclusion, the perspective that you need to work with is that depression is a call towards balance and it’s inevitable in your journey as a being. Instead of adding a negative connotation to the state of depression, understand it to be a phase in your journey towards evolution/growth, towards finding conscious balance. The state of allowing is the most direct way to allow the integration of balance, but the way it works for you will be personal to you, even though the dynamics of the process are always the same, it’s simply a process towards integrating your light and dark nature creating an inner balance which then manifests in your external life.