“What is the spiritual solution for persistent depression that has been longstanding and difficult to understand in terms of why it is present?” ~ Lulu, Cape Coral, FL
Depression plagues many individuals. I resist cookie-cutter responses because there can be multiple factors contributing to the problem: situational, medical / chemical, and, of course underlying these, karmic. It does no one any good to ponder the causative “why” of depression because that is effectively crystal ball gazing in hopes that a response will provide relief. It won’t. Unless one is a genuine master able to identify specific karmic origins, none can provide a verifiable answer.
Depression is linked to conscious or unconscious transgressions of health or moral laws in the past which find their repercussion expressed in this incarnation. Take a multi-dimensional approach to resolving the issue:
- Appropriate medication if your system requires it to establish proper chemical balance. There is no shame in this. God works through doctors as well as spiritual healers, gurus, etc.
- Counseling is viable if it addresses situational or underlying factors contributing to the problem.
- Spiritually, associate with uplifting persons / environments that magnetically elevate your energy
- Maintain all health (diet & exercise) and moral (self-control) laws as able.
To this, add some hatha yoga or chi gung to stimulate energy flow, plus, a steady diet of affirmation and meditation. Affirmations (see Scientific Healing Affirmations by Paramahansa Yogananda) are extremely effective when understood and practiced properly. Scientific meditation will, over time, burn away seed causes of karmic conditions lodged in the brain and re-wire it in a healthy manner. This may take time but is worth the effort. Although I follow the Kriya yoga path of Paramhansa Yogananda and can vouch for its efficacy, you may find another system resonates more for you.
And pray. Recruit Spirit to guide your healing. Never give up hope of being happy; joy is the essence of your soul. (Where There Is Light, Paramahansa Yogananda.)
Rev. Alan L. Pritz