Nature has designed each of us to be a
certain way. Nature has delegated to each of us an individual sense of
purpose. Nature has created for each of us our own personal set of
boundaries, wherein which we are defined and known and wherein which we
will know fulfillment and our own personal truths. The Way of Heaven
is revealed through the natural course.
When we live in accordance to that which
is natural for us, we find ourselves to be happy and stable. When,
however we blur our personal boundaries and set out on a course in
contradiction to our naturally set way, we come into a place of
emptiness. When we lose our way back to ourselves, we become lost.
Being lost is a dangerous place to be.
When we are not on our right path all types of bad things can happen to
us. Life becomes ever so complicated and full of problems. Despair
sets in, hope fades away, what is left is a chasm, an emptiness, a heavy
weight upon our hearts that senses that our life is way off course.
This is the genesis of depression.
The path that leads down to the darkest
areas of the soul begins with a single step; a step outside of one’s
natural self and sense of properness, into a realm perceived to be
desirable, but which in the end brings ruin instead of relief.
The inner voice of conscience has been
placed inside us to serve as our natural moral compass, to direct us
towards what is properly right for the individual and to guide us away
from that which is not proper for the individual. For each of us have
been created different by Heaven. We each have our unique personalities
and dispositions. When we violate our own boundaries and embrace
attitudes or actions that are foreign to our innate inner self, we begin
to walk down a dark and dangerous path.
The further we walk away from our own
inner truths, the greater the distance becomes between what we know
intuitively is right from wrong. The more we deny our own boundaries,
the lesser and lesser our inner voice of conscience becomes, until it
becomes no more. We can become so lost from ourselves that all that
remains in place of the inner voice of conscience is a wide dark chasm
of despair. This is depression.
Not for naught have we been given
intelligence and a rational mind. Not for naught are we also intuitive
being, blessed with a foreknowledge, a way of discernment transcending
the intellect, enabling us to discern truths and make proper decisions
when intelligent rational reasoning becomes blurred or has reached its
The genesis of depression is when we
allow our hearts to run ahead of our minds; when we convince ourselves
of the greater value of what we desire regardless of whether or not it
is good for us. When we pursue what we want instead of what we need, we
end up far away from our needs fulfilled, in foreign and dangerous
psychological territory. Being lost and sensing no way to come back to
one’s natural inner state, depression sets in like a heavy weight upon
The way to safety begins by not taking
the first step into danger. The way of healing begins by accepting that
there is always hope, no matter how dark and lost one feels. Depression
can be beaten, if one is willing to do what it takes to come out of the
darkness and go back home, to the inner place of fulfillment and peace
as ordained by Heaven. Finding oneself and fulfilling one’s destiny is
how depression is beaten. Yet, the obstacles to accomplishing this are
many. We will address how to overcome them next.