In my previous article, “Reasons Why Manifesting May Not Be Working for You”, I took the body of the article from my book Awakening to Wholeness, and specifically from a chapter on Co-Creating Changes in Your Life. The largest portion of that same chapter was on eight common scenarios for possible life changes written as fairly “brief but hopefully useful and valuable suggestions for how to work with the Universe to make them happen”.
One of the eight scenarios was on shifting from depression to feeling energized about life, and I’ve included that below. I’ve been fortunate not to have experienced more than very minor and brief depression in my life, but I had a good co-worker friend who was going through depression that had lasted 3-4 weeks, and I wrote this for him. He put this scenario to practice and within a matter of days (at most a week) informed me that it had helped him get out of the doldrums and back to getting regular exercise and seeing life as bright and enjoyable again.
I’m posting this in case there are any readers who are looking for help in this area. It includes recommendations that are practical and others that are very much spiritual and based on conscious choice-making.
On the subject of depression, I must first point out that depression can have physical causes, so please see your doctor and talk about what you are experiencing. Physical causes should be investigated and treated if present.
But, I know for a fact that depression can be caused by psychological or emotional causes. Negative events in your life accumulate to convince you that you can’t handle the problems, that things are never going to get better, and worst of all that there is nowhere to turn and no one who loves you.
These feelings especially cause depression if you just can’t find a way to tell anyone about your problems because you’re afraid you may be having some kind of emotional or mental breakdown and you may (undeservedly) feel shame with those thoughts.
Sound familiar? Depression often results when you think continuously about past failures or all the things wrong with your life, you buy in to negative and self-limiting beliefs (such as those just mentioned), and you get stuck there (literally) because you just can’t find the energy to do anything positive about it. So, you hide away by yourself and sleep as an escape mechanism.
The first step is to force yourself to break out of do-nothing mode, and the best way to do that is to get physical exercise – take a nice brisk walk out doors if the weather permits and notice the vibrancy of nature and of Life unfolding. Keep walking long enough that you can actually feel the darkness lifting from your soul and feel the light of the sun and/or of Divine Being shining in and lightening your spirit.
Commit yourself to get physical exercise for at least 30 minutes once every day. Use some kind of physical exercise to get yourself going in the morning, and again in the evening after work to break the depression cycle when you are stressed out and tired.
Now pay special attention to your relationship with your self and with the world. Know that you are part of a loving and creative God; you just haven’t awakened to that fact yet. You are a spiritual being here on Earth, at your own choosing, as individual consciousness within the greater Universal Consciousness.
Because things haven’t gone the way you desire does not mean you are incapable or a failure, nor is the world against you – it simply means that you do not yet know the things you are capable of and how to create that which you desire. You must open to your Higher Self for guidance and learn to grow into the more powerful and wonderful you that will come.
Choose to be a powerful and adaptive person who is capable of great things. Know that your Highest Self is a hidden resource that is always there within you and from it you can draw on infinite intelligence and creativity to help you. And the Universe, Life, and this world are part of the wholeness of universal consciousness, and it will help you change in positive directions if you learn to become clear about what you want for yourself and to focus your intentions on experiencing those changes.
Choose to open to the changes you desire – away from depression and negative beliefs and toward feeling energized and positive about yourself and about your life. Choose to shift to a higher perspective where you can begin to see that you are powerful and capable, know it in your soul, and feel your power and energy. Choose to experience wholeness of body, mind, and spirit now. Choose to experience Life now in all its goodness.
Ask your Highest Self for answers, help, and to feel its pure love for yourself, for it is ever ready to give it to you if you are open to it. Know that the changes are already happening – go within and feel your energy and excitement and feel the changes you desire coming into being starting right now!
Please let me know if you are interested in reading more articles on creating life changes along the lines of this one. The others from my book are on these topics: being happier, having more money, having a love relationship, finding your soul mate, improving health, breaking out of loneliness, and landing a good job. 😀