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With all that is going on in the world, wars, recession, oil spills, famine, disease, global warming, unemployment to name of few, many are going through really hard times and many are feeling totally depressed.  Now I don’t usually do this but as i reas this article, I thought the timing was perfect and the article really good as it opens the door to a different point of view that could enlighten many of us.  So I borrowed this article from a newsletter I get Evolution Ezine. 

The author of this article is Roxanne Burnett of Mastering Alchemy!  I’ve listed her website at the end of the article and it is well worth a visit.  Happy reading.

*Roxanne talks about American Culture, I think this applies to all cultures

American culture is afraid of depression. Emotions, reflection, introversion, being, solitude and contemplation are the quiet, feminine yin qualities that all women and men can access, but are rarely encouraged to develop. The masculine, yang aspects of doing, extroversion, drive, achievement and competition are validated, encouraged and rewarded. Yet both sets of qualities are required for each of us to attain balanced health and well-being — the active doing of the male and the female stillness of being.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly 26.2 percent of Americans are currently being treated with medication and/or therapy for depression. Although there is much speculation on the causes and cures for this disease, there also is hidden within each person’s experience of depression the precious gift of truth that is crying out to be heard and embraced.

Ease vs. dis-easeDepressed_by_EmmyGaller

Have you ever had the experience of over-stressing yourself and getting a cold? That cold is your physical body’s message that your system is out of ease or balance. Experiencing a dis-ease is experiencing a time of miscommunication with your inner guidance system. Physical dis-ease forces you to care for your body. Finally you have permission (and are forced) to rest. You have permission to take care of your deeper, fundamental needs.

Your emotional/mental body also offers signals indicating imbalance and dis-ease. As you become caught in the wheel of overachieving and stress, you may become out of ease. Depression is one demonstration of this imbalance. Depression (“pressing inward”) stops time and offers permission to re-prioritize and give to your Self. Depression holds many subtle gifts for you.

Through depression, your inner guidance is asking you to descend into the dark, quiet internal caverns alone, to sit and contemplate that part of yourself which cannot be reached in the external world. This is a descent into your deeper nature. Denying this important time, remaining socially acceptable and covering up or looking away from the message your inner guidance system is offering you, is a missed opportunity. You miss both your personal wisdom and your voice. We learn instead to fear our inner signals, to quiet them, and simply continue to do and achieve. But what if, instead of suppressing your inner signals you were to instead:

  • Allow yourself to listen once again to your own sensitivities?
  • Trust and accept that your anger, irritation, illness and depression as signs that your true path of harmony is calling to you?
  • And allow that message of change to seep into your daily schedule, your office, home and heart?

depressionDepression arrives as a gift, offering the chance to touch the deeper ground within your Self.  Depression asks that you stop and take the time to recognize the quiet, steady voice of your own truth. If you heed depression’s call, the voice of authority is no longer outside, but now deeply within you. Depression demands that your life be viewed, not as a commodity, spent in service to external authorities such as profession, church, community or even family. Depression demands that you hold your life sacred and live moment to moment.

A few months ago, Sheryl (not her real name) requested assistance in reducing her dependency on anti-depression drugs. She also wanted to clarify destructive thought patterns and make the changes necessary to return to a level of happiness she had felt in her early 20s. By respecting and working with her emotions, fears and thoughts, she learned to ask herself better questions and recognize the quiet wisdom her inner guidance system was offering her. Over a short period of time, Sheryl brought into harmony a successful career as a computer programmer with her heart’s desire to teach high school students. She also reduced her medications to almost zero.

If you’ve been feeling somewhat down and depressed lately, what if, instead of stuffing down your feelings, you asked yourself:

  • “What is the gift this darkness is offering me?”
  • “Where am I not being truthful with myself?”

What if you allowed yourself to leave aMirror way of doing that doesn’t nourish you; that makes you unhappy, and instead begin to embrace a way of being that feeds your soul?

Perhaps you can!


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Filed in: Health • Friday, July 9th, 2010


Michele, I commend you for the diligent work you put in to bring such a variety of talent and topics to this site. Always different points of view and articles of current interest…. The statistics on depression are staggering. There are many forms and many, many more approaches to treatment. All three articles this week have different ties to this. It is refreshing to have so many points of view to read in one place and make up ones own mind to the best approach, either for themselves or someone they love…. Thank you so much.. Here’s to your continued success. Cecelia
.-= Cecelia Gay´s last blog ..The Lonely Road =-.

The plain truth lies within;So kick out the devil’s sin,and pick up a good book “NOW”…


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My name is Michele Andree. I am an artist, I paint musicians in action. I think I’m a musician at heart, my instrument being… a brush, so I play…brush and I paint… music.
I love jazz. I call it freedom music. It promotes special values. I love intelligent people and good conversations.

Some people ask me how music relates to art. Personally I find they go hand in hand. Music is what turns me on to painting. It makes me see colours