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Spiritual Explanation for Depression

Depression is on the rise. According to an article from Boston University, the rate of depression has tripled in the US since the pandemic first hit back in 2020. It is consistently climbing. As of 2021 when that article was published, depression was affecting 1 in 3 American adults and predicted to get worse. That statistic is likely even higher now.

In this article, we’re going to look at the spiritual explanation for depression, which is something society largely ignores. If you’re suffering from depression, this perspective can help you understand what’s really happening to you on a spiritual level and give you insight on how you can start to heal from it.


Spiritual Explanation for Depression

The British Medical Journal published an article about the widely accepted belief of depression being a chemical imbalance in the brain as a “marketing myth.” It states since the 1990s, no one knew whether SSRIs (a type of antidepressant drugs commonly used to treat depression) lowered or raised serotonin levels. Apparently, they still don’t know and there’s no evidence this type of medication corrects anything.

So, if depression is not necessarily a chemical imbalance in your brain, then what is actually the cause?

In my opinion, the cause is multidimensional. It’s a combination of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues that all link together. In this article, I will be focusing on just the spiritual aspect.

In terms of spirituality, depression is your soul screaming at the top of its lungs to get your attention. It wants to tell you something. It’s screaming because you’ve likely been ignoring it all this time.

The word “depression” reminds me of the word “decompression”, which is to reduce pressure. So what pressure might your soul be trying to get you to reduce?

The pressure comes from the internal conflict between your mind/ego and your heart/soul. It happens when they both want different things in life. As the two sides disagree more and more, it builds up internal pressure. For a visual explanation, check out my video here.

I believe that we all come into this reality with our own unique purpose. We have an internal blueprint that outlines major things we are meant to experience and accomplish. Our soul guides us to fulfill it, if we choose to listen.

That blueprint is what our real life purpose is. It’s the real game of life we’re here to play. It contains the real milestones we are suppose to hit. The milestones that society projects onto us are ego-driven and often someone else’s agenda. But the ones in our internal blueprint are soul-driven and what we truly want.

Basically, depression is your soul telling you it’s had enough of being ignored, suppressed and treated like a second-class citizen beneath your ego. It’s doing everything it can to get your attention. It wants you to turn your focus inwards and realize that you’re venturing off in the opposite direction of what you came here to really do.


Connection to Spiritual Awakening

If you’re sensitive to energy, then you know that things are ramping up and getting very intense energetically. Humanity is going through an enormous consciousness expansion right now. A symptom of that process is the level of sensitivity to energy will increase exponentially for everyone. A lot of people will start to become aware of their own thoughts, emotions and feelings. This includes all the pain and trauma they are unconsciously holding in their psyche and energy field.

People have this adaptive behaviour of avoiding pain at all cost. They resort to things like addictions or distractions to numb it. But at this point, humanity’s sensitive has increased so much that those coping mechanisms just won’t work anymore. That means all the suppressed pain is going to be flooding into conscious awareness.

If you think that’s not enough, people are also becoming more conscious of the fact that perhaps the choices they’ve made in life so far have not been in alignment to who they really are and what they really want. They’re starting to realize they might have spent their entire life living someone else’s dream, chasing after something they’ve been subconsciously sold and hypnotized into wanting, but don’t actually want.

This is because as consciousness expands, people will also get more in touch with their soul. As a result, they will hear their soul more and start to remember their internal blueprint. The realization of how far they’ve ventured off from their actual path will not be a good feeling. This is why I think there’s an explosion in depression right now and will likely continue to trend upwards in the years to come.

In the spiritual sense, depression is an opportunity for you to turn inwards. It’s a chance for you to withdraw your energy and attention from external things, people, and situations and bring that internally to yourself instead. It’s re-directing energy so you can use it to heal, figure out what is it that you really want in life and take action to make whatever that is happen.


How to Heal From Depression Spiritually

To address this problem spiritually, you’re going to have to get in touch with your soul. The only way to do that is to start practicing self-reflection and build self-awareness. This is actually the first step to doing inner healing work.

You will need to develop a strong connection to your soul to be able to figure out what it wants to tell you. Only then, can you take action and do something to address it in your life.

Unlike other more superficial approaches, this will take more time and effort. However, you won’t be coping with this problem for the rest of your life. You will be eliminating it permanently by dealing with the root cause.

Inner healing work is complex work because it involves many moving parts. It requires strong self-awareness and critical thinking skills. You also need to be able to look at yourself objectively and be willing to take responsibility for everything that come up. If you have no idea how to do this work or where to start, consider working with a psychospiritual healing coach who can guide you through this process.

Otherwise, you can try these three journal prompts as a start:

  1. Describe a time in your life when you were truly being yourself. How did that feel?
  2. Do you try to hide any parts of who you are from others? If so, why do you do that?
  3. What is one thing you really want to do in life that brings you joy? What is stopping you from doing it right now?


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