For those suffering depression there is little sense of hope. The world becomes a slow process of withdrawal into doubt, inertia and often thoughts of suicide. Many resort to the only one or 2 things that gives them a sense of joy, relief and often moments of bliss; such as music, nature, creativity, reading, etc…(1)
Depression was a lesser known condition before the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution took a colorful race of human beings engaged in those things that they were naturally passionate about and normalized us and turned us into a race driven by greed, shedding our passions, for work we often do not enjoy; driving us away from our purpose.
From the day we are born, our parents, the education system, the media and everything around us normalizes us to a world where money is king and where academia is valued above all other types of vocations. The result for most of us is a suppression of the natural talent and creative self that we were born as, to become aligned with the normalized world.
Then….. depression hits and all the world can do is; feel sorry for us, medicate us and re-route us into normality…. the ability to once again fit-in (usually totally dependent on drugs)!
There are few that answer the call of depression. They are the lucky ones, the ones that often, by pure coincidence, end-up working on themselves in a non-traditional way, by allowing themselves a healing process through “a journey in” (to borrow a line from a yet unpublished author, friend of mine), into the discovery of who they really are… dare I say a spiritual journey. And I am not necessarily talking about religion here; although some find solace in this, I am talking about balancing our normalized bias to everything logical and worked through mental processes, with our natural self that comes from feeling, rather than just thinking, our way to the beautiful creative person we are…. finding our true purpose!
In my opinion, mid life crises (which I have redefined as mid life creativity; see my article on this subject), is another form of depression. And like depression, it is our purpose (our natural creative self), calling us away from our ego (our normalized self). Some heed this calling and evolve back (!) to their natural self, allowing their purpose in life to be fulfilled, others plough-through (once again often with the ongoing support of medication) and live a less satisfactory life.
There are many inspirational writers and supporters of this process of a journey in, “a journey from Ego to Purpose” (to borrow a line from Tom Voccola’s brilliant book, (The Accidental CEO). They include; Shirley Smith, Pia Mellody, Tom Voccola, to mention a few.
If you have had enough of the ineffective medical solution to your depression, look-up these and other authors and set yourself on the most amazing journey of discovery, discovering the beauty and abundant creativity of YOU!
(1)This is the gift of depression and those few moments of bliss that cut through your depression are pointing you towards your purpose and cure.
Last modified: March 27, 2018