Van Gogh is lying face down in desperation on his bed..deep in his darkest mood… enter the 'Doctor' - who says - thinking to ‘cheer him up’:
“In my experience – there is always hope.”Van Gogh retorts from deep in his pillow:
“Then your experience is incomplete!”You could be one who understands fully what Van Gogh was talking about. In the depths of depression and darkness, any amount of ‘cheering up’ and jollying along is of no use. In fact the 'other' cannot move you from your dark space. Only you can allow that to happen.. can let the shift begin to move you out of your despair.
Certainly a hand to hold – a shoulder to lean against, a person to stand beside you is desirable.. but essentially the other can only allow a support – cannot pull you out of the place you have gone.
In fact the other – in the attempt to change the space you are in, sometimes drives you further into the hole. Because depression is often a place of comparison.. a place where you cannot but compare your deep and dark space to the light around, and almost anything and anyone seems lighter and more able to function than you can in that place.
That place feels never ending .. as if the lights are out and the switch is lost.
Okay – you know the picture .. you know the feeling – it is not needed to describe this further – only to say that there are many shades of depression – many layers of mood disorder – and each has its own flavor and course – and in fact each also has diverse means of traversing and moving through the darkness.
However, there is an important aspect that all who suffer from this debilitation should become aware of. And this is that depression is not simply a mental disorder. Yes for many years it has been considered a mental disease.. and for many years was treated simply as such. But there is much evidence that demonstrates depression to often be a nutritionally based disorder or to be precipitated and exacerbated by toxic load in the body. And in these cases, can respond better to appropriate supplementation with the right nutrients or to intensive detoxification of the toxic elements better than to psychotherapy or psychotropic drug therapy.
No longer can we look at the deeply depressed person and consider them simply to be verging on a state of ‘madness’.
Even Beethoven – who was suicidal for much of his short life – has been found to have been suffering from high levels of lead toxicity.
Mad? Or simply toxic?
How many people have ended up in heavy drug therapy – even electric shock therapy – who were in fact overloaded with heavy metals and other toxic chemicals?
Oh let us not deny the load of psychological stressors that can weigh a person down.. that can create such an emotional load on a person’s psyche that they are unable to crawl out from underneath their sorrows. But add to this a load of chemical toxicity – which in turn disturbs the ability of the body to stay in a balanced and harmonious state.. and you are creating a situation where the person cannot throw off the pain and distress of any sort of life trauma.
So what's the real message here? I would like to simply say that if you are one of the myriad of people who suffers under the load of a debilitating mood disorder - either temporarily or in a consistent way, perhaps you could consider looking at some other aspects of this - get checked for toxic load, think about how you may have been exposed to chemicals, or heavy metals or other toxic elements in your life. Consider the possibility that getting some help to detoxify yourself could make a big shift for you.
For in this time we have a responsibility to realize our full potential. We have chosen to be here on this earth at this incredibly volatile time.. this time in which changes are occurring at a rate we have never seen before. Its time to step up to the job we are here to do.. and that means climbing out from under any garbage we have heaped upon ourselves and stepping into our true nature. Come on out - its time - lets play - lets move into our lives as we are destined to be.
And if you need some help with that.. you can call us.. that's our job here - to give assistance where assistance is required. Best Health.