Recently I had the privilege of addressing a group of people at the annual Vancouver Wellness Fair. The subject of the talk was ‘Is there a non-pharmaceutical solution to depression?’
At the start of each talk I asked if anyone personally knew someone who suffered from depression and everyone, every single individual, raised his/her hand. Now, that is astonishing. That gives you an idea of how the idea of depression has taken hold of our collective psyche. It is not too outrageous to state that we as a species are depressed.
What is depression? And how is it that Choose Again time and time again has helped people to get off medications and on a path leading to a life of freedom and joy?
First let us make it abundantly clear that there is no medication on the market that ‘cures’ depression. Masks, yes. Buries, possibly. Suppresses, most likely. But never cures. And that is simply because depression is not a disease that can be medicated. It is a choice, a spiritual choice. It is a choice to block love. The problem is once I have made that choice I immediately forget that it was I that made the choice.
When I block love I am depressed. When I remove the barriers to love I have created I am no longer depressed. It is really that simple.
The processes we use at Choose Again are simple, easily learned and, when practiced, result in a vastly more joyous experience in all facets of life. All relationships are affected because all relationships are, ultimately, with the Self. When the Self is present, I cannot be depressed. When I hide from the Self, when I, again, decide to defend my small ‘i’ identity, how the world should be and how you should behave, then depression re-emerges with a vengeance.
This taking down of barriers to love is an ongoing process; it is not a ‘fix’. I have to stay vigilant with my thoughts and I have to continue to be committed to a path of freedom and joy.
Come join us on this path and support each other to stay committed! This is, quite simply, the claiming of your birthright.
Love to all, Diederik
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