It doesn't seem fair or logical that people on a spiritual path, actively working at raising their consciousness, should suffer from depression. Yet, this is often the case. Depression is one of the classic symptoms experienced by many people who are spiritually-inclined. And there is a very good reason why this can happen.
Firstly, let's be clear about the type of depression we're talking about. This is not the depression that might occur in response to a human crisis, such as the death of a loved one, a relationship breakup or being sacked from a job. No, this is something more chronic and pervasive.
This is a deep sadness of the soul. It tends to shut down creativity and any interest in life. It can be incredibly difficult to motivate yourself to get out of bed and go to work, or go about your day. The world holds no interest for you and having to interact with others can feel like an assault on your senses. This is a time of despair - the dark night of the soul.
This spiritual type of depression has been experienced by many people who are going through their spiritual awakening process, also known as 'Ascension'. It doesn't happen to everyone, but enough to make it the most widely reported Ascension Symptom.
Ascension is the process of merging and melding the energies of the Spirit, or Divine Self, with the energies of the human self.
Often the Ascension process begins before the person is consciously aware of it. The spiritual seeker's desire for growth and fulfillment triggers the process. But, because the true nature of spiritual awakening has not been clearly understood by many humans in the past, most do not associate their uncomfortable symptoms of depression with a 'spiritual experience'.
Spiritual awakening cannot fully take place if a person is totally focussed in superficial day-to-day reality. So what can happen is that the person unconsciously hears the call of their soul and responds - again, unconsciously - by withdrawing and becoming less engaged in their everyday activities and relationships.
But, because they don't understand that what is really happening is that their consciousness is being drawn into the spiritual realms to connect with their Spirit, they perceive the experience as negative, which only makes it harder to cope with.
Let us look at the energetic mechanics of depression. What is really going on when a human is going through spiritually-based depression?
Think back to your high school science lessons about the movement of energy. Remember the diagrams of the wave form, with its peaks and troughs? Now imagine a graph showing two wave forms moving along in sync with each other - one rises up where the other dips down. One represents the person's physical energies, the other represents their spiritual energies. At the point where the human's energies are dipped to their lowest point, as in depression, the corresponding spiritual wave form rises to its highest point.
The depression - or trough of the wave - has a corresponding energy peak in the spiritual realms. So at the time of the deepest depression, when the body and mind seem depleted of energy, most of the person's energies are being directed towards the spiritual realms.
You could say that the opposite energy of the depression is a wave form on the other side of the veil that separates the physical and non-physical realms. That wave is counter-balancing and moving along in sync with the depressed cycle of the human person on Earth.
The depressed cycle in the physical world is actually needed in order to balance and create the energy-wave on the other side of the veil which will eventually propel the human being through the Ascension process, allowing their Divine and human selves to integrate with each other.
The melding of Spirit and human is a totally natural process in our evolution. We are eternal beings awakening to the remembrance of our Divinity. So the experience of depression, in an awakening and spiritually-oriented human being, is a natural and necessary part of the Ascension process.
However, that doesn't make it any more comfortable. So, what can you do about it?
The most important thing you can do to support yourself is BREATHE. Breathing deeply and consciously clears the mind and rebalances the emotions. There is a particular method of simple conscious breathing - you will find detailed instructions set out for you on my Awakening Angel website, as well as a free audio meditation which you may use at any time to de-stress and rebalance yourself.
While you may be inclined to think that this sounds too simplistic, I assure you that the deep conscious breathing is the key to Ascension and Divine integration. Practising it regularly will help you in so many ways - from simple relaxation and de-stressing to helping you to move through your own spiritual awakening process more easily and gracefully.
Remember, you are never alone. Spirit is always with you - angels are as close as your next breath.