Thursday, June 14, 2007

Wisdom- the Unique Cure for Serious Depression

Serious depression cannot be cured because it has very deep roots. Many tragedies and even events that we consider commonplace can justify their existence. Just because they occur everyday does not mean that they are less tragic for those who suffer because of them. For each one of us, our pain is very important. Occurrences such as divorce can provoke serious depression, just like the death of someone we loved very much.

The depression that starts to plague a victim of distress is an understandable consequence of their suffering. The depression felt by people who fail and lose their belongings, the depression of those who never had the chance to abandon the same situation and lived all their lives under somebody else's command, the depression of parents who see their kids involved in drugs and in criminal activity, the depression of kids abandoned by their parents, and many other very tragic examples such as these are more than justified by what happened to those who feel depressed. How can they be happy if such terrible things happened to them?

Of course, most people cannot understand what a serious depression means. That is why they try to make depressed people forget their pain, stop talking about their problems, and get adapted to daily life. But how is this possible? They are missing something very important. They lost their heart… They are lost somewhere in space, even though they appear to be here on Earth. How can they continue to live with this wound?

What words can alleviate them? What is the solution for their future?
Words are poor and the future is already as dark as the present.
Tragedies are more than unforgettable! They provoke revolt and indignation. How can we bear their existence?

In situations like these, the unique solution is a contact with the wisdom of ancient times: the wisdom of religion and philosophy. This is the only way a person can find relief and support while facing serious depression that could not be helped because it is an obvious consequence of the tragedy that adversely affected them. They would violently deny any other attempt to alleviate their pain because the superficial attempts to help deeply depressed people do not help; rather, they irritate them. These victims want to be left alone with their pain. They feel that they have the right to suffer. They feel that they can only suffer, and this is the way life is meant for them!
On the other hand, those who suffer cannot but hope to find relief and stop suffering so much, even though they understand that they can only be sad, since their lives are scarred by a terrible event. They need to believe they will stop suffering so much some day.
Once again, only the ancient wisdom can give them the hope to find peace and happiness, after pain and despair.

This is the same wisdom we find in the unconscious side of our psychic sphere that produces our dreams and is also responsible for our artistic and religious manifestations.
The wisdom of the unconscious clearly explains to us the meaning of life and death. This explanation works like medicine for each injured soul, which can finally find an unexpected relief by understanding the meaning of their suffering and how they can transform it into an experience that will develop their psychic sphere and offer them a reason to continue living.
The unconscious shows us that a tragedy is not the end of our road; on the contrary, it is the beginning of another, where we will discover the truth about ourselves and our world. Our attitudes have to change.

Wisdom means comprehension and goodness, which are opposite to the attitudes of revolt and anger that characterize those that are suffering for some reason and cannot endure it.
When we learn to examine reality through the eyes of wisdom, we suddenly start to see that revolt is meaningless because we then begin to understand how things are and how they work. We stop comparing our lives with those of others, we stop complaining about our tragic destiny, we stop feeling sad of our lack or because we don't like our obligations. Everything acquires a different level of importance and our lives have a changed value. Our pain has another meaning.
Wise people can transform the story of their lives in an important mission by transforming their sad experiences into lessons and their tragic destiny into the beginning of a very serious learning process through which they will discover solutions for problems that had no solution at all before their courageous attempt to solve them.

If you examine all the examples of wise people of the world throughout all of human history, you will notice that all of them suffered a lot for some reason. There is no wisdom without pain because there is no wisdom without sensitivity. If it wasn't this way, wisdom would be only a collection of notions.

However, wisdom's superiority of judgment is based precisely on its extreme sensitivity. This can help distinguish the essential knowledge and can never be misled by the cold rational deductions that only care about what appears to be logical according to the general acceptance of this definition, without examining each particular case with comprehension and goodness.

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