I Beat Depression – By Not Talking About It
As Napoleon Hill once said, “Thoughts are things and powerful things at that.” Powerful and mighty is the human mind! It has the ability to build as well as to destroy.
A year ago, while drowning in a sea of confusion and fear I wrote this sentence “Being at the end of my rope, I have nowhere else to turn… If it wasn’t for my son I would commit suicide to end the pain.”
And it was at that moment I was introduced to a story about a Doctor Thurman Fleet from the 1930’s who was involved in the healing arts. Dr. Fleet realized that he and others in his profession were falling far short of doing the job that needed to be done. He said that they were treating symptoms and not treating the cause of the problems mainly since no one had ever seen the mind.
I Beat Depression – By Not Talking About It
Every human mind works in the same manner and though the mind works on many levels, each mind is programmed genetically and environmentally and imprinted differently. Dr. Fleet drew out a stick figure and said that we only need to understand the mind from two levels: the conscious and the subconscious while the body is an instrument of the mind and it obeys the operations of the mind.
The conscious mind is the thinking mind, the educated mind. The subconscious mind is the emotional mind. It is what is going on in the emotional mind that determines the behaviour, or the actions the body is involved in. The conscious mind receives information from the outside world through the five sensory factors: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
Unfortunately most people’s paradigms cause them to live though their senses. Our conditions, circumstances and environment have no bearing on what is going to happen in our future unless we let them.
The conscious mind is your thinking mind, where we gather information, but that is not the part that controls the actions of the body. The conscious mind thinks and the subconscious mind, your feeling mind, executes what is impressed upon it and expresses itself through the body. If you want to change what you are doing or feeling you have to understand what is causing you to do what you are doing.
In 1902 James Allen in his book ‘As A Man Thinketh‘ wrote “Mind is the aster power that moulds and makes, and man is mind, and evermore he takes the tool of thought, and, shaping what he wills, brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills: He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass: Environment is but his looking-glass.”
During the 1918 flu epidemic which broke out during the first world war, the mayor of New York City took drastic steps to check the damage which people were doing themselves through their inherent fear of ill health. He called in the newspaper men and said to them, “Gentlemen, I feel it necessary to ask you not to publish any scare headlines concerning the flu epidemic. Unless you cooperate with me, we will have a situation which we cannot control.” The newspapers quit publishing stories about the flu and within one month the epidemic had been successfully checked.
After the lethal second wave of the flu struck in late 1918, new cases dropped abruptly – almost to nothing after the peak in the second wave. In Philadelphia, for example, 4,597 people died in the week ending October 16th, 1918, but by November 11th, the day the war ended, influenza had almost disappeared from the city.
There is overwhelming evidence that disease sometimes begins in the form of negative thought impulse. Such an impulse may be passed from one mind to another, by suggestion, or created by an individual in his own mind. In 2005 Mike Wallace interviews Morgan Freeman in The Virgin Islands, aboard his boat. As the interview gets heated over the topic of Black History Month and the response is riveting. Mike asks him point blank, “How can we get rid of racism?” to which Morgan replies “Stop talking about it.”
Bob Proctor, a consultant, author, lecturer, and motivational speaker who has been at the forefront of personal development for decades has exclaimed from the podium and I agree with him that depression is nothing more than suppressed anxiety caused by a fearful subconscious mind. Depression is the symptom, but until we treat the primary cause there is never going to be permanent change. The cause of depression is having a conscious mind being filled with worry and doubt through the five senses.
The opposite of depression is acceleration which is simply an expression of well being caused by having a faithful subconscious mind brought on by understanding and knowledge in the conscious mind.
The more I’ve experienced and explored my own feelings, the more I’ve realized how necessary these feelings are. It’s good for us to spend time exploring unknowns. It gives us an opportunity to discover who we really are and what life is all about.