As I see it now, from both a psychological and spiritual perspective, the emptiness and lifelessness of depression call us to discover true emptiness, which is also what is truly alive in all of us. Most psychological and therapeutic perspectives will look at ways of filling the emptiness and finding aliveness at the level of the personality, or suggest anti-depressants. For spiritual people, this will invariably not feel quite right, not quite to the point. And you are right! Depression ultimately calls you to find your own light, the truth of yourSelf: that which animates even the depression. It is a wake-up call in the truest sense of the word.
Since this is the first time I'm offering this group, I'm happy to keep it financially accessible. The fee for 5 group meetings will be $90 (USD), with a sliding scale possible for those who cannot afford the full fee. The group will start on Tuesday, 30 May 2017, and run until 27 June (11am PDT, 2pm EDT, 7pm UK, 8pm Europe).
On a more personal note, I am always profoundly touched and moved by the sacred, intimate space that arises through coming together as a small online group in this way, and by the powerful transformations that happen as a result. It is a deep joy for me to offer and guide these groups. You'll find more details about the group program HERE. You can also get in touch by e-mail if you have further questions.
With love and gratitude,
PS: Also read another blog, Depression -- a fresh look, where I share more of my personal history of depression.
And here is the poem that describes my break-through moment of inquiry:
Dark night of the soul
All the lights have gone out.
Even the Sun has lost its radiance
behind the clouds of un-knowing.
The trees have fallen silent,
no more life visible in them.
There's not much life force left
in this body,
nor is there any power
in this mind.
The heart is empty,
the darkness is
as being surrenders
to it without resistance.
The dark side of life
no different from the light,
really no difference,
both a doorway