This video is on the subject of Abandonment Depression.
What we in our culture call Depression can be seen as Abandonment of the Real Self.
Whether our parents were absent, ill, too busy or emotionally wounded themselves, most of us experienced being left alone with overwhelming emotions at some points during our childhood.
Abandonment means that there were times when you were not nurtured, not affirmed or mirrored, not helped to understand the painful emotions that you experienced as a little one.
And the only way that we can make sense out of our world is when we have healthy, loving adults to help us.
When we are abandoned (in whole or in part), it’s as if our hearts retreat into a dark cave, and exist there in an aching solitude.
When that happens, the part of us that remains conscious begins to live life from a False Self: trying to be accepted for our performance. Many people live their lives almost completely from a False Self, trying to be good enough, to be liked, to be cool, to be in control.
But we were created to live from our hearts, from our Real Self, to love and enjoy who we are as uniquely creative children of God.
In the video I talk about the pathway to healing of the Abandoned Self, which includes turning toward, and not away from, painful feelings. It includes learning to acknowledge and pay attention to your own true needs and desires.
Blessings to love who you are and to walk in paths of creativity and joy!