The Hidden Meaning of Depression

Posted by on May 30, 2021 in Catherine Ann Jones, Catherine's Blog

Discover the Hidden Meaning of Depression

 When you find yourself in a dark forest, keep walking.  –  Winston Churchill

 

One offshoot of living through a pandemic, is having to separate yourself from the world and, in turn, face one’s self. This is a time when hidden complexes as daemonic dragons rear their heads and challenge us to confront all that is not resolved from the past or present. All too often, such times result in depression.

It is understandably easy to forget that sometimes depression can be a signal for change. To cite one personal example:  Years ago, after writing plays, movies, and television for over twenty years, I found myself stuck – my first severe writer’s block. I accepted an invitation to visit friends in Santa Fe and there lying in a hammock, watching a remarkable display of passing clouds, a kind of epiphany occurred. I heard from within a title for what would become my first of seven books. Then I understood the hidden message of my so-called depression or writer’s block. I had been unable to write what I had written before, i.e., plays and movies and was now called to switch to writing books. My identity was locked into what I had always done in the past, what was familiar – so I could not hear the call of the future.

Life is change. To resist change is to resist life itself. What if the caterpillar resisted changing into a butterfly? Or a mouse becoming a dragon!

At last, live in-person workshops with Catherine Ann Jones!

                     Aug 2-8, 2021  esalen.org, Big Sur, CA.

                     Aug 18-22, 2021 farhorizons.org, Sequoia National Park, CA

“Heal Your Self is an elixir for the soul.” –  Psychology Today

Our lives may be determined less by past events than by the way we remember them. You are invited on an inner adventure, a journey of discovery and re-visioning through focused journaling. Throughout the sessions, you will be guided through focused journaling exercises designed to facilitate self- healing and transformation from within. Remembering our story through focused journaling enables us to make meaning out of memory and to put the past in perspective. Healing then takes place, one individual, one tribe, at a time. What story are you living? How do you choose to remember your story?                                                                                                                                   (For writing memoirs, as well)

  At last, live in-person workshops with Catherine Ann Jones!

             

  Join us this August – ‘live’ and ‘safe’ with reduced numbers.

Aug 2-6  esalen.org Big Sur, CA

 Aug 18-22 farhorizons.org Sequoia National Park, CA

     

 

 

                              Isn’t it time to honor your story?