Archive for January, 2009

Depression about the recession

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

QUESTION: Masters, when people lose their jobs because of a recession they are frequently deeply depressed and at a loss to know what to do. Do you have any advice for such a time in our lives?

ANSWER: Human depression is an interesting state. If you take the word itself apart you have the prefix de-, the word press, and the suffix -ion. De- means “the undoing, reversing or ridding of something;” press means “to urge onward;” -ion means “the process of.” What the word depression means (by the sum of its parts) is: “the process of losing the urge to move forward.” The driving force in your life has been turned off.

For the soul this state is potentially as good as society sees it as bad. The soul views the depressed state as the ultimate moment of choice. All the governors in your life have been removed. There are no more commands coming from outside telling you what to do. There is a vacant space where those orders usually reside. This allows you to start all over again, making only decisions you have freely chosen, placing them in the vacant space, and reinventing your definition of self.

It is not only employment loss that can precipitate depression, but any time you complete a lesson and no longer have it urging you onward. Students may find themselves depressed when they graduate. It is a common occurrence after a divorce, particularly when the wife has been a stay-at-home mom. The loss of family members whose care has been labor intensive towards the end can bring depression, not relief. In each case it is time to start over again.

For those who have no concept of their self-worth this is a feeling of devastation. For those secure in their own power, this is freedom. Depression should be looked upon as an opportunity. You have swept the house clean, so now decorate it as you see fit. Start with an inventory of your abilities, your tools, and your desires. Plan where you want to go and begin the trek.

The first step to success is to live in the moment. Don’t spend time blaming people or condemning yourself-what is done is done. Seize the opportunity to showcase your strengths. Don’t be afraid to follow your feelings into new arenas. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by being your new self. See depression as really your friend.

(Note: This discussion does not have to do with depression caused by chemical or other imbalances within the physical body. If you are feeling depressed we suggest you consult with a licensed medical practitioner.)

Worry creates additional problems

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

QUESTION: Masters, I would appreciate any help you can give me about my 13-year-old son. Since he was six, he has had digestive problems. Although he is much better, he still has a reaction when he eats wheat. I feel he could let this intolerance go if he wanted to, but that for some reason he chooses to have this sensitivity. How can I help him release this problem, so that we both can stop worrying about what he eats? He is concerned that his puberty seems delayed compared to his friends. Will this occur naturally or does he need some nutritional or medical help?

ANSWER: Your son’s intolerance has a multifaceted cause. One aspect has to do with a life-lesson in which he sought to confront difficulties during this part of his life to teach him discipline. Without vigilance to the ingredients in the food he consumes he incurs the consequence of a digestive upset. His body’s reaction has taught him attention to detail and to stick up for himself within his peer group, where pressures can be fierce to eat what everyone else is eating. He has also garnered a sensitivity and sympathy for those who are different-not only in relation to him, but also to others in the crowd. This discipline will be used later in life for his life’s work. He has developed an inner strength that he will use to teach others to overcome adversity.

A second contributing cause is a lesson from a past life that he had not completely resolved. This issue is for him to discover and work through. The third cause is the contracts between you and him. You are both studying obsession at the moment. You are trying to control something by an act of will when there are other factors needing to be worked out first. You have very strong feelings about things concerning him and he may not have the exact goals that you envision. Let him complete his lessons without placing additional pressure upon him.

All the nervousness surrounding his digestive problems is exacerbating the timing of his puberty. Don’t worry, all will be fine. He is still well within the time frame of normal male development. It is time for both of you to relax and enjoy his youth. Worry creates clouds and storms and makes the journey tedious; flowing with the moment brings out the sun and illuminates the enjoyment. Sit, sunbathe, and let the inclement weather become a memory.

Is it psychic or not?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

QUESTION: Masters, I feel very attracted to the idea of doing psychic readings for people, to give them guidance, but my partner is against this. I feel he is afraid of psychic phenomena because he doesn’t understand them. Is there a way I can help him to overcome his fear, or will he eventually overcome it himself? Would I have the ability to be a good psychic reader?

ANSWER: Your partner fears the unknown; he loves you deeply and wants to be able to see what is happening and to be able to protect the two of you from harm. He has seen too many programs and movies about evil, harmful spirits and he is afraid there is nothing that will protect you. He is completely closed off to feelings from outside that do not have an origin in a human or animal body. He has felt the energy of spirits but has always found another explanation for the experience.

One soul cannot change another unless that other wants to change. You may start an education process with your partner where you introduce him to some writings of fantastic occurrences between living people and free spirits (Ghosts). Gently let him see some material on past-life regressions that people have used to better their lives. The choice of what to include in one’s belief system is still up to the individual.

You are very aware of the moods of people and can judge where they are headed in their thinking. You can also see the obstacles that are right in front of them but they cannot see. Friends and others seek you out for advice because of your abilities, and this you equate with psychic ability. It is and it isn’t.

Intuition, being able to “feel” the energy of another physical being, is a psychic ability. This sense is a resonance between two physical bodies, yours and the sender’s. Being able to feel others does not mean you will be able to communicate with those in spirit form, nor even be able to pull thoughts from the unconscious¬† mind out of the ether.

Your ability to “read” relates to the state of where the person’s physical balance currently lies. You are excellent at counseling people to help them see their way. Use your abilities in this fashion and your partner will not know you are tapping into your intuition.