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Why positive thinking doesn’t work with depression….

Why positive thinking doesn’t work with depression….

During a shamanic healing journey I once had the vision where I saw how we can pull ourselves up or down by our thoughts. The image I got was that of an elevator. Each floor symbolized a different frequency level. And our thoughts function as the elevator, so to speak.

Each new thought forms the basis for the following thought. If we now think two positive thoughts in a row, then we are already on the 1st floor! If we remain further positive, then we reach the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor and so on. Thus we can think ourselves truly into a positive or also a negative thought spiral.

So if we can influence ourselves through our thoughts, why doesn’t it work with depression? You have to imagine that when you have depression, you are in the deepest and darkest basement. And as the example shows, it is not possible to jump ten floors, no you will only get to the next higher or next lower level, depending on whether your elevator is going up or down!

Therefore all classical “love and light” advice “You must think only positively! You only have to pull yourself together!” etc. are not only ineffective, they can also be very dangerous!

Because the depressive already has an extremely low self-esteem and cannot see any positive perspective from his deep sinkhole. And that is, if we understand the resonance principle, also understandable. Because would you be able to put together a positive thought when you are just about to sink into quicksand? That is exactly what depression is, a constant struggle to keep your head above water!

Positive thinking only works when we have reached a certain level of stability, when we are in the midst of the survival struggle all love-and-light advice becomes toxic advice!

The depressive is like an intensive care patient who must be slowly revived. And how do you revive a person? By helping him to stabilize himself! And this can only be done step by step and starts at the base. One must remain realistic and look at what the next possible feasible goal is.

Anything else would be like saying, why don’t you just leave the basement and move into the penthouse, you’ll have a great view! By such supposedly well-intentioned advice, one would simply overwhelm the depressive, because this frequency level is too far out of his range from where he is at the moment.

To work oneself out of a depression is often a tough and laborious way, which we can compare with a long mountain hike. Patience, steadiness and above all “not giving up” are the decisive factors that lead to success in the end. And when you reach the summit and see the new perspective before your eyes, you know that it was worth all the effort!

Understanding the different levels

The basement levels – work at the base!

What nourishes me and what robs me of energy? These levels are about creating a nurturing foundation and often making radical decisions. Do I really want to rush through life as a “successful” management consultant and sacrifice health and happiness for my career? These levels are about very basic fundamental questions.

The first floor – The neutral zone has been reached!

When we reach the ground floor, we are back on neutral ground, the constant struggle for survival is over and we have a sense of standing on solid ground. Now it is a matter of filling this new life basis with beautiful things. And these can definitely be positive thoughts, as they can now unfold their effect. Everything good and beautiful that I now invite into my life will help me to reach the next higher levels!

The upper floor – realization, meaning of life, soul level

The more balanced and joyful we feel, the more we get access to our soul level. Everything we create from this level automatically has a deeper meaning and creates a sense of fulfillment and this is what most people long for. This is the level of self-realization.

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