Kundalini Yoga Training
Meditation is Medication for the Soul!
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
purpose of this article is to redefine depression as our psyche's
response to disconnection from our souls and to help us use this
response to cultivate and reconnect with our own inner light.
Disconnection from our Souls
Depression is a call from the soul to learn how to deal with the
emotion of sadness. At the very core of sadness is the message
that we are disconnected from our own soul. We have closed off
our hearts to ourselves. To deal with sadness we must go within.
Sadness is a very personal emotion. We think that events outside
ourselves make us sad. But in reality, no one can make us sad
To deal with depression requires embracing our feelings of sadness.
We are sad because we are not experiencing the love that we came
here to experience in the human form. We must find out why we
are not experiencing love. We must learn how to open up our hearts
and our psyche to universal love. We must train ourselves to embody
this love. This is one of the basic reasons that we come to planet
Earth-to learn how to release resistance to love and to fully
allow this universal energy to flow through our being.
Depression is one of the means to get our attention and to remind
us of this basic human endeavor. Depression is initiated by the
soul to oblige us to confront and resolve our inner conflicts
that prevent us from experiencing universal love. The alchemy
of the soul requires us to transform the energy of sadness into
bliss. This is, of course, no easy or carefree process. It doesn't
feel good and it takes patience and disciplined work. Welcome
to Planet Earth!
We are obliged to experience grief, sorrow, pessimism and loneliness.
The trick is that we are not obliged to indulge in these feelings.
They are there to teach us. But they are not there to torment
us. The key to understanding all these feelings is the realization
that they are a reflection of our separation from Source. They
are a response to a closed heart. They are generated by a lack
of self-love and a fundamental misunderstanding of who we really
are. To understand our divine nature we must have the experience
of our own soul. We will not love ourselves simply by having someone
tell us we are beautiful and great. We have all witnessed how
transitory the elation from even honest complements are. For the
remedy cannot come from outside ourselves. The remedy is found
within our own hearts.
The problem is, of course, that our hearts are closed - blocked
off by negative experiences, unexpressed emotions from traumas
and bad programming. We must revisit these experiences, express
these emotions and reinstall new programming in order to make
our way back into the core of our soul where divine love resides.
Depression is an invitation to this inner journey. Not the most
popular journey, we often choose to avoid it with denial, blame,
medication and outward preoccupations. But my observation is that
like other soul lessons, some form of sadness and depression never
really goes away until we find the gold of divine love in our
own hearts. Actually we wouldn't want to be able to totally deny
the painful messages and thus avoid the process that produces
the alchemy. For we are here to experience love. The human journey
ensures that we will be prodded to do what it takes to have this
An Invitation to turn Inward
Depression invites us to turn inward so that we can discover the
cause and source of our pain and find resolution, freedom and
empowerment. Although the basic cause of depression is disconnection
from universal love, there are many human explanations that cause
us to be depressed. They are all mechanisms to remind us of how
we have shut off ourselves from our divine identity and effectively
keep ourselves separate from Source.
Some of the most popular ways that we have learned to use to sever
our connection with our souls and the Divine include
unexpressed and unhealed emotions
negative thoughts and limiting beliefs
attachments to persons and things that do not promote our identity
a lack of purpose and commitment to our own spiritual path and
lack of appropriate outlets for our personal creative expression
unresolved conflicts that we let rule our minds and behavior
Some of the above are easy to identify. We know when don't like
our job and feel abused in our relationships. However, other problems
in our psyche lie outside our conscious awareness. The result
is that we think our problem is our depression. However, depression
is a symptom of a deeper problem that we can't consciously identify.
Our inability to connect with our own self-love and experience
our connection with the Divine is the most fundamental of these
unidentifiable problems. And even if we identify it consciously,
as we are now doing, we cannot access the connection and thus
the solution through our conscious rational mind.
Biochemistry of Love
The good news is that there is something that we can consciously
do to cultivate this connection. Yoga and meditation were designed
to cultivate the inner connection with our soul. Meditation is
medication for the soul. In a very real way meditation is a medication
because it changes the biochemistry of our body and brain. All
life experiences are dependent upon our biochemistry.
Human consciousness is biochemical. The human psyche is an expression
of biochemistry. Biochemistry makes our different human experiences
The pivotal question thus becomes how can we impact and change
our biochemistry? For as we change our biochemistry, we change
how we feel. We change how we think. And we change how we perceive
what we experience. It is very easy to monitor how we change our
biochemistry. How do you feel after you have eaten sugar vs. had
a balanced healthy meal?
There are many ways to change our biochemistry. They include diet,
physical activity and exposure to light. We can also change our
biochemistry with nutritional supplements, herbs and chemical
medication. The good news is that we do not have to become dependent
upon chemical medication to deal with depression. The good news
is that we can also change our biochemistry through yoga and meditation.
Yogi Bhajan has given us Kundalini yoga and specific meditations
to change the biochemistry of our bodies and brains. These practices
promote pleasurable states of being - joy and bliss. We feel happy
for no apparent reason. This happens because the channels of the
brain that connect us with higher states of experience and love
are accessed and opened. As we practice these exercises and meditations,
we experience who we are really are. We open up a field of consciousness
within ourselves whereby it becomes easier, or at least possible,
to confront the hidden agendas that we have allowed to cut off
our divine connection.
These exercises and meditations are powerful tools for breaking
up the stuck energy in our bodies and psyches that have so tenaciously
created and maintained separation and depression as a status quo.
An initial goal is to stop and then reverse the descent into deeper
states of immobility, self-abuse and pain. The meditations then
create a safe inner space of acceptance, which allows us to look
at how we disconnect and then be able to reverse the process.
Over time we generate an ongoing experience of our own inner light
and connection with our own soul.
Meditation to get out of Depression
The following meditation is on page 135 of my book Relax
and Renew, which contains many meditations to relieve
stress and depression. Yogi Bhajan taught it in 1979. This meditation
totally recharges you and is an antidote to depression. It builds
a new biochemical system, gives one capacity and caliber to deal
with life, and establishes a direct relationship with the pranic
Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine, extend the arms straight
forward, parallel to the ground. Close the right hand in a fist,
wrapping fingers of the left hand around it, bases of palms touching,
thumbs together and pulled up straight. Eyes are focused on the
Inhale for 5 seconds, and, without holding the breath in, exhale
for 5 seconds, and then hold the breath out for 15 seconds. Continue
the cycle, starting with 3-5 minutes and working up to 11. Progress
slowly. You can also work up to holding the breath out for 1 full
Testimonial by Sadhant Singh
I have found this to be a very quick and powerful way to change
my emotional state. It seems particularly effective against depression
and sadness, and just three minutes can completely alter my state
of mind. Another nice thing about this meditation is that it is
a quiet one, so I can easily duck into a bathroom stall and, in
just a few minutes, raise my consciousness and prepare for something
new or recover from something trying.
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.