Depression and the Christian passion, psychologically speaking


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What do you think of this passage?

“If you look at the story of the Christian passion psychologically [particularly in terms of psychoanalysis schools], voluntary acceptance of suffering produces a transformation, or a sequence of transformations–the dying and resurrecting God, symbolically speaking. That voluntary acceptance and transformation is sufficiently powerful to transcend tragedy and to keep malevolence at bay. That’s purely psychological…

There’s a metaphysic behind that, where you start to move into religious territory…”

Is depression a path of transformation — at least to the extent that it is voluntarily accepted? To me, voluntary acceptance involves not rushing to escape depression or grieving; instead, letting darkness do its work, as espoused by Thomas Moore.

Now that I’ve slowed down in dep-ressed deep-rest, I’ve taken the time to become more aware of my own responsibility for the pain that deposited me here. The pain that I have caused to my Self, and the pain I have caused others.

This awareness seems to have had to widen for me to have an authentically humble confidence that I’ve been transformed into a person incapable of inflicting those kinds of suffering any longer. I at least have faith that that humility is authentic, and don’t have delusions so grand that I believe I won’t commit many more mistakes, but have the hope of faith that those transgressions will be less catastrophic. My depression is transforming into a gift: Grace.

What do you think?

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[The quote is from https://youtu.be/W5iaERTETvE?t=27m1s]

Neil D. 2020-03-31

Published by Neil Durso

Just another mid-lifer sharing the journey...

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