I recently learned something new about the difference between ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’. Depression is thinking and dwelling negatively about the past, described in the dictionary as ‘a state of low spirits caused by loss of hope or courage’. However, the keyword here is ‘in the past’.
Anxiety is the fear about what we assume is going to happen in the future, explained as ‘a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome’. Keyword here is ‘the uncertain outcome of a future event’.
The first thing I must remember is that it is my Soul that does the living not my body. My (and your) body is the visible expression of my (and your) Soul, so I need to be grateful for the body I have and treat it with respect and kindness. Fear and Anxiety reflect and leave their imprint as illness and discomfort on the body.
“Fear is like a poison gas pumped into one’s atmosphere. It causes mental, moral and spiritual asphyxiation, and sometimes death - death to energy, to tissue and all growth” says Dr. Murphy in his book ‘Fear and Worry’, and “Fear in all its different phases of expression, such as worry, anxiety, anger, jealousy and timidity, is the greatest enemy of the human race”.
It is vital to remember that our Soul is the unbroken connection to the Almighty Universal Source. The Mind (consciousness and subconsciousness = One Mind) is the conduit of expression, or the active awareness of the “I AM”. I can think (reason) and feel, and I can choose what I think and feel. Therefore, I can think and feel rightly instead of harmfully. It takes practice, that’s for sure, but it can be done.
Step by step, day by day, the shadows of fear and anxiety will lessen and eventually vanish. Faith in the Allness of Good being the pivotal, crucially important, component of healing not only of our physical but also our mental discord.
“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there is a light shining somewhere nearby.” (Ruth E. Renkel)