Shakespeare Answers: Anxiety and Depression
It’s time we saw Shakespeare as far more than simply ‘the bard’ – but as an enlightened being whose wisdom and insight can help us all achieve a life of far greater fulfilment and freedom.
Through Hamlet’s eyes, anxiety and depression are twins, two sides of the same dilemma that rob us of the joy of the present moment and steal our lives. Misunderstood, or left running rampant through our inner world, they can create an abject terror of being who you really are as an innocent, loving, sensitive being in what Hamlet calls ‘this harsh world’. Given life, they become untouchable mirages crafted from the base matter of time, space, memory, fantasy, and imagination. The more creative and sensitive you are, the more potent a demon you can conjure seemingly to pounce without warning from the darkness and attack you without mercy.
Shakespeare might say that as long as medicine, science – and religion – fail to understand the nature and power of the soul – anxiety and depression will continue to murder our passion and walk grinning at the funeral.
This 3-minute clip explains the healing power of the choice To Be free of dilemma or not:
In my life, every day, I have to choose between those two thieving impostors (not to be) – and joy (to be). As I get more practised (older) I find I can increase the percentage of my life I spend in the joy of my soul and decrease my time with my head in the toilet bowl of life.
As a soul-centred coach, I begin my work by enabling you to make this same choice. The first thing you need is a reference point. Unless you have a reference point you have no real choice. With no reference point of ‘being’ that transcends the dilemmas of the mind, then it’s impossible to make a new choice and escape what is rotten in the state of Denmark.
To choose ‘to be’ is to choose to centre ourselves in the true self, the soul. The attributes of our soul include: acceptance, forgiveness, joy, loving, honesty, bliss and being present in the truth of the Now.
To choose ‘not to be’ is to centre ourselves in the false self, the ego, the mind and emotions. The attributes of the false self include: judgement, good-versus-evil, guilt, punishment, dilemma, illusion, anxiety, and depression.
When, and only when, you begin to establish an awareness of your soul, can there be very good news in all negative emotions – including anxiety and depression. Most mind/cognitive-centred approaches to coaching and therapy can only strive to reduce the severity of these crippling states of being. But they are rather like baloney: baloney is still baloney no matter how thin you slice it, so is anxiety, so is depression.
Shakespeare and soul-centred coaching don’t just serve us wafer thin slices of negativity, they are offering a way out to a whole new level of experience and possibility. A way out that is a simple choice available to all – all you have to do is ask.
‘Worry is a form of atheism’ – John-Roger
The good news, then, about anxiety/depression from a soul-centred perspective is that it is actually very powerful feedback. It is saying you are choosing ‘not to be’. Choosing not to be centred in your soul and not to be true to yourself. Meaning you also have a choice to get your head out of the loo and raise your soul-self awareness.
Making this fundamental choice can be facilitated by coaching questions such as:
- What are you resisting, avoiding, denying, or withholding?
- How can you risk being more open and honest with yourself and others?
- What will you gain by taking this risk?
If you read my book, you’ll see how Hamlet (and many other great characters) dealt with this same dilemma.
If you want to explore with me how to establish this soul-level reference point, I invite you to get in touch. We can schedule a 45-minute, tele-session to explore your issues, delineate some more positive outcomes, and see if we have the right chemistry for going forward into a richer life where anxiety and depression are a real choice – that you no longer have to make.