How To Let The Light Enter You

All the Prophets Wrote About UsAn e-mail I received on December 18, 2008: I am writing to you because I am desperate, even though I feel extremely guilty for taking up your time. I have been deeply depressed for a long time, and the only other thing I ever feel is a lack of desire to live and emptiness. I don’t feel anything else.

I listen to the lessons every day, but even when I suddenly hear and understand something, it instantly disappears before I can even remember or feel it. I participate in the Bnei Baruch dissemination projects, but it doesn’t give me strength. I am rapidly falling. Everyone is thinking about the crisis and how to come out of it, but I can’t even come out of myself. All I can feel is unbearable pain and resentment. I don’t know what to do. Please reply to me on your blog!

My Answer: The two forces acting in creation are the Light and the desire; everything that exists is comprised only out of these two. They interact in such a way that sometimes the Light dominates, and sometimes the desire. We sense this alternation between them as the contrast of joy / fulfillment and bitterness / emptiness.

Since you cannot come out of your depression, my advice to you is to delve into it even more than it really is: artificially push yourself into even greater self-denigration, feelings of anger, resentment and guilt. This way, by pushing yourself down with all your might, you will take control over the depression, and you will then discover just how artificial all your sensations are, how much they depend on your subjective outlook. And then, from the bottom of your descent, you will feel joy and Light!

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One Comment

  1. To whom it may concern,
         I am deeply troubled by this email. This person is obviously seriously depressed. Forgive me because I don’t know the answer but for people struggling with a severe form of depression such as this, shouldn’t they seek some form of assistence (medical/mental health) as well as doing what you had prescribed? I feel that “pushing themselves down with all their might” may actually hurt more. Maybe they should somehow try to stablize their mood before doing the work?  Like I said, I don’t know, so I am humbly asking, “what is the right thing to do?”  I know someone in this situation so it is a particularly important question for me.
    Thank you,
    Temperance Parsons

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